If an Arizona citizen claims a sincerely held religious belief, they may be exempt from vaccine mandates. Questions abound about what makes a religious belief “sincerely held”. From a legal standpoint, if an employee claims a religious exemption they should be granted the exemption because beliefs, by definition, are subjective and can not be proved.
Two lawsuits have been brought against the Arizona Senate and private company “Cyber Ninjas”. The lawsuits demand that tens of thousands of texts, emails and other documents regarding the validity of the 2020 election should be released for review. The Senate has thus far refused, claiming they have legislative privilege. Legislative privilege covers deliberative, communicative functions within the Senate. It doesn’t look like the legislative privilege argument will hold up, though, as counting ballots is not a normal (deliberative) function of the Senate. Ultimately, the Arizona Supreme Court may end up reviewing the boundaries of what legislative privilege is in the state of Arizona and there is a good chance that the texts/emails/documents will be made public records.
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Donald A. Loose is an Arizona attorney, and the author of Arizona Laws 101: A Handbook for Non-Lawyers, and Estate Planning in Arizona: What You Need to Know. Mr. Loose is a regular guest on radio shows featuring local newsmaker interviews. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Save the Tamales’, School Vouchers, and Unemployment Aid/in Audio Interviews/by Don Loose
Attorney Don Loose discusses the “Save the Tamales” bill, the school voucher program, and the additional unemployment benefits provided by the federal government – all of which are at dead ends – or may be headed there.
Title IX and Transgender Rights: Contesting Arizona’s School Sports Law/in Audio Interviews/by Don Loose
A case has been brought to the Arizona district court on behalf of two transgender girls (ages 11 and 15) that contests the state law that prohibits them from participating in girls’ sports at school.
Attorney Don Loose Discusses Recent Vetoes/in Audio Interviews/by Don Loose
Arizona Governor, Katie Hobbs, is on a record-setting pace, already vetoing 25 bills as of the date of this broadcast. Attorney Don Loose discusses some of these vetoes and identifies bills on their way to the Governor’s desk that she also may reject.
Senate Bill 1063 Proposal in Arizona/in Audio Interviews/by Don Loose
Senate Bill 1063 has passed and is on its way to the House for their vote.
New Laws in Arizona: Sales Tax Exemption, Abortion Drugs Controversy, Gun Dealers vs Mexico/in Audio Interviews/by Don Loose
In the new legislative session, Arizona lawmakers are considering a law that will eliminate sales tax on food (groceries) and on residential rentals.