INDUSTRY: Urgent – Action Required: Call Rep. Ugenti-Rita Today

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This Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 9:30 am, the House Government Committee will hear three bills drafted and sponsored by Representative Michelle Ugenti-Rita which seek to amend or totally repeal the Arizona Voter Protection Act.

The Voter Protection Act currently makes it much more difficult for the Arizona Legislature to repeal or change referenda or initiatives that have been voted into law by the voters in Arizona.

Currently, AMMA or Prop 203, AZ’s MMJ law is protected by the Voter Protection Act which requires 3/4 of all members of both the Arizona House and Senate vote to change the law.  Without the Voter Protection Act 3/4-vote requirement, it would be much easier for the Legislature to make changes or to repeal the AMMA.

Call Representative Ugenti-Rita today to ask her to pull HCR 2002, HCR 2007 and HB 2320 from consideration in committee on Thursday and show your support of Arizona’s cannabis industry. Her number and email are: (602) 926-4480 and mugenti-rita@azleg.gov.  

Be a citizen lobbyist!
Our team at AMMA PAC suggests that you call and email and simply say this:

Dear Representative Ugent-Rita:

“My name is _________ and as an Arizona voter I respectfully request that you pull HCR 2002, HCR 2007, and HB 2320 from consideration. Please protect the will of Arizona voters by supporting the Voter Protection Act which requires a higher threshold of legislative support to make changes to laws which were enacted by the voters.

Thank you,”

Please share this email with anyone who think will also want to protect Arizona’s AMMA from Representative Ugenti-Rita’s attacks. Below is the language that would be changed or removed in each of these three bills.

Thank you,
Taylor Swick and John Hartsell

AMMA PAC
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Bill Descriptions:

HCR 2002
Introduced by: Representative Ugenti-Rita
REFERENCE TITLE: repeal 1998 proposition 105
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/1r/bills/hcr2002p.htm

Seeks to allow the Arizona Legislature to repeal initiatives and referendum more easily.  The proposed language to have removed from the statute are as follows:

(6)  (B)  Legislature’s power to repeal initiative or referendum.  The legislature shall not have the power to repeal an initiative measure approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon or to repeal a referendum measure decided by a majority of the votes cast thereon.
(6)  (C)  Legislature’s power to amend initiative or referendum. The legislature shall not have the power to amend an initiative measure approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon, or to amend a referendum measure decided by a majority of the votes cast thereon, unless the amending legislation furthers the purposes of such measure and at least three‑fourths of the members of each house of the legislature, by a roll call of ayes and nays, vote to amend such measure.
(6)  (D)  Legislature’s power to appropriate or divert funds created by initiative or referendum.  The legislature shall not have the power to appropriate or divert funds created or allocated to a specific purpose by an initiative measure approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon, or by a referendum measure decided by a majority of the votes cast thereon, unless the appropriation or diversion of funds furthers the purposes of such measure and at least three‑fourths of the members of each house of the legislature, by a roll call of ayes and nays, vote to appropriate or divert such funds.

HCR 2007
Introduced by: Representative Ugenti-Rita
REFERENCE TITLE: proposition 105; exempt referenda
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/1r/bills/hcr2007p.htm

This seeks to remove referanda from the Voter Protection Act language that requires a 3/4 vote of the Legislature so that referanda that are passed by the voters are no longer afforded additional protection from legislative attacks. The words that would be removed are shown with a line through those words as follows:

(6)  (B)  Legislature’s power to repeal initiative or referendum.  The legislature shall not have the power to repeal an initiative measure approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon or to repeal a referendum measure decided by a majority of the votes cast thereon.
(6)  (C)  Legislature’s power to amend initiative or referendum.  The legislature shall not have the power to amend an initiative measure approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon, or to amend a referendum measure decided by a majority of the votes cast thereon, unless the amending legislation furthers the purposes of such measure and at least three‑fourths of the members of each house of the legislature, by a roll call of ayes and nays, vote to amend such measure.
(6)  (D)  Legislature’s power to appropriate or divert funds created by initiative or referendum.  The legislature shall not have the power to appropriate or divert funds created or allocated to a specific purpose by an initiative measure approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon, or by a referendum measure decided by a majority of the votes cast thereon, unless the appropriation or diversion of funds furthers the purposes of such measure and at least three‑fourths of the members of each house of the legislature, by a roll call of ayes and nays, vote to appropriate or divert such funds.

and…

(14)  Reservation of legislative power.  This section shall not be construed to deprive the legislature of the right to enact any measure except that the legislature shall not have the power to adopt any measure that supersedes, in whole or in part, any initiative measure approved by a majority of the votes cast thereon or any referendum measure decided by a majority of the votes cast thereon unless the superseding measure furthers the purposes of the initiative or referendum measure and at least three‑fourths of the members of each house of the legislature, by a roll call of ayes and nays, vote to supersede such initiative or referendum measure.

HB 2320
Introduced by: Representative Ugenti-Rita
REFERENCE TITLE: ballot measures; proposition 105 disclosures
http://www.azleg.gov/legtext/53leg/1r/bills/hb2320p.htm
This would require advertising and fundraising disclosure statements for any ballot measure expenditure to include the following statement:  “notice:  pursuant to Proposition 105 (1998), this measure cannot be changed in the future if approved on the ballot except by a three‑fourths vote of the legislature and if the change furthers the purpose of the original ballot measure, or by referring the change to the ballot.”

When the secretary of state is ordered by the legislature, or by petition under the initiative and referendum provisions of the constitution, to submit to the people a measure or proposed amendment to the constitution, the secretary of state shall cause to be printed, at the expense of the state a publicity pamphlet, which shall contain:
7.  Immediately below the legislative council analysis, for any statutory measure, the following statement in bold‑faced type:  “Notice:  pursuant to Proposition 105 (1998), this measure cannot be changed in the future if approved on the ballot except by a three-fourths vote of the legislature and if the change furthers the purpose of the original ballot measure, or by referring the change to the ballot.”

And

For ballots, for state statutory measures, the officer in charge of elections shall print on the official ballot immediately before the first proposed state statutory initiative measure and immediately before the first proposed state statutory measure submitted under the referendum the following:  “Notice:  pursuant to Proposition 105 (1998), this measure cannot be changed in the future if approved on the ballot except by a three-fourths vote of the legislature and if the change furthers the purpose of the original ballot measure, or by referring the change to the ballot.”

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