Douglas Champaigne: Need more than executive order

July 24, 2018


While I applaud the executive action that Governor Ducey recently signed and am glad that he wishes to abolish the legislative immunity provision from the State Constitution, I see this, to paraphrase Neil Armstrong, as “one small step” for government, one baby step for equality. I understand that Governor Ducey cannot “abolish the immunity by fiat.” But now that it is a matter of public record that he would like to see that provision abolished or repealed, I challenge the Governor and the State Legislature to put forth legislation repealing the immunity provision. And in my opinion, this is not a matter that should be tabled until 2020. This is an important issue that justifies a special session of the State Legislature and a special election so that the voters of Arizona have a say in this matter. Lacking that type of urgency makes the Governor’s Executive Action and words impotent.

Thomas Jefferson wrote in the Declaration of Independence, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal.” If elected officials continue to enjoy any type of immunity from the law, those words are meaningless and hollow. And that thought invokes the words of George Orwell from Animal Farm: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” As long as legislative immunity exists, the “animals [that] are more equal than others” will simply set their cruise control to 19 miles per hour over the speed limit and continue to flaunt their arrogance and privilege.

Douglas Champaigne

Lake Havasu City

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