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Goes To Work Jan. 11

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The Perhaps Most Enigmatic Of All State Legislatures Will Soon Begin Its Annual Attempt At Lawmaking, And The Introduced Bills So Far Point To Yet Another Session Filled With Hijinks And Controversy

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By Staff Report
Modern Times Magazine

Dec. 31, 2015 — The cradle of Arizona’s slice of democracy is in downtown Phoenix and every January those elected come together from their disparate localities to start another legislative session.

The next 100 days, or so, could get very interesting indeed.

For those new to the state, not educated here or just plain politically ignorant, the Arizona Legislature makes state laws and controls state spending by authorizing all appropriations and approving the state budget. The body also serves as a balance to executive power.

The legislature has a 30-member Senate and a 60-member House of Representatives. All legislators  are elected concurrently in November of even-numbered years (this November), serve two-year terms and are restricted to four consecutive terms, or eight years total in either the House or Senate. The limits commonly are nothing more than a farce: most legislators switch chambers when “termed out.”

The session will get started Monday, Jan. 11 at the Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, and as usual, the first week will be busy on the capitol mall between the House and Senate buildings. Some first week highlights are marijuana supporters Jan. 11 and an Arizona Business and Education Coalition event Jan. 13 at 11:30 a.m.

Some of the bills already introduced that have already drawn scrutiny include a law that would legalize marijuana, another that would change qualifications to be a county school superintendent, and a rule-making change on selling garden-grown produce.

Thursday, Dec. 31

Herb Stratford: Restoration Opening Reception from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Etherton Gallery, 135 S. 6th Ave., Tucson. This exhibition is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the restoration of the Temple of Music and Art. The show will feature 22 photographs that document the rehabilitation of the Temple of Music and Art between 1989 and 1990. This event is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, visit the event page at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/herb-stratford-restoration-opening-reception-tickets-19646017768?aff=ebrowse.

Sunday, Jan. 3

Save Lives While You Save The Planet from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Tempe Center For The Arts, 700 W. Rio Salado Pkwy., Tempe. This combination event is focused on several things that are beneficial for Arizona residents and the world as a whole. Attendees can participate in the blood drive, recycle their Christmas tree, pick up some free Tempe-produced compost or recycle and professionally shred their sensitive documents for free. Participants can be eligible for a free ticket to the Phoenix Open or a free pizza from Streets of New York Pizza. For more information or to make an appointment to donate blood, visit the event page at http://www.tempe.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/33728/20?curm=1&cury=2016.

Monday, Jan. 4

Arizonans for Safe Access will host an educational event, “Understanding Medical Marijuana,” at the Red Mountain Multigenerational Center, 7550 E. Adobe St., Mesa, 12:30 p.m. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1655963088014675/

Tuesday, Jan. 5

City Council Downtown, Aviation and Redevelopment Subcommittee Meeting from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Phoenix City Hall, 200 W. Washington St., Phoenix. This subcommittee will focus on providing policy guidance on issues related to development, uses, and events occurring within the city's downtown, development and operation of the city's airports, sister cities and programs associated with international trade and tourism and citywide redevelopment. This event is open to anyone who would like to attend. For more information, contact the City Managers Office at 602-262-6941 or  visit the event page at https://www.phoenix.gov/calendar/official-city-council-meetings/1020.

Thursday, Jan. 7

Business 101: The ABCs of Starting Your Business from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Mesa Public Library Red Mountain Branch, 635 N. Power Rd., Mesa. This event is aimed at those who want to start their own business and need to know the basics. The program will cover business name, permits, registration, taxation, bank accounts, and more. This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information or to register, visit the event page at http://events.mesalibrary.org/evanced/lib/eventsignup.asp?ID=11166.

Saturday, Jan. 9

Green Party of Maricopa County 2016 Organizational Meeting at 9:30 a.m. at Saguaro Library, 2808 N. 46th St., Phoenix. This event will focus on setting up goals for the Green Party of Maricopa County for the 2016 calendar year as well as nominating officials for the group and other organization business. This event is open to Green Party members and guests of members. For more information or to register for the event, visit the event page at http://phoenix.eventful.com/events/green-party-maricopa-county-gpmc-2016-organizati-/E0-001-089059816-7. To lean more about the Green Party, visit http://www.maricopagreens.org/.

The second annual Connect2STEM, a family-friendly event celebrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Medicine, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on at the UA College of Medicine, 550 E. Van Buren St., Phoenix. To register for the event or for more information, visit the registraion page, http://www.eventbrite.com/e/connect2stem-attendee-registration-registration-18639882390?aff=ebrowse or the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/Connect2STEM/timeline.

Saturday, Jan. 9 and Sunday, Jan. 10

Vegan food delights, speakers, and family activities and more will be available Jan. 9 and 10 at Scottsdale Civic Center Park, 3808 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale, beginning at 11 a.m. for the 2nd Annual Arizona Vegetarian Food Festival. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/1534446720179744/

Sunday, Jan. 10

Discount Tire Free Family Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. at Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. Discount Tire recently donated a large grant to the Phoenix Art Museum which will allow for the second Sunday of every month starting in 2016 to be a free day for families to come enjoy what the museum has to offer. There will be special events and hands on programming for these Sundays as well. January 10 will be the first Free Family Sunday event and the programming is designed to be appealing to all ages. This event is completely free and open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at http://www.visitarizona.com/events-calendar/discount-tire-free-family-sundays-01-10-2016.

Monday, Jan. 11

Arizona Advocacy Network Meeting from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Changing Hands Bookstore, 300 W. Camelback Rd., Phoenix. The Arizona Advocacy Network will be hosting this event. It will feature Maine Citizens for Clean Elections and their executive director, Andy Bossie. He will be on hand to share how his state's voters passed a citizens' initiative that strengthened their clean elections system, and how Arizona voters can do the same to fight political corruption. This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information or to RSVP, visit the event page at http://www.changinghands.com/event/azadvocacy-jan2016.

Wednesday, Jan 13

Community Wide Park Design Workshop from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Southeast Regional Library, 775 N. Greenfield Rd, Gilbert. The City of Gilbert is planning for a new regional park and wants residents input on the design. Residents are invited to participate and share their ideas at this workshop and to assist in developing the vision for the new regional park. This event is open to the public. For more information, visit the event page at http://www.gilbertaz.gov/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/3119/19?backlist=%2fhome.

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