Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club sends us this dispatch:
“The long fight to save wild beauty represents democracy at its best. It requires citizens to practice the hardest of virtues—self-restraint." —Edwin Way Teale.
Hi everyone! That whole self-restraint concept is lost on the majority in each house of the Arizona Legislature as they pass bill after bill that will harm our state, its people, and its air, water, and wildlife. What is up with that anyway? There have been few years in the time I have been following the antics of the legislature where I have seen such a collection of truly terrible bills advance, the way they are this year. And speaking of truly terrible bills . . . .
SB1200 NOW: game and fish commission; recommendation board (Nelson) passed out of the House on Thursday 36-19-5 and is on its way to the Governor. Please contact Governor Brewer and ask her to veto SB1200. Yes, it is a long-shot, but giving up is just not an option. This bill ensures that the larger public will have no role in wildlife management and codifies in law the good ol’ boy system. It sets up the Arizona Game and Fish Commission appointment recommendation board, which is made up of narrowly defined hunting organizations, one member of the public, and one rancher. The purpose of this board is to interview Game and Fish Commission candidates and make recommendations to the Governor — she/he has to pick a commissioner from among those recommendations. Any candidate for Game and Fish will have to pass this group’s litmus tests.
You can contact Governor Brewer by calling her at