Michelle Ugenti-Rita

 

 
Republican member of the Arizona State Senate representing District 23 since January 14, 2019. She previously served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2013 to 2019. Ugenti served consecutively from January 10, 2011 until January 14, 2013 in the District 8 seat. She is a candidate for Secretary of State of Arizona in the 2022 election. In January 2019, she sponsored legislation which would prohibit voters who received early vote ballots from casting those votes at polling places before or on election day (they would only be allowed to cast them through mail). Ugenti has sponsored a number of bills making it harder to put ballot initiatives up to voters. In 2021, she supported legislation that would require voters in Arizona who vote by mail to include identification paperwork along with their ballots. She also supported legislation that would purge registered voters from early voting vote rolls.

Sources: Wikipedia, Ballotpedia & Vote Smart

Center for Arizona Policy
2022 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: Secretary of State
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 8: Allowing parents to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 9: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Shame On Every Republican Who Voted To Sabotage Arizona's Schools
"It’s not surprising that our leaders finally broke down and agreed to allow the public schools to spend money that’s already sitting in their bank accounts – money the Legislature appropriated last June. What is stunning is that 20 Republicans – 14 in the House and six in the Senate – actually voted to stiff the schools and to heck with the impact on the one million Arizona children who attend them."
Feb. 22, 2022

 

SB 1165 - Vote to pass a bill that prohibits transgender girls from playing on female athlete teams.
Highlights:
 

Specifies interscholastic, intramural athletics shall designate teams as male, female, or
    coed.
 

Prohibits anyone of “male sex” from joining female-designated team.
  Prohibits gov’t entities, licensing/accrediting organizations, etc. from entertaining   
    complaints regarding aforementioned prohibition or opening investigations thereinto.
  Establishes private cause of action for students negatively affected by schools in 
    violation of section.
  Establishes private cause of action for schools negatively affected by violation of
    section.
  Requires civil actions be initiated within two years of alleged violation.
  Defines “school” as K-12 or higher education institution.
GOP Senator Wants To Cancel 2022 Vote On In-State Tuition For Dreamers Because GOP Senators Were In The Minority
"A Republican lawmaker says voters shouldn’t get to weigh in on a ballot measure next year that would repeal a state law prohibiting undocumented students from accessing in-state tuition at public universities and community colleges because not enough Republicans supported the proposal."
Nov. 18, 2021
Michelle Ugenti-Rita's Problem Isn't Her Voter Bill. It's What She Thinks Of The Audit
"Ugenti-Rita, a Republican who chairs the Senate Government Committee, is the architect of legislation that purges – and renames, by necessity – the Permanent Early Voting List of voters who don’t cast a ballot in any election over the stretch of two election cycles."
May 27, 2021
Republican Lawmakers In Arizona Are Scheming To Block The 'Wrong' Sort Of Voters
"Not content with simply scheming to make it more difficult to vote, Arizona GOP lawmakers now are moving on to making it more difficult even to register to vote"
Feb. 2, 2021
Center for Arizona Policy
2020 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Senate LD-23
Question 2: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 4: Allowing biological males that identify as transgender to play on female sports’ teams.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 9: Protecting a parent's right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same-sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.**
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
**Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Avoid An All-Mail Election By Calling Out The National Guard? Oh, Come On...
"A Scottsdale legislator is so worried about an all-mail ballot that she's willing to call out the National Guard to avoid such a scary prospect."
Apr. 10, 2020
Arizona Lawmakers Call For Investigation Of Michelle Ugenti-Rita After Lobbyist's Claims
Feb. 6, 2020
Lobbyist: Ugenti-Rita Sexually Harassed Her Before Shooter Expulsion
Feb. 3, 2020
Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita Wants To Make It Harder For You To Vote. Don't Let Her
Jan. 30, 2019
Center for Arizona Policy
2018 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Senate LD-23
Question 4: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 9: Protecting a parent’s right to seek professional counseling for their minor child with same– sex attraction or gender identity issues to help them reach their desired outcome.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
This is in reference to the dangerous and disproven "Reparative Therapy".
Republican Bill Targets Power Of New Democratic Maricopa County Recorder
Feb. 22, 2017
Center for Arizona Policy
2016 Survey Questions For Arizona Candidates
Position Sought: State Representative LD-23
Question 4: Adding "sexual orientation," "gender identity," or "gender expression" to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
Question 6: Prohibiting government from discriminating against an individual, organization, or small business based on their beliefs about marriage.*
Candidates' Position: Support.
Question 10: Implementing policies to allow students and faculty to use the restroom, locker room, and shower room that aligns with their gender identity.
Candidates' Position: Oppose.
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
When Winning Arizona Elections Is More Important Than Running Elections
Mar. 27, 2016
Center for Arizona Policy
2014 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-23
Question 9: Arizona’s voter-approved constitutional definition of marriage should be defended to the fullest extent legally possible.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in antidiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting individuals and businesses from being required to provide services or use their artistic expression in a manner that violates their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Arizona’s Political Circus
Jun. 4, 2014

 

SB-1062 - SB 1062 was an Arizona bill to amend an existing law to give any individual or legal entity an exemption from any state law if it substantially burdened their exercise of religion, including Arizona law requiring public accommodation.
List Of Arizona Republicans Who Voted For Anti-Gay Discrimination Bill
Feb. 28, 2014
Arizona Homeowners Outraged With Rep Michelle Ugenti & Gov Brewer
Jul. 2, 2013

 

SB 1178 - Vote to concur with House amendments and pass a bill that authorizes an individual to use potential infringements of religious freedom as a claim or defense in a legal proceeding.

Arizona Politician Parodied By Fake Twitter Accounts Pushes Bill To Make Online Impersonation A Felony
Feb. 6, 2013
Center for Arizona Policy
2012 Candidate Questionnaire
Position Sought: State Representative LD-23
Question 9: Amending the United States Constitution to define marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
Candidates' Position: Support
Question 11: Adding “sexual orientation,” “gender identity,” or “gender expression” to the protected classes of race, religion, age, sex, and ancestry in nondiscrimination law.
Candidates' Position: Oppose
Question 15: Protecting professionals from being required to provide services that violate their moral or religious beliefs.*
Candidates' Position: Support
* Discriminatory "Religious Freedom" laws.
Michelle Ugenti's Masturbation Comment And Her Foot-In-Mouth Disease

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