Equality Arizona

This is not a drill – 2/25 Weekly Legislative Update

We wish things were different. But wishing doesn’t make change happen. So we’ll unite to hold our elected officials accountable to our community. And we will never stop dreaming of and fighting for equality.

Call your two representatives and tell them to vote NO on SB 1142 and SB 1199.

SB 1142 –┬áriot; planning; participation; racketeering

Introduced by Representative Sonny Borrelli (R), LD 5

This bill updates current statute, re-defining who “conspirators” are and the consequences of someone “conspiring” to commit offenses.

This bill gives authorities the power to arrest protesters at peaceful demonstrations if they “believe” violent actions will occur, which gives too much power for discretionary authority.

The bill is on its way to the Arizona House of Representatives.

Call your two representatives and tell them to vote NO on SB 1142.

 

SB 1199 – criminal history investigation; name change

Introduced by Representative John Kavanagh (R), LD 23

This bill would require all applicants for a court-ordered name change to be fingerprinted and undergo a criminal background check before their name change can be granted. This bill also increases the cost of a name change by $35 dollars.

SB 1199 makes it more difficult for African Americans, the Latinx community, transgender people, and members of other marginalized groups, who because of discrimination and poverty, suffer higher than average rates of conviction and incarceration, to obtain a name change.

The bill is on its way to the Arizona House of Representatives. Call your two representatives and tell them to vote NO on SB 1199.