Unenforceable, eh?

23 Feb 2010 10:27 am
Posted by: Donna

The Supreme Court’s recent Citizens United decision has spurred Sec’y of State Ken Bennett and a bipartisan group of legislators to rush to put together a bill that will bring our state’s law pertaining to corporate campaign contributions into line with that decision.

The Secretary of State’s Office is proposing changes in state campaign contribution law to bring Arizona into compliance with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling passed down last month.

Under the ruling, companies and labor unions are permitted to spend money to influence candidate elections through methods such as running TV ads about a candidate. Arizona law forbids corporations and unions from spending their own money supporting or opposing state candidates. When the Supreme Court determined such limitations violated First Amendment rights, Arizona’s law became unenforceable…

…The Senate bill, which is sponsored by Senate president Bob Burns, R-Peoria, and Senate minority leader Jorge Luis Garcia, D-Tucson, passed the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday and moves on to the Senate Rules Committee. The House bill, sponsored by Speaker of the House Kirk Adams, R-Mesa, and House minority leader David Lujan, D-Phoenix, is expected to be heard by the House Judiciary Committee this week.

It’s “unenforceable” now, ya know. Therefore, it behooves the legislature to rectify the situation, post haste. It being a big Supreme Court decision and all. I mean, what’s the point of having unenforceable laws on the books?


13-3604. Soliciting abortion; punishment; exception

A woman who solicits from any person any medicine, drug or substance whatever, and takes it, or who submits to an operation, or to the use of any means whatever, with intent thereby to procure a miscarriage, unless it is necessary to preserve her life, shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for not less than one nor more than five years.

Roe v. Wade was decided in 1973.


  1. Comment by Timmys Cat on February 23, 2010 11:16 am

    It is rather rude of you to expect the AZ legislature to stand up and fight for their convictions.
    “Big ol’ meanie SCOTUS makes decisions that give us cover.” “We know we can write legislature caving into the base, and it is not going to mean a thing under Federal law.”

    Hey, hey, hey! They did show their true backbone by punting tax increases to the voter!
    However, I do feel better to know that someone with a concealed weapon can be in a bar.
    Let’s not forget the great morale message that s being sent when jobs are bleeding, “leadership” wants to, at who knows what cost,
    plant a Christian symbol in front of a secular building.

  2. Comment by Timmys Cat on February 23, 2010 11:30 am

    If I offended I apologize. I should have said religious symbol.

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