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The League of Women Voters of Arizona supports a legislative bill-making process that protects the citizen’s right to know by giving adequate notice of proposed actions, providing opportunities for timely public input, holding open meetings and making public records accessible.

The League of Women Voters of Arizona supports four-year terms for all State Legislators, with no limit on the number of terms which they may serve.

The League of Women Voters of Arizona supports strong, enforceable conflict of interest legislation.

Expansion of the support statement: Public service is a public trust, requiring officials and employees to place loyalty to the citizens, the laws, and ethical principles above private gain. Following ethical guidelines and eliminating any improprieties, or even the appearance of potential corruption, is imperative to restoring the public’s trust in government. The public has a right to expect public officials to put interests of the general citizenry above those of the personal interest of the official, his/her family, any special interest groups or dark money groups that may have or continue to provide financial support to them. The League of Women Voters of Arizona supports strict adherence to the ethical principles which avoid any improprieties or the appearance thereof by full conflict of interest disclosure and voter recusal provisions.

To determine whether a substantial interest exists, the public officer should ask:

  1. Could the decision affect, either positively or negatively, an interest of the officer or employee or the officer’s or employee’s relative?
  2. Is the interest a pecuniary or proprietary interest? Could it affect a financial interest or ownership interest?
  3. Is the interest something that is not statutorily designated as a remote interest?

If the answer to each of these questions is yes, then a substantial interest exists that requires disclosure and disqualification by the public officer or employee. The public officer or employee must file a conflict of interest form which fully discloses the substantial interest with the appropriate agency or governmental unit, and must refrain from participating in any manner in discussions or decisions relating to the matter.

 

The League of Women Voters of Arizona supports increase in pay for legislators.

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