Arizona Legislators Form Religious Freedom Caucus
From Representative Debbie Lesko (R-Dist. 9)
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX (October 9, 2012) – A bicameral group of twelve Arizona legislators has been organized to form the “Arizona Freedom of Religion” Legislative Caucus. The new body is part of a greater national movement spearheaded by the Washington D.C. based Ethics and Public Policy Center which has helped to form similar legislative caucuses across the country.
This new legislative body will provide lawmakers with the collective means to confront threats to religious liberties posed by all levels of government. The Arizona Religious Freedom Caucus will focus on fashioning legislation which will enhance and protect the religious liberties of all Arizonans. The Caucus will also work to maintain Arizona’s stature as a national leader in the promotion and defense of religious freedoms.
The founding members of the Arizona caucus include: Senators Nancy Barto (R-Dist. 7), Gail Griffin (R-Dist. 25), Don Shooter (R-Dist. 24), Steve Smith (R-Dist. 23), Steve Yarbrough (R-Dist. 21) as well as Representatives Brenda Barton (R-Dist. 5), Chester Crandell (R-Dist. 5), David Gowan (R-Dist. 9), John Kavanagh (R-Dist. 8), Debbie Lesko (R-Dist. 9) and Kimberly Yee (R-Dist. 10).
Representative Lesko stressed the importance of the work that the new body will undertake stating, “Arizona has always been at the legislative forefront of the defense of religious liberties. The work that we carry out will connect and coordinate our efforts with those of our fellow caucus members in states across the country. This national connectivity will also serve to showcase the Arizona legislative model of religious freedom in a way that was previously impossible.”