May 29, 2020

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Alerts from the Justice Show!

Chairman Russ Jones, Agriculture and Water Committee

Republican District 24

House of Representatives

Email Address: rjones@azleg.gov

Phone Number: (602) 926-3002

 

Kirk D. Adams

Speaker of the House

Home City: Mesa

District 19

kadams@azleg.gov

(602) 926-5495

 

Andy Tobin

Majority Leader

House of Representatives

Home City: Dewey

District 1

atobin@azleg.gov

(602) 926-5172

 

Russell Pearce

President of the Senate

Republican District 18

District 18 - Mesa West (South-East out Phoenix)

Phone Number: (602) 926-5760

rpearce@azleg.gov

 

Senate Majority Leader

Scott Bundgaard Republican

District 4  Senate

Yavapai City South - Maricopa City N

Phone Number: (602) 926-3297

sbundgaard@azleg.gov

 

 


Dear ______, 

I am writing to oppose HB 2310 and SB1198. While these bills have titles that deal primarily with agricultural and housing issues, they also include a provision that would establish administrative procedures allowing the Arizona Department of Transportation to quickly establish commercial rest areas if Congress overturned the prohibition of states getting involved in this area of business. These provisions need to be removed from the legislation.  

Allowing commercial development at rest areas will devastate the small businesses located at interstate exits and in the towns and cities that thrive on interstate traffic. 

When Congress created the Interstate Highway System more than 50 years ago, many community leaders feared that local businesses, jobs, and tax bases would shrink as motorists and truck drivers bypassed their cities and towns. To address these concerns and to encourage commercial development along the new Interstate Highway System, Congress prohibited interstate rest areas from offering commercial services. 

As a result of the federal law, private sector development along the Interstate Highway System has flourished at highway exits. In Arizona many small businesses operating along the interstates employ thousands of residents. In an already difficult economy, these businesses that depend on interstate traffic would be devastated if the state allowed competing businesses to open at rest areas.

Commercialized rest areas with the advantageous location on the interstate right-of-way would siphon away customers who normally patronize the exit-based businesses.

Arizona is experiencing challenging economic times. But rest area commercialization would ultimately hurt more than help. In addition to threatening jobs, local communities would be impacted, as they rely heavily on the property taxes paid by these businesses. Allowing rest area commercialization would pull the rug out from under small businesses and towns that the current federal law helped to create.

 

Again, I sincerely urge you to oppose these bills that will negatively impact small business.

Sincerely,

 

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Dear ______,

I am writing to oppose HB 2310. While the bill deals primarily with agricultural issues, there is a provision that would establish administrative procedures allowing the Arizona Department of Transportation to quickly establish commercial rest areas if Congress overturned the prohibition of states getting involved in this area of business. This provision needs to be removed from the legislation.

Allowing commercial development at rest areas will devastate the small businesses located at interstate exits and in the towns and cities that thrive on interstate traffic.

When Congress created the Interstate Highway System more than 50 years ago, many community leaders feared that local businesses, jobs, and tax bases would shrink as motorists and truck drivers bypassed their cities and towns. To address these concerns and to encourage commercial development along the new Interstate Highway System, Congress prohibited interstate rest areas from offering commercial services.

As a result of the federal law, private sector development along the Interstate Highway System has flourished at highway exits. In Arizona many small businesses operating along the interstates employ thousands of residents. In an already difficult economy, these businesses that depend on interstate traffic would be devastated if the state allowed competing businesses to open at rest areas.

Commercialized rest areas with the advantageous location on the interstate right-of-way would siphon away customers who normally patronize the exit-based businesses.

Arizona is experiencing challenging economic times. But rest area commercialization would ultimately hurt more than help. In addition to threatening jobs, local communities would be impacted, as they rely heavily on the property taxes paid by these businesses. Allowing rest area commercialization would pull the rug out from under small businesses and towns that the current federal law helped to create.

 

Again, I sincerely urge you to oppose this legislation that will negatively impact small business.

Sincerely,

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