2.10.2015

SB 1435


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Another comic for TucsonSentinel.com.


SB 1435, introduced by Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, would require that only meetings where action, such as debating or voting, begins to take place be held in public. She said it’s difficult for members of elected bodies, especially those with three and five members, to talk without the threat of breaking the open meetings law.

“I felt that this would really make for better government because – let’s put it this way, before you have to take legal action, work has to be done and it has to be done by the staff,” Allen said.

Arizona’s open meeting law requires that discussions, deliberations, considerations or consultations involving the majority of members of an elected body be held in public meetings.

David Cuillier, freedom of information chair for the Society of Professional Journalists and director of the University of Arizona School of Journalism, said the bill would “completely gut” Arizona’s open meeting law.


“You can’t have a democracy where the citizens are flying blind,” he said. “This is all about being able to hold our government accountable … We need to know how the sausage is being made.”

Independence Day


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The first voter registration report of 2015 showed that the number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last yearNon-party affiliated voters make up the largest group of Arizona’s 3.24 million registered voters, about 36 percent, at 1.16 million. Republicans account for 1.11 million voters, followed by more than 933,000 Democrats and 26,000 Libertarians.

Originally published at TucsonSentinel.com.
 
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