From AZCentral.com (the money quote is italicized) -
There's bound to be a sense of deja vu when legislators reconvene next week and some familiar bills pop up again at the statehouse, thanks to the budget crisis that dominated last year's session.
Mesa Sen. Russell Pearce's proposal to "codify the constitution" when it comes to the powers of elected county officials could be near the top of the list of familiar bills that failed to go anywhere.
The goal of the bill is simple, according to Pearce:
Once a county board of supervisors allocates a budget to an elected official's agency, that's where the board's financial oversight will end.
"The board of supervisors' responsibility is the budget, not to micromanage an elected official," Pearce said.
Pearce's bill is SB1017. It would require the county supervisors to allocate the budgets for the other county elected officials by lump sum only. The other county elected officials would then have complete discretion in how those budgets are expended. It would also sever the county officials' from responsibility to adhere to any employment, contract, or acquisition standards other than their own.
Perhaps Pearce's bill should be named the "Joe Arpaio/Andrew Thomas Immunity From Responsibility To Society" Act, or perhaps the "Joe Arpaio/Andrew Thomas 'Just Hand Over Your Money And Shut Up' " Act...
And in a "he ain't heavy, he's my brother" moment, as written, Pearce's bill would add a county's justices of the peace to the list of county officers covered by this bill.
Sen. Pearce's brother Lester is a justice of the peace. Hmmm...
Anyway, Pearce proposed the same bill last year, minus the lump sum budget allocations and the JP stuff, as SB1467. Last June, the bill died for lack of a hearing in committee.
Based on this, one could surmise that Pearce's personal motto is "if at first you don't succeed, try, try, again."