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Kavanagh proposes do-not-robocall list

Jan 28, 2015

Arizona Republic

This is pretty typical of a law designed to prevent elected officials from abusing us serfs. It has no criminal or civil penalties if it's broken.

Then the elected officials in office can stand on their soapboxes and say the passed a great law to protect us serfs from them.

And of course then they can break the law on a daily basis without worrying about going to jail for being fined.

Just for fun read the Arizona Public Records laws. They were written the same way.

The Arizona Public Records laws demand that government bureaucrats quickly give us access to all public records. But the laws aren't worth the paper they are written on because there is absolutely no penalties if the government bureaucrats refuse to obey them. No criminal penalties, no civil penalties. Nada, zip!!!

Kavanagh proposes do-not-robocall list

Laurie Roberts, columnist | 1:46 p.m. MST January 27, 2015

Sen. John Kavanagh has hit upon a genius idea.

No, really, it is.

Kavanagh, chairman of the Senate Government Committee, has introduced a bill that would allow Arizona voters to put themselves off limits to political robo-calls.

Under Senate Bill 1196, Arizonans could sign onto a political do-not-rocall list, signaling they don't want to listen to a prerecorded message about the virtues of our leading lights.

Much less list to 10 or 12 of them every day, as elections draw near.

The fact that Kavanagh gets it is encouraging, though I seem to recall getting those robocalls from him and his supporters last year.

Unfortunately, though, Kavanagh's bill has no teeth. There would be no fine for ignoring the do-not-robocall request, only the threat of being hauled into court where a judge could issue an injunction.

Still it's the start of a good idea.

Now if he and his Government Committee would only go after dark money and more timely disclosure of contributions that are reported and real disclosure requirements for legislators who accept gifts…