Monday, February 7, 2011

14th Amendment bills fail to advance committee

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix Senate Bills 1308 and 1309, bills to define Arizona citizenship and create a legal challenge to the 14th Amendment failed to advance in the Senate Judiciary Committee today.

“These bills do nothing to move Arizona forward,” said Senate Minority Leader David Schapira. “The legislature should be focusing on issues that are important to Arizona citizens, such as getting our economy back on track and getting our fiscal house in order.”

The Senate Judiciary Committee took testimony for three hours before the committee chairman ultimately held the bills. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema and Sen. Steve Gallardo are the two Democratic members who serve on the Judiciary Committee.

“Today, Arizona and South Dakota have shown bipartisan opposition to this legislation,” Sen. Kyrsten Sinema said. “It is unconstitutional and irrelevant to the issues facing our nation. Today's committee hearings in both Arizona and South Dakota demonstrated that these bills are extremist measures that do nothing to solve the real problems we face. We need to get back to work on creating Arizona jobs and repairing our schools.”

In June 2010, a Pew survey showed a majority of Americans opposed ending birthright citizenship by a 56-41 margin. Pew reports that this remains virtually unchanged from a similar survey in 2006.

“I am glad to see that there are members in the Legislature who are willing to stand up for the average Arizonan,” said Sen. Steve Gallardo. “It is time to put Arizona’s economic recovery back on the forefront where it belongs.”

No comments:

Post a Comment

Please leave your comment here: