You'd think that people elected to office and exercising authority under the Arizona Constitution would occasionally read the think.
But you'd think wrong.
From HTRNews -
A state House committee has approved a bill that will make thousands of Arizona university students dig a little deeper into their pockets to pay for school.
The legislation would require full-time students to pay at least $2,000 each year toward their tuition at a state university.
Students would not be able to use university-provided grants, scholarships or tuition benefits to pay the minimum share.
The bill in question is HB2675. The bill passed the House Appropriations Committee by a 7 - 6 vote, with all the Democrats on the committee (Lela Alston, Chad Campbell, Matt Heinz, and Anna Tovar) and two Republicans (Steve Urie and Vic Williams) voting against it.
For those who weren't paying attention in their high school civics classes, from Article 11, Section 6 of the Arizona Constitution -
The university and all other state educational institutions shall be open to students of both sexes, and the instruction furnished shall be as nearly free as possible.
"...as nearly free as possible."
Words to take to heart, but unfortunately, a supermajority of the legislature would rather take an oath to a corporate lobbyist like Grover Norquist to heart instead of the oath they took to the people of Arizona.