Saturday, October 17, 2009

The coming week...

As usual, all info gathered from the websites of the relevent political bodies/agencies (except where noted) and subject to change without notice...

...In the U.S. House of Representatives, the agenda, thus far, looks to be somewhat light on serious controversy.

The highlights include -

- H.R. 3763, To amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act to provide for an exclusion from Red Flag Guidelines for certain businesses. Those businesses include small accounting, legal, and health care firms, small meaning having less than 20 employees.

- H.Res. 672, Calling on the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam to release imprisoned bloggers and respect Internet freedom. Gotta support fellow bloggers...

- H.R. 3619, Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2010. (Money bill. There will be some controversy here. Probably not much though.)

- H.R. 3585, Solar Technology Roadmap Act. This bill's primary sponsor is AZ's own Gabrielle Giffords (D-AZ8). Giffords' press release on the bill's passage through the Science and Technology Committee is here.

...Over in the U.S. Senate, most of the action will be behind the scenes negotiating over the health care reform bills in the Senate, but with frequent appearances of TV cameras by most of the participants. This week's committee schedule here.

Of possible interest to AZers here is the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs hearing on Indian Energy and Energy Efficiency on Thursday at 2:15 p.m. (EDT). It wouldn't be surprising if the Navajo Generating Station and its recent controversies (here, here, and here) pop up during the hearing.

...Back here in the Arizona Legislature, the budget is still way out of balance and the Governor and the Republican "leadership" still is doing nothing to address the state's fiscal crisis.

Pending that (you know, doing what should have been done months ago), various members of the lege are doing some makework. To whit:

- Monday at 9 a.m., the Ad Hoc Committee On Energy And Water Development will meet in SHR1.

- Wednesday at 9 a.m., the Senate Education Accountability And Reform and the House of Representatives Education Committee of Reference will meet in HHR1 for school district performance audits of:

Gilbert Unified School District

Phoenix Union High School District

Washington Elementary School District

Toltec Elementary School District

Miami Unified School District

Glendale Elementary School District

- I'll update if there are any definitive developments regarding a special session.

...The Arizona Corporation Commission is holding a regular meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday. The agenda is here. The Commission's upcoming hearing schedule is here.

...The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has two meetings scheduled for this week.

- The agenda for Monday's informal meeting includes an executive session (of course).

- The agenda for Wednesday's formal meeting includes an item (#11) where they get to formally appoint the high-profile private attorneys that County Attorney Andrew Thomas has brought in as his personal hitters against one of the Supes' own, Don Stapley.

Just a guess here, but there will probably be a few dirty looks exchanged by the Supes and Thomas during that one.

...The Board of Directors of the Central Arizona Project is not holding a meeting of the full board this week, but on Thursday it will be holding an orientation meeting of the Arizona Water Banking Association, a meeting of the Finance, Audit, and Power Committee, and a meeting of the Executive Committee.

...Also on Thursday, the Citizens Clean Elections Commission will be holding a meeting, but the agenda has not been posted online yet.

...The Tempe City Council is meeting on Thursday. The regular agenda is here; issue review session agenda here; executive session agenda here.

...The Scottsdale City Council is scheduled to meet on Tuesday. The agenda includes an item to send changes to the City Charter regarding elections to the ballot of a special election in March and a couple of items (here and here) regarding the ongoing tiff between the Scottsdale Chamber of Commerce and the Mayor and Council members that the CofC didn't endorse last year, but who won anyway. coverage here.

Note: On Monday, candidate packets for next year's council races in Scottsdale will be available.

...Not scheduled to meet this week: Arizona Board of Regents, Board of Directors of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College District.


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