Wednesday, February 16, 2011

It never stops: the birthright citizenship and turning hospitals into immigration checkpoints coming back already...

While this will be covered as part of the regularly scheduled "Coming Week" post that will go up on Saturday or Sunday, but we need to get out a heads up on this to as many people as possible.

The two birthright citizenship bills (SB1308 and SB1309) and the hospitals/immigration checkpoints bill (SB1405) may have failed to gain committee approval the last two weeks (getting pulled from each agenda they were on before the committees voted on them), however, Russell Pearce, Ron Gould, and the rest of the nativists in the lege haven't given up. 

Not by a long shot.

While most Senate committees have completed their work on Senate bills for the session and aren't meeting next week (once the House passes some bills and sends them over to the Senate, committee meetings will start up again), Appropriations will meet on Tuesday at 2 p.m. in SHR109 to consider those three bills, as well as SB1519, a measure from Sens. Andy Biggs and Ron Gould that would end Medicaid (AHCCCS) in Arizona.

Note for Thursday, 2/17/2011 - nine House committees are meeting, including many that don't normally meet on Thursdays.  It looks as if the House is trying to cram through as many bills as possible before the deadline for the chambers of the legislature to consider bills originating in their own chamber.

I didn't see anything that truly stood out as *bad*, but I only did a quick scan and could have missed something.  Check out the list here.

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