PHOENIX — The Arizona Freedom Caucus announced Monday afternoon the filing of a new lawsuit challenging Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs’s recent executive order.
Hobbs signed Executive Order 2023-01 on January 2. The order attempts to expand so-called ‘LGBT discrimination protections’ for state government employees, but a press release from the Arizona Freedom Caucus calls it an “unconstitutional” attempt to “illegally legislate via executive fiat in order to advance her woke agenda.”
“It’s become a modern phenomenon for executive branches all across the country to try to legislative via executive order,” Senator Jake Hoffman said at a press conference announcing the lawsuit. “We saw it with Barack Obama, we see it now with Joe Biden, and now seemingly Katie Hobbs — she also believes that she has the ability to legislate with the power of the pen, attempting to create law that simply does not exist.”
Hobbs — who admitted in December that she is seeking to implement her policy agenda “without legislative approval” — recently hired a Human Resources manager to promote a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) agenda throughout her administration.