What is a Concurrent Resolution?

81 Concurrent Resolutions in the 2020 Arizona Legislative Session so far

A concurrent resolution is a method to allow the state legislature to propose a change to the Arizona Constitution through a ballot referendum voted on by voters.  These resolutions have several features that make them very attractive to the Republican majority party that controls both the Arizona Senate and House.  Also known as consent resolutions, they can be passed by a simple majority of both chambers.  Once signed by the Governor they then appear on the next state-wide election for approval by voters.

Reading the actual language is a difficult task.  These resolutions are written in legislative language that most of us have a hard time deciphering.

By the way not all are proposed by Republicans and many may have good intentions.  You be the judge.

Here's a short list of some of them with their descriptions:

SCR1007 restrictions prohibited; immigration laws; enforcement Allen S
SCR1008 cooperation; assistance; enforcement; immigration laws Gowan
SCR1001 ratification; equal rights amendment Steele
SCR1048 corporation commission; members; appointment Gowan
HCR2020 lieutenant governor; joint candidacy Nutt

Commentary by Bob Karp - Are We Expecting Too Much for Voters?

The flood of concurrent resolutions in the 2020 Arizona legislative session could result in one of the longest general election ballots in history.  I have grave concerns about the trend to try to tinker with the Arizona Constitution for partisan reasons.  Right now the Republicans, who control two branches of government, the executive and the legislative want to take away significant powers of oversight and governance from the voters.

There is a direct challenge to the 1998 Voter Protection Act, an attempt to make corporation commissioners appointed rather than elected, adding a lieutenant governor to the executive branch.

There are some worthy ideas worth consideration among a host of others such as ratifying the equal rights amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  (Yes, not everyone will agree on any or all of these).

So what's the problem?  If even five or six of these consent resolutions make it onto the ballot as referendums, as well as several voter-sponsored initiatives, we will have a very long and complicated ballot for the November general election.  Voters tend to "shut down' and just either skip that part of the ballot or vote "No" thinking they are preserving the status quo.  However, that isn't always the case.  For more on that read the 2/19/2020 Herald/Review editorial When No Means Yes.

There is much as stake here.  As the 2/20/2020 Herald Review editorial states - "Republicans are hoping they can achieve their agenda through the ballot box. They hope voters will be overwhelmed by the number of statewide referendums when they vote on Nov. 3 and will simply follow the party’s direction on how to cast their ballot.

Sadly, that outcome would rob voters of their authority over the Legislature, dramatically reduce the number of minority voters and turn Arizona into an aggressively anti-immigration state.  It’s small-minded thinking by a party desperate to hold its majority in the face of a demographic that is rapidly changing."

Read the entire Herald/Review editorial here.

It is time to #FlipTheAZSenate and stop the excesses of single party rule.

 

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