STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Today, Sen. Meg Burton Cahill (D-Tempe) proposed an amendment to SCR 1001 that would have allowed an employee to choose whether to have an additional person present when going to speak with their employer.
Partisan politics may have entered the fray when Burton Cahill was not allowed a roll call vote on the amendment despite having her desk light on, which signifies her desire to be recognized to speak by the Senate President.
“In the Senate, we have rules of procedure and these rules should be abided by in order to keep the process fair and diligent,” said Burton Cahill. “By ignoring the light, the Senate President circumvents the stated rules of procedure. I verbally asked to be recognized and was still denied the opportunity to make a motion. If it was a matter of the Senate President overlooking the light, he should have taken corrective action and allowed me to speak. If he saw the light and ignored it, that action is an abuse of our own rules.”