AZ Legislative Session 2020
On May 8th, 2020 Speaker Rusty Bowers and President Karen Fann called legislature back for a vote to Sine Die and end the second session of the 54th legislature, ultimately killing all bills that had been worked on. This included a number of bills focused on parental rights and health rights along with a handful of much needed bills sponsored by Senator Dave Farnsworth to reconstruct DCS. About 20 patriots showed up at the capitol urging legislators to vote "NO" to sine die. The vote passed 24-6 in favor.
President Fann stated at the time that after they sine die, legislature can then come back to a special session to discuss much needed legislation at that time. This has yet to occur.
Since March, Governor Doug Ducey has signed 48 executive orders. This has forced many restrictions on Arizonans liberties which has placed tremendous stress on business owners causing an increase in mental health, unemployment, loss of income, and a large increase in government assistance.
A special session must either be called by the Governor, or have a 2/3 majority vote by petition of the state legislators (60 in the House and 30 in the Senate) 60 signatures total are needed.
On June 30th, 2020, Rep. Kelly Townsend called on Governor Ducey for a special session to address the State of Emergency. Governor Ducey took no action to the request. Rep. Townsend then initiated the petition on July 8, 2020 asking Legislators to sign. Once 2/3 signatures are received, Governor Ducey shall then call a special session.
As of August 27, 2020, 24 signatures have been received - all Republicans. The following list includes legislators that have signed: Sen. Sylvia Allen, Sen. Dave Farnsworth, Sen. David Livingston, Sen. JD Mesnard, Sen. Tyler Pace, Sen Michelle Ugenti-Rita, Rep. Nancy Barto, Rep. Leo Biasiucci, Rep. Walt Blackman, Rep. Shawnna Bolick, Rep. Noel Campbell, Rep. David Cook, Rep. John Fillmore, Rep. Mark Finchem, Rep. Gail Griffin, Rep. John Kavanagh, Rep. Jay Lawrence, Rep. Kevin Payne, Rep. Warren Petersen, Rep. Tony Rivero, Rep. Bret Roberts, Rep. Bob Thorpe, Rep. Kelly Townsend and Sen. Paul Boyer.
You can help to gather the remaining signatures needed by reaching your legislators urging them to "Sign the Petition calling for a Special Session".