Editorial: Stop failing Arizona; Start fixing immigration
Among the dozens of bills awaiting Gov. Jan Brewer's action are several that didn't pass until the final hours of the legislative session. Most of these provoked controversy or needed last-minute fixes to get through. They include:
• Senate Bill 1307, which bans human-animal hybrids. It won narrow approval in both chambers of the Legislature this week. Opponents ridiculed its attempt to legislate actions that they say have no foundation in reality, with Democrats cracking jokes about minotaurs and mermaids.
But proponents, such as Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona Policy, said there is evidence that such activities have been happening in Europe, and they want to prevent that from coming to Arizona.
• Senate Bill 1254, which provides tax credits for companies that produce electricity from renewable energy. Senators killed it during a debate on the merits of targeted tax incentives, but revived it hours later.
• Senate Bill 2143, continues the state Department of Liquor Licenses and Control for another five years and extends the hours of liquor sales on Sundays. If signed, liquor sales could start at 6 a.m., the same time as the other days of the week, instead of the current 10 a.m.
• House Bill 1045 continues SCF, a quasi-governmental agency that provides workers' compensation insurance to more than 30,000 businesses, for another two years. It also creates a road map for the agency to convert into a mutual-insurance company that would be an entirely private entity, governed by a private board. That private company must be operating by January 2013.
Noteworthy supporters of law Russell Pearce Former Alaskan governor Sarah Palin Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio John McCain Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas U.S. Senate hopeful J.D. Hayworth (Ariz.) State Rep. Debbie Riddle (Texas) Scott McInnis (Colo. candidate)
Noteworthy opponents of law Pima County sheriff Clarence Dupnik Interim Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon Former Texas governor Jeb Bush U.S. Senate hopeful Marco Rubio (Fla.) U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (Fla.) Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton Top Calif. lawmaker