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Arizona's 55th Legislature in Session
January - April 2021


 
The following bills have been introduced in the legislature and reviewed by the LWV Arizona Legislative Analysis Team. A short description of each bill, author and committee are provided; the position of the Arizona League is indicated as ... Support or Oppose.


  • Mar. 26: Last day to hear bills in committees in the opposing chamber

  • April 20: 100th day of the session (sine die)


LWVGT OP-ED 2-24-21 ARIZONA DAILY STAR

 

Advocacy Strategies to fight bad bills:

Please read“ How a Bill Becomes Law,” to help you understand what happens to a bill as it proceeds through the legislative process, what is meant by crossover, and when a bill moves to the Governor be signed into law.

The current legislative session is approaching “crossover week”. Many bills have moved from committees and await disposition by the chamber of origin to be sent to the opposing chamber.

Bill Busters - Who to call.

Contacts for Senators and Representatives by District:

Despite the hyper partisanship reported in the news media, we urge you to contact legislators. We urge you to contact the bill sponsors, the Senate president and Speaker of the house, your opposition or support for the bills listed below.

More importantly let’s encourage debate on the floor for bills we oppose.

Please read the entire explanation of how a bill becomes law. Below are 2 important terms that will help you understand what could happen to a bill in the next 2 weeks.

Consent Calendar :
If no amendments have been recommended, the leadership can put the bill on the “consent calendar" by which the members by common consent agree not to debate the bill on the floor. If no member objects within a stated period to a bill being on the consent calendar (even one objection willtake it off), the bill will bypass floor debate and advance directly to the vote (called "Third Reading") that will send it to the second house.

COW:
For a bill not on the consent calendar, the whole House (or whole Senate) meets to discuss the bill and the recommendations that have been made by the standing committees. This is the famous "COW" -- for "Committee of the Whole" (whole House or whole Senate). During COW, individual members can offer amendments directly; these are called floor amendments and are approved (or disapproved) by voice vote as they are offered. After all amendments have been voted on, the bill's principal sponsor makes a motion that the COW recommends that the bill be passed.

Voters' Rights and Elections Administration

RTS your opposition to SB1485 and SCR1006 (striker) bills today.

SB1485: elections; voting center tabulation (Ugenit-Rita)
Bill includes language from 1069 removing voters from PEVL. Striker to revive SB1069. Ugenti-Rita is on the Appropriations committee.

Status: Hearing in appropriations committee 2/23

SB1069: permanent early voting list; eligibility (Ugenti_Rita)
Removes voters from PEVL if they have not voted in two previous primary and general elections. Potential for large scale disenfranchisement.

Status: Failed. Language inserted as Striker in SB1485

SCR1006:military personel, technical correction (Gowan)

Striker:which says the legislature has to meet in a special session on the Monday after a presidential election to decide who won.
THE LEGISLATURE SHALL HOLD A SPECIAL SESSION AT THE STATE CAPITOL COMMENCING ON THE MONDAY FOLLOWING THE DATE DESIGNATED FOR THE ELECTION OF THE PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. THE PURPOSE OF THE SPECIAL SESSION IS TO REVIEW OR INVESTIGATE THE RESULTS OF THE ELECTION IN THIS STATE, AS NEEDED, BEFORE CERTIFYING THE RESULTS OF THE SELECTION OF PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS. THE LEGISLATURE HAS SOLE AUTHORITY TO APPOINT THE PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS WHO WILL CAST THIS STATE'S VOTES IN THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE AND SHALL EXERCISE THAT AUTHORITY WITHOUT INTERFERENCE AND CONSISTENT WITH
Senate Amendments to S.C.R. 1006 -2- 1 ARTICLE II, SECTION 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES. THE SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE PRESIDENT OF THE SENATE SHALL JOINTLY CERTIFY TO THE GOVERNOR THE NAMES OF THE APPOINTED PRESIDENTIAL ELECTORS, AND THE GOVERNOR SHALL SUBMIT THOSE NAMES TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
& SENATE

Status: Heard in Senate Appropriations on Tuesday 2/23

BILLS TO WATCH FOR FLOOR ACTION
(CALL LEGISLATORS ON THESE BILLS TODAY)


HCR2001:initiatives; single subject; title (Kavanagh)
Limit initiatives in Arizona to a single subject or be invalidated.

Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)- OPPOSE


SB1003:early voting; signature required; notice (Ugent-Rita)
Only allows cure of unsigned ballot until 7 pm on Election day. Treats unsigned ballots differently from others that have longer, post election cure times.

Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)- OPPOSE


SB1020:voting locations; electioneering (Ugenti-Rita)
Emergency voting sites must now allow electioneering. Previously, could be exempted.

Status: COW for vote- OPPOSE


SB1105:ballot measures; 200-word description (Mesnard)
Increases from 100 to 200 words the length of an initiative or referendum description included on initiative and referendum petitions.

Status: COW for vote- NEUTRAL


SB1106:voting residency; intent to remain (Mesnard)
Person moving to the state just to vote is subject to class 6 felony. But, issue around defining intent?

Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)- OPPOSE


SB1358:recorders; voter registration; public buildings (Ugenti-Rita)
Voter suppression. Prohibits County Recorders from registering voters anywhere that is not government property.

Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)- OPPOSE


SCR1034:voter protection act; court determinations (Leach)
Legislature can vote to amend initiative or referendum if found unconstitutional by AZ or US supreme Court.

Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)- OPPOSE


HB2039:elections; hand counts; five percent (Griffin)
Would increase % of ballots county recorders are required to count by hand, from 2 to 5%.

Status: Watch for the language of this bill to show up as a striker in another bill hand count by precinct level- OPPOSE


SB1025:elections; polls; override notification (Townsend)
Requires an election board official to advise a voter with an overvote or other irregularity on the voter's ballot that the vote for that office or measure will not be tallied if the voter chooses to override the overvote.

Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)- OPPOSE


SB1068:elections manual; legislative council; GRRC (Ugenti-Rita)
Election manual and instructions from Sec of State to be reviewed by legislature and GRRC.

Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)- OPPOSE


SB1083:elections; recount margin (Ugenti-Rita)
Increases margin for a recount from 1/10 to 1/2% of the number of votes cast.

Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)- OPPOSE


SB1593: early voting, time limit, envelope (Gowan)
Reject any ballot postmarked later than Thursday before election day, even if the ballot is received by the election day deadline.

Status: Language from this bill could show up as a striker.- OPPOSE


SB1613:election data; results; election equipment (Townsend)
Massive expansion of election bureaucracy in response to extremely low documented rate of voter fraud.

Status: Language from this bill could show up as a striker.- OPPOSE


SB1713:early ballots; identification; mailing (Mesnard)

Status: Language from this bill could show up as a striker.- OPPOSE


SB1002:early voting envelopes; party affiliation(Ugenti-Rita)
Early voting ballot envelope doesn't reveal voter's selection or party affiliation.

Status: Transmit to House- SUPPORT


HB2357:attorney general; voter fraud; subpoenas (Kavanagh)
Grants subpoena power (which they may already have?) to the AG's Voter Fraud Unit (separate from the Election Integrity Unit).

Status: Passed committee. Waiting for Rules- OPPOSE


HB2373:voter registration groups; forms; identifiers (Dunn)
Any person or organization who gets 25+ registration forms would need to use a unique identifier code. Separate codes required for each county.

Status: Passed committee. Waiting for Rules- OPPOSE


SB1107:redistricting; petition signatures; 2022 candidates (Mesnard)
An emergency measure that requires the Secretary of State (SOS) to accept nomination papers and petitions from candidates for election in 2022 using legislative and congressional districts used in the 2020 elections, designated by the redistricting plan adopted by the Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) in 2021 or designated as the 2022 redistricting plan by a court.

Status: Passed committee.- OPPOSE


SB1530:early ballots; undeliverable; instructions (Mesnard)
Early ballot envelope must say mark the unopened envelope "return to sender" and deposit in mail.

Status: Passed committee with amendments- OPPOSE


SCR1005:legislature; ninety House districts (Mesnard)
Amends AZ Constitution wording relating to legislative districts; replaces legislative districts with Senate districts consisting of three geographically separate House of Representative districts.

Status: Passed committee- OPPOSE


HB2792:early ballots; request required (Hoffman)
Specifies that a county recorder or other election officer may not deliver or mail an early ballot to a person who has not requested an early ballot for that election.

Status: Passed committee, Waiting Rules- OPPOSE


HB2793:voter registration; request required (Hoffman)
This bans automatic registration, a practice long support by LWV.

Status: Passed committee, Waiting Rules- OPPOSE


HB2811:same day registration; prohibition (Hoffman)
Bans same day voter registration. LWV supports Automatic Voter Registration, online and same day registration.

Status: Passed committee, Waiting Rules- OPPOSE


HCR2016:Initiatives; supermajority vote requirement (Udall)
Requires constitutional referenda to pass by 60% of voters.

Status: Passed committee, Waiting Rules- OPPOSE


HB2054:voter registration database; death records (Kaiser)
SOS SHALL (i.e., required to) compare the records of deaths with the statewide voter registration database rather than MAY (optional).

Status: Passed house vote. Will crossover to the Senate.- NEUTRAL


HB2569:elections; private funding; prohibition (Hoffman)
Prohibits state from receiving or expending private monies to conduct election or register voters.

Status: Passed committee- SUPPORT


SB1010:recount requests; amount; bond; procedure (Mesnard)
Anyone can request a recount of an election regardless of the margin of victory, as long as they post a bond to cover the cost.

Status: Passed committee- OPPOSE


SB1793:voter registration databases; death records (Gowan)
Requires the Secretary of State to establish a nonpublic database for use by county recorders to cancel the names of deceased persons from county voter registration databases.

Status: Passed committee, Waiting for RULES- NEUTRAL

Racial Justice

HB2295: law enforcement officers; database; rules (Payne)
Makes it difficult to place officers names on Brady list and would make it harder for police to be held accountable for misconduct.
Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)
- OPPOSE

HB2318: sentencing; repetitive offenders (Toma)
Would curtail the use of "Hannah priors," which allow attorneys to prosecute people facing multiple charges related to one crime as repeat offenders, even if they had clean records before. Ducey vetoed a slightly broader measure in 2019.
Status: Passed in the House, submitted to Senate assigned to Senate Judiciary.
- SUPPORT

HB2713:release credits; prisoners (Blackman)
Earned release end to truth in sentencing. Would allow incarcerated to earn up to 50% off sentence, bringing us in line with the rest of the country.
Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)
- SUPPORT

HB2167:independent corrections ombudsman; oversight committee (Blackman)
Status: Passed through committee bipartisan support.
- NEUTRAL

HB2190:criminal justice case information; reporting (Roberts)
Detailed description of criminal database entries with racial information.
Status: Passed through committee bipartisan support.
- SUPPORT

HB2309:violent, disorderly assembly; public order (Roberts)
Creates a new class 6 felony crime of violent or disorderly assembly. "if a person, with seven or more other persons acting together, and with the intent to engage in conduct constituting a riot or an unlawful assembly, causes damage to property or injury to another person. The person has to be held for at least 12 hours!
Status: Passed Committee waiting for RULES
- OPPOSE

HB2310:municipalities; counties; law enforcement budgets (Roberts)
Cancels out any attempt by municipalities to reduce funding to their police depts by more than 10%, No matter how bloated the budget, Oppose matter how good the plans is to reallocate the funding to other safety agencies, the state will restore the funding from the municipalities' state coffer.
Status: Passed committee, waiting for RULES
- OPPOSE

HB2765:law enforcement; deadly force; investigations (Bolding)
Requires law-enforcement cases that involve deadly force to be investigated by a different agency than the one involved. Departments nationwide have failed to discipline their own in cases of abuse, allowing officers who have lied and beaten people to keep their jobs even as the public overwhelmingly demands reform. This bill would address the lack of outside accountability which has allowed corruption and abuse to run rampant. A necessary change.
Status: Passed committee
- SUPPORT

Climate Change (Environmental issues, Energy)

SB1175:corporation commission; electric generation resources (Kerr)
This bill, and HB2248, target the ACC clean energy rules that have gone through more than two years of development and vetting, enjoy strong public support, and that will save ratepayers dollars, reduce water use and pollution, and bolster Arizona’s economy. The bills prohibit action by the ACC without express legislative authority, so this is also a big power grab by the Arizona Legislature.
Status: Held in Rules committee (RTS now)

HB2261:prisoners; health; training; visitation; rules (Blackman)
A package of reforms for incarcerated women. It would require prisons to provide a sufficient supply of menstrual hygiene products, allow for regular visitation of children, limit strip searches by male employees, restrict the use of restraints on pregnantwomen and require they be fed nutritious meals, and limit body cavity searches.
Status: Floor watch. Has bipartisan support

HB2248: corporation commission; electric generation resources (Rep. Griffin)
Bill similar to SB1175
Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)

HB2014:GRRC; petition to request review (Biaisucci)
Attack on Clean Elections. Anyone could ask the Governors Regulatory Review Council to review a Clean Elections practice, action or rule, if person believes it exceeds agency’s authority or violates AZ Constitution.
Status: Floor Watch: Consent Calendar Objected (Will proceed to floor debate)

HB2737:corporation commission actions; investigation (Parker)
Directs AG to investigate ACC at request of lawmakers & reduces ACC operating budget if supreme court finds they've exceeded statutory authority.
Status: Passed committees.

SB1459: agency decisions; administrative reviews (Petersen)
Removes the administrative review exemption that applies to Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) administrative decisions..
Status: Waiting for Rules

Water

HB2035:appropriation; Arizona water protection fund (Griffin)
Appropriates $1,000,000 from the state General Fund (GF) to the Arizona Water Protection Fund (AWPF) in fiscal year (FY) 2022.
Status: Transmit to Senate- SUPPORT

HB2043:underground storage tanks; performance standards (Griffin)
Requires an underground storage tank system (UST) to comply with certain federal performance standards in effect on January 1, 2020.
Status: Transmit to Senate- SUPPORT

HB2079:conservation districts; water; invasive vegetation (Dunn)
Authorizes Natural Resource Conservation Districts (NRCDs) to be involved in research and programs to eradicate invasive vegetation and increase awareness of water conservation methods and best management practices. Allows a taxpayer to file a conservation plan with an NRCD to qualify for the agricultural water conservation system tax credit.
Status: Transmit to Senate

SB1274substituted for HB2336 (Shope)
Modifies requirements for the designation of assured water supply in the Pinal Active Management Area (Pinal AMA) and for the determination of whether changes to a subdivision plat in an AMA are material changes.
Status: Transmit to House

HB2440: hazardous vegetation removal; state forester (Griffin)
Authorizes the State Forester to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) or memorandum of understanding (MOU) with agencies to remove hazardous vegetation from lands in Arizona and use legislative appropriations and programs that are designed to reduce recidivism for forest restoration projects on these lands.
Status: COW Do Pass Amended
- NEUTRAL

HB2441:water; substitute acreage (Griffin)
This allows a farmer to move irrigated acreage within a farm by retiring one field and irrigating a new one of equal size. It is neutral with regard to the amount of water used in irrigation. But it encourages expansion of the land disturbance associated with agriculture.
Status: Transmit to Senate- NEUTRAL

HB2580:environmental quality omnibus (Griffin)
Repeals and revises statutes for various programs administered by the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ).
Status: Transmit to Senate
- OPPOSE

SB1056:energy; water; savings accounts (Grey)
Modifies terms for an energy or water cost savings contract and prescribes a statutory definition for energy cost saving.
Status: Transmit to House- OPPOSE

SB1147:water banking; storage credits; subcontractors (Kerr)
Allows the Arizona Water Banking Authority (AWBA) to distribute long-term storage credits (LTSCs) directly to the Central Arizona Water Conservation District's (CAWCD) municipal and industrial (M&I) subcontractors.
Status: Transmit to House

SB1366:Remediated water; groundwater; use (Kerr)
Prescribes statutory requirements and permissions for groundwater withdrawn as part of remedial actions.
Status: Transmit to House

HB2333:energy; water; savings accounts (Pratt)
Allows contracts for projects funded through energy or water savings accounts to be extended up to 25 years, requires impacts to other costs and revenues to be considered when evaluating these projects, and allows capital cost repayment schedules that are shorter than what is required in statute to be used for guaranteed energy cost savings contracts.
Status: Passed committee
- NEUTRAL

HB2576:water rights; general adjudications; funding (Griffin)
Establishes the General Adjudication Personnel and Support Fund (Fund) to be used by the Arizona Supreme Court (Supreme Court) and Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) to provide additional full-time personnel for general adjudication and other support services. Appropriates $2,391,240 from the state General Fund (GF) in fiscal year 2022 for the purposes of the fund.
Status: Passed committee
- OPPOSE

HB2577:appropriation; water supply study (Griffin)
Appropriates an unspecified amount from the state General Fund in fiscal year (FY) 2022 to the Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) to study potential sources of water for use in Arizona.
Status: Passed Committees (NREW & Appropriations). Waiting for Rules- OPPOSE

HB2691:Groundwater permits; technical correction (Griffin)
Authorizes certain water quality programs within the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality to cover waters that are no longer considered "waters of the United States."
Status: Passed committee
- OPPOSE

SB1307 :Water; wastewater system; county operation (Shope)
Replaces permissive authority with the requirement that the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) make a written request for corrective action for a regulated wastewater treatment facility or system or public water system for water quality control noncompliance and directs the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) to commence corrective action upon ADEQ's request.
Status: Passed committee - Unanimous- SUPPORT

SB1431:Flood control districts; advisory board (Ugenti-Rita)
Requires, rather than allows, the board of directors of a county flood control district (district) to appoint a citizen's flood control advisory board, modifies the requirements for membership and grants the board access to flood control budget information.
Status: Passed committee









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