From Patrick Bray, Executive VP, Arizona Cattle Growers
SCM1012: ENDANGERED SPECIES TRANSPARENCY ACT – SUPPORT (Committee this week)
The Legislature urges the U.S. Congress to enact the 21st Century Endangered Species Transparency Act. The Secretary of State is directed to transmit copies of this memorial to the President of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker of the U.S. House and each member of Congress from Arizona.
H2429: LIVESTOCK; POULTRY; ANIMAL CRUELTY; VIOLATION – SUPPORT
It is a class 1 (highest) misdemeanor to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly cause injury or undue suffering to livestock or poultry. Only the Director of the Department of Agriculture or the Director’s designee has the authority to investigate an alleged violation. Second or subsequent violations are a class 6 (lowest) felony. The list of acts constituting cruelty to animals is expanded to include to intentionally or knowingly “hoard animals” (defined), and cruelty to animals by hoarding animals is a class 1 misdemeanor. A person who commits a second or subsequent violation of cruelty to animals may be prohibited from owning any type of animal.
S1265: ANIMAL CRUELTY; VIOLATION – OPPOSE
|The list of acts constituting cruelty to animals is expanded to include to intentionally, knowingly or recklessly “hoard animals” (defined) or permit another person to subject any animal under the person’s control to cruel mistreatment. A person who commits a second or subsequent violation of specified acts of cruelty to animals is guilty of a class 6 (lowest) felony. Before sentencing a person for cruelty to animals, the court may require the person to undergo a psychological evaluation and may order the person to attend counseling at the person’s own expense.|
S1185: APPROPRIATION; WOLF RECOVERY; LITIGATION COSTS – SUPPORT (Committee this week)
Appropriates $250,000 from the general fund in FY2015-16 to the Department of law for litigation expenses relating to a challenge against any expansion of the Mexican wolf recovery program in Arizona.
Rep. Gosar Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Protect U.S. Waters from Federal Overreach
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Wednesday (1/28/15), U.S. Congressman Paul A. Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) released the following statement after introducing H.R. 594, the Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, which garnered 114 bipartisan cosponsors in less than 48 hours. This bill would prevent the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and other federal agencies from improperly expanding the Clean Water Act (CWA) and seizing jurisdiction over water that is currently under control of states and private ownership:
“The Obama Administration has made it clear that it has no intention of following the law or respecting the legislative process when developing federal rules and regulations. This president has repeatedly chosen to ignore the will of the American people and govern by executive fiat to implement his far left ideology. This includes the latest attempt by the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to obtain control over practically all standing water throughout the U.S. by unilaterally expanding the Clean Water Act.
“This blatant federal overreach would assert federal jurisdiction over nearly all areas with any hydrologic connection to downstream waters, including man-made constructions such as ditches, pipes and farmland ponds. Contrary to claims made by the EPA and the Corps, this would directly contradict prior U.S. Supreme Court decisions, which imposed limits on the extent of federal CWA authority.
“The Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act rejects this overreach and requires relevant federal agencies to go back to the drawing board and consult with states and other local officials to formulate a proposal that will then be submitted to Congress for approval. Only Congress has the authority to change or redefine the scope of the CWA, not bureaucrats in Washington. This fact has been confirmed several times by the Supreme Court. Americans can’t afford more economic hurdles and thievery of precious water supplies from an unaccountable federal government operating in hyper mode.”