Arizona: Legislative Update

Happy New Year!
The 2012 legislative session began on Monday, January 9th. While most of the Legislature remains the same, there are some important changes including a new Senate President in Steve Pierce and a new House Speaker in Andy Tobin. The Arizona Catholic Conference wishes both men nothing but the best as they begin their first regular session in their new roles.
At the end of the first week of session, the best news pertains to possible school choice expansion. Specifically, the Senate Finance Committee approved legislation (SB 1047) yesterday to expand the existing tuition tax credit by an extra $500 for individuals and $1,000 for married couples. In order to guarantee savings to the state, the new money would exclusively be used for those elementary and high school students “switching” into private schools.
The Arizona Catholic Conference supports this legislation and will update you on its progress through the legislative session. Similarly, we will also provide updates on all other matters of interest to the Catholic Church through these weekly e-mails, so please be sure that you and your friends are signed up at

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