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Capitol Quotes: Feb. 17, 2012

“It is not a little unconstitutional. It is a lot unconstitutional.” — Lobbyist John McDonald to the House Government Committee on Feb. 14 testifying against HB2789, which would require the Legislature to approve all rules adopted by the Arizona Corporation Commission.

“I’m looking at true constitutionality.” — Rep. David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, during debate of HB2789 in response to a claim that the courts had determined that renewable energy rules approved by the Corporation Commission in 2006 have been upheld by the courts.

“It’s going to be the lobbyist and lawyers employment act.” — Michael Neary, executive director of the Arizona Solar Energy Industries Association, on HB2789, a bill that would give the Legislature and governor veto power over policy decisions of the Corporation Commission.

“If you’re going to put someone’s livelihood in the hands of an eight-year-old kid… what is the appeals process?” — Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, during the debate of SB1201 in the Senate Government Reform Committee Feb. 15. The bill bars teachers from making partisan statements and teaching political ideology during classes.

“It’s just another way for her to point the laser gun at Latino teachers and laugh about it.” — Richard Martinez, civil rights attorney who represented Mexican American Studies teachers from Tucson Unified School District, on Sen. Lori Klein’s SB1202, which prohibits partisan instruction in K-12.

“I apologize to (Rep. David) Smith for ignoring his bill. But I promise, it won’t be the last one of his bills that I ignore.” — Rep. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, during the Feb. 16 House Judiciary Committee hearing.

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