Arizona’s Centennial Legislative session began yesterday (1.09.12) with introductions and the Governor’s State of the Union address. As discussed in our meetings, the Department of Public Safety and all state employees have another year of challenges. One of our biggest obstacles was mentioned in Governor Janice Brewer‘s reform agenda entitled “The Four Cornerstones of Reform: Centennial Edition”. Essentially, the Governor would like all state employees to be treated the same, including one or fewer merit system councils. It is the position of the Arizona Highway Patrol Association that law enforcement should be not generalized with all professions. We have expressed our opposition to the Governor’s office and members of the legislature. It is our hope that civilians and sworn personnel can stay under the current system. Please stay tuned for more information and how you can help.
We have a list of other AHPA bills that have been approved by our members. Please go to the minutes section of our website to view them.
The AHPA will continue to work with the Governor’s office and the legislature to find resources and revenues to assist with DPS personnel wages, benefits and equipment.