ASBA Active Bill Positions
53rd Legislature - 1st Regular Session, 2017 Friday, Apr 28 2017 8:58 AM

BILL NUMBER/
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SUMMARY SPONSORS POSTED HEARINGS
& CALENDARS
COMMENTS LAST ACTION
General
H2082:
SCHOOLS; DAILY RECESS TIME  
Each school district and charter school is required to provide at least 50 minutes of “unstructured recess” (defined) each school day for students in kindergarten through grade five, except that students enrolled in half-day kindergarten must be given at least 25 minutes of unstructured recess. Unstructured recess time cannot be withheld from a student as punishment unless the student's parent or guardian is notified beforehand. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Rubalcava   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposes. Although it is an unnecessary bill, we believe that the majority of school districts will be in compliance with the strike-everything amendment that was adopted in the Senate Education Committee. 

3/28
from Senate rules okay.
H2108:
EDUCATION; CONFORMING CHANGES  
The Department of Education is required to recalculate the student count for a union high school district in a county with a population of less than 400,000 persons for students who had previously been enrolled and previously paid tuition and who were subsequently determined to be eligible for state aid. The Dept is required to reimburse that school district for state aid in a corresponding amount, and the district is required to remit the reimbursements to persons who previously paid tuition for those students. These provisions are retroactive to July 1, 2013. Also makes various technical and conforming changes to statutes related to education. AS PASSED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. This is a purely technical bill to fix various references in statute.

4/24
passed Senate on final reading 29-0; ready for governor.
H2128:
JLAC: AUDITOR GENERAL  
Various changes relating to audits of public agencies. The Auditor General is required to conduct annual, instead of at least biennial, financial and compliance audits of financial transactions and accounts kept by or for all state agencies subject to the federal single audit requirements. The Auditor General is required, as resources allow, to conduct an investigation of a "political subdivision" (defined) in connection with an audit authorized by law or on request of a public officer to the extent the request is appropriate to the proper performance of the official duties of the person making the request. All officers of any state agency, board, commission, department, program or committee or any political subdivision are required to afford reasonable and needed facilities for Auditor General staff and make records available in the form and at the time prescribed. The Joint Legislative Budget Committee is required to notify all members of the Legislature of the cost to conduct a special audit for any legislative measure that requires the Auditor General to perform a special audit, which must be provided before the measure is scheduled for third read in the house of origin or in the house where the special audit provision was added. The President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, instead of the Joint Legislative Audit Committee (JLAC), are required to designate the chairman of each committee of reference and assign agencies to the respective committees of reference according to subject matter. Factors the committee of reference must consider when determining the need for continuation or termination of an agency are modified. JLAC is required to meet annually, instead of at least quarterly. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. J. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. Offending provisions regarding attorney-client privileged information were removed.

4/20
House concurred in Senate amendments and passed on final reading 57-0; ready for governor.
H2164:
TEACHERS; ALT PERFORMANCE EVAL CYCLE  
School district governing boards are authorized to allow teachers who have been designated in either of the two highest performance classifications for at least two consecutive evaluations to be evaluated at least once every three school years, instead of each school year, and to allow teachers who have been designated in the highest performance classifications for at least two consecutive evaluations to be evaluated at least once every five school years, instead of each school year. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Potentially reduces administrative burden in evaluation administration.

3/20
from Senate educ with amend #4767.
H2202:
SCHOOLS; DYSLEXIA; HANDBOOK; DEFINITION  
The Department of Education, subject to approval by the State Board of Education, is authorized to develop and maintain a handbook for use in schools in Arizona that provides guidance for students, parents and teachers concerning dyslexia. Information that must be included in the handbook is specified. For the purpose of common school promotion requirements, the definition of "dyslexia" is modified. AS PASSED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. First sponsor: Rep. Norgaard   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. All requirements are imposed on ADE.

4/26
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
H2210:
COLLEGE READINESS EXAMS; PILOT PROGRAM  
The Department of Education is required to establish a one-year pilot program for nationally recognized college-readiness examinations for the 2017-18 school year to allow school districts and charter schools that wish to participate to administer to all students in 11th grade a nationally recognized college-readiness examination paid for using monies that are otherwise appropriated for the 11th grade state assessments. The Dept is required to report on the pilot program to the Governor and the Legislature by November 30, 2018. Contains a legislative intent section. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Carter   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. ASBA supports universal availability of college entrance exams, but only supports a requirement to offer if funding is provided.

3/27
from Senate educ with amend #4857.
H2229:
JTEDS; COURSES & PROGRAMS; APPROVAL  
The definitions of "joint technical education course" and "joint technical education district program" are modified to include courses that require specialized materials in addition to specialized equipment, and courses or programs that lead to career readiness and entry-level employment if a vocation or industry does not require certification or licensure. School districts that are part of a joint district are required to report to the joint board and the Department of Education on maintenance of effort and how monies were used to supplement and not supplant base year career and technical education courses. If a joint board determines that a school district or charter school is in violation of statute prohibiting discouraging students from attending JTED courses, the joint board is authorized to withhold up to 10 percent of the total state aid apportionment that is otherwise due the school district or charter school from the joint district until the district or charter school is in compliance. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Shooter   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral.

4/26
Senate COW approved with amend #4704, #4892 and floor amend #5068. Passed Senate 24-4; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
H2247:
SCHOOL BUS DRIVERS; FINGERPRINT CARDS  
Each person who applies for a school bus driver certificate is required to have a valid fingerprint clearance card, instead of being required to submit a full set of fingerprints to the Department of Public Safety for the purpose of a federal criminal records check. A person who is issued a school bus driver certificate is required to maintain a valid fingerprint clearance card, and the Dept is required to suspend a school bus driver certificate if the card is invalid, suspended, canceled or revoked. Current school bus driver certificate holders are required to obtain a valid fingerprint clearance card by December 31, 2018. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Grantham   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Sponsors have been informed that districts cannot bear the cost of fingerprint clearance cards for employees.

4/26
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
H2353:
SCHOOL DISTRICT LEASES; DURATION  
The maximum period of time that school district governing boards may enter into leases or lease-purchase agreements for school buildings or grounds without voter approval is increased to 15 years, from 10 years. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Extends a lease term without voter approval to 15 years. 

4/21
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
H2385:
SCHOOLS; ACCOUNTING; BUDGETING; REPORTING  
School district governing boards are authorized to develop policies and procedures to allow principals to budget for or assist with budgeting federal, state and local monies. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, the list of information that must be included in the annual report card distributed by each school must include specified revenue and funding information at the school level, and a comparison of the school's funding information to other schools in the local education agency. The school district annual financial report is also required to include this information. Session law requires the Auditor General to facilitate a process with school districts, charter holders and schools operated by school districts and charter holders to identify the most efficient and transparent methods and formats for reporting that list of school level financial data. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral.

4/24
House concurred in Senate amendments and passed on final reading 31-24; ready for governor.
S1034:
APPROPRIATIONS; TEACHER STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM  
Appropriates $250,000 from the general fund in FY2017-18 to the Mathematics, Science and Special Education Teacher Student Loan Fund. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor

3/16
from House appro do pass.
S1036:
CHARTER SCHOOLS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION  
The State Board for Charter Schools is required to adopt rules and policies that the Board deems necessary to accomplish its statutory purposes. The Board is exempt from the rulemaking provisions of the Administrative Procedures Act, but is required to provide for notice and opportunity for comment on proposed policies or rules. Within one year after a policy or rule has been adopted, any person is permitted to petition an "agency" (defined as the State Board of Education, the State Board for Charter Schools, and the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blink) by objecting to all or part of a policy or rule based on a list of specified reasons, and the agency is required to consider the petition and respond within 60 days. An agency that determines not to take action based on a petition is required to forward the response to the petitioner and the Governor's Regulatory Review Council (GRRC). If at least two GRRC members request, GRRC is required to review the petitioner's request and the agency's response within 30 days. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. Applies to State Board for Charter Schools only.

4/27
Senate adopted conference report #5064 and passed on final reading 16-11. Awaits House final vote.
S1038:
TEACHERS; PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT; PILOT PROGRAM  
The Department of Education is required to establish a high-quality teacher professional development program and issue scholarships or grants on a competitive basis to "qualified applicants" (defined) in order to obtain high-quality teacher professional development from a "qualifying postsecondary institution" (defined). Scholarship or grant recipients must agree to teach in a public school in Arizona for at least three additional years after completing the coursework or program. The Dept is required to report to the Governor and the Legislature on the results of the program by November 1 of each year. The program ends on July 1, 2020 and self-repeals on July 2, 2022. Appropriates $300,000 from the general fund in FY2017-18 to the Dept for the scholarships or grants. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support

3/16
from House appro do pass.
S1040:
ARIZONA TEACHERS; STUDENT LOAN PROGRAM  
Establishes the Arizona Teacher Student Loan Program within the Commission for Postsecondary Education to support the recruitment of teachers in public schools in Arizona. The Commission is authorized to grant loans from the Arizona Teacher Student Loan Fund to defray costs of tuition and fees of the education of students pursuing a teaching degree or a teaching certificate through an alternative teacher certification program. Qualified applicants for the loans must agree to provide instruction in a public school in Arizona in a "low-income school," "rural school" (both defined) or a school that is located on an Indian Reservation, or to provide instruction in mathematics, science or special education in a public school in Arizona. The Program terminates on Jyly 1, 2025. Emergency clause. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor

4/25
passed House 55-0; ready for governor.
S1136:
SCHOOLS; COMPUTER CODING INSTRUCTION  
Each school district and charter school must require all students in grades 4 through 12 to participate in at least one hour of interactive computer instruction designed to expose students to reading, understanding and writing computer code that is offered either by a nationally recognized nonprofit organization devoted to expanding access to computer science or by an entity with expertise in providing instruction to students on interactive computer instruction that is aligned to the academic standards adopted by the State Board of Education. A school district or charter school may exempt a child with a disability in specified circumstances. A school district or charter school may apply to the Superintendent of Public Instruction for a full or partial waiver of this requirement if computer infrastructure is insufficient to comply. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Oppose. Adds additional requirements for school districts

4/20
from House rules okay. Retained on House COW calendar.
S1156:
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS; COURSE TIME  
High school courses are no longer required to meet for at least 180 hours during a 180-day school year. First sponsor: Sen. Borrelli   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Increases local control but monitoring the impact of eliminating all hourly requirements. Working with the sponsor and stakeholders to address reducing the current hourly requirement.

3/21
from House educ with amend #4799.
S1314:
SCHOOLS; STUDENT DATA PRIVACY  
An "operator" (defined as the operator of an internet website, online service or application or mobile application with actual knowledge that the site, service or application is used primarily for school purposes and was designed and marketed for school purposes) is prohibited from using information obtained because of the use of that site, service or application for school purposes to knowingly engaging in a list of actions, including "targeted advertising" (defined), selling or renting a student's information, and disclosing or using "covered information" (defined) for purposes other than a list of specifically authorized purposes. An operator is required to implement and maintain reasonable security procedures and practices appropriate to the nature of the covered information, and to delete a student's covered information if the public school requests deletion. Violations are an unlawful practice and the Attorney General is authorized to investigate violations and take appropriate action. Also, local education agencies are required to adopt policies regarding the use of technology and the internet while at school, which must include notifying a parent of the parent's ability to prohibit the student from the use of technology and the internet while at school in which covered information may be shared with an operator. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Supports. Addresses data privacy on the vendor side.

4/21
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
S1317:
SCHOOLS; SPECIALLY DESIGNED INSTRUCTION  
For the purpose of special education statutes, the definition of "specially designed instruction" is expanded to include instruction that is delivered by any person who is certificated by the Board of Education and who is determined by a student's individualized education program team to be an appropriate provider based on the student's individualized needs. Session law requires the Board to immediately begin the process of adopting new rules that clarify the administration of specially designed instruction for students who receive special education services, and to immediately begin the process of comprehensively reviewing and amending rules regarding special education to streamline processes, reduce unnecessary administrative burdens on local education agencies and affirm the central role of the local individualized education program team. Session law requires the Board to adopt the new rules by November 15, 2017. Contains a legislative intent section. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Supports. 

4/27
Senate adopted conference report #5043 and passed on final reading 27-0. Awaits House final vote.
S1384:
SCHOOL-SPONSORED MEDIA; STUDENT JOURNALISTS  
A "student journalist" (defined) is permitted to exercise freedom of speech and freedom of the press in "school-sponsored media" (defined), and cannot be disciplined for acting accordingly. Each school district governing board and charter school governing body is required to adopt a written policy consistent with these provisions. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Yee   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral.

4/27
House COW approved with amend #4683 and floor amend #5075.

BILL NUMBER/
SHORT TITLE
SUMMARY SPONSORS POSTED HEARINGS
& CALENDARS
COMMENTS LAST ACTION
Retirement
H2166:
ASRS; RETURN TO WORK  
Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) employers are required to pay retirement contributions at an alternate contribution rate on behalf of a retired member who returns to work with an ASRS employer in a position that is similar in duties and responsibilities to that of a position ordinarily filled by an employee of the employer, instead of only a retired member who returns to work in a position ordinarily filled by an employee of the employer. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Livingston   Single-List Comments:

ASRS Position: Monitor. Potential concerns about negative impact on alternative contribution rate.

4/25
House concurred in Senate amendments and passed on final reading 48-8; ready for governor.
H2167:
ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS  
If more than the correct amount of employer or member contributions is paid into the Arizona State Retirement System through a mistake of law, ASRS is required to return those contributions to the employer upon request through an employer credit. If less than the correct amount of employer or member contributions is paid into ASRS by an employer, members who are inactive, retired or on long-term disability must make required payments using after-tax income and a personal check, cashier's check or money order. First sponsor: Rep. Livingston   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/21
from Senate rules okay.
H2169:
ASRS; STATE RETIREMENT; WAITING PERIOD; REPEAL  
Repeals statute requiring any state employee initially hired on or after July 20, 2011 to wait until the 27th week of employment to become a member of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the ASRS Long-Term Disability Program. First sponsor: Rep. Livingston   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. 

3/28
from Senate rules okay.

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SHORT TITLE
SUMMARY SPONSORS POSTED HEARINGS
& CALENDARS
COMMENTS LAST ACTION
Teacher Certification
S1042:
TEACHER CERTIFICATION; RECIPROCITY  
Various changes to statutes relating to teacher certification. In addition to any other alternative preparation program provider path approved by the Board of Education, a school district or charter school is authorized to apply to the Board for authority to approve the certification of teachers as an alternative preparation program provider. The Board is required to adopt rules to facilitate the approval and certification process, and provisions that must be included in the rules are listed. A school district or charter school is authorized to employ and enroll emergency teacher certification holders with a bachelor’s degree into its classroom-based alternative preparation program. Beginning in school year 2020-2021, a school district or charter school is authorized to hire and enroll into its classroom-based alternative preparation program any teaching candidate who holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university and meets background and fingerprint clearance card requirements. Through June 30, 2022, the Board is required to allow an alternative preparation program provider that is a nonprofit organization and that operates in at least five states and that has been in operation for at least ten years to be approved for at least five years in order to prepare teachers in this state without any additional requirements. An applicant for an alternative preparation program provider under these provisions must be approved within 60 days and must only be reevaluated and renewed based on the provider's ability to prepare and place teachers. Board rules are required to provide for the issuance of a subject matter expert standard teaching certificate to persons who have expertise in a content area or subject matter, who possess any advanced degree in a specific subject area that is directly relevant to a content area or subject matter, or who demonstrate expertise through at least five years of work experience in a field relevant to a content area or subject matter. Issuance of the subject matter expert standard teaching certificate cannot be conditioned on a person’s employment with a local education agency. The Board is required to establish alternative options for an applicant instead of taking the subject knowledge portion of the proficiency exam to demonstrate subject knowledge proficiency that includes teaching relevant courses at a postsecondary institution, having a relevant advanced degree, or demonstrating expertise through relevant work experience of at least five years in a field that is substantially similar or relevant to a content area or subject matter. The rules that the Board is required to adopt for alternative teacher preparation programs are required to be substantially different from the rules adopted for the approval of traditional preparation programs and are prohibited from unnecessarily restricting a variety of alternative preparation programs from operating and providing instruction in Arizona. Session law requires the Board to immediately begin the process of adopting new rules for the approval of alternative teacher preparation programs, and to adopt the new rules by November 15, 2017. Session law also requires the Board to revise rules to eliminate the issuance of provisional certificates and issue standard certificates with the necessary deficiencies to applicants from all available certification pathways. Additionally, charter school employees that meet the statutory fingerprint clearance card requirements are not required to meet any additional requirements established by the Department of Education or the Board of Education. The Board is prohibited from adopting rules that exceed the requirements for persons qualified to teach in charter schools prescribed in Title I of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act. Also increases the time for which a standard teaching certificate is issued to 12 years, from 8 years. AS PASSED CONFERENCE COMMITTEE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. We have concerns with the House Education Committee amendment that takes away the SBE authorityin granting alternative prep programs. 

4/26
passed House on final reading 33-22; ready for governor.

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SUMMARY SPONSORS POSTED HEARINGS
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COMMENTS LAST ACTION
Revenue
H2219:
SCHOOL CAPITAL FINANCE REVISIONS  
Various changes relating to school capital finance. If the School Facilities Board (SFB) approves a school district for funding from the NSF Fund and the full legislative appropriation is not available in the following fiscal year, the district is authorized to use any legally available monies and may reimburse the fund from which the monies were used in subsequent years when legislative appropriations are made available. The list of allowable uses for monies received from settlement of legal controversies or from recovery of costs by a school district in litigation is expanded to include to reimburse the SFB Building Renewal Grant Fund in specified circumstances. Also eliminates various requirements to report project information to the SFB. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Norgaard   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Reduces administrative burden and makes positive changes to the adjacent ways approval process. 

4/26
passed Senate 27-0; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
S1144:
TPT EXEMPTIONS & DEDUCTIONS; SUNSET  
The Joint Legislative Income Tax Credit Review Committee is renamed the Joint Legislation Tax Expenditure Review Committee. The Committee is required to adopt and review the “tax expenditures” (defined) for transaction privilege and affiliated excise taxes according to a 10-year review schedule, and the Committee is required to compile and adopt the schedule by December 15, 2017. After a review, the Committee is required to recommend the tax expenditures to be amended, repealed or retained. The Committee is required to report its recommendations to the Legislature and the Governor by December 15 of the year the tax expenditure is reviewed. If the tax expenditure is recommended to be retained or amended, the next review year must be no later than the 10th full calendar year following the date the tax expenditure was reviewed. Modifies the income tax credit review schedule. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Farley   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor

3/23
from House ways-means do pass.

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SUMMARY SPONSORS POSTED HEARINGS
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COMMENTS LAST ACTION
(No Category Assigned)
H2117:
STATE MILITIA; FIREARMS; RIGHTS  
Declares a legislative finding that the state militia is necessary for the security of the state, that militia members include citizens and residents who are law abiding and who legally own firearms, and that militia members have the right to keep and bear arms under the 2nd amendment of the U.S. Constitution. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe   Single-List Comments:

School Bus GPS Stirker ASBA Position: Opposed

3/23
from Senate gov with amend #4841.
H2134:
SCHOOLS; CHILDREN'S CAMPS; SUNSCREEN USE  
A student who attends any public school in Arizona and a school-age child who attends a children's camp, child care facility or child care group home in Arizona is permitted to possess and use a topical sunscreen product without a note or prescription from a licensed heath care professional. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Carter   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral

4/26
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
H2168:
ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT  
A member of the Arizona State Retirement System who is reemployed by an ASRS employer is permitted to redeposit the amount of the contributions that the ASRS paid, instead of that the member received, at the time of the member's separation from service, with interest. First sponsor: Rep. Livingston   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/21
from Senate rules okay.
H2286:
TRUTH IN TAXATION; INCREASE; NOTICE  
Changes the required wording of truth in taxation hearing notices to state both the amount the proposed tax increase will cause the taxes on a $100,000 home to be and the amount of taxes that would be owed on a $100,000 home without the proposed tax increase. Beginning in tax year 2017, the Property Tax Oversight Commission is required to review the secondary property tax levy of each special taxing district to determine violations of truth in taxation requirements. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Barton   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

4/26
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
H2370:
WITHHOLDING OF WAGES; SCHOOL EMPLOYEES  
Authorization for school districts to withhold wages is limited to up to seven business days during their normal two-week payroll processing cycle is limited. Effective July 1, 2018. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Coleman   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral

4/26
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
H2395:
SCHOOLS; ILLEGAL SUBSTANCES; NOTIFICATION  
School district governing boards and charter school governing bodies are required to adopt procedures that require the school district to annually report to the Auditor General the number of suspensions and expulsions that involve the possession, use or sale of an illegal substance and the type of illegal substance involved in each suspension or expulsion. The Auditor General is required to compile this information and annually post it online. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Looking into whether this is already reported through AZ Safe data. 

4/27
passed Senate 27-0; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
H2416:
SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD; QUALIFICATIONS  
For a school district with a student count of at least 250 that is located in a county with a population of more than 500,000 persons, no more than two persons related by affinity, consanguinity or by law to the third degree are permitted to serve simultaneously on the governing board of the same school district or be simultaneous candidates for nomination or election to the governing board of the same school district if the governing board is composed of five members. A person who directly provides services to a school district as an employee of a third-party contractor and their spouse are prohibited from holding membership on that school district’s governing board. Session law allows current governing board members to continue to serve until the expiration of their current terms of office. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Coleman   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral with amendments to restrict impact

4/26
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
H2422:
ANNUAL REPORT; CORPORATE TAX CREDITS  
Beginning in 2018, the Department of Revenue is required to annually report to the Governor and the Legislature specified information on corporate income tax credits that were originally enacted by the Legislature beginning January 1, 2017, for any corporation that claims or carries forward an amount exceeding $5,000. The Dept is authorized to disclose confidential taxpayer information for this purpose. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Mitchell   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor

3/29
from Senate appro do pass.
H2457:
RURAL STEM PROGRAM; TAX CREDITS  
Establishes the Rural STEM Program Fund to be administered by the Department of Education. The Dept is required to distribute monies from the Fund to "rural school districts" (defined) to provide funding for STEM programs. School districts that receive funding are required to demonstrate that the STEM program meets the academic standards for science, technology, engineering and mathematics as adopted by the State Board of Education, and to provide semiannual updates on the outcomes achieved with these monies to the county school superintendent, the Dept, and the Legislature. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Nutt   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Tax credit has been removed

4/27
passed Senate 27-0; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
S1037:
SPECIAL EDUCATION; AUDIT; COST STUDY  
School district governing boards are required to prepare a detailed report of special education program expenditures for each disability classification in a format prescribed by the Auditor General in conjunction with the Department of Education. The Auditor General is required to complete a special audit and cost study of school district special education programs in Arizona. Information that must be included in the audit and study is specified. The audit and study requirement self-repeals January 1, 2021. Appropriates $150,000 from the general fund in each of FY2017-18, FY2018-19 and FY2019-20 to the Auditor General for the cost study. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support in its current form

3/16
from House appro do pass.
S1178:
ASRS; NONPARTICIPATING EMPLOYERS; LIABILITY  
The list of Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) nonparticipating employers is expanded to include an employer that is no longer enrolling new employees in ASRS and no longer contributing to ASRS on behalf of current employees due to legislative action or due to a reduction of 30 percent or more in the number of actively contributing employees over a 3-year period or a reduction of 50 percent or more in the number of actively contributing employees over any period of time, based on the number of contributing employees as of the effective date of this legislation. For any nonparticipating employer, ASRS is required to allocate an actuarial accrued liability and a designated asset amount to the nonparticipating employer's separate fund as of the nonparticipating date, and a calculation for the amount is specified. The nonparticipating employer and its employees who are enrolled in ASRS are required to continue to have contribution requirements to the separate fund, and a calculation for the contributions is specified. The ASRS actuary is required to determine the actuarial assumptions used to determine the contribution requirements for the nonparticipating employer. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Lesko   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. Would only pertain to districts that decide to leave ASRS, which is not likely.

4/17
retained on House COW calendar.
S1204:
HIGH SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS; REVIEW PERIOD  
Before approving any basic textbook for high schools, the school district governing board is required to provide information on the basic textbooks that are proposed for approval on the district's website, require all meetings of committees authorized for the purpose of textbook review and selection to be open to the public, provide an opportunity for public comment for at least 60 days, and make a copy of each textbook being considered available for review by the public at the school district office for at least 60 days prior to the formal selection of the textbooks. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Griffin   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Bill essentially mirrors statute for common school districts. 

4/26
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
S1209:
UNIVERSITIES; FINANCIAL INCENTIVES  
The Arizona Board of Regents is required to adopt a policy directing each university under its jurisdiction to offer highly achieving high school students who reside in other states substantial financial incentives that may include financial aid or tuition waivers, based on academic criteria selected or developed by ABOR. Each university is required to publish information on its website about the financial incentives and include information about the financial incentives as part of its marketing and admissions process for prospective non-resident students. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Smith   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. We have concerns with the strike-everything amendment adopted in House Education. 

4/27
retained on House COW calendar.
S1405:
SCHOOLS; ELECTIONS; BALLOT ARGUMENTS; EXCLUSION  
The ballot argument for a proposed school district budget increase or change, which is contained in the informational report mailed to the households in which qualified electors reside within the school district, must be signed as "the governing board of the school district" without listing any member's individual name for the argument. First sponsor: Sen. Lesko   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Supports.

4/25
passed House 53-3; ready for governor.
SCR1027:
STATE SENATORS; FOUR-YEAR TERMS  
The 2018 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to change the terms of office for state senators to four-year terms and limit the number of terms a legislator may serve to two, beginning with the 56th Legislature in 2023. Specifies application of the new term limits for current legislators. First sponsor: Sen. Yarbrough   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. 

3/28
stricken from House consent calendar by Salman.