Our partner organization Civic Engagement Beyond Voting states that Tuesday, November 3, “was a good day for justice in AZ.”
- The AZ Supreme Court affirmed a lower court decision that extraneous provisions such as bans on mask mandates, removing the Secretary of State’s authority to defend state election law, and teaching “controversial subjects” do not belong in budget bills. This effectively ends the practice of “logrolling,” stuffing unpopular provisions into a larger bill to ensure their passage.
- In Maricopa County Superior Court, a bill passed by the Legislature in 2021 that mandated that civilians could not constitute a majority on the city’s Civilian Police Review Board (!?) was thrown out. This a big step forward; watch for more action in holding the police accountable.