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  • State Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (AZ) 9:27 am on February 21, 2014 Permalink |
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    Arizona to protect religious individuals and businesses from LGBT legal persecution

    Bill: SB1062/HB2153 (PDF)

    Sponsored by Rep. Farnsworth in the House and Sen. Yarbrough in the Senate, but vetoed by Gov. Jan Brewer, SB1062 says that the State of Arizona, and all its subdivisions, may not “burden a person’s exercise of religion.” The mandate protects religious objections by “any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, religious assembly or institution, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity.” Finally, the bill provides that “a person whose religious exercise is burdened in violation of this section may assert that violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, and obtain appropriate relief against a government regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding. The person asserting such a claim or defense may obtain appropriate relief.” This bill updates Arizona’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

    Also: “CNN: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer vetoes controversial anti-gay bill, SB 1062”

    “Arizona SB1062 defends religious liberty, does not discriminate against gays”

    “Arizona House votes 33-27 to protect religious objectors from LGBT discrimination lawsuits”

    “Arizona ‘religious freedom’ bill angers gay rights supporters”

    “Bill enhancing religious defense advances in Arizona Legislature”

    “Why our religious freedom needs more protection”

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  • State Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (AZ) 11:42 am on May 24, 2013 Permalink |
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    Arizona citizens empowered to sue over threats to religious liberties

    Bill: SB1178 (PDF)

    Introduced by Rep. Farnsworth as a “strike everything” amended bill, and passed by the legislature, SB1178 would empower Arizona citizens to sue special interest groups and also the government for any impending violations of religious liberty. SB1178 states: “A person whose religious exercise is burdened or is likely to be burdened may assert that violation or impending violation as a claim or defense in a judicial proceeding, regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding. The person asserting such a claim or defense may obtain appropriate relief, including relief against the government. A party who prevails in any action to enforce this article against a government shall recover attorney fees and costs.” SB1178 also states that a person’s religious liberty may be burdened only if the opposing party proves that such action is (1) “essential to further a compelling government interest” and (2) “the least restrictive means of furthering that compelling government interest.”

    Also: “Religious freedom at center of legislation at Arizona Capitol”

    “Arizona House passes bill protecting religion”

     
  • State Rep. Eddie Farnsworth (AZ) 12:46 pm on June 9, 2012 Permalink |
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    Arizona constitutional amendment to give governors strong say in judicial selection process

    Bill: SCR1001 (Proposition 115) (PDF)

    Initially sponsored by Sen. Russell Pearce in 2011 but revised by Rep. Eddie Farnsworth and the Judiciary Committee as a “strike everything” amendment in 2012, SCR1001 (Arizona Judicial Selection Amendment, Proposition 115 [2012]) aims to reform the judicial selection process for the State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals by removing the state bar from the judicial recommendation process and giving the elected governor greater control over the nomination and selection of judges. Defeated in the Nov. 6, 2012 election, Proposition 115 would have empowered the governor to appoint most members of the judicial screening panel, and it also would have increased the total number of judicial candidates from three to eight, providing a pool of candidates with a broader spectrum of political and professional backgrounds. Proposition 115 also requires that all court decisions by standing judges be posted online, so voters will have meaningful information with which to determine if a judge is worthy of retaining.

    Also: “Arizona Judicial Selection Amendment (2012)”

    “Proposition 115 would give Ariz. governor more power in selecting judges”

    “Andrew Thomas rolls out Citizens for Clean Courts”

     
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