Today marks the 54th day of the 2016 session. Committee agendas picked up as the chambers began to hear each other's bills. Floor
activity was particularly heavy, especially in the House. To date there are still only four bills that have been signed into law by the
Governor. The last day for committee hearings besides Appropriations is March 18th.
HB2483 municipal population estimates; use,
sponsored by Representative Justin Olson (R - Mesa) passed the House this week by a unanimous vote. This bill is the culmination of much
hard work by League members to have more accurate population numbers for the purposes of distributing shared revenue. It allows for
cities and towns to use the U.S. Census Bureau's population estimates on a yearly basis to keep up with changes in growth. The bill has
been assigned to the Senate Appropriations Committee.
The drone bill,
SB1449 prohibited operations; unmanned aircraft
passed the Senate this week after being amended on the floor with material from stakeholder input. There are still some outstanding
issues, but the parties involved have agreed to continue their work together to reach a reasonable solution. The bill is waiting for
committee assignment in the House. The bill's sponsor is Senator John Kavanagh (R - Fountain Hills).
HB2402 bonds; disclosure; notice
passed the Senate Government Committee by a vote of 4-2. The bill, sponsored by Representative Vince Leach (R - Tucson) requires that
the tax impact calculated for a bond measure must use the maximum interest rate of that measure. The League testified in opposition to
the bill and argued that if the worst case scenario was going to be presented to the voters that, at the very least, the more likely tax
impacts based on current interest rate climates should be included as well. The League will continue to try and amend the bill so that
the language is more reflective of what rates actually are, not their maximum. It now proceeds to the Senate Rules Committee.
HB2107 substance abuse recovery homes,
sponsored by Representative Noel Campbell (R - Prescott) passed the House by a vote of 49-9. The bill allows for city regulation of
these types of homes, which have proliferated in recent years in various cities and towns. This bill is also a League Resolution. It now
awaits committee assignment in the Senate.
Legislative Bill Monitoring
(All bills being actively monitored by the League
can be found here.)
HB2483: municipal population estimates; use
SB1449: unmanned aircraft; prohibited operations
HB2402: bonds; disclosure; notice
HB2107: substance abuse recovery homes
SB1241: photo radar prohibition; state highways
HB2076: annexation; single property owner; exception
HB2146: municipalities; property sale threshold; election
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