Wednesday, January 11, 2012

No more “Get out of Jail Free” cards for legislators

Sen. Steve Gallardo
State Capitol, Phoenix – Senator Steve Gallardo has introduced legislation to strip state legislators of immunity from criminal charges while in session.

“We’ve seen legislative immunity too easily abused in Arizona. This change will ensure that when a member of this legislature has not lived up to the high standards to which our constituents hold us, they will face the same repercussions as anyone else,” said Sen. Gallardo.

Pending approval by the voters, Senate Concurrent Resolution 1007 would alter Article 4, Section 2, Part 6 of the Arizona Constitution to remove legislators’ privilege from arrest for all cases. SCR1007 would still exempt legislators’ from civil process during session and 15 days before the start of session.

“Legislators should have to follow the laws they create,” said Sen. Gallardo. “Legislators should lead be example, not exception.”

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