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Andy Biggs on Government Reform

 

 


Create 12th Federal Circuit to reflect Arizona's values

If elected to represent you in Congress, I pledge to introduce these six bills in my first two weeks on the job.
  1. No pay for all Members of Congress until a balanced budget is passed.
  2. Rein in the bureaucratic rule-making process from the executive branch and restore it to Congress.
  3. End the ObamaCare loophole designed to benefit Members of Congress.
  4. Pass Grant's Law to protect innocent U.S. citizens from violent illegal immigrants.
  5. Repeal Common Core and return all control of our education policies to the states and locals.
  6. Remove Arizona from the 9th Federal Circuit Court and into a newly established 12th Federal Circuit.
California exerts disproportionate influence over Arizonans in the Ninth Circuit, with half of the Circuit's population being Californian. By establishing a new 12th Federal Circuit, we greatly reduce the burden on the 9th Federal Circuit and ensure that Arizona's values are more accurately reflected, advanced and defended by the rule of law.
Source: 2016 Arizona House campaign website BiggsForCongress.com , Nov 8, 2016

No severance pay for elected officials caught in misconduct

Biggs introduced HB 2115: AN ACT adding "misconduct" to the "conflict of interest" statue, and defining "misappropriation of public monies; penalty; employment contract":
Source: Arizona legislative voting records: HB 2115 , Jan 19, 2016

Curb citizen initiatives to reduce fraud

HB2305: Political committees [must] submit to the Secretary of State a list of all petition circulators & a copy of a criminal records check performed on each circulator.

Analysis by The Arizona Republic (Apr. 16, 2017): Four years ago, Arizona lawmakers passed an ambitious plan to curb citizen initiatives and make other substantial changes to elections. They said new rules were needed to reduce voter fraud and streamline elections. That didn't sell with a coalition of citizen groups. They called the bill voter suppression, and set out to block it. They got the bill referred to the 2014 ballot; coalition members were confident voters would kill it. So were lawmakers; they repealed the measure [but re-passed it in parts].

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 33-26-1 on Jun/13/13; Passed Senate 16-13-1 on Jun/13/13; State Sen. Andy Biggs voted YES; Signed by Governor Jan Brewer on Jun/19/13

Source: The Arizona Republic on Arizona voting record HB2305 , Jun 13, 2013

Constitutional amendment for Congressional term limits.

Biggs signed supporting Congressional term limits

Excerpts from press release on Term Limits Caucus: Two U.S. Term Limits pledge signers, Republican Rep. Rod Blum (IA-1) and Democrat Rep. Beto O`Rourke (TX-16), have announced the formation of a Term Limits Caucus, which will work to build bipartisan support behind a constitutional amendment imposing term limits on Congress. "The root of this problem is that politicians are incentivized by the system to care more about retaining their position than doing what is best for the country," Blum said. "Our founding fathers never intended for public service to be a career, rather, serving in Congress was designed to be a temporary sacrifice made for the public good."

The new working group will marshal pro-term limits members together to pursue common ground. One of its most important duties will be building consensus around the U.S. Term Limits Amendment of three House terms and two Senate terms, to which both Blum and O`Rourke have pledged their exclusive support.

Supporting argument: (Cato Institute): We should limit members to three terms in the House and two terms in the Senate. Let more people serve. Let more people make the laws. And let's get some people who don't want to make Congress a lifelong career. Some say that term limits would deprive us of the skills of experienced lawmakers. Really? It's the experienced legislators who gave us a $17 trillion national debt, and the endless war in Iraq, and the Wall Street bailout.

Supporting argument: (Heritage Foundation): The only serious opponents of term limits are incumbent politicians and the special interests--particularly labor unions--that support them. Special interests oppose term limits because they do not want to lose their valuable investments in incumbent legislators. Many are organized to extract programs, subsidies, and regulations from the federal government--to use the law as a lever to benefit their own constituencies or harm their rivals.

Source: U.S. Term Limits 17MEM-USTL on Jan 26, 2017

No holiday on election day; no same-day registration.

Biggs voted NAY For the People Act of 2019