Author Archive: admin

rss feed

Jul

1

USCCB Statement on Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” Decision – (6/30/14)

Posted by

  To read the USCCB statement on Supreme Court “Hobby Lobby” decision click here.

Continue Reading

May

15

Arizona Republic: ‘What if Arizona repealed the death penalty?’

Posted by

Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was recently asked by The Arizona Republic to weigh in on the use of the death penalty, responding to the question: “What if Arizona repealed the death penalty?”

Continue Reading

May

14

Arizona Catholic Conference 2014 Legislative Wrap-Up – (5/13/14)

Posted by

ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE 2014 LEGISLATIVE WRAP-UP By Ron Johnson Arizona Catholic Conference  Pro-Life and Conscience Battles Continue  On April 24th, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 1:46 a.m. after spending 101 days in session. Like last year, the number of bills introduced was somewhat lower than normal with just over 1,300 pieces of legislation […]

Continue Reading

Apr

17

Legislative Update – (4/17/14)

Posted by

ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE (04/17/14) Governor Brewer Signs Important Pro-Life Bill  There was very good news this week when Governor Brewer signed important pro-life legislation (HB 2284) into law. HB 2284, which was sponsored by Representative Debbie Lesko, will now allow for the same type of unannounced inspections of abortion clinics as any other […]

Continue Reading

Mar

28

Legislative Update – (3/28/14)

Posted by

ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE (03/28/14) Big Win for School Choice School choice received a big win last week when the Arizona Supreme Court refused to hear a challenge to the State’s Empowerment Scholarship Account (ESA) program. Because the Court of Appeals had already ruled in favor of the ESA program, this decision now puts […]

Continue Reading

Mar

7

Legislative Update – (3/7/14)

Posted by

ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE (03/07/14)  House Approves Important Pro-Life Bill  On Tuesday, the Arizona House of Representatives approved one of the most important pro-life bills of the legislative session (HB 2284) by a vote of 34-22.  HB 2284 is a proposal that, among other things, would allow unannounced government inspections of abortion clinics, just […]

Continue Reading

Feb

27

Legislative Update – (2/27/14)

Posted by

ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE LEGISLATIVE UPDATE (02/27/14) Religious Freedom Bill Dies  On Wednesday, legislation relating to religious liberty (SB 1062) was vetoed following a week of extremely intense, if not misleading, rhetoric. Religious liberty is an important concept upon which our country was founded. In Arizona, we also have a proud tradition of supporting religious liberty […]

Continue Reading

Feb

21

Legislative Update – (2/21/14)

Posted by

ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE Legislative Update (02/21/14) Deadlines Result in the Demise of Many Bad Bills This week was the deadline for all bills to be approved by committees in their house of origin. This means that any bill that is assigned to a committee other than Appropriations and has not yet received a hearing is […]

Continue Reading

Feb

14

Legislative Update – (2/14/14)

Posted by

ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE Legislative Update (02-14-14) Happy Valentine’s Day! Despite a relatively slow start to the legislative session, the pace has greatly picked up in recent weeks. While legislators were slow to introduce legislation this year, they ended up filing more bills than last year.  The bill filing deadline has now passed in both chambers […]

Continue Reading

Feb

7

Legislative Update – (2/7/14)

Posted by

ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE Legislative Update (02/07/14) Religious Liberty Legislation Advances This week was an extremely busy and productive week concerning bills of interest to the Arizona Catholic Conference (ACC).  On Tuesday, the ACC testified in the House Government Committee on an important religious liberty bill (HB 2153) that provides needed updates to Arizona’s Religious Freedom […]

Continue Reading