The government affairs department is a three-pronged department that oversees the relationship between Arizona State University and the state of Arizona at the state and local level. The director of government affairs is responsible for expanding and maintaining the universities presence at the state Capitol. Here myself and Government Affairs interns lobby Legislators, attend committee hearings, and bring issues that are most important to students to the Capitol. The second department, ABOR Liaison, is overseen by Faryal Mustaq; as ABOR liaison Faryal tracks and attends all ABOR meetings. City of Tempe Liaison attends Tempe City council meetings and facilitates the relationship between the university and the city of Tempe.
“This week the Government Affairs team has been researching topics that involve higher education. We are proud to announce that the Governor signed HB 2169 into law. This law protects students from wrongful fee collection from third party organizations. This is a big win for the students as we continue to save the most money to attain the highest education.
Week of April 1st, 2013
“The Government Affairs Team is proud to announce that House Bill 2169 has passed through both the Arizona House of Representatives and the Arizona Senate. The Bill, which protects students from wrongful fee collection. We now must await for Governor Brewer to decide to sign the Bill into law or veto. This is the last step in the process which this administrations’s policy department has been effectively working on. The experience and relationships from this bill has established credibility for Arizona Students to continue working with the Legislature in the future to come.
Week of March 25th, 2013
Week of March 4th, 2013
“The Government Affairs Department will be hosting an event to celebrate patriotism this Wednesday, February 13, 2013. Be sure to come out the MU stage Wednesday afternoon to tell us “Why I love the USA?” We will have the opportunity to register students for Dance Marathon that will be on February 15th.
Week of February 4th, 2013
“The Government Affairs Department is continuing to keep the best interest of the ASU Undergraduate Student Body in mind as we prepare our talking points for our lobbying team.
Week of January 28th, 2013
“The Government Affair Department has spent this week continuing our efforts to build bios for the members of the Arizona Legislature. The importance of these bios are to be able to build knowledge of the legislatures we intend to lobby.
Week of January 21st, 2013
“The Government Affairs Department has begun the semester strong.
Final 2012 Update
We have been working hard along side the Civic Engagement Department and Policy staff this week to promote student turnout in the elections. If you have not already cast your vote, please make sure to VOTE this Tuesday, November 6th, at your appropriate polling location. Follow the link below for more information on polling locations in Arizona: https://voter.azsos.gov/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do.
Week of October 29th, 2012
“This week, the Government Affairs Department will begin to research the tax free textbooks platform initiative. We are excited to start this initiative and hope to begin drafting legislation by the end of the semester.
Week of October 22nd, 2012
“The Government Affairs Department has been continuously working with USG’s Civic Engagement Department to register voters before the voter registration deadline on October 9. If you are not a registered voter within Tempe, Arizona and would like to become one, please visit https://servicearizona.com/webapp/evoter/selectLanguage before 11:59 pm on October 9.
Week of October 1st, 2012
This week Kyrsten Sinema, District 9 democratic congressional candidate, agreed to participate in an open forum on the ASU Tempe Campus. Our department is currently working on dates with Vernon Parker, District 9 republican congressional candidate, for an open forum as well. Check back this week for updates on the USG Facebook page for dates and times of these forums.
Week of September 10th, 2012
Week of September 3rd, 2012
Last week, ASA held their first Legislative Call of the year to discuss ABOR’s recent attempts to do away with the “call to the audience” portion of their meetings. The call to the audience is an extremely important portion of the ABOR meeting agenda. This allotted time allows students to voice concerns or issues they feel need to be adressed by the Regents. Our department will be working hard to make sure the call to the audience remains intact. We are currently working to set up meetings with Regents before the September 27th meeting, when the issue will be heard. The USG Policy Department is also discussing a call-in option for students so that their concerns on the issue can easily be expressed to the Regents.