Loopholes in Policies

This page is designed to shed light on loopholes and problems in Arizona legislation.  It will be updated, and dates of updates will be included in the text.

What can you do?

  1. Stay informed, with evidence to support your claims.
  2. Register with the Request to Speak (RTS) system.  (Directions on how to use the system are on the RTS page).
  3. Have conversation.
  4. Support groups who do the work to make things better.  Many are volunteer groups, who can use financial to continue the work, such as Felicia Chew Community Projects.  Click here for an expanded list of advocacy groups.

The Loophole(s):

  1. Perpetrators can cross-examine victims/survivors when they opt out of a lawyer, thereby re-traumatizing and re-intimidating their victim, causing them to not testify truthfully.
  2. Coercive control is not a crime.  Perpetrators can continue the cycle of domestic abuse by exercising a little but of self-control to continue to abuse their victim through gaslighting, verbal, emotional, and psychological abuse… which all becomes “he said/she said” in a Court of law.

What’s being done: Felicia Chew Community Projects is working with legislators to present a bill that has been drafted which addresses these issues, includes coercive control as a crime, and changes sentencing of those convicted of domestic violence.

Recommendation(s):

  1. Vote YES on to add coercive control to the definition of domestic violence;
  2. Vote YES to change sentencing for domestic violence offenders to include restorative practices and transformative practices, as long as the victim is in agreement;
  3. Vote YES to prohibit the accused from cross-examining witnesses;
  4. Vote YES to allow witnesses to appear through video, where the accused is not in line of sight or sound to the witness(es).

Conflicts/Delays:

  • The Arizona Coalition Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence believes there should be fewer rules about domestic violence, not more.
  • We need to pay bills, so our time is limited in this work.

The Problem:  Innocent people are being convicted and sentenced for crimes they did not commit.

Recommendation: Vote YES on sentencing reform.

What’s being done:  Data and education is being provided to demonstrate the unreasonable number of cases that public defenders are expected to represent, and the importance of sentencing reform.

Read more: Felicia Chew on Fair Representation

Conflicts/Delays: Fear and stigma surround crimes, and people are unwilling to make changes, based in these fears.


The Problem:  Victims of domestic violence are being murdered by their abusers.

Recommendation: Vote YES on SB 1219.

What’s being done:  SB 1219 would classify those convicted of domestic violence as prohibited possessors

Read more: Felicia Chew on Guns and Domestic Violence.

Conflicts/Delays: The bill can’t get a hearing.


The Problem:  Public education is limited in scope of perspectives.

Recommendation: Vote YES on HB 2001

What’s being done:  HB 2001 to require “both Sides” of topics are represented.

https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/70998

Conflicts/Delays:

  • It is being touted as limiting the ability of teachers to teach — Read more...

The Problem:  Too much recidivism and crime.

Recommendation: Sentence reform and services that reduce recidivism by teaching empathy and re-direction (the use of restorative and transformative practices).

What’s being done:  Education on restorative and transformative practices.

Conflicts/Delays:

  • People are recalcitrant, afraid, and unwilling to switch from the model of punishment to something that might be more effective… because it is a different method, which has been improperly implemented in many locations.

The Problem:  Nunchakus are illegal to possess.

What’s being done:  SB 1291 – to repeal the nunchaku ban.

https://apps.azleg.gov/BillStatus/BillOverview/71906

Recommendation: Vote NO on SB 1291

Conflicts/Delays:

Update 2.8.19 12:20 PM

Okay.  Did some more investigating. Padded  nunchaku are okay.  It is the crazy deadly metal ones that are illegal.

Baseball bats, tire irons, etc are legal as tools for intended use.  Otherwise, nope.

My vote: Keep the ban.  Maybe clarify the language if someone really wants to make a change.

Update 2.9.19 11 AM

To clarify, this bill is a “Boy Who Cried Wolf” distraction.

A close read reveals that the right to enjoy nunchaku safely are protected, per page 6 lines 18-23 (which are recommended to be struck from the existing statute), protecting their rights to the non-deadly use of nunchaku.  Subsection H reads: “Subsection A, paragraph 3 of this section shall not apply to a weapon described in section 13-3101, subsection A, paragraph 8, subdivision (a), item (v), if such weapon is possessed for the purposes of preparing for, conducting or participating in lawful exhibitions, demonstrations, contests or athletic events involving the use of such weapon.”

Should I be surprised that there are bills being presented that are really unnecessary?

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The Problem:  Monies received from the purchase of some personalized license plates goes to a hate group. (https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2019/02/07/arizona-in-god-we-trust-license-plates/)

What’s being done: SB 1462 – know where your money goes.

Recommendation: Vote YES on SB 1462