Mary Jo Pitzl, lead legislative reporter for The Arizona Republic, reports on another trip that 14 legislators are embarking on this week instead of calling a special session to address our state's $3B deficit. This is the second trip lawmakers attended this year for the ALEC conference. The last one was in Atlanta.
by Mary Jo Pitzl: December 3, 2009 Fourteen Arizona lawmakers are in Washington D.C. this week for the winter meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council.
They're hearing presentations on such topics as "Ensuring Success Outside the Ivory Tower," the upcoming redistricting process after the 2010 census, and a special presentation on "Obamacare." They're also hearing address from Rep. John Boehner, the House Minority Leader and Rep. Eric Cantor, R-Virginia.
ALEC attracts mainly Republican lawmakers and serves as a laboratory for legislation that participants often take back to their home states.
Following is a list of the Arizona lawmakers, all Republicans, who are attending. They're not traveling on the taxpayer dime; their fees and fares are being paid for by scholarships sponsored by various industry contributors. That's the same method that will be used by a mixed bag of Democrats and Republicans who are lining up for the next legislative confab, the National Conference of State Legislatures, which is convening in San Diego. Stay tuned for that list.
No wonder there's no talk of another legislative special session until mid-December.
ALEC attendees this week:
Senate President Bob Burns-Peoria
Sen. Sylvia Allen-Snowflake
Sen. Pamela Gorman-Anthem
Sen. Russell Pearce-Mesa
Sen. Thayer Verschoor-Gilbert
Rep. Sam Crump-Anthem
Rep. Adam Driggs-Phoenix
Rep Doris Goodale-Kingman
Rep. Laurin Hendrix-Gilbert
Rep. Debbie Lesko-Glendale
House Majority Leader John McComish-Phoenix
Rep. Nancy McLain-Bullhead City
Rep. Jerry Weiers-Glendale
Rep. David Gowan -Tucson
We encourage ALL voters to contact the above legislators and ask them to focus on our state's budget woes. For contact information, visit AEN's "Legislature & Governor" tab by clicking here.