By Julia Shumway Katie Campbell and Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times
Some Arizona teenagers learned a real-world lesson at the Legislature in recent years – your public policy ideas will go nowhere if they conflict with the Republican majority.
That’s been life for Democratic lawmakers for years, but students who went to the Capitol to push for school safety, gun reform and climate change action left feeling dismissed and disrespected.
And the lemon juice in that wound? Lawmakers who those students say were sometimes condescending and refused to meet with them rave about the civic involvement of children and teenagers who pushed innocuous bills sponsored by Republicans.
Republicans say refusing to sponsor progressive bills does not equate to disrespect.