ASBA Active Bill Positions
53rd Legislature - 1st Regular Session, 2017 Wednesday, Mar 22 2017 11:08 PM

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General
H2078:
SCHOOLS; CONCURRENT ENROLLMENT  
The list of conditions under which a school district or charter school is permitted to include students enrolled in "concurrent coursework" (defined) for the purpose of calculating average daily membership (ADM) is modified to require the student to earn at least three semester hours of credit per semester in the community college or university course, and to require the school district or charter school to pay the community college or university for the tuition cost of the concurrent coursework or reimburse the student for the tuition cost. A course at a community college or university is not required to meet 123 hours a year to be considered a subject. The ADM must be based on the combined hours that the student is enrolled in at the school district or charter school and at the community college or university, and a formula for calculating the ADM is specified. Except as otherwise provided by law, ADM cannot exceed 1.0 for a full-time high school student who attends concurrent enrollment courses. Retroactive to July 1, 2010. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Carter   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. 

3/7
from Senate rules okay.
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. 

3/20
from Senate educ with amend #4766.
H2106:
GARNISHMENT; CONTINUING LIEN; SCHOOL EMPLOYEE  
If a judgment debtor is an employee of a school district, charter school, the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind or an accommodation school and the debtor is subject to an employment contract that specifies that paydays are restricted to the school year, a continuing lien ordered by the court is invalid if the debtor leaves the garnishee's employ for more than 90 days, increased from 60 days, or has not earned any nonexempt earnings for at least 90 days, increased from 60 days. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral

3/14
from Senate rules okay.
H2107:
SCHOOLS; NONRESIDENT PUPILS; MILITARY DUTY  
A student complies with the residency requirements for school attendance in a local education agency if the student's parent is transferred to or is pending transfer to a "military installation" within Arizona while on "active military duty" (both defined). A local education agency is required to accept an application for enrollment and course registration by electronic means for a student who meets these requirements. The student's parent is required to provide proof of residence to the local education agency within 10 days after the arrival date provided on the official documentation. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer
Calendar:
3/23 House Caucus
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Provides additional accommodation for military students to be enrolled prior to physically moving into the district.

3/14
passed Senate 30-0; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
H2108:
EDUCATION; CONFORMING CHANGES  
Makes various technical and conforming changes to statutes related to education. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer   Single-List Comments:

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

3/16
passed Senate 29-0; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
H2113:
GOVERNMENT VEHICLES; POLITICAL SPEECH; PROHIBITION  
A motor vehicle that is owned or leased by the state or a political subdivision is prohibited from displaying any information regarding a political organization, including a labor organization, or political speech. First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor

2/9
House COW approved. FAILED to pass House 29-29.
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 account kept by or for all state agencies subject to the federal single audit requirements. The Auditor General is required to conduct investigations of any "political subdivision" (defined). 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 issue a fiscal note for any legislative measure that requires the Auditor General to perform a special audit, which must be completed 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 HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. J. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor.

3/22
from Senate rules with a technical amendment.
H2163:
SCHOOLS; CERTIFICATION; DISCIPLINE; RECIPROCITY  
If a person's application for teacher certification is denied by the State Board of Education on grounds of immoral or unprofessional conduct, the Board is required to determine that the person is prohibited from submitting an application for certification for a specified period of up to five years. A final adjudication or judgment in another jurisdiction that a certificated person has engaged in immoral or unprofessional conduct must be treated as immoral or unprofessional conduct for purposes of any disciplinary proceeding conducted against that person in Arizona. An applicant for teacher certification who has been disciplined in another jurisdiction for immoral or unprofessional conduct is required to successfully complete the disciplinary process in that jurisdiction before applying for certification in Arizona. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer
Calendar:
3/23 House Caucus
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Implements recommendations of State Board Ad-Hoc certification committee.

3/22
passed Senate 29-0; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
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.
H2184:
AT-RISK YOUTH; CAREER, COLLEGE READINESS  
School districts and charter schools that provide high school instruction are authorized to establish a Career and College Readiness Program for "at-risk youth" (defined). Program requirements are established, and school districts and charter schools that participate in the Program are required to annually report specified information to the Department of Education. The Dept is required to submit to the Governor and the Legislature a report that summarizes Program information by September 15 of each year. The Program terminates on July 1, 2027. Appropriates $100,000 from the general fund in FY2017-18 to the Dept for the Program. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Espinoza Hearing:
Senate Education (Thursday 03/23/17 at 9:00 AM, Senate Rm. 1)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Optional program aligned with Jobs for Arizona Graduates (JAG)

2/27
referred to Senate educ, appro.
H2199:
GIFTED PUPILS; FUNDING  
Appropriates $3.5 million from the general fund in FY2017-18 to the Department of Education. The Dept must allocate $3 million for additional assistance for gifted programs, and must distribute $500,000 in the form of grants to school districts and charter schools for assessments to identify gifted students. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Carter Hearing:
Senate Appropriations (Tuesday 03/28/17 at 2:00 PM, Senate Rm. 109)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. 

2/27
referred to Senate appro.
H2202:
SCHOOLS; DYSLEXIA; HANDBOOK; DEFINITION  
The Department of Education is required to develop and maintain a handbook for use in schools 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 SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Norgaard
Calendar:
3/23 House Caucus
Single-List Comments:

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

3/20
Senate COW approved with amend #4658 and floor amend #4777. Passed Senate 27-2; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
H2208:
INHALERS; ADMINISTRATION; SCHOOLS; AUTHORIZED ENTITIES  
Pursuant to a standing order issued by the chief medical officer of a county health department, or by a licensed medical doctor, doctor of osteopathy or nurse practitioner, a trained school district or charter school employee is authorized to administer or assist in the administration of an inhaler to a student or adult whom the employee believes in good faith to be exhibiting symptoms of respiratory distress while at school or at a school-sponsored activity. School districts and charter schools are authorized to accept monetary donations for or apply for grants for the purchase of inhalers or to accept donations of inhalers directly from the product manufacturer. Medical personnel, schools and school employees are immune from civil liability with respect to decisions made and actions taken based on good faith implementation of these requirements, except in cases of gross negligence, wilful misconduct or intentional wrongdoing. The State Board of Education is required to adopt rules that prescribe annual training for school personnel in the administration of inhalers, recognition of respiratory distress symptoms and procedures for the administration of inhalers in emergency situations. Licensed medical doctors, doctors of osteopathy or nurse practitioners are authorized to prescribe inhalers in the name of an “authorized entity” (defined as any entity or organization in connection with or at which allergens capable of causing respiratory distress symptoms may be present, including recreation camps, day car facilities, youth sports leagues, amusement parks, restaurants and sports arenas). Authorized entities are authorized to acquire and stock a supply of inhalers and employees of those entities who have completed required training are authorized to administer or assist in the administration of an inhaler to an individual whom the employee believes in good faith to be exhibiting symptoms of respiratory distress. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Carter   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Will oppose if any mandate becomes mandatory without sufficient funding included. Similar to epi pen bill.

3/22
passed Senate 29-0; ready for governor.
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 Hearing:
Senate Education (Thursday 03/23/17 at 9:00 AM, Senate Rm. 1)
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.

3/21
further referred to Senate appro.
H2218:
SCHOOL TAX CREDIT; CAPITAL OUTLAY  
The individual income tax credit for contributions to public schools may be used for acquiring capital items, as defined in the uniform system of financial records, beginning July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. The individual income tax credit for contributions to public schools may be used for "community school meal programs" and "consumable student health care supplies." The site council of a public school is authorized to transfer undesignated contributions to any other district school where at least 50 percent of the students meet the eligibility requirements for free or reduced-price lunches. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Norgaard Hearing:
Senate Appropriations (Tuesday 03/28/17 at 2:00 PM, Senate Rm. 109)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Bill allows only the temporary expenditure of accumulated balances.

3/15
from Senate fin do pass.
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 and courses or programs that lead to "career readiness" if a vocation or industry does not require certification or licensure. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Shooter Hearing:
Senate Appropriations (Tuesday 03/28/17 at 2:00 PM, Senate Rm. 109)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral.

3/9
from Senate educ with amend #4704.
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 June 30, 2018. 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.

3/7
from Senate rules okay.
H2252:
RURAL SCHOOL EMPLOYEES; TUITION WAIVER  
The Arizona Board of Regents is required to provide a tuition waiver to enroll in online courses to a person with an associate degree who wishes to enroll in courses to obtain a bachelor's degree in education or who is a certificated teacher or administrator who wishes to obtain a graduate degree or enroll in advanced education courses that are related to that person's current employment. Each community college district is required to provide a tuition waiver to a person who is a classified employee of a "rural school district" (defined) in Arizona who has not previously earned an associate or bachelor's degree and who wishes to obtain an associate degree. Other eligibility requirements for the tuition waivers are specified. First sponsor: Rep. Cook   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Potentially a tool for teacher retention and recruitment.

2/14
from House educ with amend #4214.
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. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer
Calendar:
3/22 Senate Consent
Single-List Comments:

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

3/21
stricken from Senate consent calendar by Petersen.
H2361:
HIGH SCHOOLS; COLLEGE ACCESSIBILITY AWARENESS  
Each high school is required to provide college accessibility awareness to communicate information to students enrolled at that school about college admissions requirements and the financial aid application process. Each report card issued to students in grades 9 through 12 is required to include a checklist that indicates that student's progress toward completing the admissions requirements for universities under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents. First sponsor: Rep. Bolding   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Lack of resources to implement provisions of the bill. 

2/28
referred to Senate educ.
H2377:
TEACHER AND PRINCIPAL EVALUATIONS  
The model framework that the State Board of Education is required to adopt for teacher and principal evaluations is required to include quantitative data on student academic progress that accounts for between 10 and 20 percent, instead of between 33 and 50 percent, of the evaluation outcomes. The quantitative data is required to be directly attributable to the teacher being evaluated. School districts and charter schools are required to determine the appropriate weight of any evaluation component. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Coleman   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Increased local control in determining data for teacher evaluations.

2/27
referred to Senate educ.
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 the funding information required at the school level by the Auditor General for the uniform system of financial records, and a comparison of the school to other schools in the local education agency. The school report card and the school district annual financial report are required to include a list of school level financial data for charter schools and school district schools. The Auditor General is required 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. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee is required to assess if school financial data submitted to the Auditor General and to the Department of Education will be submitted by FY2020-21 in a common format to avoid duplicative reporting and unnecessary administrative burdens on schools. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Working with the sponsor and stakeholders on an amendment. 

3/21
from Senate rules okay.
H2387:
EARLY CHILDHOOD; SCHOOL READINESS COMMITTEE  
Establishes a 6-member Legislative Early Childhood and School Readiness Study Committee to study a list of issues concerning early childhood and school readiness. The Committee is required to submit a report of its recommendations to the Legislature by November 15 of each year and self-repeals October 1, 2022. First sponsor: Rep. Bolding   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. The Speaker has stated he will not assign study committees. 

2/7
referred to House rules only.
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 to comment on proposed policies or rules. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

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

3/16
House COW approved with amend #4681 and floor amend #4757.
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

2/28
from House educ do pass.
S1041:
TRANSFER CREDITS; ARIZONA ONLINE INSTRUCTION  
A student who transfers credit from a charter school or school district in this state or from a regionally accredited Arizona online instruction must be awarded "core credit" (defined) for any core credit course completed and elective credit for any elective course completed if the student was administered a proctored end-of-course or final exam and the student received a score for the course that demonstrated proficiency. Charter schools and school districts are required to provide a student who transfers credit from a charter school or school district in another state or from online instruction in another state that is not regionally accredited with a list that indicates which credits have been accepted as core or elective credits. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed. Reduces local control. 

2/20
referred to House educ.
S1098:
SCHOOLS; STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT  
The State Board of Education is required to adopt and implement a statewide assessment to measure student achievement, which replaces the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) test. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen
Calendar:
3/23 House COW
Single-List Comments:

ASBA position: Support. 

3/16
retained on House COW calendar.
S1099:
SCHOOL SAFETY PROGRAM  
Repeals the School Safety Program Oversight Committee and transfers responsibility for the School Safety Program to the Department of Education. The Dept is required to contract to provide guidelines, curricula and support resources for school resource officers and juvenile probation officers to use in implementing a law-related education program. The Dept is required to prioritize grants to school districts and charter schools that have a high number of incidents of criminal activity, to review plans submitted by school districts and charter schools for participation in the Program, and to select sites that are eligible to receive funding based on school safety needs. The Dept is required to evaluate the Program and report on the Program to the Governor and the Legislature by November 1 of each year. The Program terminates on July 1, 2025. Emergency clause. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Yee
Calendar:
3/22 House Consent

Calendar:
3/23 House COW
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. Continuing to work with sponsor on amendments.

3/21
stricken from House consent calendar by Bolding.
S1131:
SCHOOLS; K-3 READING PROGRAM  
Various changes related to the K-3 reading program in schools. A student cannot be promoted from the third grade if his/her score on the reading portion of the statewide assessment does not demonstrate sufficient reading skills, instead of demonstrates that the student's reading falls far below the third grade level. The Department of Education is required to develop program implementation guidance for school districts and charter schools to assist schools in administering an effective K-3 reading program plan. The Board of Education must require in the contract for the statewide assessment that scores and assessment data from the third grade reading portion of the test be received by local education agencies by May 15 of each academic year, and that scores and assessment data from all other portions of the test be received by local education agencies by May 25 of each academic year. The Dept is required to submit an annual report on the K-3 reading program to the Governor and the Legislature by December 15, and information that must be included in the report is specified. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Provides additional flexibility for third grade retention.

3/21
Senate concurred in House amendments and passed on final reading 29-1; 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: Monitor. Failed multiple times in past sessions.

3/7
from House educ do pass.
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.
S1174:
SCHOOLS; DESEGREGATION EXPENSES; SPECIAL OVERRIDE  
Beginning in FY2019-20, an additional budget increase may be requested and authorized by a special override election for a school district that was previously authorized to budget for expenses that were exempt from the revenue control limit related to compliance with a previous court order of desegregation or administrative agreement with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights. The school district governing board is required to order the election in the same manner as a budget override election and the informational report is required to contain the same information, plus additional information on the court order or administrative agreement. Specifies required ballot language for the special override election. The maximum period of an override is seven years. First sponsor: Sen. Lesko   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed. Impedes desegregation funding necessary to implement district programs.

2/8
House consent calendar objection withdrawn by Mendez.
S1177:
COMMERCE AUTHORITY; CONCRETE MASONRY EDUCATION  
Establishes the Arizona Concrete Masonry Education Council as a nonprofit corporation, which is governed by a 7-member board of directors, to operate under a written contract with the Arizona Commerce Authority to plan, implement and conduct educational programs to train individuals in the field of concrete masonry and to support research and education programs related to the masonry industry. Powers and duties of the Council are specified. The Council is required to submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature by January 15 of each year. First sponsor: Sen. Lesko   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. House companion bill failed in committee.

1/23
referred to Senate com-pub safety.
S1254:
SCHOOLS; ADMISSIONS; DESEGREGATION  
Repeals statute establishing desegregation-related admissions requirements for school districts and charter schools. First sponsor: Sen. Griffin
Calendar:
3/22 House Consent

Calendar:
3/23 House COW
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral. 

3/21
stricken from House consent calendar by Martinez.
S1281:
EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNTS; REVISIONS  
Various changes relating to empowerment scholarship accounts (ESAs). The definition of "qualified student" is modified to include an Arizona resident who resides within the attendance boundary of a school district, instead of only a school, that has been assigned a letter grade of D or F. The list of authorized uses of ESA money is modified to include contributions to a 529 education savings account, and to limit those contributions or contributions to a Coverdell education savings account to $2,000 per year. The State Treasurer and the Department of Education are required, instead of permitted, to contract with private financial management firms to manage ESAs. The Dept is required to issue an award letter within 30 days, decreased from 45 days, after receipt of a completed application, and is prohibited from delaying the deposit of ESA monies until a subsequent quarter. The Dept is required to develop and publish an ESA policy handbook by July 1 of each year. Session law requires the Dept is enter into one or more contracts with private contractors to substantially assist in the administration of ESAs by December 15, 2017. Also establishes an 8-member ESA Review Council to review and approve the contracts and the policy handbook. The Council is required to annually report its activities and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by December 15, and self-repeals January 1, 2021. First sponsor: Sen. Smith   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed ASBA opposes any expansion to the ESA program.

2/7
from Senate rules okay.
S1282:
TEACHERS; PERFORMANCE PAY; EVALUATIONS  
Various changes to statutes relating to teacher performance evaluations and performance pay. The teacher evaluation policies that school district governing boards are required to adopt must include increased compensation based on performance. Beginning in school year 2018-19, individual teacher performance as measured by the teacher's performance classification is required to account for at least 50 percent of a school district's or charter school's portion of the 40 percent allocation for teacher compensation based on performance. Also repeals the Arizona Performance Based Compensation System Task Force. First sponsor: Sen. Smith   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposes. Reduces local control and makes changes to teacher evaluations that will negatively impact teacher retention and recruitment.  

2/6
from Senate educ with amend #4078.
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. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

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

3/16
retained on House COW calendar.
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. 

3/16
House COW approved with floor amend #4759. Passed House 53-3; ready for Senate action on House amendments.
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. Continuing to work with sponsor on amendments.

3/7
from House educ with amend #4683.

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 any capacity, instead of only a retired member who returns to work in a position ordinarily filled by an employee of the employer. First sponsor: Rep. Livingston   Single-List Comments:

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

3/21
from Senate rules okay.
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
Calendar:
3/22 Senate Consent
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. 

3/15
from Senate fin do pass.
S1052:
ASRS; OPTIONAL RETIREMENT BENEFITS; OVERPAYMENT  
If a member of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) has received an overpayment due to an error in the records, ASRS is required to withhold the overpayment amount plus any required income tax withholding from a return of contributions or a partial lump sum payment. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh
Calendar:
3/22 House Consent

Calendar:
3/23 House Third Reading
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/21
from House rules okay.
S1053:
ASRS; BOARD POWERS  
The powers of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) Board are expanded to include authorization to determine the rights, benefits or obligations of any ASRS member under the Long-Term Disability Program or transfers to another retirement system. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh
Calendar:
3/22 House Consent

Calendar:
3/23 House Third Reading
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/21
from House rules okay.

BILL NUMBER/
SHORT TITLE
SUMMARY SPONSORS POSTED HEARINGS
& CALENDARS
COMMENTS LAST ACTION
Teacher Certification
S1039:
TEACHERS; ALTERNATIVE CERTIFICATION APPLICATION  
A school district or charter school that has received a letter grade of A or B for each of the immediately preceding three years is authorized to apply to the State Board of Education for authority to approve the alternative certification of teachers. The Board is required to adopt rules that facilitate the alternative certification of teachers by school districts and charter schools, and requirements that must be included in the rules are specified. On the submission of verification from a school district or charter school that all the requirements have been met, the teacher must be issued a standard teaching certificate from the state. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral.

1/24
from Senate rules okay.
S1042:
TEACHER CERTIFICATION; RECIPROCITY  
The rules that the State Board of Education 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. Also increases the time for which a standard teaching certificate is issued to 12 years, from 8 years. AS PASSED SENATE. 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. 

3/7
from House educ with amend #4682.
S1057:
EXPERIENCED TEACHERS; CERTIFICATION RENEWAL  
State Board of Education rules for teacher certification are required to allow a teaching certificate and any endorsement or approved areas related to that certificate to be renewed at least 2 years but not more than 10 years after its expiration without any other requirements adopted by the Board if the person renewing the certificate is in good standing, has at least 10 years of teaching experience and possesses a fingerprint clearance card. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Sen. Griffin   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/21
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
S1206:
TEACHERS; SHORT-TERM CERTIFICATES; DISMISSALS  
School district governing boards are permitted to dismiss a teacher who holds a teaching intern certificate, an emergency teaching certificate or another type of nonstandard certificate that is valid for one year or less without complying with specified statutory requirements. Notice of this authority must be included in each teacher's contract. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Reduces administrative burden and increases local control.

3/21
passed House 32-24; ready for governor.

BILL NUMBER/
SHORT TITLE
SUMMARY SPONSORS POSTED HEARINGS
& CALENDARS
COMMENTS LAST ACTION
Revenue
H2011:
BONDS; LEVY; NET OF CASH  
Local government bond levies are required to be net of all cash in excess of ten percent of the annual payments of principal and interest in the current fiscal year from the previous year remaining in the applicable fund(s) for payment of interest and the bonds. Session law allows the governing body or board of a political subdivision that has cash reserved in excess of ten percent in its interest and redemption fund in FY2017-18 to reduce the excess reserved in equal amounts in FY2017-18 and FY2018-19. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Ugenti-Rita   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. Does not apply to districts, but monitoring for potential problematic amendments

3/22
Senate COW approved with floor amend #4828.
H2017:
BONDS; DISCLOSURE; NOTICE  
The information contained on the ballot for a bond measure is expanded to include a statement that the primary property tax rate may increase to pay for the operation and maintenance of projects funded by the bonds. The estimated tax impact of debt service for bonds and the estimated total cost of the proposed bond authorization that are included in the informational pamphlet for bond elections must be shown both at the estimated interest rate based on current market conditions and at the maximum interest rate to be authorized by the voters. The pamphlet must also include a disclosure in bold-faced type that the expenditure of the amount authorized by the bond is governed by the general purposes, and not the proposed projects and expenditures. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Leach   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Oppose. Bill would result in information that misleads voters on the likely tax impact of a bond issue.

3/7
stricken from Senate consent calendar by Bowie.
H2213:
GPLET REFORM; K-12 TAXES  
Beginning with development agreements, ordinances or resolutions for the lease of government property improvements approved by a governing body beginning January 1, 2017, the abatement of government property lease excise tax (GPLET) cannot exceed eight years, including any abatement period, regardless of whether the lease is transferred or conveyed to subsequent prime lessees during that period. As soon as reasonably practicable and within 12 months after the expiration of the lease, the government lessor is required to convey to the current prime lessee title to the government property improvement and the underlying land, and the property conveyed does not qualify for classification as class 6 property or for any other discounted assessment. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Leach   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. Legislation does not currently have negative impact on K-12 and may benefit district taxpayers.

3/22
Senate COW approved with amend #4686 and floor amend #4829.
H2219:
SCHOOL CAPITAL FINANCE REVISIONS  
Various changes relating to school capital finance. The School Facilities Board (SFB) is authorized to distribute monies from the New School Facilities Fund (NSF Fund) for land if the enrollment projections submitted by a school district indicate a need for a new school or an addition to an existing school within the next four years. If the 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 HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Norgaard Hearing:
Senate Appropriations (Tuesday 03/28/17 at 2:00 PM, Senate Rm. 109)
Single-List Comments:

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

3/20
from Senate educ with amend #4768.
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 Hearing:
House Ways & Means (Wednesday 03/22/17 at 10:00 AM, House Rm. 1)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor

3/22
House ways-means do pass; report awaited.
S1189:
STATE BUDGET; ESTIMATES; NOTICE  
Beginning in 2018, on or before February 20 of each year, the Directors of the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting and the Joint Legislative Budget Committee are required to jointly calculate and transmit to the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the President of the Senate, and the chairpersons of specified legislative committees a truth in spending estimate for the following fiscal year that calculates the amount of general fund appropriations for the current FY adjusted by the sum of the estimated percentage change in the population for the FY and the percentage change in the “GDP implicit price deflator” (defined) for the preceding calendar year. Beginning in FY2018-19, if the Legislature transmits to the Governor an appropriations bill that exceeds the truth in spending estimate, each house of the Legislature is required to post a notice of spending increase in a specified form on its official website within 24 hours after the vote. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor.

2/1
from Senate appro do pass.
S1212:
TAX CREDIT CAP; ANGEL INVESTOR  
From July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021, the Arizona Commerce Authority may certify tax credits for qualified investments made in a qualified small business for up to $2.5 million each fiscal year, plus any unused credit capacity which carries over from the preceding fiscal years, reduced from $20 million. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Fann   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor

2/22
referred to House ways-means, appro.

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SHORT TITLE
SUMMARY SPONSORS POSTED HEARINGS
& CALENDARS
COMMENTS LAST ACTION
(No Category Assigned)
H2001:
SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX LEVY; RETENTION  
A school district that levies the qualifying tax rate, that does not have a budget override in place and that is ineligible for equalization assistance is authorized to retain a portion of the amount that is levied by the district in additional property taxes that would otherwise be transmitted to the general fund, if that district receives less than the average amount of funding per student received by an adjoining district for budget overrides approved in an election. The amount that may be retained is the lowest average amount received per student by an adjoining school district for budget overrides multiplied by the student count of the district, or the amount that would be transmitted to the state, whichever is less. The school district is permitted to increase its budget limits by the amount retained. First sponsor: Rep. Carter   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support.

2/8
from House ways-means do pass.
H2010:
ASRS; POLITICAL SUBDIVISION ENTITIES  
Employees of "political subdivision entities" (defined in statute) who are hired on or after the effective date of this legislation are excluded from membership in the Arizona State Retirement System. First sponsor: Rep. Ugenti-Rita   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

2/23
from House rules okay. House COW approved.
H2038:
TAX CREDITS; EXEMPTIONS; SUNSET REPEAL  
Any new transaction privilege or use tax credit established by the Legislature is required to include in its enabling legislation a specific repeal date of from and after December 31 of no later than the 8th full calendar year following the date the “tax expenditure” (defined) is enacted. The Joint Legislative Income Tax Credit Review Committee is renamed the Joint Legislative Income Tax Credit Sunset Review Committee, and if the Committee recommends that a credit be retained, the credit must be assigned a subsequent repeal date. First sponsor: Rep. Cardenas   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

2/8
from House ways-means with amend #4130.
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 Hearing:
Senate Government (Wednesday 03/22/17 at 2:00 PM, Senate Rm. 109)
3/14
referred to Senate gov.
H2123:
VOCATIONAL & TECHNICAL EDUCATION; EVALUATION  
School district boards are required to provide for the evaluation of vocational and technical education programs annually, instead of once every five years. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed. Increased administrative burden.

2/27
referred to Senate educ.
H2134:
SCHOOLS; CHILDREN'S CAMPS; SUNSCREEN USE  
A student who attends any public school in Arizona and a 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 if the product is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for nonprescription use. School boards, children's camps, child care facilities and child care group homes are permitted to allow employees to assist children in the application of topical sunscreen, and employees and volunteers are immune from civil liability for good faith implementation of these provisions, except in cases of gross negligence, willful misconduct or intentional wrongdoing. These provisions are conditionally repealed on the date the Department of Health Services adopts rules on the use of sunscreen. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Carter Hearing:
Senate Education (Thursday 03/23/17 at 9:00 AM, Senate Rm. 1)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral

2/27
referred to Senate educ.
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
Calendar:
3/22 Senate Consent
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/21
from Senate rules okay.
H2177:
MUNICIPALITIES; DEVELOPMENT; REIMBURSEMENT ZONES  
Any municipality is authorized to establish an Economic Development Reimbursement Authority (Authority) with the consent of the other "member entities" (defined as the municipality, county, school district and any other political subdivision in which a reimbursement zone is geographically located), through which economic development activities can be reimbursed. The Authority is authorized to spend tax revenue assessed on behalf of the member entities in a manner consistent with the "reimbursement zone plan" (defined). The process for Authority establishment is specified and requirements for the reimbursement zone plan are established. Conditions under which improvements are eligible for reimbursement through the Authority are listed. More. First sponsor: Rep. Coleman   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

2/2
from House gov with amend #4071.
H2248:
JTEDS; ADULTS  
Joint Technical Education Districts (JTEDs) are authorized to offer vocational education programs beyond secondary education to adult students who have either graduated from high school or obtained a general education diploma, for the purposes of the JTED's participation in any student financial assistance program authorized by federal law. These programs cannot be offered for college-level credit unless authorized through a dual credit agreement with an accredited college. Secondary students are also permitted to enroll in JTED courses that are administered at a postsecondary level for college level credit, and the courses may also qualify secondary students for high school credit. Any person may file a complaint with the State Board of Vocational Education regarding an alleged violation by a JTED of federal or state law governing adult students who enroll in a JTED course under this authorization. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Bowers   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral

3/21
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
H2255:
BALLOT MEASURES; CONTRIBUTIONS; NONRESIDENTS; PROHIBITION  
A person who is not a resident is prohibited from making a ballot measure expenditure. A committee that is organized for the purpose of influencing a ballot measure election is prohibited from accepting a contribution from a person who is not a resident or a committee that is not registered in Arizona. First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

2/9
from House gov with amend #4169.
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
Calendar:
3/22 Senate Consent
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/21
from Senate rules okay.
H2320:
BALLOT MEASURES; PROP 105 DISCLOSURES  
For ballot propositions that make statutory changes, a statement that the measure “cannot be changed in the future if approved on the ballot except by a 3/4 vote of the Legislature and if the change furthers the purpose of the original ballot measure, or by referring the change to the ballot" must be printed on the ballot, included in the publicity pamphlet printed by the Secretary of State and included on any advertisement or fundraising solicitation to support or oppose the measure. Severability clause. First sponsor: Rep. Ugenti-Rita   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed. Erodes Voter Protection Act. 

2/28
referred to Senate jud.
H2332:
PROPERTY TAX VALUATION APPEALS  
Establishes requirements for a court appeal that asserts that the taxing authority's valuation is excessive for a property whose full cash value exceeds $4 million, including requiring the appellant to serve a preliminary expert opinion affidavit that includes specified information on the value of the property. First sponsor: Rep. Campbell   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. 

2/16
from House ways-means do pass.
H2354:
SCIENCE EDUCATION SPECIAL PLATES  
The Department of Transportation is required to issue science education special license plates if a person pays $32,000 in start-up costs by December 31, 2017. Of the $25 annual fee, $8 is an administrative fee and $17 is a donation to the newly established Science Education Special Plate Fund, to be allocated to a charitable organization that delivers informal science education to students, teachers and families and meets other specified requirements. First sponsor: Rep. Ugenti-Rita   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/20
passed Senate 21-8; ready for governor.
H2370:
WITHHOLDING OF WAGES; SCHOOL EMPLOYEES  
School districts are no longer permitted to withhold wages during their normal two week payroll processing cycle. Effective July 1, 2018. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Coleman   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/22
from Senate com-pub safety with amend #4811.
H2388:
PRIVATE POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION GRANTS  
The Postsecondary Education Grant Program, which ended on July 1, 2016, is repealed and the Commission for Postsecondary Education is required to establish and administer a Private Postsecondary Education Grant Program with substantially the same eligibility requirements and regulations as the terminated program. Differences include: removes the grant amount of $2,000 annually and makes grants subject to legislative appropriation, expands eligibility for the program to include a student enrolled in a certificate program for an in-demand trade or profession at a nationally or regionally accredited private postsecondary educational institution in Arizona that awards two-year associate degrees, removes the authority for the Commission to contract with a third-party vendor to collect loan repayments, and removes the requirement for the Commission to annually report to the Governor and the Legislature on the Program. The Program terminates on July 1, 2027. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/21
from Senate rules okay.
H2389:
GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES; DIPLOMAS; TRANSCRIPTS; RECOGNITION  
The state, state agencies, political subdivisions and other governmental entities are required to recognize and treat all diplomas and transcripts associated with schooling options described in statute in the same manner. First sponsor: Rep. Bowers
Calendar:
3/22 Senate Consent
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed. Working on an amendment with the sponsor and stakeholders to address our concerns. 

3/21
stricken from Senate consent calendar by Allen.
H2394:
EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIPS; EXPANSION; PHASE-IN  
Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, any child who attends a public school in kindergarten or grades 1, 6 or 9 is eligible for an Arizona empowerment scholarship account. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, any child who attends a public school in kindergarten or grades 1, 2, 6, 7, 9 or 10 is eligible for an Arizona empowerment scholarship account. Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, any child who attends a public school in kindergarten or grades 1 through 3 and grades 6 through 11 is eligible for an Arizona empowerment scholarship account. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, any child who attends a public school in kindergarten through grade 12 is eligible for an Arizona empowerment scholarship account. First sponsor: Rep. J. Allen   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposes. We oppose any expansion of the ESA program, especially a full phase-in to all students. These programs lack both financial and academic accountability. 

2/16
from House rules with a technical amendment.
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 Hearing:
Senate Education (Thursday 03/23/17 at 9:00 AM, Senate Rm. 1)
Single-List Comments:

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

2/28
referred to Senate educ.
H2396:
ASDB REVISIONS  
Various changes to statutes relating to the Arizona Schools for the Deaf and Blind (ASDB). The ASDB Superintendent is no longer required to file a written report on the discharge of a probationary employee. Statute allowing school employees to receive food supplies for their families is deleted. The ASDB Superintendent is required to have a valid fingerprint clearance card. The ASDB Board of Directors is required to determine the qualifications for the ASDB Superintendent by action taken at a public meeting, and is required to consider a list of specified qualifications for a candidate for the position of ASDB Superintendent. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer
Calendar:
3/23 House Caucus
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor 

3/20
Senate COW approved with amend #4706. Passed Senate 29-0; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
H2416:
SCHOOL DISTRICT GOVERNING BOARD; QUALIFICATIONS  
Persons related by affinity, consanguinity or by law to the third degree are prohibited from serving simultaneously on the governing board of the same school district and from being simultaneous candidates for nomination or election to the governing board of the same school district. Previously, this prohibition applied to individuals who were married to each other any children of those individuals who had the same household of residence within four years prior. 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 HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Coleman Hearing:
Senate Education (Thursday 03/23/17 at 9:00 AM, Senate Rm. 1)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposes. This is an issue for small communities and as an organization, we feel this would be better left up to the voters. We are currently working on an amendment with the sponsor and stakeholders. 

2/28
referred to Senate educ.
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 Hearing:
Senate Appropriations (Tuesday 03/28/17 at 2:00 PM, Senate Rm. 109)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor

3/8
from Senate fin 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 Hearing:
Senate Appropriations (Tuesday 03/28/17 at 2:00 PM, Senate Rm. 109)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral

3/20
from Senate educ with amend #4771.
H2458:
EMPLOYEE DONATIONS; SCHOOL DISTRICTS  
A business entity located in Arizona is authorized to provide a program that encourages its employees to donate monies to school districts. School districts are authorized to use donated monies for maintenance and operations and/or capital purposes. First sponsor: Rep. Nutt   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposes. This would create inequities within the system and further alleviate the state from its responsibility to public schools. 

2/14
from House educ do pass.
H2465:
EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIP ACCOUNTS; REVISIONS  
Various changes relating to empowerment scholarship accounts (ESAs). The definition of "qualified student" is modified to include an Arizona resident who resides within the attendance boundary of a school district, instead of only a school, that has been assigned a letter grade of D or F. The list of authorized uses of ESA money is modified to include contributions to a 529 education savings account, and to limit those contributions or contributions to a Coverdell education savings account to $2,000 per year. The State Treasurer and the Department of Education are required, instead of permitted, to contract with private financial management firms to manage ESAs. The Dept is required to issue an award letter within 30 days, decreased from 45 days, after receipt of a completed application, and is prohibited from delaying the deposit of ESA monies until a subsequent quarter. The Dept is required to develop and publish an ESA policy handbook by July 1 of each year. Session law requires the Dept is enter into one or more contracts with private contractors to substantially assist in the administration of ESAs by December 15, 2017. Also establishes an 8-member ESA Review Council to review and approve the contracts and the policy handbook. The Council is required to annually report its activities and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by December 15, and self-repeals January 1, 2021. First sponsor: Rep. Livingston   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position:  Opposes. We are opposed to any expansion of the ESA program. 

2/16
from House rules okay.
H2473:
EIGHTH GRADE PROMOTION; REQUIREMENTS  
The competency requirements for mathematics prescribed by the Board of Education for the promotion of students from the eighth grade must include intervention measures for students in grades five through eight who do not have an individualized education program and who score in the bottom ten percent of students in Arizona on the mathematics portion of the state assessment, and must include a requirement that school districts recommend learning difficulty screening for students who do not demonstrate sufficient improvement in mathematics after one year of intervention measures. First sponsor: Rep. Udall   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Neutral with education committee amendment, which appropriates sufficient funds for the purpose of the bill. ASBA also feels that some version of this is already occurring in schools as a matter of sound educational practice.

2/16
additionally referred to House appro.
H2480:
SCHOOLS; FUNDING SOURCES; BONDS; OVERRIDES  
The information that must be contained in the report on proposed school district budget increases or school bonds (which is mailed to the households in which qualified electors reside within the school district) is expanded to include a statement with the total dollar amount per pupil in revenues that the district received from all funding sources (federal, state and local) for all capital and noncapital expenditures for the most recent available fiscal year, and to include any additional per pupil revenue or per pupil expenditure information that the school district governing board chooses to provide. First sponsor: Rep. Grantham   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Positon: Opposes. This changes in this bill would not accurately reflect the available resources that districts have for proposed projects. In addition, this information is already available to the public should a voter want to see it. 

2/14
from House educ do pass.
H2510:
SCHOOLS; IMMUNIZATION RECORDS; RETENTION  
A school district or charter school is required to maintain a student's immunization record for six years after the student was last enrolled in the school district or charter school, instead of the immunization record being part of the mandatory permanent student record. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Norgaard Hearing:
Senate Education (Thursday 03/23/17 at 9:00 AM, Senate Rm. 1)
Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support. Removes unnecessarily burdensome record retention requirement.

2/28
referred to Senate educ.
H2526:
PROPERTY TAX; REDUCING LIMITED VALUATION  
If the full cash value of property is reduced through one of a list of specified appeals processes, the limited property value must be reduced by a percentage equal to the percentage reduction for the full cash value. First sponsor: Rep. Grantham   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor. 

2/22
FAILED House appro 5-8.
H2528:
INDEX EXEMPTIONS; UNUSED TAX CREDITS  
For tax years beginning with 2017, the Department of Revenue is required to adjust the dollar amounts prescribed for personal exemptions for individual income taxes according to the average annual change in the metropolitan Phoenix consumer price index published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. If, in any two consecutive reports on individual and corporate income tax credits claimed in the previous year, an individual or corporate income tax credit was not claimed or allowed to any individual or corporate taxpayer, the Department of Revenue is required to terminate the recognition and servicing of that credit for tax years beginning January 1 of the year following the year in which the second report is issued, issue a public announcement of the termination of the credit, notify the Governor and the Legislature, and include the repeal of all statutes related to the terminated credit in technical tax correction legislation for enactment in the next regular session of the Legislature. If the Legislature fails to enact the legislation, the Dept must rescind the termination of the credit. Repeals the individual and corporate income tax credits for employment by a healthy forest enterprise, ecological restoration workforce training, increased employment in military reuse zones, construction costs of qualified environmental technology facilities, qualified investment and employment in renewable energy operations, research and development and production and delivery system costs associated with solar liquid fuel, and for solar hot water heater plumbing stub outs and electric vehicle recharge outlets installed in houses constructed by a taxpayer. Repeals the insurance premium tax credit for increased employment in military reuse zones, and the Arizona Commerce Authority environmental technology assistance program. The repeal of any income tax credit under this legislation does not affect the continuing validity of any amount of the credit carried forward from previous taxable years. Effective January 1, 2018. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Mesnard   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Monitor

3/9
from Senate fin with amend #4688.
HCR2002:
REPEAL 1998 PROPOSITION 105  
The 2018 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend Article IV, Part 1, Section 1, of the state Constitution to repeal the Voter Protection amendment added as Prop 105 in 1998 and instead provide that the veto power of the Governor or the power of the Legislature to repeal or amend does not extend to initiative or referendum measures approved by a majority of the qualified electors. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Ugenti-Rita   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed. Erodes Voter Protection Act. 

2/28
referred to Senate jud.
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: Neutral. Working with the Sponsor to ensure it is not burdensome for districts. 

3/16
from House appro do pass.
S1105:
GIFTED PUPILS; FUNDING  
Priority for the local use of additional assistance for gifted programs in school districts must be given to identifying and serving "economically disadvantaged pupil" (defined) and minority pupil populations. Appropriates $3.5 million from the general fund in FY2017-18 to the Department of Education for additional assistance for gifted programs. First sponsor: Sen. Brophy McGee   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Supports

2/13
from Senate educ 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. Reviewing the strike-everything amendment and the possible implications for school districts. 

3/21
from House educ with amend #4800.
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. 

3/21
from House educ do pass.
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   3/21
from House educ with amend #4801.
S1210:
STATE LAW; VIOLATIONS; POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS  
Statute requiring the Attorney General to investigate any official action taken by the governing body of a county or municipality at the request of a member of the Legislature who alleges that the action violates state law or the state Constitution is expanded to include all "political subdivisions" (defined). First sponsor: Sen. Smith   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed. No due process or defined percentage for revenue loss.

2/16
from Senate gov do pass.
S1261:
AZ COMMUNITY SCHOOLS PILOT PROGRAM  
Establishes a three-year Arizona Community Schools Pilot Program in the Governor's office to assist public middle schools and junior high schools in developing "community school" (defined) plans. From monies donated for this purpose, the Governor's office is required to award three-year grants to eligible schools, which cannot exceed specified amounts for specified purposes. Eligibility requirements for schools to participate in the Program are specified. Each participating school is required to hire or designate an employee as the community school coordinator, and the coordinator's duties are listed. For tax years 2017, 2018 and 2019, establishes an income tax credit of up to $50,000 per tax year for voluntary cash contributions to the Governor's office for the Program. Unused credit amounts may be carried forward for up to five consecutive tax years. First sponsor: Sen. Bradley   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Support 

2/20
from Senate educ with amend #4292.
S1293:
PRIVATE VOCATIONAL PROGRAM LICENSE; EXEMPTION  
The list of exemptions from private vocation program licensing requirements is expanded to include a private instructional program or course that is less than 40 "contact hours" (defined) in length and that charges a fee of less than $1,000. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. D. Farnsworth   3/7
stricken from House consent calendar by Powers Hannley.
S1375:
SCHOOLS; BONDS; OVERRIDES; FUNDING SOURCES  
The information that must be contained in the report on proposed school district budget increases or school bonds (which is mailed to the households in which qualified electors reside within the school district) is expanded to include a statement with the total dollar amount per pupil in revenues that the district received from all funding sources (federal, state and local) for all capital and noncapital expenditures for the most recent available fiscal year. First sponsor: Sen. Montenegro   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposes. We feel the changes in this bill would not accurately portray the available funds for the proposed projects. In addition, this information is already available to voters if they should wish to see it. FAILED on Senate Floor.

2/22
FAILED to pass Senate 14-16.
S1376:
COMPACT; PROSPERITY DISTRICTS  
Enacts and adopts a prosperity states compact to establish prosperity districts to advance each enacting state's mutual sovereign interest in promoting prosperity by creating a "stable public policy environment consisting of optimal regulatory and fiscal policy." Establishes a framework for prosperity district governance structure and legal capacity, including a district managing board, and specifies that every prosperity district has exclusive governing jurisdiction within its boundaries. Provides for concurrent law enforcement jurisdiction. Establishes a process for prosperity district formation, expansion and withdrawal. When at least two member states are contractually bound to the compact, a Prosperity States Compact Commission is established, and powers and duties of the Commission and Commissioners are specified. More. First sponsor: Sen. Montenegro   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed. Creates zones with optimal regulatory and fiscal policy. We are monitoring the impact on school districts. 

2/16
from Senate gov do pass.
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.

3/21
from House educ do pass.
S1431:
EMPOWERMENT SCHOLARSHIPS; EXPANSION; PHASE-IN  
Beginning in the 2017-18 school year, any child who attends a public school in kindergarten or grades 1, 6 or 9 is eligible for an Arizona empowerment scholarship account. Beginning in the 2018-19 school year, any child who attends a public school in kindergarten or grades 1, 2, 6, 7, 9 or 10 is eligible for an Arizona empowerment scholarship account. Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, any child who attends a public school in kindergarten or grades 1 through 3 and grades 6 through 11 is eligible for an Arizona empowerment scholarship account. Beginning in the 2020-21 school year, any child who attends a public school in kindergarten through grade 12 is eligible for an Arizona empowerment scholarship account. First sponsor: Sen. Lesko   Single-List Comments:

ASBA Position: Opposed. ASBA opposes any expansion of the ESA program. 

2/14
from Senate rules okay.
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. 

3/9
from House gov do pass.