The Arizona Senate passed SB1841 in a 16-14 vote yesterday. This requires the Department of Law to review all executive orders issued by the President and determine the constitutionality of said order, enabling the Arizona legislature to seek an exemption from the order or declare the order unconstitutional.
This bill is a big “win” for states’ rights and was one of many bills passed in a 16-14 vote yesterday. The AZ Senate also passed SB1819 which requires watermarks on all ballots.
The passage of the SB1819 bill infuriated the Democrats in the Senate. Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs described this bill to be based on “conspiracy theories” and a product of “petty partisanship”.
Arizona Democrats have been infuriated but the Republicans’ consistent winning track record in legislation this past cycle. The Republicans hold a solid 16-14 majority in the Senate. On Tuesday, House Democrats refused to show up to the Capitol on Tuesday to block debate on the Arizona Budget and tax cut legislation. The Democrats’ pushback is ineffective since Republicans control both chambers. Arizona Republicans successfully amended the budget bill to ban critical race theory, ban mandatory vaccinations and requirements of face masks in K-12 schools and Arizona universities, and also prevents employers or business from requiring vaccine passports.
These amendments to the budget bill contained Republican priorities and have been encouraged by Governor Ducey. Last week, Ducey released an order that prevented Arizona State University from implementing a policy that would require regular testing and mandatory wearing of face masks for unvaccinated students.