Anti-Prop 101 Committee Violates State Law

This in from the Proposition 101 Committee:

More Potential Legal Trouble For Prop. 101 Opponents

Violates State Law  — Again — By Featuring Arizona State Seal In Campaign Mailer

Opponents of Proposition 101 could be in legal hot water — again — because of another potential violation of state campaign laws.

Proposition 101 opponents last week sent out a mailer that featured Governor Napolitano’s official picture, with the state seal of Arizona prominently featured in the background.

Arizona Revised Statute 41-130 clearly states that such usage is a violation of state law and “any person who knowingly violates this section is guilty of a Class 3 Misdemeanor.” Medical Choice for Arizona filed a complaint with the Secretary of State’s Office over the use of the seal on Monday.

“When are these guys going to start playing by the rules?” asked Dr. Eric Novack, chairman of Medical Choice for Arizona. “It’s appalling what little regard they have for the public trust and for the laws governing political campaigns. One would think that with so much government backing, they might be a little more attentive to the rule of law.

“But then again, maybe it just goes to show what we already knew, which is that opponents of Proposition 101 will stop at nothing to mislead the public. Whether it’s making up false and rebuked legal arguments, creating fake newspaper headlines for their campaign materials or potentially violating the law by using the state seal, clearly Arizona voters cannot trust the opponents of Proposition 101 to be straight with them on the issues.”

About Proposition 101

Proposition 101 will preserve and protect the rights of individuals to make their own health care and health insurance choices.

Currently, many lobbyists and special interest groups in Arizona and around the country are promoting policies that would limit or even eliminate the ability of people to have choices when seeking out health care for themselves and their families.

This initiative will guarantee the right of Arizonans to make their own health care choices. Lobbyists and special interests will see their power to control and dictate health care choices limited. The language of the initiative is simple:

BECAUSE ALL PEOPLE SHOULD HAVE THE RIGHT TO MAKE DECISIONS ABOUT THEIR HEALTH CARE, NO LAW SHALL BE PASSED THAT RESTRICTS A PERSON’S FREEDOM OF CHOICE OF PRIVATE HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS OR PRIVATE PLANS OF ANY TYPE. NO LAW SHALL INTERFERE WITH A PERSON’S OR ENTITY’S RIGHT TO PAY DIRECTLY FOR LAWFUL MEDICAL SERVICES, NOR SHALL ANY LAW IMPOSE A PENALTY OR FINE, OF ANY TYPE, FOR CHOOSING TO OBTAIN OR DECLINE HEALTH CARE COVERAGE OR FOR PARTICIPATION IN ANY PARTICULAR HEALTH CARE SYSTEM OR PLAN.

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Comments

  1. Does this mean that anyone who displays the image of Napolitano without getting Jan Brewer’s approval is violating the law since, under your understanding, this constitutes a use of the seal?

    On the other hand, It is true that Prop 101 is designed to keep people free to make their own health care choices – like choosing to go to the Emergency Room for routine care because they have no insurance, or choosing to forego simple medical procedures because their deductible is too high.

  2. Precinct Committeeman says

    Todd proves a point. Though I doubt he intended to do so.

    Opponents of this plan presuppose some sort of national health insurance.

    Thanks, Todd. Before your rude comments, I was against this measure. I have changed my mind given your tone and statements.

  3. A.R.S. 41-130 :

    41-130. Use of state seal restricted; violation; classification
    A person may use, display or otherwise employ any facsimile, copy, likeness, imitation or other resemblance of the great seal of this state only after obtaining the approval of the secretary of state. The secretary of state may grant a certificate of approval upon application by any person showing good cause for the use of the great seal of this state for a proper purpose. The great seal of this state shall in no way be employed by anyone other than a state agency for the purpose of advertising or promoting the sale of any article of merchandise whatever within this state or for promoting any other commercial purpose. The secretary of state may promulgate rules for the use of the great seal of this state or any facsimile, copy, likeness, imitation or other resemblance of the great seal. Any person who knowingly violates this section is guilty of a class 3 misdemeanor.

  4. Precinct Committeeman – I doubt you were planning on voting against the bill in the first place also my comments presuppose not such thing. My comments (and how were they “rude”?) are about the use of the word freedom in this initiative. It is geared to people who already have adequate health insurance but ignores those that don’t.

  5. GOP Boomer Gal says

    I’m sure it really helps people to obtain affordable insurance when government imposes more and more mandates on the coverage.

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