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Governor Brewer, Legislature Seek Clarity From Arizona Supreme Court on Redistricting

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Location: Phoenix, AZ

Time is short, and the people of Arizona deserve answers.

Governor Jan Brewer and the Arizona State Senate today filed a pair of legal motions formally requesting that the Arizona Supreme Court reconsider last week's ruling to reinstate Chairwoman Colleen Mathis to the Independent Redistricting Commission. Additionally, the Governor and State Senate have asked the Court to clarify its November 17 order regarding the removal of Chairwoman Mathis, and for the court to stay the order reinstating the IRC Chairwoman until further clarity is provided.

Statement from Governor Brewer

"It is untenable that the Court has blocked me from executing my Constitutional authority to remove a
member of the IRC, but has provided neither explanation for its action nor a timetable for when that guidance will be granted. I maintain that my action was lawful to remove the IRC Chairwoman based on her misconduct and neglect of duty, and ask that the Court reconsider its order of reinstatement. At a minimum, the Chairwoman should be barred from resuming her duties until the Court has provided clarity regarding its cursory order."

Statement from Senate President-elect Steve Pierce

"The Governor and the State Senate have clear constitutional authority to remove an IRC member.
When the Court inserts itself into this process, it has an obligation to explain its actions clearly. On Thursday
the Court not only disregarded the actions of the Governor, but also more than two-thirds of the State Senate. The Court owes the people of Arizona an explanation on their intervention, and Ms. Mathis must not return to the IRC until we get those answers."

Statement from Speaker of the House Andy Tobin

"I fully support today's action. Last week's order from the Court has serious negative repercussions on
the constitutional separation of powers. The Arizona Constitution clearly gives the authority to remove a
commissioner to the Governor, with a concurring two-thirds vote of the State Senate. The Court has in effect
substituted its judgment for that of the Governor and Senate. Therefore, I've directed my counsel to seek
intervention in the special action for the purpose of joining the Governor and the Senate in seeking
reconsideration of the order."


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