Russell Pearce's Police State Bill on Today's COW Calendar (Update: Pearce Bill Passes COW with Amendment)
Do you want to live in Russell Pearce's police state?
Will we live in state Senator Russell Pearce's dream police state, or will we live in the United States of America?
UPDATE: Pearce's bill passed the Committee of the Whole today without debate. However, the bill was amended by Representative Russell Jones, a Republican, to exempt first responders, EMTs, and ambulance attendants.
Jones' floor amendment throws a bit of a wrench into Pearce's best laid plans. There are now two somewhat dissimilar bills: HB 2632 with the Jones amendment, which awaits a third read on the House floor; and SB 1070, without that Jones language, which has already passed the state Senate.
How these two bills become reconciled, and how quickly, is the question. Folks I'm speaking to are hoping to hold off passage till the legislature calls sine die.
Wednesday March 24, at noon, Border Action Network will rally again at Governor Jan Brewer's office. Libertarians, liberals and none of the above are invited to attend. The rally will urge the Governor to veto the bill should it come to her desk.
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