Issue 7 - February 26, 2016
Today marks the 47th day of the 2016 session. Committee agendas were mostly light as bills are being transferred to the other chamber.
Floor activity was extremely heavy, including days in the House with approximately 100 bills processed. The Appropriations Committees
may continue to hear bills from their house of origin, otherwise from now on the House will be hearing Senate bills, and the Senate will
be hearing House bills. The last day for committee hearings besides Appropriations is March 18th.
HB2566, S/E: pawnbrokers; transaction fee prohibited
passed the House Appropriations Committee by a vote of 7-6. Sponsored by House Speaker David Gowan (R - Sierra Vista) the
strike-everything amendment precludes cities and towns from charging a fee on reportable transactions at pawn shops. The League opposed
the bill as these fees go directly into law enforcement operations dealing with stolen property. The bill now goes to the House Rules
Municipal Improvement Districts
The Senate Finance Committee passed
HB2440, municipal improvement districts
by a vote of 5-3. Sponsored by Rep. Warren Peterson (R - Gilbert), the bill as amended by the House stipulates petition requirements for
the formation of such districts, and also outlines what properties are exempt from the process. The bill needs an amendment related to
the order and timing of the resolution and petition process so that the financing mechanism of the district will work and for that
reason the League remains opposed. The measure now goes on to the Senate Rules Committee.
Sponsored by Representative Doug Coleman (R - Apache Junction)
HB2512, pension contributions; expenditure limit exemption
allows for political subdivisions to exceed their expenditure limitation for the purpose of paying down their public safety pension
liability. The bill passed the Senate Finance Committee 5-0, and proceeds to the Senate Rules Committee.
HB2583, open meetings; audiovisual recordings
failed on the House floor this week by a vote of 23-36. Sponsored by Representative David Stevens (R - Sierra Vista), the bill would
have required all public bodies to post a complete audiovisual recording of all public meetings on their website within 24 hours of the
meeting's conclusion. The League was opposed.
Legislative Bill Monitoring
(All bills being actively monitored by the League
can be found here.)
HB2512: pension contributions; expenditure limit exemption
HB2440: municipal improvement districts; formation election
HB2566: S/E pawnbrokers; transactions fee prohibited
HB2583: open meetings; audiovisual recordings
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