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Capitol Quotes: March 15, 2013

“I’ve been heavily into politics since I was 16, and I don’t go to the public notices section to find out about things. I’ve been on the town council, I’ve been here in the Legislature, boards of health, parks and recreations commissions. Trust me, when I speak to people they don’t say, ‘I was reading (about) it in the public notice section.’” — Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, questioning the need for public notices to appear in print.

“Who do they think is picking up these ballots? I’m picking up these ballots. Someone who is an honor student, who wants to go to college and wants to do better for their community and see their community grow. It’s not a criminal out on the streets picking up these ballots, it’s a student, it’s a student in high school. It’s me.” — Faith Mendoza, a 17-year-old honor student from Chandler, on a bill that would make it a felony for volunteers to pick up early ballots and deliver them to elections officials.

“It’s not about whether you and I or the majority of people read them, that’s not the purpose. The purpose is they are there for a record. The purpose is to have a permanent archive which we can refer to.” — Rep. Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson, supporting the printing of public notices in newspapers.

“School safety seems to be like the weather. Everybody talks about it, but nobody’s done anything about it.” — Senate Majority Leader John McComish, R-Phoenix, saying it’s time for the Legislature to do something to make students safer.

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