Issue 3 - January 27, 2017 PRINT VERSION

Legislative Overview

Today marks the 19th day of the legislative session. To date the House has introduced 366 bills, 3 memorials, 19 concurrent resolutions and 3 House resolutions, while the Senate has introduced 336 bills, 8 memorials, 19 concurrent resolutions and 2 joint resolutions. Monday, January 30 is the deadline for introducing bills in the Senate. The House deadline for opening bill folders is Thursday, February 9 and the deadline for introducing bills in the House is Friday, February 10.

SB1084

SB1084 electronic records; retention; storage (Bob Worsley R-Mesa, LD 25) - This bill was heard on Tuesday in the Senate Transportation Committee. This bill allows electronic documents to legally satisfy retention requirements set by law, including agency policy. The bill also removes permissive authority for governmental agencies to not use or allow the use of electronic records or electronic signatures. The League signed in support of the legislation and it passed out of Committee by a vote of 7-0.

SB1115

SB1115 PSPRS; retirement benefit calculation (Debbie Lesko R-Peoria, LD 21) - This bill was heard on Wednesday in the Senate Finance Committee. It allows a PSPRS member, hired on or after January 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2017, to retire after 15 years of credited service, in addition to the current benefit of retiring after 25 years of service, if the employee is at least 52.5 years of age. The bill limits the benefit of a member with fewer than 25 years of credited service to the set of reduced graded multipliers. This change corrects an oversight in earlier legislation regarding this group of employees. The League signed in support of the bill and it passed out of committee 7-0.

HB2086

HB2086 municipalities; identification cards; prohibition (Jay Lawrence R-Scottsdale, LD 23) - This bill was heard on Tuesday in the House Federalism, Property Rights & Public Policy Committee. It prohibits the issuance of municipal identification cards. A violation of this prohibition is to be investigated by the Attorney General and if the city or town does not discontinue the practice within 30 days, the Attorney General must request the State Treasurer to withhold state shared revenue. The League testified in opposition to the bill and it passed out of committee 6-2.

HB2116

HB2116 municipal zoning; rezoning protests (Bob Thorpe R-Flagstaff, LD 6) - This bill was heard on Tuesday in the House Federalism, Property Rights & Public Policy Committee. This League resolution clarifies how the property owners who are eligible to file a written protest against a proposed zoning amendment are calculated. The League testified in support to the bill and it passed out of committee 6-0.

HB2121

HB2121 immigration; prohibited acts; civil action (Bob Thorpe R-Flagstaff, LD 6) - This bill was heard on Tuesday in the House Federalism, Property Rights & Public Policy Committee. This bill states that cities and towns as well as state agencies, counties and political subdivisions may not be prohibited from doing any of the following: 1) complying with an immigration detainer; 2) providing a federal immigration official with access to an inmate for an interview; 3) initiating an immigration status investigation; or 4) providing a federal immigration official with the incarceration status or release date of an inmate who is in custody. This bill holds cities and towns liable for damages to any person who is injured by the acts or omissions of an unlawful alien or to the personal representative of a person killed by an unlawful alien. It also requires that every person who holds a public office or has official duties as a representative, agent or employee of a city or town to report any violations of this law. The League testified in opposition to the bill and it passed out of committee 6-2.

HB2139

HB2139 building code moratorium; repeal (Jill Norgaard R-Phoenix, LD 18) - This bill was heard on Monday in the House Military, Veterans and Regulatory Affairs Committee. The bill repeals statute relating to a building code moratorium for residential and commercial buildings. The League signed in support of the legislation and it passed out of committee by a vote of 9-0.

HB2179

HB2179 municipalities; counties; intergovernmental agreements; requirements (Michelle Ugenti-Rita R-Scottsdale, LD 23) - This bill was heard in the House Local and International Affairs Committee on Wednesday. The bill limits all intergovernmental agreements (IGAs) to a maximum term of eight years and requires a majority vote of the governing body of a municipality or county to extend the IGA. In addition, on the effective date of this legislation, all existing IGAs must be reviewed and reaffirmed by a majority vote of the governing body. The League testified in opposition to the bill. It passed with a vote of 4-3.

HB2213

HB2213 GPLET reform; K-12 taxes (Vince Leach R-Tucson, LD 11) - This bill was heard on Wednesday in the House Ways and Means Committee. This bill makes numerous amendments to the Government Property Lease Excise Tax (GPLET) statute. It requires the government property lessor to calculate the GPLET for each prime lessee, establishes a delinquency interest rate of 16% per year and eliminates the requirement that a county treasurer submit a report to each government property lessor regarding returns and payments received by the lessor in the preceding calendar year. The bill eliminates the GPLET tax abatement amount designated for school districts and stipulates that lease rates for leases effective after January 1, 2017 are no longer "grandfathered" at the lower amounts provided in current statute. The bill also significantly modifies the definition of a slum or blighted area. GPLET is one of the few economic development tools available to cities and towns in Arizona. The League and several other business groups testified in opposition to the bill. There was discussion about a stakeholder group to work on some of the provisions of the bill. It passed out of committee 6-2.

HB2262

HB2262 municipal zoning; rezoning protest requirements (Jeff Weninger R-Chandler, LD 17) - This bill was heard on Wednesday in the House Local and International Affairs Committee. It requires a zoning protest to be filed in the office of the city or town clerk by 12:00 p.m. one business day before the governing body votes on the proposed change and requires the property owners opposing the proposed amendment to sign the filed protest. The League is seeking an amendment to allow a city or town to maintain a more stringent filing deadline by ordinance. The League signed in support of the bill and it passed out of committee 7-0.

HB2287

HB2287 firearm discharge; mental state; applicability (Tony Rivero R-Peoria, LD 21) - This bill, referred to as "Shannon's Law," was heard on Wednesday in the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee. This bill changes the culpable mental state from "criminal negligence" to "knowingly or recklessly" for the offense of unlawful discharge of a firearm. The bill reduces the distance a person must be from an occupied structure while discharging a firearm from one mile to 1/4 of a mile for purposes of the current exception to the statute. The League testified in opposition to the bill and it passed out of committee 7-0.

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