Unfortunately, the prediction made in last week's Bulletin did not come to fruition as the legislature closed another week of
activity without adjourning sine die. By rule, Tuesday, April 22, will mark the 100th day of session. With the budget on the
books, excluding future budgetary issues associated with the Governor's new child welfare agency, both chambers have begun transmitting
bills to the Governor. As of Friday morning, of the 191 bills have been sent to the Governor 100 have been signed and four have been
State Parks Funding
SB 1326 (state parks; donations; fund; transportation) passed
both the House and Senate final votes by overwhelming majorities this week. Sponsored by Senator Don Shooter (R-Yuma), the bill as
amended allows for individuals to voluntarily remit a portion of their tax return to fund state parks, and to allow anyone filing
individual income taxes to contribute to the state parks fund. The fund is to be used for maintenance and operation of state parks. The
bill now awaits the Governor's action.
HB 2571 (criminal damages; economic costs) passed the Senate
Committee of the Whole on Thursday. Sponsored by Representative Juan Carlos Escamilla (D-San Luis) the measure allows for victims of
criminal damage, especially graffiti, to recover full economic costs for the abatement of the damage from the perpetrator. The bill is
the product of a League Resolution, and now proceeds to Senate Third Read.
Both HB 2339 (firearms; permit holders; public places)
and HB 2517 (firearms; state preemption; penalties) narrowly
passed the Senate this week, were transmitted to the House and subsequently sent to the Governor's office. HB 2339 requires public
buildings and establishments to have electronic screening equipment and security personnel at entrances if the public entity wants to
deny access to concealed weapon permit holders from entering with their weapons. The League opposed this bill as it will add costs to
local budgets and is an infringement on local authority.
HB 2517 ascribes various penalties to political subdivisions if they enact ordinances or regulations that violate the state preemption
on firearms. The League also opposed this bill as it denies the defense of good faith and advice of counsel and provides for the removal
from office for an offense and monetary damages to aggrieved individuals or their membership organizations.
This week HB 2050 (ASRS membership; section 218 requirements)
passed Senate Third Read and House Final Read on unanimous votes and was transmitted to the Governor on Tuesday. The bill, sponsored by
Rep. Phil Lovas (R-Peoria) decouples the Arizona State Retirement System's (ASRS) eligibility requirements from the state's Section 218
agreement with the Social Security Administration. This change will finally put to rest the question of the pension eligibility of
certain public safety employees, at least in regards to new hires. The bill was signed by the Governor on Wednesday and is awaiting a
chapter number. The League would like to thank Rep. Lovas, Rep. Bob Robson (R-Chandler), ASRS, legislative staff and the other numerous
stakeholders for their extensive work on this issue.
The Senate passed
HB 2414 (NOW: public records; burdensome requests) out of
Committee of the Whole on Tuesday, with the Appropriations Committee amendment. The strike-everything amendment was further amended to
provide that when denying a public records request it is a defense that the request was unduly burdensome or harassing and additionally
provide a definition of what may make a public records request unduly burdensome. The language regarding the defense reflects what had
been worked out between the League and representatives from the newspaper association. The League has serious concerns about the
definitions provided in the bill, but has been assured that the objectionable language will be removed in a Conference Committee. If
the language is restored to just provide a defense, the League will be in support of the measure.
Other Bills of Note
(All bills being actively monitored by the League can be found here.)
Bill Number - Short Title - Subject(s)
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