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12/12/2013 8:26:00 AM
Council invites lawmakers for annual session

The Town Council invited state lawmakers to attend the annual session tonight in which lawmakers talk about issues and bills in the statehouse and hear concerns from council members.

The town manager's office confirmed state Sen. Steve Pierce, and Karen Fann, both Prescott Republicans, will attend, and had a tentative commitment as of Tuesday afternoon from Speaker of the House Andy Tobin, R-Paulden. Yavapai County supervisors have attended the legislative session with council members in the past.

Some council members in recent years have criticized state lawmakers for passing bills that they believe interfere with local control. For instance, council members a year ago criticized a new law that changed municipal election dates from odd- to even-numbered years.

And while members of Arizona's congressional delegation were not invited to the session, Councilman Marty Grossman, a retired letter carrier, said he wants to bring up federal issues.

"I just want to find out their views," Grossman said. "There is a chance that there might be (another federal) government shutdown or a threat of a government shutdown."

Another government shutdown would hurt federal employees who live and work in this state, including employees of national parks, Grossman said.

Grossman, the sole registered Democrat among the seven council members, said the Republican lawmakers who represent Prescott Valley in the statehouse have the ability to influence U.S. Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar, all Republicans.

"Our state representatives are supposed to be representing us," Grossman said.

"The rest of the items they are going to be discussing, I am going to be sitting and listening," Grossman said.

The council members and staff plan to gather for dinner at 4:30 p.m. in the Crystal Room in the public library, 7401 E. Civic Circle, followed by the session at 5:30 p.m.

The schedule for the session appears as follows:

• Roll call and welcoming of lawmakers.

• Legislative preview, with an opportunity for senators and representatives to discuss their individual focuses and bills for the 2014 session.

• A presentation from Town Manager Larry Tarkowski on the importance of state-shared revenues.

• A talk by Community Development Director Richard Parker on "HOME" funding and the Housing Trust Fund.

• A presentation by Parks and Recreation Director Brian Witty on the Heritage Fund.

• A presentation on the federal Highway User Revenue Fund by Public Works Director Norm Davis.

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