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Congressman Biggs Praises Arizona House for Passing HCM 2001

February 13, 2017
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Last week, the Arizona House of Representatives passed House Concurrent Memorial (HCM) 2001, Urging the United States Congress to Divide the Ninth Circuit Into Two Separate Circuits. The memorial, which passed 35-23 and is sponsored by Representative Eddie Farnsworth, expresses support for Congress to pass H.R.250, a bill introduced by Congressman Andy Biggs. H.R.250 would establish a new, Twelfth Circuit Court of Appeals in order to divide the existing Ninth Circuit among the two. The Ninth Circuit encompasses approximately 20% of the country’s population, leading to an overburdened and delayed justice system. Congressman Biggs issued the following statement:

“I am very grateful for the Arizona House passing HCM 2001 and expressing strong support for my bill to split the Ninth Circuit Court into two circuits. Arizona’s values and laws have long been under assault from an appeals court that is overburdened, overturned far too often, and devoid of justice for many of its petitioners. I am happy to see that Arizonans are leading the push for a new, Twelfth Circuit Court – both at the state and federal level. I thank Speaker Mesnard and Representative Farnsworth for their leadership on this memorial, and I promise to continue to fight for passage of H.R. 250.”

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Congressman Andy Biggs is a first-term Representative from Arizona’s Fifth Congressional District, representing parts of Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Sun Lakes, and Queen Creek. Congressman Biggs is a member of the House Judiciary and Science, Space, and Technology committees, and is the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee. He lives with his wife Cindy in Gilbert.