SOME HOUSEKEEPING ITEMS

How They Voted. This report contains information on what has been happening with the bills we are tracking, including a way to find out exactly how everyone has voted. The same information may be found at the legislature’s website, but here it is limited to the bills we are tracking, which makes it easier to use. Posted on our Facebook page AZRRT and at https://bit.ly/3aIk7gE

Week in Review. This is a more thorough discussion of what happened with the most important or controversial bills we are tracking. Posted on our Facebook page, AZRRT, and also on the Arizona Daily Independent.

Video Discussion. This is new. It is a YouTube channel where we discuss in detail some of the more controversial bills coming up for action. There will be two types of videos. One will be a whole hour of discussions, which may be boring to people who are interested only in one or two bills. The other will be a series of short videos, generally less than 5 minutes, about single bills. People can enter the title of the bill(s) they are interested in and view the discussion. So far, we have only one sample of each type of video that you can check out by going to:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-9WHy-ADLD5RXycOOmU3_w

We expect full implementation by next week. As usual, we are wide open to suggestions for improvement.

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BILL # AND SHORT TITLE

(1)

WHO TO CONTACT

(2)

DATE

 

SPONSOR AND/OR WHAT THE BILL DOES

VOTE

(3)

HB2489 - appropriation; affordable housing

House Health & Human Services

02/08/2021

CHAVEZ - The sum of $25,000,000 is appropriated from the state general fund in fiscal year 2021-2022 to the housing trust fund. This is in addition to any other funding in the budget. This trust fund was sold to the voters as being self sustaining, but we keep on pouring tax payer money into it, this time $25 million.

 N

SB1106 - voting residency; intent to remain

Senate Government

02/08/2021

 MESNARD – A Person who knowingly causes, procures or allows himself to be registered as an elector in this state solely for the purpose of voting in an election in this state and without the requisite intent to remain as prescribed by section 16-101 is guilty of a class 6 felony.

 Y

SB1241 - voting equipment; ballots; receipt

Senate Government

02/08/2021

TOWNSEND - provide a paper receipt to the voter at the time the voter's ballot is received for tabulation.  The paper receipt shall state whether the voter's ballot was tabulated or rejected and, if rejected, the reason for the rejection.  This paragraph does not apply to a voter who votes with an early or provisional ballot.

 Y

SCR1005 - legislature; ninety house districts

Senate Government

02/08/2021

MESNARD - We need more politicians like we need a hole in the head. Why not keep the number at two reps, but have them run individually from two separate sub-districts,

 

 N

SB1009 - state vehicle fleet; electric vehicles

Senate Transportation and Technology

02/08/2021

STEELE - Requires forced transition of state vehicles to electric vehicles.  Agencies should be allowed to decide on the merits of the vehicles, not forced into one politically correct and expensive choice

 

 N

HB2063 - schools; student promotions

House Education

02/09/2021

FILLMORE - This is a feel-good bill. It is good because it prohibits teachers from promoting students to the next grade if they do not know the material. It is bad because it has so many exclusions that it is very close to being worthless.

 Y

HB2151 - experienced teacher retention; pilot program

House Education

02/09/2021

FRIESE - This is a very bad bill. Ostensibly it encourages teachers to remain teachers by providing discounts on university tuition. However, it makes the teachers' spouses and dependents also eligible. Appropriates initially $2 million, but no limit in subsequent years. Appropriated moneys are in addition to any other education appropriations. It creates a bureaucracy to administer the program.

 

 N

HB2737 - corporation commission actions; investigation

House Natural Resources, Energy & Water

02/09/2021

PARKER - Establishes a checks and balance on the corporation commission. Provides a path to hold the ACC accountable if they exceed their authority.

 

 Y

SB1333 - law enforcement; budget reduction; prohibition

Senate Appropriations

02/09/2021

GOWAN - Discourages defunding of police. Aimed at specifically prohibiting defunding for political reasons. Does not affect defunding as a result of changing economic conditions

 

 Y

SB1433 - students; distance learning plans; funding

Senate Appropriations

02/09/2021

MESNARD - Requires that students who receive instruction through a distance learning plan be funded at the same amount as students receiving in‑person instruction, even if the expenses incurred are considerably lower.

 

 N

SCR1001 - state of emergency declaration; termination

Senate Appropriations

02/09/2021

UGENTI-RITA - Legislature exercises its power to terminate state of emergency, under Arizona Revised Statutes Title 26, Section 303, Subsection F

 

 Y

SB1246 - school districts; boards; term limits

Senate Education

02/09/2021

BOWIE - Term limits may be good, but this bill has some significant exclusions

 

?

HB2151 - experienced teacher retention; pilot program

House Appropriations

02/10/2021

FRIESE - This is a very bad bill. Ostensibly it encourages teachers to remain teachers by providing discounts on university tuition. However, it makes the teachers' spouses and dependents also eligible. Appropriates initially $2 million, but no limit in subsequent years. Appropriated moneys are in addition to any other education appropriations. It creates a bureaucracy to administer the program.

 

 N

HB2179 - new school facilities; additional funding

House Appropriations

02/10/2021

UDALL - Adds to the new school facilities statute, subsections R and S which look too much like blank checks for contractors.

 

 N

HB2489 - appropriation; affordable housing

House Appropriations

02/10/2021

CHAVEZ - The sum of $25,000,000 is appropriated from the state general fund in fiscal year 2021-2022 to the housing trust fund. This is in addition to any other funding in the budget. This trust fund was sold to the voters as being self-sustaining, but we keep on pouring tax payer money into it, this time $25 million.

 

 N

HB2111 - 2nd amendment; unenforceable federal laws

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

BIASIUCCI - this state and all political subdivisions of this state are prohibited from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the united states government that violates amendment ii of the constitution of the united states. Same as SB1328

 Y

HB2302 - election lawsuits; settlements; approvals

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

BLACKMAN - if a proposed settlement of an election-related civil action by the secretary of state materially affects a county recorder, the secretary of state may not settle or otherwise compromise that civil action without consulting the county recorders of this state

 Y

HB2358 - voter registration update; address change

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

KAVANAGH - Specifies that the county recorder must cancel the registration in the previous county of residence if the registrant has changed residence to a new county

 Y

HB2378 - ranked choice voting; presidential preference

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

DUNN – This is not a good bill. It makes the simple act of marking your preferred candidate a very cumbersome and complicated matter

 N

HB2529 - early ballots; address; return

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

DUNN - People who receive a ballot in error are required to mark unopened envelope "return to sender" and send it back. Does not state how to police this or what penalty for failure to do it

 

 Y

HB2569 - elections; private funding; prohibition

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

HOFFMAN - Notwithstanding any other law, this state and a city, town, county, school district or other public body that conducts or administers elections may not receive or expend private monies for preparing for, administering or conducting an election, including registering voters.

 Y

HB2570 - licenses; pandemics; revocation prohibition

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

HOFFMAN - Does not allow the department, any other state agency or a city, town or county to revoke any license that is required to operate a business for not complying with an order issued by the governor pursuant to this section unless the department, other state agency, city, town or county can demonstrate by clear and convincing evidence that the business was the actual cause of transmission of the disease that is the subject of the order.

 Y

HB2700 - county officers; salaries; increase

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

KAVANAGH - Under the current governor induced economic debacle, it is very unwise to hand out substantial pay raises to any government official, especially county supervisors

 N

HB2725 - state documents; sex identification

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

FILLMORE – Requires that a document issued by any agency, board, commission or department of this state may only indicate an individual's sex as either male or female.

 Y

HCR2016 - initiatives; supermajority vote requirement

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

DUNN - Increases the vote required to pass initiatives from simple majority to a supermajority of 60%

 

 

HCR2021 - electoral college; supporting

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

BURGES - This is only a feel-good resolution without the power of law. However, it is extremely important because if we do away with the electoral college, the U. S. will cease to exist as a federal republic.

 

 Y

HCR2023 - elections; state authority; infringement; opposition

House Government & Elections

02/10/2021

HOFFMAN – Resolution without the power of law, stating the state of Arizona's opposition to any federal action infringing on Arizona's constitutional power to manage, control and administer elections.

 Y

HB2485 - violent or disorderly assembly; penalties

House Transportation

02/10/2021

CARROLL - Expands the definition of aggravated assault to include assault committed during rioting or disorderly conduct.

 

 Y

SB1362 - abortion; refusal to assist

Senate Health and Human Services

02/10/2021

ROGERS – Adds abortion to the list of procedures that a facility may refuse to perform without being discriminated against

 Y

SB1328 - unenforceable federal laws; second amendment

Senate Judiciary

02/11/2021

BIASIUCCI - this state and all political subdivisions of this state are prohibited from using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any act, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the united states government that violates amendment ii of the constitution of the united states. Same as SB1328

 Y

SB1377 - civil liability; public health pandemic

Senate Judiciary

02/11/2021

LEACH – For civil suits resulting from damages during a pandemic related state of emergency, the burden of proof is elevated from the customary preponderance of evidence, to clear and convincing evidence. Aimed at preventing the customary onslaught of ambulance chasers and opportunists  that these conditions generate.

 Y

SB1408 - legislative subpoenas; records; penalties

Senate Judiciary

02/11/2021

PETERSEN - records may not be deemed privileged information, confidential information or other information protected from disclosure, and are subject to subpoena and must be produced.  A court may compel a person to produce the records that are subject to the subpoena.

And in addition to any other fine authorized by law, the court may impose a fine of $1,000 per day.

 Y

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