Action Alerts

August 22, 2010 2 comments

Calendar of Events

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 – Legislative Hearing regarding COBS

Where: Arizona Courts Building 1700 W. Washington

Senate Hearing Room 109

Time:  1:00pm

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Canvassing

August 22, 2010 11 comments

Get the word out!

Comment here to let others know what you are doing to get the world out. Whether talking to people at the courthouse, putting flyers on vehicles at the court parking lot or grocery store or home depot, let us know what you have been doing and where. This will also help make sure that we don’t canvass the same area over and over when we could better coordinate efforts. Thank you for all you are doing!

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How Can I Help?

August 13, 2010 1 comment
  1. Go to aspfl.org — Donate and Join.
  2. Contact your State Legislators and State Senators
  3. Contact the Governor’s Office
  4. Contact the Arizona State Supreme Court
  5. Attend Committee Meetings
  6. Demand Public Input
  7. Demand Independent Review
  8. Demand a Discussion of Conflicts of Interest
  9. Demand that the State Courts abide by the State Constitution’s Article 3 providing for the separation of powers.
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COBS Adverse Outcomes

August 12, 2010 1 comment

COBS will create many problems for the people of Arizona:

1 ) Increased Litigation
2 ) Increased Court Costs for litigants and taxpayers alike
3 ) Significant Government Intrusion into Families
4 ) Decimation of Families
5 ) Increased Custodial Interference
6 ) Hidden Spousal Maintenance
7 ) Foreclosures
8 ) Financial hardship for custodial and non-custodial parents alike

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Our Efforts Are Working!

July 24, 2010 Leave a comment

Our legislators are disturbed by the activism of the Courts.  They are shocked at the blatant power grab by the court system in creating substantive law without constitutional authority.  We need to continue to urge our legislators to stop COBS.

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Power Grab by Guidelines Review Committee

July 24, 2010 1 comment

By advancing an agenda of creating a wholly new Child Support Policy through the Arizona Court Policy Process, the Guidelines Review Committee (GRC) is in violation of Article III of the Arizona State Constitution which provides for the separation of powers.

Article III of the State Constitution does not permit the Judiciary to create substantive policy outside of published appellate court opinions.  Yet the GRC is proposing exactly that.  In fact, the Arizona Judicial Council (AJC) has already provisionally recommended the adoption of COBS following the aggressive marketing of this program by the GRC leadership to the AJC.

At the June 24th, 2010 meeting of the AJC, Judge Norman Davis has gone on the record stating that he was concerned about the “Quasi-Legislative” nature of what the AJC was proposing to create in approving the COBS model.  He was particularly concerned that there was no complete product in the form of a calculator with which to measure the exact results that COBS would produce and to be able to compare those results to the existing Child Support Model used in Arizona.

The fact of the matter is that the Judiciary is not allowed to create substantive law through a committee process or through a policy-making process.  This is a power that is exclusively delegated to the State Legislature.  The State Legislature is only granted that authority subordinate to the power of the people of the State of Arizona.  In other words, the power of the legislature is a lesser power than the power of the people to create law through referendum.

In particular, the function of the State Judiciary is to apply and construe substantive law created by the State Legislature.  The only form through which the Judiciary creates substantive law is via published appellate and higher court opinions, not through a committee process.  If that were not the rule, the Judiciary would be put in the untenable position of applying and construing rules created by itself, an obvious conflict of interest on the part of the entire Judiciary.

The conduct of the Arizona Judiciary in this particular matter is outrageous and needs to be stopped.  Even if the policy that the GRC is recommending was a good policy — which it most assuredly is not — such policy must not become law.

The people of Arizona must let our government know that we do not support an activist judiciary.  We will not accept flagrant violations of the State Constitution and we will not accept a child support policy created substantially without public input.

Please join our efforts to stop COBS.

ATTENTION: Update following June 24th AJC Meeting

June 29, 2010 Leave a comment

ATTENTION:  The AJC has granted the people of Arizona 4 months to examine COBS more carefully.  However, we need your help.  We need people to join the cause and voice their concerns about the terrible impact about this policy.

Write your state legislator or state senator, the Governor and the Arizona State Supreme Court and ask them to stop this policy before it becomes the standard of law in Arizona.

If you need more information, write to e-mail Arizonans for Sensible Policy.

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Stop unreasonable child support policy.

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