On Monday, January 13, the second regular session of Arizona's 51st Legislature will convene. Any mayors, councilmembers and municipal
staff attending the Opening Day ceremonies are welcome to use the League as their "base of operations" throughout the day.
In addition to the excitement and activity associated with welcoming returning legislators, Governor Jan Brewer will deliver her annual
State of the State Address. Although the specifics of the governor's speech are unknown, it is expected to include the topic of
Child Protective Services and the thousands of unresolved cases. Of particular interest to municipalities, it
is expected that the Governor will unveil details about her proposal to provide some manner of tax exemptions for the electricity used
by large-scale manufacturers. At this point no specifics are available on the proposal; the League will provide greater information and
analysis in the coming weeks as more details are made available.
Every session has deadlines pertaining to bill submissions and hearings. These are established by rule and are subject to change. This
year, the schedule is as follows:
Monday, the 13th - First day of session
Thursday, the 16th - House 7-bill Introduction Limit Begins (5 p.m.)
Monday, the 3rd - Senate Bill Introduction Deadline (5 p.m.)
Monday, the 10th - House Bill Introduction Deadline (5 p.m.)
Friday, the 21st - Last Day to hear bills in the chamber of origin
Friday, the 21st - Last Day to hear bills in the opposing chamber
Tuesday, the 22rd - 100th Day of Session
The League will continue to host a weekly teleconference to report on the status and impact of various legislative bills in the 2014
session. The calls are scheduled for Monday mornings promptly at 10:00 a.m. Mayors, managers and other city or town staff who are
interested in legislative activities are invited to participate. Call-in numbers and a brief agenda will be sent out prior to the calls,
the first of which is scheduled for this Monday, January 13. If you would like to receive the Monday agendas, please contact
firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the distribution list for the Monday
The League will electronically distribute the legislative bulletin every Friday during the legislative session. The bulletin serves as
a way for the League to communicate to elected officials, staff and other interested parties about activities at the Legislature with
relevance to cities and towns. If you know of any municipal official or staff member that would like to subscribe to the bulletin
please have them send their name and email to email@example.com and request to be added to
the legislative bulletin distribution list.
This year will see the continuation of the more streamlined format introduced last year. Rather than provide a detailed narrative
description and update on all municipally-related legislation that saw action during the prior week, the Bulletin will highlight only
the top half-dozen or so topics and bills. Other legislation that the League is actively engaged on will still be monitored and
updated; however, that information will be available on our
Legislative Bill Monitoring page on the League website. The
Bulletin will link to the legislation that has been updated in our Legislative Bill Monitoring Section. We hope these changes make it
more convenient for you to keep up to date on the latest legislative activities, while still providing a resource for more detailed
The League is pleased to welcome Cyrell Ritivoy as its new legislative intern for the 2014 session. Cyrell's background is in management
and customer service. She is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree in both Justice Studies and Family and Human Development from
Arizona State University. Cyrell will be assisting the League's legislative staff for the duration of the spring 2014 semester.
The 2014 edition of Your Voice at the Capitol, our listing of senators and representatives, is
available here. Please use this document to access
your delegation. Early contact with your legislative delegation is strongly recommended in order to establish a relationship with the
elected officials representing your district. Maintaining good communications with your legislators provides them with invaluable
insight as to how proposed legislation may affect their communities.
Additionally, you can contact our legislative division at (602) 258-5786 or email using the information below:
René Guillen, Jr., Legislative Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ryan Peters, Legislative Associate: email@example.com
Dale Wiebusch, Legislative Associate: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legislative Bulletin is published by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns.
Forward your comments or suggestions to email@example.com.