Saturday, January 19, 2008

No Taxpayer Money for Lobbyists--important reform bill

SCR 1009 was introduced yesterday.

Also known as No Taxpayer Money for Lobbyists, the bill would give voters in November the opportunity to prohibit governments and government agencies from using taxpayer money to lobby the Legislature. SCR 1009 would allow governments and government agencies to continue providing information to legislative committees, but they would not be allowed to spend our money to hire lobbyists.

To take action, view the related link on the AFP Arizona blog page.

Please send a note of thanks to Senator Linda Gray (R-10, Northwest Phoenix) and the other sponsors of SCR 1009, aka No Taxpayer Money for Lobbyists:

Sen. Robert Blendu (R-12, Litchfield Park, Goodyear),

Sen. Bob Burns (R-9, Peoria, Sun City),

Sen. Ron Gould (R-3, Lake Havasu City, Mohave County),

Sen. John Huppenthal (R-20, Ahwatukee, Tempe),

Sen. Karen Johnson (R-18, Mesa),

Rep. Mark Anderson, (R-18, Mesa),

Rep. Russell Pearce, (R-18, Mesa),

Rep. Judy Burges (R-4, Sun City West, Surprise, Wickenburg),

Rep. Doug Clark (R-6, Anthem, North Phoenix),

Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (R-22, Gilbert),

Rep. Jim Weiers, House Speaker (R-10, Northwest Phoenix),

Rep. Steven Yarbrough (R-21, Chandler),

To read the text of the bill, click here.

And thanks to longtime taxpayer activist Ken Bond of Mesa, who has worked for many years to implement meaningful restraints on taxpayer-funded lobbying. If you would like to help Ken to pass SCR 1009, please respond to this email and let me know.

Tom Jenney
Executive Director
Arizona Federation of Taxpayers
A state chapter of Americans for Prosperity

(602) 478-0146

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