Mark Finchem’s Legislative Journal       


MARCH 8, 2019-  We continue to fight the battle for State Income Tax Code conformity and reform. While the Governor would like to keep the money that was returned to you, the taxpayer, by the Trump Administration tax cut last year, I disagree. It is your money and the State should not take what the Federal government gave back.
- Rep. Mark Finchem, Chairman of the House Federal Relations Committee. 


This time instead of teachers and school administrators advocating for their personal political positions, teachers and school administrators at Perry High School in Gilbert shut down the free speech of students because they were supporting President Trump and the Make America Great Again message on the school's USA Day. Clearly the employees of the government (aka the state) do not understand that the First Amendment is a restraint on the state, not the people. 27 Members of the House Republican Caucus signed a letter asking Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate possible free speech violations at Perry High School in Gilbert.
"Last week, students at Perry High School were reportedly asked by school administrators to remove pro-Trump clothing and signs."

In the letter, 27 House Republican members said, “Given that the free speech of all U.S. citizens is guaranteed in the First Amendment to the United State Constitution, we ask that you, as the state’s chief legal officer, examine the facts of this case to ensure that the rights of these students were not infringed upon.”

The bill to adopt a Classroom Code of Ethics was ignored by leadership, which has motivated support for a voter initiative with virtually the same language. The language in the voter initiative that has been shared with me calls upon all educators, no matter what their certification level, to end political advocacy for parties, agendas, candidates and officials in office. Far too many stories about politically motivated bulling by a plurality of educators have prompted parents and teachers to move toward action.  Rep. Finchem believes, "Political opinions have no place in the classroom, but some people just can't help themselves, and that is now seen by both parents and teachers as indoctrination, not education." 
Rep. Finchem voted YES The bill concerns misconduct involving weapons on school grounds, and simply specifies that a person does not commit misconduct involving weapons for possessing a loaded or unloaded firearm on school grounds that is carried within a means of transportation and under the control of an adult. No firearm fires itself without a human handling it, the point of the discussion is to remove the need to handle a firearm on school grounds for those who are otherwise permitted to carry a firearm in their car or truck. The bill has passed out of the House and is now in the Senate for consideration. Read more about the bill here.

 Rep. Finchem voted YES! The bill appropriates $750,000 from the state General Fund (GF) to the Arizona Department of Forestry and Fire Management (DFFM). The Mt. Lemmon Fire District provides fire protection, emergency medical services, rescue and public assistance to a 12.5 square mile area in the Coronado National Forest. The District's focus is rebuilding efforts on Mount Lemmon following the 2003 Aspen Fire that consumed over 80,000 acres of forest and destroyed over 330 structures. For more information about HB-2438 click here.

Rep. Finchem voted NO.  This bill, that has passed out of the House, Increases the county transportation excise tax to no more than 20% when alone or together with any tax imposed for the county transportation excise tax. Brace yourselves folks, this will likely result in an 9% sales tax. While some may say it reduced the voting power of the City of Tucson and Pima County, it still gives a governing body more taxation power.  For more information on HB-2109 click here

If you are interested in entering the world of politics, we need you!  In Arizona, a precinct committeeman is the most important elected official to our Republican Party – the dedicated men and women who hold this position constitute the foundation of our party in all fifteen counties. A precinct committeeman is a party worker at the grassroots level. Precinct committeemen are elected by voters in their precinct at the time of the Primary election, during general election years. If there is not an elected committeeman, the county chairman can appoint a committeeman to fill a vacancy. Whether you live in Legislative District 11 or in another "LD" you and your talents are needed.   For more information about what it means to be a PC click here.  Click the button below to learn more about where meetings are held, what PC's do and how you can join the team.
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District 11 Legislators Announce Patriot Academy Scholarship
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Representatives Mark Finchem (R-11) and Bret Roberts (R11), and Senator Vince Leach (R-11), all who serve in the Arizona Legislature are sponsoring three privately-funded scholarships to this years Patriot Academy, which is scheduled for June 19-21, 2019 at the State Capitol. To be eligible for the session, students must be 16-25 years old; age exceptions may be allowed under special circumstances.

This year interested students must submit a 1,000 word paper analyzing Federalist Paper No. 45 and what the writer observes as the intent of the Framers of the U.S. Constitution concerning the Ninth and Tenth Amendments. Papers must be submitted to Mark Finchem at PO Box 69344, Oro Valley, AZ 85737 and postmarket no later than April 15, 2019. Scholarship recipients will be notified by May 1, 2019.

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity to future community leaders in Legislative District 11. We will be an active part of the Academy because we believe in making personal investments early in the process of civic skills development and believe in the importance of ethical governance.”- Representative Mark Finchem.

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