Accountability 2020: Make ’em do something

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The Arizona Legislature begins Part 2 of its 54th Session Monday, January 13th.

Like a gathering storm, the 90 members of the Arizona legislature are getting ready to invade the State Capitol again. So I want to get caught up on where we left off when they adjourned a few months ago

Basically, I believe that we need to evaluate the success or failure of the legislature by a different set of standards. I call this the “WTF Did They Accomplish?” standard.

Here’s a recap from the 2019 session:

Not one thing that will effectively help us mitigate the effects of climate change, let alone acknowledge it is and has been happening.

Not one thing that will seriously move Arizona education to even the national average either measured as educational outcomes or teacher pay.

Not one thing that will unabashedly promote and protect Arizona’s cultural environment without the undue influence of political or social pressure groups.

Not one thing that anyone actually involved with facing the health care crisis considers even barely sufficient.

 But they did manage to vote themselves a pay increase. That one, however, was even too much for Gov. Ducey to swallow so he put the kibosh on the attempt and was probably removed from many holiday card lists.

 But that was in 2019. This is 2020 (which the PR folks at ABC Network News have been waiting for.)

With the new session starting on January 13 I took a look at a random listing of some of the State Representative’s bills that are already getting spiffed up for consideration by our duly elected officials. As of now, all that’s listed are the bill numbers and short titles. But you’ll get the idea. You’ll find a complete list from the House of Representatives

Try to remember that each of the 90 members of the legislature is empowered by we the voters to make laws of significance;  Reflecting real efforts to resolve problems that affect all of us and make the most of statewide opportunities. You be the judge…

There’s HCR2006 Assyrian Genocide; remembrance day and HR2001 supporting Israel; recognizing Jerusalem. I oppose genocide and support Israel. But I fail to find what they have to do with improving life for Arizonans.

There’s a bunch of education-related bills you might find of interest. HB2016 teacher immunity; student discipline hasn’t been fully posted yet but it kind of looks like somebody wants to give teachers a blank check for beating up on a kid. But I could be wrong.

Speaking of education here are a few of their other ideas:

Think they’ve gone away? Think again.

HB2005 let’s prohibit schools from providing kids “dating instruction.”

But while the young folks wouldn’t get any help trying to figure out dating, another piece of legislation is clearly designed to give them time to think it over, HB2017 is called schools; pledge; quiet reflection.

I suspect this one may be an effort at remediation for members who don’t have a clue about how to handle tax money. HB2010 is for a personal finance course; requirement; appropriation.

If you’re concerned about Climate Change HB 2022  calls for schools; environmental education instruction. It will do nothing to actually protect our environment, but the kids will be better prepared as their climate continues to deteriorate.

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In 2019 most cases of the ongoing Measles outbreak in the State of Washington have involved children between 1 and 10 years old who had not been vaccinated.

I love this one. HB 2050 schools; immunizations; parental control. Take a guess. Go ahead. I’ll wait…Yup, it seems to be another effort to bring back Measles, Mumps and all those other childhood communicable diseases we wiped out years ago thanks to universal immunizations. Apparently someone doesn’t understand social resp0nsibility.

HB2027  is a quirky little bill that simply says homeowners’ associations; evaporative coolers. I can’t decipher whether the intent is to make sure there are more evaporative coolers or fewer. I’m keeping my eye on this one.

Finally, there’s HB 2049 medical conditions; medical marijuana. That one seems pretty obvious. But, hey, how about just getting on with things by legalizing cannabis so the government stops deciding what disease or affliction qualifies. Haven’t we grown up at least that much?

There’s more to come. We haven’t even looked at the State Senate yet. And its anybody’s guess as to what Governor Ducey has up his sleeve. Many assume he’s betting Trump will have another term and ‘ole Doug will get some gig out of it.

All in all,  this is not a good start to living up to the  “WTF Did They Accomplish?” standard.

 

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About Bob Grossfeld

Bob is a longtime political & public affairs strategist. Based in Phoenix, AZ he spends a great deal of his time doing guerrilla therapy for his fellow Arizonans before they succumb to the state's lunacy. The media calls on him frequently to help explain Arizona politics with a straight face.
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