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Capitol Quotes: June 28, 2013

“People that have mental-health conditions are not predisposed to violence. They just happen to be the ones that kill a lot of people at one time.” — Tony Coulson, a consultant helping the state improve its reporting of weapons background checks.

“What happened was Republicans lost their spines. It liquefied and went out their bottoms.” — Charles Heller, lobbyist for Arizona Citizens’ Defense League on the lack of action this session on pro-gun issues. 

“This is just a ruling that says Arizona doesn’t have to be on the naughty list anymore.” — Sen. Michele Reagan, R-Scottsdale, on the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a key portion of the Voting Rights Act.

“The huge and expensive administrative burden of pre-clearance, which humiliates Arizona by making it say ‘Mother may I’ to the Federal Government every time it wants to change some remarkably minor laws, has been eliminated.” — Attorney General Tom Horne on the U.S. Supreme Court Voting Rights Act ruling.

“It prevented us as a Legislature from going too far with the legislation that we were even thinking about introducing.  Now that the deterrent’s not there, who knows what kinds of ideas we’ll be trying to introduce next year.” — Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Phoenix, on the potential effects of the Voting Rights Act ruling.

“Thirty years of waiting is long enough.” — Gov. Jan Brewer, as she signed her sales tax reform bill, bringing closure to an issue that lingered since the governor’s days in the Legislature decades ago.

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