Arizona Legislature Lingo and Abbreviations

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What’s really going on at the Legislature?

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The Arizona Legislature has its own lingo and abbreviations. Here is a flow chart we find helpful to track legislation and understand what’s going on during the legislative session and with the introduced bills.

Remember, we have a treasure trove of materials on legislation – including Session Laws from before Statehood, Journals of legislative action for both the House and Senate, introduced bills, and many years of bill files. Contact us for research help!

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Legislative process and abbreviations

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Makes sense, right!? This flow chart is a little more advanced than the Schoolhouse Rock “I’m Just a Bill” clip we learned legislative process from as kids!

Here are a few more pictures of our State legislators and staff in action through the years, completing the process outlined above!

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Secretaries or attaches for the Arizona State Legislature
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Arizona State Legislature in session
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Members of the 1912, First State Legislature
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Legislature in session in the Arizona State Capitol

 

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Christmas Through The Years in Arizona

How Arizona has celebrated Christmas tells us as much about our state history as it does the holiday’s more universal symbols. A quick tour through our historic newspapers finds stories of church, trees, masquerades, gifts, Santa Claus, and cheer happening in ways that could only take place in our state.

 

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Bisbee Daily Review, 1920-12-15, CHRISTMAS EDITION

The Weekly Arizona Miner-Prescott-1878

140 years ago, Prescott chronicled a visit from Santa Clause, with gifts for between two and three hundred children. “Some of the older ones also received valuable presents and immediately forgot their childhood days were things of the past,” the Miner reported. The 12th Infantry Band provided music. Among these celebrations, the paper also noted a soldier “partaking of the good things generally yesterday , including egg-nog and perhaps something stronger in the line of ‘O be Joyful’”. He later mistook a private residence for Ft. Whipple and demanded entry.

Salt River Herald-Salt River Valley-1878

Meanwhile, in Phoenix, the Salt River Herald reported on the Christmas tree at public schools, crowded church services, private parties, and turkey shoots and horse races. A ball took place at Smith & Stroud’s hall.

Christmas 1913
Arizona Republican 1913-12-25

Arizona Weekly Citizen-Tucson-1888

Ten years later, the Arizona Citizen in Tucson noted their city celebrated “appropriately”, detailing local church celebrations as well as a gathering of the Southern Pacific Library Association at the Masonic hall, with gas lamps dimmed to let the tree’s lit candles flicker.

The Argus-Holbrook-1898

120 years Holbrook saw a masquerade ball by both adults and children. The Argus reported on two masquerade balls. The children’s party lasted from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. “The little folks were attired in a variety of costumes, some beautiful, and some very ludicrous.”  The “fun ran high” until 9 p.m. Later, in the same hall, a party for the adults began at 11 and continued with dancing until 3 a.m.

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Arizona Republican, 1915-12-25

 

Arizona Republican-Phoenix-1898

At the same time, if you wanted to do some shopping for the holidays in Phoenix, you could do so at the New York Store. If the name is unfamiliar, note that it was run by Sam Korrick and would be Korrick’s shortly thereafter.

Arizona Republican-Phoenix-1918

Overindulging in the holidays had not ceased when the Republican reported three men “wrapped in the arms of Bacchus” narrowly escaped a building burning in 1898. The fire, in the back of a shoe shop at 13 Wall Street, was probably caused by a lit cigarette. The men got rescued, the  fire put out, and the paper noted cause and consequence: “… their condition was due to potent libations they had consumed in an heroic endeavor to usher in the Yuletide in a fitting and proper manner. They will be arraigned in the city court this afternoon.”

Bisbee Daily Review, 1915-12-19, CHRISTMAS EDITION

 

 

 

Reading Arizona eBooks

We are excited to announce that Reading Arizona, the Digital Arizona Library‘s eBook collection, is officially up and running on it’s new platform. In partnership with Baker & Taylor, the worldwide distributor of digital and print books, Reading Arizona can be accessed with the Axis 360 mobile app. The collection now contains more contemporary titles, as well as digital audio-books.

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New Arizona-themed titles will be regularly added to the collection to include a wide selection of fiction, non-fiction, teen and children’s eBooks.

Click here to get started!

This project is supported by the Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, a division of the Secretary of State, with federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Explore Arizona

Summer hikes can be a fun way to enjoy scenic views and explore new areas.

Arizona has hundreds of hiking trails throughout the state, from the forest trails in the San Francisco Peaks, to the famous red rocks in Sedona, not to mention the Grand Canyon! No matter what your fitness level, you are sure to find one that will meet your needs. Whether you are looking for a challenge, or just a nice relaxing walk beside a creek, the Digital Arizona Library (DAZL) has a number of resources highlighting Arizona’s most exciting hikes. And remember to wear a hat and  bring plenty of water!

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To see some great reading, head on over to the DAZL blog…

http://www.azlibrary.gov/dazl/blog/1823

99 Years Ago Today: The Bisbee Deportation

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On July 12 1917, Sheriff Harry Wheeler and 2,000 deputies arrested over a thousand Bisbee men. Members of the International Workers of the World, these striking miners were forced at gunpoint onto a train and then left in the desert outside Columbus, New Mexico. The event soon became known as the Bisbee Deportation. To see what The Bisbee Daily Review or other Arizona newspapers have to say about this event visit the Digital Arizona Library and  explore the Arizona Digital Newspaper Program webpage.

Click here for more from our friends at DAZL

Summer Reading for Teens

ReadingAZLogoTeens, are you looking to add a little local adventure and excitement to your summer reading lists?

Create a free Reading Arizona account and explore the many books about the mysteries and Wild West history of Arizona. Browse the collection by category or keyword to find titles about haunted ghost towns, ruthless outlaws, and persistent pioneers. You can even click on the book covers to “Favorite” the titles and create your own custom reading list.

You can find more information at DAZL, the Digital Arizona Library, or follow one of the links below to get started.

Books for Teens:

Nina Rhoades, The Girl from Arizona, Boston: Lathrop, Lee and Shepard Company, 1913.

Ann I. Goldfarb, Light Riders and the Morenci Mine Murder, Two Cats Press, 2012.

John Wilson, Written in Blood, Vol 1, Orca Book Publishers, 2010.

John Wilson, Ghost Moon, Vol 2, Orca Book Publishers, 2011.

Harold Bell Wright, When a Man’s a Man, Chicago: Book Supply Company, 1916.