On Thursday, April 29th the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die after spending 109 days in session. While much of the legislative session again focused on addressing Arizona’s growing budget problems, by the end, immigration became the most publicized and controversial issue of the year.
As leaders of many faith communities in Arizona we want to share with you the common serious concerns that we all have with respect to SB 1070 and the potentially negative impact we believe it could have on our great state.
As Bishops of the Arizona Catholic Conference, our thoughts and prayers are with all of our elected state representatives as they face very difficult decisions on a number of important issues.
After one of the most unusual and bitter legislative sessions in memory, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 7:31 a.m. on July 1st, making it the latest ending date in Arizona history.
ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2008 LEGISLATIVE SESSION FINAL UPDATE By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference On Friday, June 27th, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die after spending 166 days in session. Not only was this session one of the longest in Arizona history, it also marked one of the most acrimonious sessions in recent years. Before
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ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2007 LEGISLATIVE SESSION FINAL UPDATE By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference On Wednesday, June 20th, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 10:58 p.m. after spending a busy 164 days in session. The length of the session tied last year’s mark as the fifth longest in Arizona history and featured the introduction
ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2007 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference The Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC) is the public policy voice of the Dioceses of Tucson, Phoenix, and Gallup, and represents the Church on legislative matters. Our core beliefs involve respect for all human life from conception until natural death. While some issues
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ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2006 LEGISLATIVE SESSION FINAL UPDATE By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference Enormous Success for ACC’s Legislative Agenda On Thursday, June 22nd, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 12:12 a.m. after spending 164 days in session. A record 1,587 bills, memorials, and resolutions were introduced during what amounted to the fifth longest
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ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2005 LEGISLATIVE SESSION FINAL UPDATE By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference Big Wins for ACC’s Legislative Agenda On Friday, May13th, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 1:25 a.m. after spending 123 days in session. A record 1,443 bills, memorials, and resolutions were introduced during what amounted to a very busy
Statement of Most Reverend Gerald Kicanas, Diocese of Tucson, Bishop Thomas Olmsted, Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Donald Pelotte, Diocese of Gallup May 12, 2005 We commend Senator John McCain and Representatives Jim Kolbe and Jeff Flake of Arizona for today introducing the Secure America and Orderly Immigration Act of 2005 in the U.S. Congress.
ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE BISHOPS’ STATEMENT ON THE WHITE RIBBON COALITION’S STATEWIDE DAY OF PRAYER May 1, 2005 En Español The President and Congress are currently attempting to find various legislative solutions that will bring meaningful immigration reform to our country. Few issues are as complex or emotional as the immigration problems facing our
ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2005 LEGISLATIVE AGENDA By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference On Monday, January 10th, the 2005 Arizona legislative session began and the inevitable discussion surrounding various social issues and the budget dominated conversation at the Capitol. As always, business and special interest groups gathered to promote their agendas and protect their self
Arizona Catholic Conference Bishops’ Statement Against Proposition 200 En Español The Protect Arizona Now Initiative (Proposition 200) is one of the most controversial measures that voters will decide in November. Nonetheless, despite the intense rhetoric surrounding this proposal, Proposition 200 is largely a symbolic issue that will do nothing to solve the complex