Two bills requiring Federal Agents to check with the County Sheriff before conducting business in Arizona are currently moving through the Arizona legislature. These Sheriffs First and Sheriff Permission bills are meant to put restrictions on how Federal officials conduct business in Arizona. The bills are based on the premise that elected Sheriffs are directly accountable to the people and should be the chief law enforcement officer of the County. SB1093 (Sheriffs First) was approved 4-3 in the Senate Public Safety Committee last week. The bill would amend Section 1. Title 11, chapter 3, article 2 of the Arizona Revised Statutes by adding the following:
A. Any federal agency that comes into a county to conduct authorized business shall register its presence with and present a warrant that complies with the fourth amendment of the Constitution of the United States to the county sheriff. The sheriff may impose a fee on the federal agency for completing the registration application.
B. Notwithstanding any other law, a federal agency that registers with and presents a warrant to the county sheriff pursuant to subsection a of this section shall forward all monies collected as a result of fines, fees or penalties imposed by the agency on a person, business or industry within the county to the county board of supervisors. The board of supervisors shall immediately forward fifty per cent of the monies to the state treasurer for deposit in the state general fund.
While this bill has passed its first committee, it still needs to be approved by the rules committee. Please contact your State Senator and urge them to support SB1093 when it comes up for a vote.
A similar bill SB1290 (Sheriff Permission) has been referred to the Senate Public Safety Committee. This bill will require Federal agents to get written permission from a County Sheriff before they can conduct a search or seizure or make an arrest.
OUR ACTION IS NEEDED ON THIS BILL NOW. It doesn’t matter where in Arizona you live, take these actions today.
1. Call the Committee Chair, Chester Crandell and everyone else that sponsored SB1290 and thank them.
Senator Chester Crandell (R) — (602) 926-5409.
Senator Gail Griffin (R) — (602) 926-5895
Senator Don Shooter (R) — (602) 926-4139
Senator Al Melvin (R) — (602) 926-4326
2. Call the rest of the committee members. Be strong, but respectful. Urge each of them to take action to move the bill forward and vote YES on SB1290. If they do not commit to a YES vote, ask them why. If they’re undecided, let them know you’ll call back in a few days. If you get their voice-mail, leave a message. A phone call has 10x the impact of an email.
Senator Andrea Dalessandro (D) — (602) 926-5342
Senator Steve Gallardo (D) — (602) 926-5830
Senator Barbara McGuire (D) — (602) 926-5836
3. Call Back – any NO or UNDECIDED – in 3-4 days. Ask if they’ve had a chance to review the legislation and what their opposition might be. Comment below or contact us with any information you receive.
4. SHARE this information widely. By Facebook, Twitter, email, and more.
5. Write a letter to the editor Look up your local newspaper and submit a letter to the editor voicing your support for SB1093 and SB1290. Following strong legal principles, it’s essential that Arizona no longer help the federal government enforce its unconstitutional laws. Passing SB1093 and SB1290 will make that happen.