For the last month, HR 2682 – the unanimously co-sponsored bill approving placement of the nation’s first monument to the Bill of Rights here in Arizona – has been in limbo awaiting a final vote in the Senate. After passing the House 57-0 and sailing unopposed through its Senate committee hearings, the bill – which is non-partisan, has zero cost to the taxpayers, and would bring new prestige to the state capitol - suddenly can’t seem to find a spot on the voting calendar.
The office of the bill’s Senate sponsor, Senator Karen Johnson, tells me that the bill is up again in Monday’s Senate caucus, presided over by Senate President Ken Bennett, where a series of measures will be scheduled for votes on Wednesday.
The Bill of Rights needs and deserves to be remembered, revered, and celebrated, not held in reserve as a bargaining chip. This is especially true at this point in our history, with citizens facing the most serious challenge to their personal freedom in generations. We need you to call and email your state senator, as well as Senate President Bennett, and remind them how strongly you feel about your Bill of Rights, and that you expect them to pass HR 2682.
To contact Senate President Ken Bennett:
Call : 602-926-5584
To find out who your state senator is, and how to contact him/her, go to: http://www.azsenate.gov/senate_directory_alpha.htm (you will need to know your district #)