AZ Governor Vetoes Pro-Rights Bills

SB 1251, which would have strengthened the "public establishment or event" storage requirements that were passed last year and capped CCW permit fees at their current level, and SB 1166, which attempted to make it clear that the legislature intended to apply the 2006 "Castle Doctrine/Burden of Proof" legislation to all cases pending at the time it was signed, were vetoed by the Governor on July 2, 2007.  You can read her veto letters here:

 

http://www.azleg.gov/govlettr/48leg/1R/SB1251.pdf

http://www.azleg.gov/govlettr/48leg/1R/SB1166.pdf

 

Lobbyists for law enforcement groups, state agencies, cities, and towns, not to mention their willing accomplices in the media, worked very hard to kill SB 1251. Notwithstanding their repeated attempts to derail the bill in the legislature, it passed out of the House on June 4th by a vote of 32-23-5, and it passed out of the Senate on June 18th by a vote of 16-11-3.  

 

On March 20th, SB 1302, which attempted to make it clear that the legislature intended to apply the 2006 "Castle Doctrine/Burden of Proof" legislation to all cases pending at the time it was signed, was vetoed by the Governor, despite strong bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.  You can view the Governor's veto letter by going here:

 

http://azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/NR_030207_SB1302VetoLetter.pdf

 

On April 4th, a "Strike Everything" amendment was added to SB 1166 in the House Appropriations committee that substituted the language from SB 1302, as well as modifications intended to address the concerns stated in the Governor's veto letter.  It passed out of the House on April 23rd by a vote of 32-23-5, and it passed out of the Senate on May 2nd by a vote of 29-0-1. 

 

Despite the bipartisan support in the legislature for both bills, and despite the tremendous outpouring of public support for both bills, the Governor decided to pander to the special interests aligned against these bills, and utilized her well worn veto stamp once more.

 

You can express your feelings about the Governor's dismal track record on protecting your rights by contacting her with a polite message indicating your thoughts.  Her email address is azgov@az.gov.  You can also fax a letter to her at 602-542-1381.

 

Or you can mail it to her at the following address:

 

The Honorable Janet Napolitano

Governor of Arizona

1700 West Washington

Phoenix, Arizona 85007

 

You can also go to the Governor's website, http://azgovernor.gov/Contact.asp, where you will find a fill-in-the-blanks form to register your opinion.  For "subject", scroll down and select "Legislation."  For "topic", fill in "SB 1251 Veto" or "SB 1166 Veto." 

 

You can call her office toll free using this number: 1-800-253-0883

 

Information on these and other bills can be found at the AzCDL website:  http://www.azcdl.org/html/legislation.html

 

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