Public Affairs Committee
53rd Legislature - 1st Regular Session, 2017 Monday, Jun 26 2017 6:53 PM
Public Affairs

BILL NUMBER/
SHORT TITLE
SUMMARY SPONSORS COMMENTS LAST ACTION
H2013:
NEWSPAPERS; PUBLIC NOTICES; PUBLICATION  
For the purpose of publication of public notices, a "newspaper" is no longer required to be admitted under federal law as second-class matter in the United States mails for at least one year. First sponsor: Rep. Finchem General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 01/10/17

LRR recommends Oppose

Public Affairs votes OPPOSE 1/27


1/18
House local-intl held.
H2030:
INSURANCE COVERAGE; TELEMEDICINE; UROLOGY  
Health and disability insurance policies or contracts executed or renewed on or after January 1, 2018 are required to provide coverage for health care services for urology that are provided through "telemedicine" (defined as the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for diagnosis, consultation or treatment) if the service would be covered were it provided through in-person consultation and if the service is provided to a subscriber receiving the service in Arizona, instead of only in a rural region of Arizona. Effective January 1, 2019. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Carter General Comments (all lists):

Added to IHC 01/10/17

IHC recommends Oppose

Public Affairs votes OPPOSE 1/27


4/11
from Senate rules okay.
H2040:
AZ ONLINE INSTRUCTION; TRANSFER CREDITS  
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 for any core credit course completed and elective credit for any elective course completed if that course is aligned to the competency requirements adopted by the State Board of Education. School districts are prohibited from charging a fee to a student who takes an examination in a course to obtain academic credit from the district if the credit for a substantially equivalent course was previously earned in Arizona online instruction. First sponsor: Rep. Leach General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01/10/17


WR recommends OPPOSE

PA votes OPPOSE 1/27


1/9
referred to House educ.
H2041 (Chapter 122):
DHS; HEALTH CARE INSTITUTIONS; LICENSURE  
A health care institution license issued by the Department of Health Services does not expire and remains valid unless the Dept revokes or suspends the license, or unless the license is considered void because the licensee did not pay the licensing fee before the due date. The Director of the Dept is authorized to establish by rule a licensing fee, including a grace period and a fee for late payments, and to establish a process for the Dept to notify a licensee of the licensing fee due date as well as a process for the licensee to request a different due date. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Carter General Comments (all lists):

Added to IHC 01/10/17

IHC recommends Support

Public Affairs votes support 1/27


3/31
signed by governor; Chap. 122, Laws 2017.
H2047 (Chapter 54):
LIQUOR; SERVING AGE; REDUCTION  
All employees manufacturing, selling or handling spirituous liquors are required to be 18 years of age, reduced from 19 years of age. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Weninger General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 1/24
LRR recommended SUPPOPRT 2/6

PA voted SUPPORT 02/10


3/24
signed by governor. Chap. 54, Laws 2017.
H2064 (Chapter 50):
JET FUEL; MUNICIPAL EXCISE TAX  
Any municipal tax on jet fuel is limited to amounts of not more than 10 million gallons of jet fuel purchased by each purchaser in each calendar year, and the levy and measure of the tax is required to be structured to affirmatively exempt purchases in excess of 10 million gallons per purchaser per year. Beginning December 1, 2017, the revenues generated from any municipal tax on jet fuel by each public airport must be segregated in separate accounts for the exclusive expenditure for the capital or operating costs of the airport, the airport system or other local airport facilities owned or operated by the municipality and directly and substantially related to the air transportation of passengers or property. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Ugenti-Rita General Comments (all lists):

Added to BT 01-16

BT Recommends SUPPORT 01/17

Public Affairs Votes SUPPORT 1/27

3/7 - PA supports Jet Fuel Striker


3/23
signed by governor. Chap. 50, Laws 2017.
H2065 (Chapter 192):
WASTE TIRE DISPOSAL; CONTINUATION  
The termination date of the Waste Tire Fund and Program and the fee of two percent of the purchase price of new retail tires is moved to January 1, 2026, from January 1, 2018. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Coleman General Comments (all lists):

Added to AEW 01/12

PA vote SUPPORT 02/14


4/26
signed by governor. Chap. 192, Laws 2017.
H2152 (Chapter 225):
ARIZONA EMISSIONS BANK; CREDITS; AMENDMENTS  
The Arizona Emissions Bank is renamed the Voluntary Arizona Emissions Bank, and statutes regulating the Bank are modified. The state, a political subdivision and any person that reduces “qualifying emissions” (defined) may apply to the Department of Environmental Quality to certify “emission reduction credits” (defined) to be deposited in the Bank. The Dept is required to act on an application and certify the credits under rules adopted by the Dept before the credits may be deposited and used to offset future increases in emissions. Except to the extent required by the federal Clean Air Act, Dept rules must provide for the award of emission reduction credits equal to the full amount of reductions in qualifying emissions that are permanent, quantifiable, surplus, real and otherwise enforceable. Emission reduction credits can no longer be used, traded, sold or otherwise expended within the same nonattainment area, maintenance area or modeling domain. Emission reduction credits do not expire and may not be reduced or withdrawn without permission of the owner. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Bowers General Comments (all lists):

Added to AEW 01/12

PA vote SUPPORT 02/10


5/1
signed by governor. Chap. 225, Laws 2017.
H2161 (Chapter 318):
WORKERS' COMP; OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES; CANCER  
Any disease, infirmity or impairment of a firefighter’s health that is caused by buccal cavity and pharynx, esophagus, large intestine, lung, kidney, prostate, skin, stomach or testicular cancer or non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, multiple myeloma or malignant melanoma and that results in disability or death is presumed to be an occupational disease for the purpose of workers' compensation and is deemed to arise out of employment if the firefighter received a physical examination that is reasonably aligned with a specified national standard and other specified conditions are met. The presumption may be rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence that there is a specific cause of the cancer other than an occupational exposure to a carcinogen. Does not apply to cancers of the respiratory tract if there is evidence that exposure to tobacco products outside of the scope of official duties is a substantial contributing cause in the development of the cancer. This presumption and a current presumption for other types of cancer apply to former firefighters or peace officers who are 65 years of age or younger only if the firefighter or officer is diagnosed with cancer no more than 15 years after his/her last date of employment as a firefighter or peace officer. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01/12

WR recommends oppose

PA votes OPPOSE 1/27


5/22
signed by governor. Chap. 318, Laws 2017.
H2180:
WORKERS' COMPENSATION; PHYSICIANS' MEDICAL REPORTS  
The Industrial Commission has exclusive jurisdiction over complaints involving alleged unfair medical reporting by a physician designated by an employer, and is required to investigate allegations of unfair medical reporting either on receiving a complain or on the Commission's own motion. If the Commission finds that unfair medical reporting has occurred, the Commission is required to award the claimant a benefit penalty of 25 percent of the benefit amount ordered to be paid or $500, whichever is more. The Commission is required to adopt a definition of unfair medical reporting by rule. First sponsor: Rep. Finchem General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01/12

WR recommends oppose

PA votes OPPOSE 1/27


1/12
referred to House bank-ins.
H2181:
WORKERS' COMPENSATION; PEACE OFFICERS; PHYSICIANS  
When an accident occurs to a peace officer, the peace officer is permitted to select a physician from an alternative physicians list, which the Industrial Commission is required to establish. First sponsor: Rep. Finchem General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01/12

WR recommends oppose

PA votes OPPOSE 1/27


1/12
referred to House bank-ins.
H2182:
WORKERS' COMPENSATION; PHYSICIAN DISQUALIFICATION  
If a workers' compensation claim is denied based on a physician's medical report and the denial is reversed for three separate claims within a two-year period, the physician cannot be chosen as an attending physician for the purpose of workers' compensation claims for a period of five years after the most recent reversal. First sponsor: Rep. Finchem General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01/12

WR recommends oppose

PA votes OPPOSE 1/27


1/12
referred to House bank-ins.
H2191 (Chapter 319):
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 SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Cobb General Comments (all lists):

SUPPORT based on Striker for Angel Tax Credit Cap


5/22
signed by governor. Chap. 319, Laws 2017.
H2235:
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 $10 million, reduced from $20 million. First sponsor: Rep. Weninger General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01-16

WR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


1/17
referred to House ways-means.
H2244 (Chapter 151):
INITIATIVE PETITIONS; STANDARD OF REVIEW  
Constitutional and statutory requirements for statewide initiative measures are required to be strictly construed, and persons using the initiative process are required to strictly comply with those requirements. The Secretary of State is required to make available a sample initiative petition that strictly complies with statutory requirements, and any committee that uses the sample petition is presumed to have strictly complied with those requirements. Each election cycle, the Secretary of State is required to prepare and publish an initiative, referendum and recall handbook that provides guidance on interpreting, administering, applying and enforcing related laws, and must make the handbook available to the public online. Contains legislative findings. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. E. Farnsworth General Comments (all lists):

3/23/17 - Added to PA

Striker - initiative strict compliance

SUPPORT based on original 2404


4/14
signed by governor. Chap. 151, Laws 2017.
H2246 (Chapter 141):
ARIZONA LENGTHY TRIAL FUND; CONTINUATION  
The termination date of the Arizona Lengthy Trial Fund is extended eight years to July 1, 2027. The termination date of the additional fee on each filing, appearance and answer or response fee charged by a clerk of the superior court (which is deposited in the Fund) is extended eight years to January 1, 2027. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Grantham General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 01-16

LRR recommends support

Public Affairs votes SUPPORT 1/27


4/10
signed by governor. Chap. 141, Laws 2017.
H2253 (Chapter 280):
STATE VETERINARIAN; ANIMAL IDENTIFICATION; APPROPRIATION  
The Department of Agriculture is prohibited from submitting to the federal government any premises registration data, animal identification or tracking data, producer information or other information relating to animal identification unless the submission is either required by state law or authorized by a voluntary participant in the national animal identification system. Appropriates $217,976 and 4 FTE positions from the general fund in FY2017-18 to the Dept for the State Veterinarian. Appropriates $150,000 and 3 FTE positions from the general fund in FY2017-18 to the Dept for the Plant Services Division. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Cook General Comments (all lists):

Added to AEW - 01/17/17

AEW Recommends SUPPORT
Public Affairs votes SUPPORT 1/27


5/8
signed by governor. Chap. 280, Laws 2017.
H2265:
CLEAN POWER; STATE PLAN; STANDARDS  
Modifies references to federal environmental regulations that must be complied with in developing and enforcing the state implementation plan for carbon emissions. The Director of the Department of Environmental Quality is required, instead of allowed, to submit a state plan to the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator for approval after review and comment by the Joint Legislative Review Committee, or if the Committee fails to act in a timely manner pursuant to statutory requirements. First sponsor: Rep. Engel General Comments (all lists):

Added to AEW 01-16

PA voted OPPOSE 02/10


2/7
FAILED House energy-env 3-6.
H2271 (Chapter 39):
OCCUPATIONAL LICENSING; MILITARY MEMBERS  
The education, training or experience requirements for a license, certificate or registration issued pursuant to Title 32 (Professions and Occupations) are completely or partially satisfied, as determined by the regulating entity, on presentation of satisfactory evidence that the applicant received substantially equivalent education, training or experience as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Syms General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01-16

WR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


3/21
signed by governor. Chap. 39, Laws 2017.
H2285:
COUNTIES; PURCHASES; LOCAL DEALERS  
In a county with a population of less than 500,000 persons, for a purchase where the estimated cost is $50,000 or more, a county purchasing agent, subject to county board of supervisors approval, is authorized to award the contract to a responsible bidder whose bid conforms to the invitation, is the most advantageous to the county concerning conformity to the bid specifications and other factors and is within five percent of the lowest bid. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Rep. Barton General Comments (all lists):

2/28/17 - Added tp LRR

PA voted OPPOSE 03/10/2017


2/27
referred to Senate gov.
H2286 (Chapter 198):
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 SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Barton General Comments (all lists):

Added to BT 01-16

BT Recommends SUPPORT

Public Affairs votes Support 1/27


4/26
signed by governor. Chap. 198, Laws 2017.
H2311 (Chapter 199):
ASU; CONSOLIDATION OF BUDGET UNITS  
Arizona State University (ASU) west campus and ASU east campus are no longer identified as separate budget units from ASU. By November 15 of each year, ASU is required to report a list of specified budget information for each of its separate campuses to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01-16

WR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


4/26
signed by governor. Chap. 199, Laws 2017.
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 General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 01-17

LRR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


2/28
referred to Senate jud.
H2329:
VEHICLE INSURANCE; RENEWAL; FEES; DPS  
On the renewal of a semiannual motor vehicle liability policy, the Department of Insurance is required to charge the insured a fee in an amount determined by the Director, to be deposited in the Arizona Highway Patrol Fund. The total amount of the fees is required to cover the projected annual budget for the highway patrol division of the Department of Public Safety. Due to a potential increase in state revenue, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage. First sponsor: Rep. Campbell General Comments (all lists):

Added to IHC 1/20

IHC recommends oppose

Public Affairs votes OPPOSE 1/27


1/23
referred to House bank-ins.
H2355:
MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANY REORGANIZATION  
Adds an article of statute to Title 20 (Insurance) regulating mutual holding company reorganization. Requires the Director of the Department of Insurance to approve reorganization plans. Establishes requirements for the contents of reorganization plans and a process for plan review and approval, including a hearing. First sponsor: Rep. Livingston General Comments (all lists):

Added to IHC 01/30

Public Affairs SUPPORT position based on SB 1081

3/20 - Striker on Over the Top TPT exemption


3/22
from Senate com-pub safety with amend #4809.
H2359:
UNIVERSITIES; GOVERNING BOARDS  
Establishes the Governing Board of Arizona State University, the Governing Board of the University of Arizona, and the Governing Board of Northern Arizona University to provide direct oversight of each university. All three governing boards consist of three members appointed by the Governor, one member appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and one member appointed by the President of the Senate, and each governing board is required to elect a chairperson from among its members. Each governing board is a body corporate with perpetual succession, and powers and duties of the boards are established. Governing board members are not eligible for compensation, but are eligible for reimbursement of specified expenses. The role of Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) throughout various statutes is deleted and replaced by the governing boards, including the power to appoint and employ university presidents and other staff, to fix tuition and fees, to establish curricula, to award degrees and diplomas, to prescribe admission qualifications, and to adopt budgets. Modifies the powers and duties of ABOR and states that ABOR is a general advisory body over the state university system responsible for general oversight but not direct oversight of the universities. Each governing board, instead of ABOR, is an annual budget unit for the purpose of state budgeting. Each governing board terminates on July 1, 2027. Session law provides for the governing boards to succeed to the authority, powers, duties and responsibilities of ABOR and for the transfer of appropriated monies and properties. First sponsor: Rep. Finchem General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01/30

WR recommends OPPOSE

PA votes OPPOSE 02/24


2/7
House fed-policy held.
H2365 (Chapter 124):
WIRELESS FACILITIES; COLLOCATION; RIGHTS-OF-WAY  
Adds a new article to Title 9 (Cities and Towns) regulating the use of public highways by wireless providers. An "authority" (defined as a municipality, special district or political subdivision) is prohibited from entering into an exclusive arrangement with a wireless provider for use of a right-of-way for the construction, installation, maintenance, modification, operation or replacement of utility poles or monopoles, or for the collocation of small wireless facilities on utility poles or wireless support structures, or for the collocation of wireless facilities on monopoles. An authority may charge a wireless provider a rate or fee for the use of a right-of-way for these purposes only if the authority charges other communications service providers for the use of the right-of-way and the authority has the legal authority to do so. The rate or fee for a wireless provider is limited to the direct and actual cost of managing the right-of-way and is required to be competitively neutral in regard to other users of the right-of-way. Establishes prohibited rate or fee practices and sets the maximum fee at $50 times the number of small wireless facilities in the authority's geographic jurisdiction that are placed by the wireless provider in the right-of-way. A new, replacement or modified utility pole that is associated with the collocation of small wireless facilities and that is installed in the right-of-way is not subject to zoning review or approval if it does not exceed 10 feet in height above the tallest utility pole or 40 feet above ground level, whichever is greater. Authorities are authorized to require an application for the installation of new, replacement or modified utility poles associated with the collocation of small wireless facilities, and are required to approve an application unless the utility pole fails to comply with a list of specified requirements. Authorities are prohibited from requiring applicants to perform services that are unrelated to the collocation or instituting a moratorium on applications for the collocation of a small wireless facility. Adds a new article to Title 11 (Counties) regulating the use of public highways by wireless providers. Counties are prohibited from entering into an exclusive arrangement with any wireless provider for use of a right-of-way for the construction, operation or maintenance of utility poles or for the collocation of small wireless facilities on utility poles or wireless support structures. Counties are authorized to require a permit and charge an application fee for the use of a right-of-way for these purposes. The fee must be reasonable and conform to authorized and published fees for similar permits and cannot exceed $100 per collocation or installation. Establishes prohibited rate or fee practices. More. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Weninger General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 01/30

PA votes SUPPORT position


3/31
signed by governor; Chap. 124, Laws 2017.
H2388 (Chapter 243):
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 certificated or degreed science, technology, engineering or math field or a certificate program 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 SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 02/02/17

WR recommends SUPPORT

PA votes SUPPORT 02/24


5/2
signed by governor. Chap. 243, Laws 2017.
H2404 (Chapter 52):
INITIATIVES; CIRCULATORS; SIGNATURE COLLECTION; CONTESTS  
It is a class 1 (highest) misdemeanor for a person to pay or receive money or any other thing of value based on the number of signatures collected on a statewide initiative or referendum petition. Signatures that are obtained by a paid circulator who violates this prohibition are void and cannot be counted in determining the legal sufficiency of the petition. The deadline to challenge the lawful registration of a paid petition circulator is 10 business days after, instead of five days after, the date on which the petitions are filed. Any person is permitted to contest the validity of an initiative or referendum. If multiple actions contesting the validity of an initiative or referendum are filed, the separate actions must be consolidated before the appropriate venue. In addition to contesting the validity of an initiative or referendum, any person is permitted to seek to enjoin the Secretary of State or other officer from certifying or printing the official ballot for the election that will include the proposed initiative or referendum measure. Contains legislative findings. Severability clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Leach General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR/IHC 02/02/2017
LRR recommends SUPPORT 02/06
PA voted SUPPORT 02/10


3/23
signed by governor. Chap. 52, Laws 2017.
H2410 (Chapter 325):
WORKERS' COMP; FIREFIGHTERS; HEART-RELATED CASES  
A heart-related, perivascular or pulmonary injury, illness or death of a firefighter is presumed to be an occupational disease for the purpose of workers' compensation, compensable and deemed to arise out of employment if the firefighter passed a physical examination before employment that did not indicate evidence of heart-related, perivascular or pulmonary injury or illness, if the firefighter received a physical examination that is reasonably aligned with a specified national standard, and if the firefighter was exposed to a known event and the heart-related, perivascular or pulmonary injury, illness or death occurred within 24 hours after the exposure and was reasonably related to the exposure. The presumption may be rebutted by a preponderance of the evidence. Does not apply if there is evidence that the firefighter’s exposure to tobacco products outside the scope of official duties is a substantial contributing cause in the development of the heart-related, perivascular or pulmonary injury, illness or death. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Shope General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 02/06

WR recommends OPPOSE

PA votes OPPOSE 02/24


5/22
signed by governor. Chap. 325, Laws 2017.
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 General Comments (all lists):

Added to PA & PA voted OPPOSE 02/10


3/29
from Senate appro do pass.
H2499:
FACILITIES RELOCATION: PUBLIC UTILITY EASEMENTS  
If a municipality or county requires that a utility adjust or otherwise relocate any of the utility's facilities constructed or installed within a public utility easement, the municipality or county is required to reimburse the utility, or cause the utility to be reimbursed, for the relocation costs, unless an existing license, franchise or agreement provides otherwise. Establishes a process for reimbursement. If a facility is relocated into a right-of-way, the municipality or county is required to provide the utility with a permanent land right within the right-of-way equal to a public utility easement. Municipalities and counties are authorized to adopt reasonable regulations with respect to the construction and installation of facilities within a public utility easement, subject to a list of specified conditions. Contains legislative findings. First sponsor: Rep. Weninger General Comments (all lists):

Added to PA & voted SUPPORT 02/10


2/15
from House com do pass.
H2516:
ONE-YEAR PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENTS  
Numerous changes relating to property tax assessment processes in order to establish a single-year property tax cycle instead of an 18 month property tax cycle. Modifies the definition of “valuation date” to mean January 1 of the year in which taxes are levied for property valued by the county assessor. Various deadlines relating to the property tax valuation process are modified. Repeals sections of statute regulating valuation in the case of new construction. The Department of Revenue is required to conduct sales-ratio studies and issue equalization orders to the county assessor for areas identified as inconsistent with the valuation directives, rules and guidelines issued by the Dept. Changes to sections of statute related to the valuation of assessed property become effective January 1, 2019. Changes to sections of statute related to the assessment process become effective January 1, 2020. First sponsor: Rep. Mitchell General Comments (all lists):

Added to BT 02/10

2/20/17 - Added to PA

PA voted OPPOSE 02/24


2/22
FAILED House appro 3-10.
H2525:
PROHIBITION; PHOTO RADAR  
State agencies and local authorities are prohibited from using a photo enforcement system to identify violators of traffic control devices and speed regulations. Statutes authorizing and regulating photo enforcement are repealed. First sponsor: Rep. Grantham General Comments (all lists):

Added to TI 02/10

TI recommends OPPOSE 02/14

PA votes OPPOSE 02/24


2/28
referred to Senate trans-tech.
H2534:
JUDICIAL ELECTIONS; TERM: REQUIREMENTS  
Various changes in order to eliminate merit selection of justices and judges and provide instead for their election. The term of office of a Supreme Court Justice and a judge of the court of appeals is reduced to two years, from six. Judges of the court of appeals are elected instead of appointed by the Governor, and the names of all candidates for judge of the court of appeals must be placed on the regular ballot with partisan or other designation and the court and the title of the office. The Governor is required to fill any vacancy in office of a judge of the court of appeals by appointing a person of the same political party as the person vacating the office to serve until the election and qualification of a successor. Repeals the Commission on Trial Court Appointments. Judges seeking retention are removed from the list of persons exempt from campaign finance reporting requirements. Conditionally enacted on the state Constitution being amended by a vote of the people at the 2018 general election to repeal the merit selection of justices and judges and provide instead for their election. First sponsor: Rep. Shooter General Comments (all lists):

2/20/17 - Added to PA

PA voted OPPOSE 02/24


2/22
House appro held.
H2547 (Chapter 328):
BUDGET; UNIVERSITY INFRASTRUCTURE CAPITAL FINANCING; APPROPRIATIONS  
Establishes a Capital Infrastructure Fund for each university, and appropriates the following amounts from the general fund in FY2018-19 for deposit in the Fund of each university: $11.93 million to Arizona State University, $10.55 million to the University of Arizona, and $4.52 million to Northern Arizona University. In FY2019-20 through FY2042-43, an amount is appropriated annually to the Fund of each university that is equal to the amount appropriated in the preceding FY adjusted by a specified growth rate calculation. In each FY in which monies are appropriated to the Fund, each university is required to deposit a matching amount equal to the amount of general fund monies used for paying debt service on debt financing for capital projects. The universities are prohibited from issuing total debt financing for which debt service is paid with Fund monies in a principal amount of more than $1 billion. Establishes reporting and review requirements for expenditures of monies in the Fund. For each licensure agreement, royalty agreement or agreement for the sale or transfer of intellectual property developed by a university beginning May 1, 2017, the university is required to deposit in the general fund 20 percent of the net income received during the preceding FY for the first three years of the agreement, 20 percent of the gross revenues from payments for the agreement received during the preceding FY for each year after the first three years, and 25 percent of the gross revenues received during the preceding FY from the sale or transfer of intellectual property developed by the university. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Rep. Boyer General Comments (all lists):

SUPPORT Position


5/22
signed by governor. Chap. 328, Laws 2017.
HCM2001:
URGING CONGRESS; NINTH CIRCUIT; DIVISION  
The Legislature urges the U.S. Congress to take action to divide the Ninth Circuit into two circuits by enacting HR 250 into law. The Secretary of State is directed to transmit copies of this memorial to the President of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker of the U.S. House and each member of Congress from Arizona. AS SENT TO SECRETARY OF STATE. First sponsor: Rep. E. Farnsworth General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 1/20

LRR recommends suppoirt

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


4/13
passed Senate 17-12; to secretary of state.
HCM2002:
NINTH CIRCUIT; DIVISION; URGING CONGRESS  
The Legislature urges the U.S. Congress to enact legislation to divide the Ninth Circuit into two circuits by creating a newly constituted U.S. Court of Appeals for the Twelfth Circuit and including Arizona in whichever circuit does not include the State of California. The Secretary of State is directed to transmit copies of this memorial to the President of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker of the U.S. House and each member of Congress from Arizona. First sponsor: Rep. Leach General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 1/12/17


LRR recommends SUPPORT

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


1/23
referred to House jud-pub safety.
HCR2030:
JUDICIAL ELECTIONS; TERM OF OFFICE  
The 2018 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to eliminate the merit selection of justices and judges and provide instead for their election. Superior court judges for all counties, instead of only those with a population of less than 250,000 persons, must be elected by the qualified electors of their counties at the general election. The term of office of a judge of the superior court is reduced to two years, from four. Justices of the Supreme Court must be nominated and elected by the qualified electors of the state at large in the same manner as other partisan elections. The term of office of a Supreme Court Justice is reduced to two years, from six. The Governor is required to fill any vacancy in office of a Supreme Court Justice of a judge of the superior court by appointing a person of the same political party as the person vacating the office to serve until the election and qualification of a successor. Repeals sections of the state Constitution relating to the option of certain counties in selecting judges, establishing the Commission on Trial Court Appointments and relating to retention evaluation of justices and judges. Establishes a 16-member Nonpartisan Commission on Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) Appointments (Nonpartisan Commission) and transfers responsibility for nominating candidates for appointment to the IRC to the Nonpartisan Commission, from the Commission on Appellate Court Appointments. First sponsor: Rep. Shooter General Comments (all lists):

2/20/17 - Added to PA

PA voted OPPOSE 02/24


2/22
House appro held.
S1016 (Chapter 101):
GOVERNOR'S REGULATORY REVIEW COUNCIL; CONTINUATION  
The statutory life of the Governor's Regulatory Review Council is extended eight years to July 1, 2025. Retroactive to July 1, 2017. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 01/10/17

LRR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


3/29
signed by governor. Chap. 101, Laws 2017.
S1025 (Chapter 253):
PUBLIC ENTITIES; ABSOLUTE IMMUNITY; DEFENSES  
For the purpose of statute providing immunity to a public entity or public employee for an injury arising out of a plan or design for construction or maintenance of or improvement to transportation facilities where the entity or employee gave a reasonably adequate warning of hazards, if a genuine issue of material fact exists as to whether the public entity or employee has met the statutory immunity requirements, the issue must be resolved by a trial before and separate and apart from a trial on damages. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Burges General Comments (all lists):

Added to TI 01/10/17

PA voted to hold bill

PA votes SUPPORT position


5/2
signed by governor. Chap. 253, Laws 2017.
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 General Comments (all lists):

WR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


5/8
retained on House COW calendar.
S1040 (Chapter 244):
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 July 1, 2025. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen General Comments (all lists):

WR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


5/2
signed by governor. Chap. 244, Laws 2017.
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 General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR

WR recommends OPPOSE

 PA votes OPPOSE 1/27


2/20
referred to House educ.
S1047 (Chapter 128):
MEDICAL STUDENT LOANS; BOARD; CONTINUATION  
The statutory life of the Board of Medical Student Loans is extended four years to July 1, 2021. Retroactive to July 1, 2017. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh General Comments (all lists):

IHC recommends Support

Public Affairs votes SUPPORT 1/27


3/31
signed by governor; Chap. 128, Laws 2017.
S1055 (Chapter 185):
EXPEDITED RULEMAKING  
Various changes related to expedited rulemaking. The list of circumstances under which an agency is permitted to conduct expedited rulemaking is modified to include if the rulemaking implements a course of action that is proposed in a five-year-review report approved by the Governor's Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) within 180 days of the date the agency files the proposed expedited rulemaking with the Secretary of State, and if the rulemaking adopts rules of another agency that has been or imminently will be consolidated into the agency. Expedited rulemaking becomes effective immediately on the filing of notice with the Secretary of State, instead of 30 days following publication. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Griffin General Comments (all lists):

01/14/17 - added to LRR

LRR recommends SUPPORT

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


4/24
signed by governor. Chap. 185, Laws 2017.
S1061:
UNIVERSITIES; TUITION; RATES; FEES  
Beginning in the 2017-18 school year and each year thereafter, Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) rules governing the tuition and fee setting process are required to provide that resident undergraduate tuition and mandatory fees do not exceed the amount set for the 2016-17 school year, except that ABOR may approve an increase of up to two percent in any school year. The rules are also required to provide for payment by a resident undergraduate student of the same amount for four consecutive years in tuition and mandatory fees as that student originally paid during the first year at that university. First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01/12

WR recommends OPPOSE

PA votes OPPOSE 1/27


2/16
FAILED Senate educ 3-4.
S1062 (Chapter 65):
PROPERTY TAX OVERSIGHT COMMISSION; CONTINUATION  
The statutory life of the Property Tax Oversight Commission is extended eight years to July 1, 2025. Retroactive to July 1, 2017. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. D. Farnsworth General Comments (all lists):

Added to BT 01/12

BT Recommends SUPPORT

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


3/24
signed by governor. Chap. 65, Laws 2017.
S1080 (Chapter 209):
TEENAGE DRIVERS; COMMUNICATION DEVICES PROHIBITED  
For the first six months that a class G driver licensee holds the license, the licensee is prohibited from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device for any reason, except during an emergency in which stopping the vehicle is impossible or will create an additional hazard, or when using an audible turn-by-turn navigation system if the licensee does not manually enter or adjust the device while driving. Does not apply beginning on the licensee's 18th birthday. Instruction permit holders for a class D or G driver license are prohibited from driving a motor vehicle while using a wireless communication device for any reason, except during an emergency in which stopping the vehicle is impossible or will create an additional hazard. Effective July 1, 2018. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. In his signing message, the Governor stated that while he is skeptical of large-scale bans on texting while driving, he believes there is good reason for these laws when it comes to early driving by teens. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added to TI 01-16

TI recommends SUPPORT

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


4/27
signed by governor. Chap. 209, Laws 2017. message
S1081 (Chapter 9):
MUTUAL HOLDING COMPANY REORGANIZATION  
Adds an article of statute to Title 20 (Insurance) regulating mutual holding company reorganization. An Arizona domiciled mutual insurer is authorized to reorganize into a mutual holding company. Requires the Director of the Department of Insurance and at least 2/3 of "eligible members" (defined) to approve reorganization plans. Establishes requirements for the contents of reorganization plans and a process for plan review and approval, including a public hearing. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added to IHC 01-16

IHC recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT


3/14
signed by governor. Chap. 9, Laws 2017.
S1083:
AZ LENGTHY TRIAL FUND; CONTINUATION  
The termination date of the Arizona Lengthy Trial Fund is extended eight years to July 1, 2027. The termination date of the additional fee on each filing, appearance and answer or response fee charged by a clerk of the superior court (which is deposited in the Fund) is extended eight years to January 1, 2027. First sponsor: Sen. Worsley General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 01-16

LRR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


3/21
from House rules okay.
S1091 (Chapter 43):
NUCLEAR EMERGENCY APPROP; ASSESSMENTS  
Monies collected from the assessment on commercial nuclear generating station are deposited in the Nuclear Emergency Management Fund (NEMF) instead of the general fund. Assesses $2.5 million in FY2017-18 and $2.52 million in FY2018-19, plus any applicable interests, against each consortium of public service corporations and municipal corporations engaged in constructing or operating a commercial nuclear generating station in Arizona. Appropriates $2.5 million in FY2017-18 and $2.52 million in FY2018-19 from the NEMF to the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs, Department of Agriculture, and Radiation Regulatory Agency in specified amounts and for specified purposes. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh General Comments (all lists):

Added to AEW 01-16

AEW recommends Support

Public Affairs votes SUPPORT 1/27


3/22
signed by governor. Chap. 43, Laws 2017.
S1169:
INSURANCE; AUTO GLASS COVERAGE  
Automobile insurance coverage for the repair or replacement of the glass used in the windshield, doors and windows and the glass, plastic or other material used in the lights of a motor vehicle may be subject to a deductible offered by the insurer and selected by the insured. Effective January 1, 2019. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added ot IHC 1/20

IHC recommends support

Public Affairs votes SUPPORT 1/27


1/31
Senate trans-tech held.
S1188:
PROCUREMENT PROCESS; PROFESSIONAL; CONSTRUCTION SERVICES  
For any procurement of professional services or construction services contracts that are fully funded with state monies, the purchasing agency is required to notify the highest ranking person or firm on the final list that it is the highest ranking person or firm and to send notice of the highest ranking persons or firms to each other person or firm that is not on the final list. For any procurement of professional services or construction services contracts that are fully funded with state monies, the procurement officer is permitted to enter into simultaneous negotiations with the highest ranking qualified persons or firms on the final list until an agreement is reached on compensation and other contract terms or a determination is made to reject all persons or firms on the final list. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh General Comments (all lists):

Added to TI 02/14

TI recommends OPPOSE

PA votes OPPOSE 02/24


2/2
from Senate gov do pass.
S1198:
PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION; SERVICES; CIVIL ACTIONS  
Before filing a civil action for discrimination by public accommodations or commercial facilities, an "aggrieved person" (defined) or the person's attorney is required to provide written notice to the covered person or entity that includes "sufficient detail" (defined) to allow the covered person or entity to identify the prohibited act or practice or to comply with the law. If the covered person or entity does not cure the prohibited act or practice or comply with the law within 60 days after receiving the notice if the covered person or entity has more than 15 employees, or within 90 days after receiving the notice if the covered person or entity is a small business with 15 employees or fewer, the person may file the civil action. When filing a civil action a person is required to file an affidavit with specified information, including that the person is not receiving and has not been promised anything of value from an attorney in exchange for filing the civil action. An aggrieved person or the person's attorney is prohibited from demanding or collecting money from the covered person or entity before the end of the applicable time period after the covered person or entity receives the notice. Effective January 1, 2018. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 1/25

LRR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


3/22
FAILED House jud-pub safety 3-6.
S1211 (Chapter 44):
ADOT OMNIBUS  
The Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) is authorized to assume the responsibility of the U.S. Department of Transportation with respect to highway projects with the state under specified federal laws. Repeals statute requiring counties with a population of more than 400,000 (Maricopa and Pima) and municipalities with a population of more than 30,000 that is located in those counties to budget and spend local revenues for street and highway purposes according to a specified formula. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added to TI 1/25

TI recommends SUPPORT

PA votes SUPPORT 02/24


3/22
signed by governor. Chap. 44, Laws 2017.
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 General Comments (all lists):

Added to PA (Same as HB)

WR recommends support

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


5/4
from House rules okay.
S1213:
UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE; DISCLOSURE; STATE AGENCIES  
The Department of Economic Security is authorized to disclose unemployment insurance information to the Industrial Commission, Department of Insurance or Attorney General for use by those agencies in the investigation and prosecution of workers' compensation fraud. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 1/25

WR recommends SUPPORT

PA votes SUPPORT 02/24


2/6
Senate com-pub safety held.
S1214 (Chapter 205):
CABLE AFFILIATES; WIFI EQUIPMENT  
A municipal licensing authority is required to issue a permit to attach allowed wi-fi radio equipment to the cable television system in public streets, roads and alleys to a cable operator’s “affiliates” (defined), and is authorized to levy fees and charges on a cable operator’s affiliates for microcell equipment. This provision is conditionally enacted on H2365 becoming law, and applies to all cable operator licenses issued before the effective date of this legislation. Political subdivisions are prohibited from discriminating against a cable operator in its use of its cable system and from preventing a cable operator from using its cable system in the public highways to provide telecommunications services and other noncable services if the cable operator complies with applicable federal and state requirements. Political subdivisions are authorized to establish conditions on cable system licenses that are competitively neutral and nondiscriminatory with conditions applicable to telecommunications corporations. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 1/25
LRR recommends SUPPORT 02/06
PA voted SUPPORT 02/10


4/26
signed by governor. Chap. 205, Laws 2017.
S1236:
INITIATIVE & REFERENDUM; CIRCULATORS; PROP 105  
For initiative and referendum measures only, all paid circulators are required to register with the Secretary of State, instead of only circulators who are not Arizona residents. A person is prohibited from registering as a paid circulator if the person has had a civil or criminal penalty imposed for a violation of election law within the last five years, or has been convicted of a felony and has not had the person’s civil rights restored. Any person who knowingly omits or misrepresents information or provides false information on a circulator registration application is guilty of a class 1 (highest) misdemeanor. For statewide initiative or referendum petitions that use paid circulators, the person or organization is required to file a list of the names and addresses of the paid circulators and an acknowledgement that the person or organization is liable for any violation committed by a paid circulator and may be subject to a civil penalty. If a court determines that a paid circulator has committed a civil or criminal violation relating to the registration, circulation or collection of signatures or petitions on behalf of a person or organization that is circulating statewide initiative or referendum petition, any violation involving fraud or forgery by the paid circulator is deemed a violation by the person or organization and the person or organization is liable for a civil penalty of up to $1,000 for each violation. For any ballot measure expenditure that is made for a state statutory measure, the advertisement or fundraising solicitation is required to include a statement that pursuant to Proposition 105, the measure “cannot be changed in the future if approved on the ballot except by a three-fourths vote of the Legislature and if the change furthers the purpose of the original ballot measure, or by referring the change to the ballot.” Does not apply to advertisements broadcast on radio or television. The same notice is required to be printed in the publicity pamphlet for initiative and referendum measures immediately below the Legislative Council analysis. The Prop 105 notice provisions of this legislation are conditionally repealed if the Attorney General, on or before December 31, 2020, determines that the Voter Protection Act is repealed or is declared unenforceable in a final court order by a court of competent jurisdiction. Severability clause. AS PASSED HOUSE. First sponsor: Sen. Lesko General Comments (all lists):

Added to PA 3/24/17

Striker for Circulator Registration

SUPPORT based on original HB2 404


4/13
House COW approved with amend #4908 and floor amend #4992 and #4993; amend 4832 was withdrawn. NOTE SHORT TITLE CHANGE. Passed House 35-23; ready for Senate action on House amendments.
S1242:
TAX INFO; DISCLOSURE; MUNICIPAL AUDITORS  
Confidential information relating to transaction privilege taxes and any other tax collected by the Department of Revenue on behalf of any jurisdiction may be disclosed to a "third party" (defined) who is under contract with a county or municipality for audit purposes. Effective July 1, 2018. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh General Comments (all lists):

Added to BT 1/25


3/23
from House ways-means with amend #4833.
S1243:
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES  
A person who possesses a valid concealed weapons permit is exempt from the prohibition on carrying a concealed weapon in a public establishment or at a public event. Some exceptions, including for public establishments or events that are a "secured facility" (defined), that are the licensed premises of a liquor licensee, that are an educational institution, and that are a vehicle or craft. First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 1/25

WR recommends OPPOSE

PA votes OPPOSE 02/24


2/28
FAILED to pass Senate 14-16.
S1272 (Chapter 18):
BUSINESS ENTITIES; OMNIBUS  
Numerous changes to statutes relating to Corporation Commission regulations of business entities. Various businesses filings and notices are authorized to be sent or filed by "electronic transmission" (defined). Any person that authorizes or signs a report, certificate, notice or other document with respect to a corporation that is delivered for filing with the Corporation Commission and that has knowledge at the time of delivery that the information contained in that document is materially false or misleading is liable to the corporation and its creditors for all damages resulting from the act. If an annual report becomes due on or after the first date on which the articles of dissolution are delivered to the Corporation Commission for filing, the annual report requirement and penalty accrual are suspended for six months. The list of conditions under which the Corporation Commission is authorized to commence a proceeding to revoke the authority of a foreign corporation to transact business in Arizona is expanded to include if the corporation has failed to pay fees, penalties and costs required by statute or failed to comply with specified requirements for withdrawal of a foreign corporation. A notice under the Limited Liability Company act is required to be in writing unless oral notice is reasonable under the circumstances. Establishes standards for when a written notice is effective. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Worsley General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 1/25
LRR recommends SUPPORT 02/06

PA voted SUPPORT 02/10


3/14
signed by governor. Chap. 18, Laws 2017.
S1290 (Chapter 2):
INTERNAL REVENUE CODE CONFORMITY  
Makes changes to the state's income tax laws so that they conform to the IRS Code in effect as of January 1, 2017. An annual exercise. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. D. Farnsworth General Comments (all lists):

Support based on HB 2064 Position

Public Affairs Votes Support 1/27


3/2
signed by governor. Chap. 2, Laws 2017.
S1291 (Chapter 178):
TAX CORRECTION ACT OF 2017  
Corrections to the tax code as recommended by the Department of Revenue and Legislative Council. Changes are for clarification or to blend conflicting statutes and are not intended to be substantive. 58 pages. An annual exercise. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. D. Farnsworth General Comments (all lists):

Added to BT 01/30
BT recommends SUPPORT 02/06

PA vote SUPPORT 02/10


4/21
signed by governor. Chap. 178, Laws 2017.
S1314 (Chapter 180):
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 engage 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 General Comments (all lists):

PA voted SUPPORT 01/27


4/21
signed by governor. Chap. 180, Laws 2017.
S1326 (Chapter 220):
TELECOMMUNICATIONS; BROADBAND; ACCELERATED DEPRECIATION  
Establishes an accelerated depreciation schedule for property tax purposes for "qualifying broadband infrastructure" (defined) for the first five tax years of assessment. Effective January 1, 2018. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Lesko General Comments (all lists):

Added to BT 01/30
BT recommends SUPPORT 02/06

PA vote SUPPORT 02/10


4/28
signed by governor. Chap. 220, Laws 2017.
S1331 (Chapter 267):
WORKERS' COMP; RATES; DEVIATIONS  
A workers' compensation insurer is authorized to file with the Department of Insurance a rate filing for workers' compensation insurance with up to six uniform percentage deviations that decrease or increase the statewide rate portion of the rating organization's rate filing. If more than one deviation is filed by an insurer, each deviation is required to be established consistent with the underwriting rules that are based on criteria that would lead to a logical distinction of potential risk. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01/30

WR recommends SUPPORT

PA votes SUPPORT 02/24


5/2
signed by governor. Chap. 267, Laws 2017.
S1332 (Chapter 287):
WORKERS' COMP; UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE  
Effective November 1, 2017, the interested parties to a workers' compensation claim are authorized to settle and release all or any part of an accepted claim, or to negotiate a full and final settlement if the period of disability is terminated by the insurance carrier or self-insured employer. Establishes requirements for any “full and final settlement” (defined), including specified attestations that must be included if the employee is represented by counsel. A full and final settlement is not valid and enforceable unless approved by the Industrial Commission. Establishes criteria that the Industrial Commission is required to consider when determining whether to approve a settlement. The list of entities that the Department of Economic Security or Office of Economic Opportunity is authorized to disclose unemployment insurance information to is expanded to include the Industrial Commission, Department of Insurance or Attorney General for use by those agencies in the prevention, investigation and prosecution of workers’ compensation fraud. Session law requires the Industrial Commission to review and determine a process for streamlining the authorization process for treatment by December 31, 2017. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 01/30

WR recommends SUPPORT

S/E - Full and Final Settlement

PA votes SUPPORT 02/24


5/8
signed by governor. Chap. 287, Laws 2017.
S1372:
LEGISLATIVE REVIEW OF RULES  
Any standing committee of the Legislature is authorized to review any proposed, final, expedited or emergency rule. If the standing committee determines that the rule violates the legislative intent of the statute under which the rule was adopted, a concurrent resolution may be adopted approving or rejecting the rule, and the rule is rendered void and unenforceable. First sponsor: Sen. Montenegro General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 01/30

2/20/17 - Added to PA

PA voted OPPOSE 02/24


2/16
from Senate gov do pass.
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 General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 01/30

LRR recommends OPPOSE 02/06

PA voted OPPOSE 02/10


2/16
from Senate gov do pass.
S1398:
TELEMEDICINE; UROLOGY; INSURANCE COVERAGE  
Beginning on January 1, 2019, expands the list of health care services that health and disability insurance policies or contracts executed or renewed on or after January 1, 2018 are required to provide coverage for to include urology, if those services are provided through "telemedicine" (defined as the use of interactive audio, video or other electronic media for diagnosis, consultation or treatment) and if the service would be covered were it provided through in-person consultation. First sponsor: Sen. Griffin General Comments (all lists):

Added to IHC/PA 1/30
OPPOSE based on 2030


2/8
Senate hel-hu ser held.
S1406 (Chapter 175):
PUBLIC ACCOMMODATION; SERVICES; CIVIL ACTION  
Before filing a civil action that alleges a public accommodation operated by a private entity has a building, facility or parking lot that violates public accommodation statutes, an aggrieved person or the person's attorney is required to provide written notice to the covered person or entity that includes "sufficient detail" (defined) to allow the covered person or entity to identify and cure the violation or to comply with the law. If the covered person or entity does not cure the violation or comply with the law within 30 days after receiving the notice, the person may file the civil action. When filing a civil action, an aggrieved person is required to file an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, that the aggrieved person has read the entire complaint and agrees with all of the allegations and facts contained in the complaint, and is not receiving and has not been promised anything of value in exchange for filing the civil action. The court is authorized to stay an action to determine whether the person or the person’s attorney is a vexatious litigant or to determine if there are multiple civil actions that involve the same plaintiff and that should be consolidated. The court is authorized to impose a sanction on a plaintiff or the plaintiff’s attorney if the court determines that an action or series of actions is brought for the primary purpose of obtaining a payment from the defendant due to the costs of defending the action in court. Also, public accommodation statutes do not apply to websites. Contains legislative findings. Severability clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added to PA

Striker - ADA Reforms

SUPPORT based on 1198


4/18
signed by governor. Chap. 175, Laws 2017.
S1407:
WORKERS' COMPENSATION; EMPLOYEE DEFINITION; NOTICE  
For the purpose of workers’ compensation, beginning December 1, 2017, the state, a political subdivision or a self-insurance pool consisting of public entities is authorized to direct medical care, and requirements for entities that do so are specified. Establishes a process for an injured worker from one of these entities to choose an alternative treating physician, and allows an injured worker to seek and receive “emergency care” (defined) without restrictions in the case of a “medical emergency” (defined). Session law requires the chairman of the Industrial Commission to convene a 10-member panel to make recommendations for implementing these provisions. For the purpose of workers’ compensation statutes, the definition of "employee" is expanded to include a working member of a limited liability company (LLC) who owns less than 50 percent of the membership interest in the LLC, and a working member of an LLC who owns 50 percent of more of the membership interest in the LLC who is deemed an employee entitled to workers' compensation benefits on written acceptance of an application for coverage by the working member at the discretion of the insurance carrier for the LLC. The basis for computing wages for premium payments and compensation benefits for the working member is an assumed average monthly wage of $600 or more, up to the normal statutory maximums, and is subject to the discretionary approval of the insurance carrier. If a public safety employee files a request for a hearing in connection with the employee’s medical benefits or a change of physician request that alleges that immediate and irreparable injury, loss or damage will result if the hearing is not held before the time frames prescribed in statute, the Industrial Commission is required to notify the parties if the request for an expedited hearing is granted and, if granted, of a hearing date that is no more than 15 days after the date of the notice, and must require the administrative law judge to issue a determination on the matter and make an award within 5 days after the hearing. AS PASSED SENATE. First sponsor: Sen. Fann General Comments (all lists):

Added to WR 02/02/17

WR recommends SUPPORT position

PA votes SUPPORT 02/24


3/21
stricken from House consent calendar by Powers Hannley, Boyer.
S1412 (Chapter 189):
SURFACE WATER; ADJUDICATION  
For the purpose of adjudication of water rights, the determination of water rights of all “small water use claims” (defined) in any specific subwatershed must be deferred until all other claims in the subwatershed are determined by the superior court in the course of the adjudication, except that for a claimant who asserted a small water use claim and other water use claims in the same subwatershed, the claimant's small water use claims must be determined in conjunction with the determination of that claimant's other claims. Repeals statute establishing a process for summary adjudication of de minimis water uses. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Griffin General Comments (all lists):

Added to AEW 02/02/17

PA voted SUPPORT 03/10/2017


4/24
signed by governor. Chap. 189, Laws 2017.
S1416 (Chapter 340):
TAX INCENTIVES & CREDITS  
The owner of a business located in Arizona before July 2025, extended from July 2017, is eligible for income tax credits or an insurance premium tax credit for net increases in full-time employees residing in Arizona and hired in qualified employment positions in Arizona. The qualifications for the tax credits are modified to require a business to either invest the following amounts and create at least 25 net new qualified employment positions that pay compensation at least equal to the following percent of the county median wage in an “urban location” (defined): $5 million in capital investment and compensation of at least 100 percent of the median wage; $2.5 million of capital investment and compensation of at least 125 percent of the median wage; $1 million of capital investment and compensation of at least 150 percent of the county median wage; $500,000 of capital investment and compensation of at least 200 percent of the county median wage; or to invest the following amounts and create at least 5 net new qualified employment positions that pay compensation at least equal to the following percent of the county median wage in a “rural location” (defined): $1 million in capital investment; $500,000 of capital investment and compensation of at least 125 percent of the county median wage; or $100,000 of capital investment and compensation of at least 150 percent of the county median wage. Personal property in a military reuse zone or foreign trade zone that is acquired during or after tax year 2017 and initially classified during or after tax year 2018 as class 6 property is subject to a depreciated value schedule for the first five tax years of assessment. Through tax year 2021, the income tax credit for increased research activities is increased to 24 percent of an excess of $2.5 million or less, from 20 percent, and to $600,000 plus 15 percent of any amount exceeding $2.5 million, from $500,000 plus 11 percent. The deduction from the tax base of the retail classification of transaction privilege and use taxes for aircraft would have included aircraft in a fractional ownership program that met the requirements of Federal Aviation Administration regulations. The State Treasurer is prohibited from making any payments of prime contracting transaction privilege tax (TPT) revenues used for public infrastructure until 10 percent, decreased from 25 percent, of the qualifying capital investment that has been certified by the Arizona Commerce Authority has been made by the manufacturing facility. Before submitting a certification for TPT revenues to the Arizona Commerce Authority, the manufacturing facility and the county or municipality are required to enter into a written agreement that identifies the cost of public infrastructure improvements and the sources of monies that will be used to pay for the improvements. Effective January 1, 2018. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR. First sponsor: Sen. Pratt General Comments (all lists):

SUPPORT position


5/22
signed by governor. Chap. 340, Laws 2017.
S1436:
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; DELIVERY; PRICING; APPEALS  
Pharmacy benefits managers and other entities that administer prescription drug benefits cannot prohibit a contracted pharmacy from mailing or delivering prescriptions to patients. Pharmacy benefits managers and other entities that administer prescription drug benefits are required to establish a process to update the prescription drug prices used to reimburse a network pharmacy at least every seven days. Pharmacy benefits managers and other entities that administer prescription drug benefits are required to establish and make available a written appeals process that includes a process to appeal, investigate and resolve disputes regarding prescription drug pricing. First sponsor: Sen. Barto General Comments (all lists):

Added to IHC 02/02/17

IHC recommends OPPOSE

PA votes OPPOSE 02/24


2/15
FAILED Senate hel-hu ser 3-4.
SCM1001:
CRITICAL HABITAT; EXPANSION; URGING REPEAL  
The Legislature urges the U.S. President and U.S. Congress to repeal the final rules expanding the definition of "critical habitat" for purposes of the federal Endangered Species Act. The Secretary of State is directed to transmit copies of this memorial to the President of the U.S., the President of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker of the U.S. House and each member of Congress from Arizona. AS SENT TO SECRETARY OF STATE. First sponsor: Sen. Griffin General Comments (all lists):

Added to AEW 01/16
AEW recommends Support
Public Affairs votes SUPPORT 1/27


3/9
passed House 36-23; to secretary of state.
SCM1002:
DIVISION; NINTH CIRCUIT; URGING CONGRESS  
The Legislature urges the U.S. Congress to take action to divide the Ninth Circuit into two circuits by enacting HR 250 or other similar legislation. The Secretary of State is directed to transmit copies of this memorial to the President of the U.S. Senate, the Speaker of the U.S. House and each member of Congress from Arizona. AS SENT TO SECRETARY OF STATE. First sponsor: Sen. Griffin General Comments (all lists):

Added to LRR 1/12/17


LRR recommends SUPPORT

PA votes SUPPORT 1/27


4/26
passed House 32-22; to secretary of state.