This past Wednesday I asked the Arizona Speaker of the House and House Ethics Committee to commence disciplinary proceedings against Rep. Ugenti for her role in causing SB 1454 to be declared unconstitutional. I also asked that a vote be called under House Rule 1 to expel Rep. Ugenti for the manner in which she added her failed HB 2371 HOA amendments to SB 1454 in the waning hours of the legislative session.
In addition to the legislative records, my argument was supported by the Statement of Facts in the complaint, Staropoli and Brown v. State of Arizona, and the statements made by our attorney in his July 23rd appearance on Horizon PBS. There are five documents found on the legislative public info website, ALIS, that warn legislators against placing more than one subject in a bill.
I further pointed out the need to look into why there are two different versions of the Bill Summary for SB 1454, one with “HOAS” in the title and one without. The logical conclusion is an intentional removal of the word from the title.
I concluded my email to the Speaker with,
The Legislature cannot sit idly by and allow a flagrant violation of the Arizona Constitution to go unpunished. . . . It must send a message that such ardent belief in a bill does not allow for the law to be broken and that the end does not justify the means.