Arizona Conservative Coalition Republican Legislator Rankings
Legislative Actions as of 3/15/2013
Last Updated 3/15/2013
We continue working with Republican legislators to refine the bill weights. There have been a few additions and some changes.
One change that has been suggested by a Republican legislator is to change the name of the classification Bipartisan Republican to Progressive Republican. We have not received any ideas we thought are better, so we made that change.
The number of bills being tracked is still 251 plus 3 Strike All amended bills.
Bills introduced in one body of the legislature are now being considered in the other body. This means there will be a lot of votes in committee and floor votes. Typically, the scores of Senators and Representatives start to get closer at this time because they are now voting on bills that the legislators in the other body already voted on. Scores are starting to stabilize, but there are still a lot of votes that can change the scores. We have seen some changes – especially in the Senate – this past week.
These are NOT final scores for the session until our final report after the session ends! We encourage conservative activists to use these weekly evaluations as a way to work with legislators to achieve more conservative results in the legislative session.
The legislation causing the most lowering of scores is HB2047 which switches Arizona from the AIMS standard to the Common Core standard. Our concern is that Common Core surrenders state autonomy on education to the federal government and promotes nationalization of education well beyond the proper scope of the federal government. In addition, the curriculum associated with Common Core relies on an international perspective instead of traditional study of American and World history.
Another bill causing low scores HB2045 which allows state bureaucrats to change Medicaid reimbursements without legislative oversight. This will probably evolve into a bed tax. Bureaucrats should enforce the laws passed by the legislature rather than make law. The legislature should NOT delegate its law making power to the executive branch. This bill bypasses voter passed limits on enacting taxes by pushing the process into bureaucratic regulation instead of explicit legislation.
Other bills having a significant impact remove significant limitations on school district spending or increase government regulation of businesses. Many Republican legislators have argued that good business regulations that “make people do the right thing” are good. This, unfortunately, is almost a perfect definition of fascism which Republicans traditionally oppose. There are always situations where we might wish others would deal with us on terms of our choosing when they are not willing to do so. Using government to force people to deal with us on our terms rather than mutually agreed upon terms is tyranny even if it is dressed up as consumer protection or professional responsibility or trying to improve market efficiency. Of course, in a free economy, people can decide for themselves what is good and make decisions on that basis as both consumers and businesses. Also, government regulations usually have unintended consequences that are usually bad. These consequences are then used to justify still more regulation when less regulation is the best solution.
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