2016 Legislative Session
Arizona State Retirement System
52nd Legislature - 2nd Regular Session, 2016 Sunday, Oct 21 2018 7:22 AM
2016 Session
ASRS Proposed Legislation
Bill Summaries
H2104: ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE Questions/Comments

An employee who is employed with an Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) employer in a position that was exempt from ASRS membership because the position was not included in agreements providing for the employee's coverage under the federal old-age and survivors insurance system but on whose behalf the employer has remitted ASRS contributions will retain credited service for the period of employment for which the employer remitted ASRS contributions on the employee's behalf. Retroactive to July 1, 2015, at a retired ASRS member's election, the retired member may return to work as a state elected official who is subject to term limits and still be eligible to receive retirement benefits. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Rep. Lovas


 

General Comments (all lists):

HB2104 is part of the ASRS’s 2016 Legislative Initiatives.

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Clean-up legislation to HB2050(2012) removing the employees coverage under a Social Security Administration Section 218 Agreement as a requirement for particpation in ASRS.
  • Initial legislation satisfied all groups except the group of individuals remaining in ASRS but who were potentially misenrolled. The ASRS submitted a Voluntary Correction Program (VCP) request to the IRS asking for permission to granfather those identified individuals into ASRS. The ASRS also articulated to IRS that the circumstance that created the potential misenrollment in ASRS had been removed by removing the Section 218 requirement.
  • The IRS agreed with the ASRS action and language in this bill allows potentially misenrolled individuals to remain in ASRS.
  • An amendment has been offered that will allow elected officials who are retired from the ASRS to return to work without having their pension suspended.

H2104 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 5/17 signed by governor. Chap. 320, Laws 2016.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 5/6 House concurred in Senate amendments and passed on final reading 53-1; ready for governor.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 3/17 passed Senate 29-0; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 3/15 Senate COW approved with floor amend #4898, a substitute for amend 4526.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 3/8 from Senate rules okay.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 2/25 from Senate fin with amend #4526.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 2/24 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 2/16 referred to Senate fin.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 2/4 passed House 56-0; ready for Senate.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 2/2 from House rules okay.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 2/1 to House consent calendar.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 1/21 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
ASRS; RETENTION OF CREDITED SERVICE 1/13 referred to House gov-higher ed.
H2159: ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION Questions/Comments

The Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) and the ASRS Board are not subject to the Administrative Procedures Act, except for the uniform administrative hearing procedures, for actuarial assumptions and calculations, investment strategy and decisions, and accounting methodology. Retroactive to January 1, 1987. Contains a purpose statement. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe


 

General Comments (all lists):

HB2159 is part of the ASRS’s 2016 Legislative Initiatives.

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Under A.R.S. § 41-1005 32 agencies have exemptions for rulemaking. The ASRS is requesting an exemption from rulemaking for the purposes of actuarial assumptions and calculations, investment strategy and decisions, and accounting methodology.
  • The bill amends ASRS statute to include the exemption retroactive to December 31, 1986.

H2159 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 5/17 signed by governor. Chap. 321, Laws 2016.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 5/7 passed Senate 24-3; ready for governor.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 4/12 Senate COW approved.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 4/5 from Senate rules okay.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 3/17 from Senate fin do pass. From Senate gov do pass.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 3/16 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 3/1 referred to Senate fin, gov.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 2/25 passed House 49-11; ready for Senate.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 2/18 House COW approved.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 2/16 from House rules okay.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 2/4 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
ASRS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION 1/26 referred to House gov-higher ed.
H2160: ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS Questions/Comments

The list of contributions for the payment of credited service purchases that the Arizona State Retirement System Board is permitted to accept is modified to include "direct transfers from" an individual retirement account or individual retirement annuity of an amount that would otherwise be eligible to be rolled over to ASRS, instead of a "rollover contribution of that portion of a distribution" from those types of accounts. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe


 

General Comments (all lists):

HB2160 is part of the ASRS’s 2016 Legislative Initiatives.

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Clarifies, for the purposes of service purchase, a member can no longer purchase service utilizing an indirect rollover.
  • Indirect rollovers create confusion for participants and if incorrectly categorized can result in double taxation, account for less than 0.6% oall service purchase payments, and create significant administrative complexity.

This bill was signed by the Governor on April 5, 2016.

H2160 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 4/5 signed by governor. Chap. 96, Laws 2016.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 3/28 passed Senate 29-0; ready for governor.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 3/8 from Senate rules okay.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 3/7 to Senate consent calendar.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 3/2 from Senate fin do pass.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 2/18 referred to Senate fin.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 2/16 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 2/8 from House rules okay. To House consent calendar.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 1/28 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 1/28 House gov-higher ed do pass; report awaited.
ASRS; ELIGIBLE ROLLOVERS 1/21 referred to House gov-higher ed.
H2243: ASRS; LTD PROGRAM; LIABILITY Questions/Comments

The Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the ASRS Board, and ASRS employees are indemnified against liability for any action taken in the performance of their powers and duties, unless the action was intended to cause injury or was grossly negligent.

First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe


 

General Comments (all lists):

HB2243 is part of the ASRS’s 2016 Legislative Initiatives.

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • The ASRS is asking the legislature to provide the ASRS with protection from legal claims, specifically "bad faith" claims, against the agency or our Long Term Disability (LTD) program relating to the denial of benefits.
  • All Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) of 1974 private retirement plans are provided this protection through their LTD programs and the ASRS would like the same protection.
    • ERISA “shall supersede any and all State laws insofar as they may now or hereafter relate to any employee benefit plan … .” ERISA § 514(a), 29 U.S.C. § 1144(a). A saving clause then provides that some state laws are not preempted: “nothing in this subchapter shall be construed to exempt or relieve any person from any law of any State which regulates insurance, banking, or securities.” ERISA § 514(b)(2)(A), 29 U.S.C. § 1144(b)(2)(A).
  • The ASRS does not believe that a governmental retirement plan should be held to a higher standard of liability than a private plan protected by ERISA therefore we have asked the legislature to provide us with similar protections.
  • In a United States Supreme Court case Pilot Life Insurance Co. v. Dedeaux (1987) the court ruled that the ERISA language protected the plan from bad faith claims because there was a remediation process within the plan in the event the member is denied an LTD claim. Ther ASRS also has a remediation process outlined in A.R.S. § 38-714(E)(1) as well as in A.A.C. R2-8-401 through 405.

This bill did not make it out of the House for Senate consideration prior to the March 18, 2016 deadline and is dead for the 2016 session.

H2243 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; LTD PROGRAM; LIABILITY 2/8 from House rules okay. To House consent calendar.
ASRS; LTD PROGRAM; LIABILITY 1/28 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
ASRS; LTD PROGRAM; LIABILITY 1/28 House gov-higher ed do pass; report awaited.
ASRS; LTD PROGRAM; LIABILITY 1/21 referred to House gov-higher ed.
S1037: ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS Questions/Comments

The Arizona State Retirement System Board is permitted to delegate the duty and authority to act on the Board's behalf to a Committee of the Board for the purposes of determining the rights, benefits or obligations of any person and for related administrative hearings. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Lesko


 

General Comments (all lists):

SB1037 is part of the ASRS’s 2016 Legislative Initiatives.

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Permits the ASRS Board of Trustees to establish a Committee of the Board for the purposes of determinations on appealable agency actions.
  • Grants full legal authority of the Board to the Committee of the Board for the purposes of accepting, rejecting, or modifying a determination of the Administrative Law Judge.
  • Ensures requests for rehearing will be returned to the Committee of the Board for final determination.

S1037 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 5/17 signed by governor. Chap. 304, Laws 2016.
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 5/6 passed House 56-0; ready for governor.
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 3/14 from House rules okay. To House consent calendar.
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 3/3 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 2/24 referred to House gov-higher ed.
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 1/28 passed Senate 28-0; ready for House.
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 1/26 from Senate rules okay.
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 1/25 to Senate consent calendar.
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 1/20 from Senate fin do pass.
ASRS; BOARD DELEGATION; BENEFIT DETERMINATIONS 1/11 referred to Senate fin.
S1038: ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT Questions/Comments

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: Sen. Lesko


 

General Comments (all lists):

SB1038 is part of the ASRS’s 2016 Legislative Initiatives.

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Clarifies A.R.S. § 38-742 to ensure that it is not read as being different from A.R.S. § 38-773 as it relates to a Domestic Relations Order, followed by a forefeiture of a member's account, followed by reemployment to state service and a reinstatement of past service credits.
  • A member with previously forfeited service credit must repay the amount the ASRS paid upon withdrawal, plus interest, to receive all credits previously forfeited.
  • Conforms with the previous analysis that § 38-742 requires the amount they received and § 38-773 articulates that a member's monies are assigned to an alternate payee. Thus, in a forefeiture, the member is technically receiving the full amount of the forefeiture but pursuant to a court order (DRO) the monies are assigned to the ex-spouse.


This bill was not Third Read in the House prior to sine die.

S1038 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT 3/14 from House rules okay. To House consent calendar.
ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT 3/3 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT 2/24 referred to House gov-higher ed.
ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT 2/8 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT 2/2 from Senate rules okay.
ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT 2/1 to Senate consent calendar.
ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT 1/20 from Senate fin do pass.
ASRS; REINSTATEMENT; CONTRIBUTION AMOUNT 1/11 referred to Senate fin.
S1144: ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS Questions/Comments

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. AS PASSED SENATE.

First sponsor: Sen. Lesko


 

General Comments (all lists):

SB1144 is part of the ASRS’s 2016 Legislative Initiatives.

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Clarifies A.R.S. § 38-738 to ensure compliance with Internal Revenue Code (IRC)
  • Under § 38-738(A) modifications are being made to clarify the method in which the ASRS can return monies to employers who have overpaid contributions, in compliance with IRC
  • Provisions to § 38-738(B) clarify that a correction of prior credited service must be repaid in complaince with the IRC and that members who are retired, inactive, or on long-term disability can only purchase this service using after tax monies
  • Ensures that individuals who forfeit their retirement account pursuant to § 38-742 can only request an adjustment in service [§ 38-738(B)] from their most recent membership date forward.

This bill was not Third Read in the House prior to sine die.

S1144 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS 3/14 from House rules okay. To House consent calendar.
ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS 3/3 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS 2/24 referred to House gov-higher ed.
ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS 2/8 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS 2/3 Senate COW approved with amend #4014.
ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS 2/2 from Senate rules okay.
ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS 1/27 from Senate fin with amend #4014.
ASRS; CONTRIBUTIONS; ADJUSTMENTS 1/19 referred to Senate fin.
S1151: ASRS; CONTINUATION Questions/Comments

The statutory life of the Arizona State Retirement System Board and Director is extended eight years to July 1, 2024. Retroactive to July 1, 2016. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Lesko


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • The Arizona Legislature, on a periodic basis, authorizes the continuation of state agencies
  • SB1151 authorizes the continuation of the ASRS for a period of 8 years beginning retroactive to January 1, 2016

S1151 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; CONTINUATION 5/17 signed by governor. Chap. 305, Laws 2016.
ASRS; CONTINUATION 5/7 passed House 55-0; ready for governor.
ASRS; CONTINUATION 3/14 from House rules okay. To House consent calendar.
ASRS; CONTINUATION 3/3 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
ASRS; CONTINUATION 2/24 referred to House gov-higher ed.
ASRS; CONTINUATION 2/8 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
ASRS; CONTINUATION 2/2 from Senate rules okay.
ASRS; CONTINUATION 2/1 to Senate consent calendar.
ASRS; CONTINUATION 1/27 from Senate fin do pass.
ASRS; CONTINUATION 1/19 referred to Senate fin.
Non-ASRS Proposed Legislation
Bill Summaries
H2100: STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION Questions/Comments

State government is authorized to submit all statutorily required reports and budget estimates electronically, and is required to post all statutorily required reports and budget estimates online. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Rep. J. Allen


 
H2100 Daily History  Date Action
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 5/6 signed by governor. Chap. 115, Laws 2016.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 5/4 passed Senate 29-0; ready for governor.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 3/29 Senate COW approved.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 3/28 from Senate rules okay.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 3/17 from Senate hel-hu ser do pass.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 3/16 Senate hel-hu ser do pass; report awaited.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 3/9 further referred to Senate hel-hu ser.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 3/3 referred to Senate rules only.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 3/1 passed House 58-0; ready for Senate.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 2/25 House COW approved with floor amend #4586.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 2/23 from House rules okay.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 2/18 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
STATE AGENCY REPORTS; ELECTRONIC SUBMISSION 2/8 referred to House gov-higher ed.
H2115: PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY Questions/Comments

A public officer or employee of a public agency commits misappropriation of public monies if, without lawful authority and with an intent to defraud, the public officer or employee uses or transfers public monies for personal use that is not reasonably related to the person’s employment as a public officer or employee for a public agency. Misappropriation of public monies is a class 1 (highest) misdemeanor for a value of less than $1,000, a class 6 (lowest) felony for $1,000 or more but less than $2,000, a class 5 (second-lowest) felony for $2,000 or more but less than $3,000, a class 4 (mid-level) felony for $3,000 or more but less than $4,000, a class 3 (mid-level) felony for $4,000 or more but less than $25,000, and a class 2 (second-highest) felony for $25,000 or more. Any public officer or employee of a public agency may notify the appropriate governing body if that officer or employee believes that another officer or employee has misappropriated public monies, and the governing body must make a determination regarding the notification within 60 days. If the governing body determines that a public officer or employee has misappropriated public monies, the public officer or employee is not eligible to receive any severance pay, annuity payments, pension benefits or any other benefit that would otherwise be provided by the public agency. This clause must be included in any employment contract entered into by a public agency after the effective date of this legislation. AS PASSED HOUSE.

First sponsor: Rep. Petersen
Others: Rep. J. Allen, Sen. Biggs, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Cobb, Rep. Fann, Rep. E. Farnsworth, Rep. Finchem, Rep. Leach, Sen. Lesko, Rep. Mitchell, Rep. Norgaard, Rep. Olson, Rep. Rivero


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • An individual who misappropriates public monies is not eligible to receive a severance payments, annuity benefits, or other monies otherwise payable by the public agenct. NOTE: The term "pension benenfits" was removed from the language regarding losing elibility.
  • This clause must be included in future employments contracts.

H2115 Daily History  Date Action
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY 3/28 from Senate rules okay.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY 3/21 from Senate jud with amend #4957.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY 3/17 Senate jud amended; report awaited.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY 2/23 referred to Senate jud.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY 2/18 House COW approved with floor amend #4412, a substitute for amend 4031. Passed House 34-23; ready for Senate.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY 2/16 from House rules okay.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY 1/28 from House gov-higher ed with amend #4031.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY 1/28 House gov-higher ed amended; report awaited.
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; MISAPPROPRIATION; PENALTY 1/19 referred to House gov-higher ed.
H2157: ASRS; POLITICAL SUBDIVISION ENTITIES Questions/Comments

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


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary

Provisions

  • States that new employees of a political subdivision entities are excluded from membership in ASRS.
  • Employees who are currently members of ASRS and becomes employed with a political subdivision entity or those currently employed with a political subdivision entity will maintain their membership in ASRS.

The ASRS has identified 15 employers that would be impacted by this bill:

Arizona Association of Counties, Arizona Counties Insurance Pool, Arizona Interscholastic Association, Arizona Municipal Water Users Association, Arizona Prosecuting Attorneys Advisory Council, Central Arizona Association of Governments, CountySupervisors Association, League of ArizonaCities and Towns, Maricopa Association of Governments, Northern Arizona Council of Governments, Northern Arizona Council of Governments Headstart, Pima Association of Governments, SouthEastern Arizona Governments Organization, Valley Schools Management Group, Western Arizona Council of Governments

Fiscal Impact

The ASRS actuary predicts total contributions will decrease by approximately $25.3M in present value (over 30 years), which would be paid by the remaining employees and employers of ASRS. This equates to a contribution rate increase of about 0.03 percent in most years. There is a ramping up of the contribution effect from 0.0 percent in FY2017 to the 0.03 percent in FY2025.+

This bill did not make it out of the House for Senate consideration prior to the March 18, 2016 deadline and is dead for the 2016 session.

H2157 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; POLITICAL SUBDIVISION ENTITIES 2/11 House COW approved.
ASRS; POLITICAL SUBDIVISION ENTITIES 2/9 stricken from House consent calendar by Larkin.
ASRS; POLITICAL SUBDIVISION ENTITIES 2/8 from House rules okay. To House consent calendar.
ASRS; POLITICAL SUBDIVISION ENTITIES 2/4 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
ASRS; POLITICAL SUBDIVISION ENTITIES 1/25 referred to House gov-higher ed.
H2237: RETIREMENT; RETURN TO WORK; RESTRICTIONS Questions/Comments

Arizona State Retirement System, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, and Corrections Officer Retirement Plan employers are prohibited from contracting with or leasing a retired member within one year after the member's retirement date.

First sponsor: Rep. J. Allen


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Prohibits a retiree from returning to work with either directly through the employer or through a leasing company for 365 days from the date of retirement

This bill was not heard in the House by the February 19, 2016 deadline and is likely dead for the 2016 session.

H2237 Daily History  Date Action
RETIREMENT; RETURN TO WORK; RESTRICTIONS 5/5 referred to House rules only.
H2438: PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION; TRANSMISSION (PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION) Questions/Comments

Statute prohibiting a government agency from transmitting material that contains both an individual's social security number and bank, savings and loan association or credit union account number does not apply if the social security number is transmitted in a redacted or encrypted form, and does not prohibit the transmitting of personal information that is not a social security number. AS PASSED HOUSE.

First sponsor: Rep. Stevens


 
H2438 Daily History  Date Action
PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION; TRANSMISSION 4/5 Senate COW approved.
PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION; TRANSMISSION 3/28 from Senate rules okay.
PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION; TRANSMISSION 3/16 from Senate pub-mil-tech do pass.
PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION; TRANSMISSION 3/9 referred to Senate pub-mil-tech.
PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION; TRANSMISSION 2/29 passed House 56-3; ready for Senate.
PERSONAL IDENTIFYING INFORMATION; TRANSMISSION 2/23 House COW approved with amend #4381. NOTE SHORT TITLE CHANGE.
PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION 2/22 from House rules okay.
PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION 2/18 from House gov-higher ed with amend #4381.
PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION 2/18 House gov-higher ed amended; report awaited.
PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION 2/11 House gov-higher ed held.
PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION 2/4 House gov-higher ed held.
PERSONAL IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION 1/25 referred to House gov-higher ed.
H2583: OPEN MEETINGS; AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS Questions/Comments

All public bodies are required to provide for a complete audiovisual recording of all their meetings, including executive sessions, and are required to post the audiovisual recording of a meeting on its website within 24 hours after the meeting.

First sponsor: Rep. Stevens


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Requires that allmeetings subject to open meetings law (Board Meetings and Committee Meetings) be recorded in audio/visual format
  • Within 24 hours of the public meeting the meeting must be posted on the agencies website
  • The agency must maintain all meetings on their website for a period of 365 days
  • Bill originally failed on 3rd read on 02/25/2016 and was brought back on 02/29/2016 with an amendment extending the waiting period to 3 business days to upload the video; bill again failed on 3rd read

This bill twice failed a third read vote in the House and never advanced to the Senate. The bill is dead for the 2016 session.

H2583 Daily History  Date Action
OPEN MEETINGS; AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS 2/29 House voted to reconsider in COW to further amend the bill and third read. House COW approved with amend #4383 and floor amend #4651. FAILED to pass House on reconsideration 28-31.
OPEN MEETINGS; AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS 2/25 FAILED to pass House 23-36.
OPEN MEETINGS; AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS 2/24 House COW approved with amend #4383 and floor amend #4505.
OPEN MEETINGS; AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS 2/22 from House rules okay.
OPEN MEETINGS; AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS 2/18 from House gov-higher ed with amend #4383.
OPEN MEETINGS; AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS 2/18 House gov-higher ed amended; report awaited.
OPEN MEETINGS; AUDIOVISUAL RECORDINGS 2/9 referred to House gov-higher ed.
H2617: ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS Questions/Comments

“Public entities” (defined) are prohibited from entering into a contract with a company to acquire or dispose of services, supplies, information technology or construction unless the contract includes a written certification that the company is not currently engaged in, and agrees for the duration of the contract to not engage in, a boycott of Israel. Public entities are prohibited from adopting a procurement, investment or other policy that has the effect of inducing or requiring a person or company to boycott Israel. By April 1 of each year, each "public fund" (defined as the State Treasurer or a retirement system) is required to prepare a list of “restricted companies” (defined as companies that boycott Israel) and provide a copy of the list on request. The State Treasurer and each retirement system are required to sell, redeem, divest or withdraw all direct holdings of a restricted company from the assets under their management in an orderly and fiducially responsible manner within three months after preparing the list. Severability clause. Contains legislative findings. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Rep. Gowan
Others: Rep. J. Allen, Sen. Barto, Rep. Barton, Sen. Begay, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Bowers, Rep. Boyer, Rep. Brophy McGee, Rep. Campbell, Rep. Cardenas, Rep. Carter, Rep. Cobb, Rep. Coleman, Sen. Dial, Sen. Donahue, Sen. Driggs, Rep. Espinoza, Rep. Fann, Rep. Finchem, Rep. Gray, Sen. Kavanagh, Rep. Kern, Rep. Lawrence, Rep. Leach, Sen. Lesko, Rep. Livingston, Rep. Mesnard, Rep. Mitchell, Rep. Montenegro, Rep. Norgaard, Rep. Olson, Rep. Petersen, Rep. Rios, Rep. Rivero, Rep. Saldate, Sen. Shooter, Rep. Shope, Rep. Stevens, Rep. Thorpe, Rep. Townsend, Rep. Weninger


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary

Provisions

  • The ASRS cannot invest in companies who have indicated an intent to boycott Israel
  • The ASRS must create a list of identified companies who are boycotting Israel by April 1 of each year.
  • If the ASRS has investments in a company that is boycotting Israel the ASRS must notify the company of the divestiture law and provide the company an opportunity to affirm they are no longer boycotting Israel. If the company fails to affirm within three months of April 1 the ASRS must divest from said company.

This bill was signed by the Governor on March 17, 2016.

H2617 Daily History  Date Action
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 3/17 signed by governor. Chap. 46, Laws 2016.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 3/14 House concurred in Senate amendments and past on final reading 42-16; ready for governor.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 3/10 from Senate fin with amend #4848. From Senate rules okay. Senate COW approved with amend #4848. Passed Senate 23-6; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 3/9 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 3/3 from Senate gov do pass.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 3/2 Senate gov do pass; report awaited.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 3/1 from Senate fed-man-fiscal do pass.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 2/18 referred to Senate gov, fed-man-fiscal, fin.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 2/17 House COW approved with amend #4183 and floor amend #4335. Passed House 46-14; ready for Senate.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 2/16 from House rules okay.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 2/10 from House fed-state with amend #4183.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 2/10 House fed-state amended; report awaited.
ISRAEL; BOYCOTTS; CONTRACTS; INVESTMENTS 2/4 referred to House fed-state.
H2666: GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION Questions/Comments

Establishes the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the OEO Operations Fund and the Economic Development Fund. Various statutory fees are deposited in the OEO Operations Fund instead of the Arizona Competes Fund. The Governor is required to appoint an OEO Director, and powers and duties of the Director are specified, including monitoring the state’s tax competitiveness, implementing a data collection and analysis process to benchmark regulatory costs and the state’s competitive position, and serving as the state’s workforce planning coordinator. The Director of the OEO is also added to the membership of the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) Board of Directors. The responsibilities of the OEO are established, including a requirement for OEO to implement a systematic data collection and analysis process to evaluate tax and regulatory costs to businesses imposed by the state and municipalities in Arizona in relation to other states and municipalities. The OEO replaces the Office of Employment and Population Statistics within the Department of Administration, and $568,700 and any related appropriation in FY2016-17 are transferred from the general fund operating lump sum appropriation for the Dept to the OEO. Responsibility for preparing economic, small business and consumer impact statements for agency rulemaking is transferred to the OEO, from the Governor’s Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting. The OEO and the Department of Economic Security (DES) are required to enter into a memorandum of understanding by September 30, 2016 to establish that the OEO is the designated office for the state and is responsible for fulfilling unemployment insurance data requests. DES and OEO are authorized to disclose unemployment insurance information to a list of specified entities for certain purposes. Establishes a 5-member Workforce Data Task Force in the OEO to oversee workforce system evaluation data and sharing, and responsibilities of the Task Force are specified. Establishes the Arizona Finance Authority (AFA) in the OEO, which is governed by a 5-member Board of Directors (AFA Board). Powers and duties of the AFA Board are established. Effective January 1, 2017, responsibility for the allocation of private activity bonding authority is transferred to the AFA, from the ACA. The AFA is required to allocate private activity bonding authority according to the allocation policy adopted by the AFA Board, which must be based on the economic needs of the state after receiving input from affected industries, instead of according to a statutory formula. The process for obtaining and issuing a confirmation for allocation of a portion of the state ceiling to a project is modified, including eliminating certain restrictions on confirmations and allowing the AFA Board to determine fees and various deadlines by rule. The Greater Arizona Development Authority and the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority are governed by the AFA Board, and the previous boards of directors for those authorities are eliminated. The AFA Board is required to establish a 7-member Water and Infrastructure Finance Authority Advisory Board, which terminates on July 1, 2024. OEO terminates on July 1, 2023. Additionally, the Governor is required to establish a Workforce Arizona Council and appoint members to the Council, instead of being allowed to establish a Governor’s Council on Workforce Policy. Powers and duties of the Council are modified. Establishes the Arizona Industrial Development Authority (AIDA), which succeeds to the authority, powers, duties and responsibilities of the Arizona Health Facilities Authority, the Arizona Housing Finance Authority, and the Arizona International Development Authority. Those three authorities and some related statutes are repealed. Appropriates one FTE position that supports the Arizona Housing Finance Authority from the Arizona Department of Housing in each of FY2015-16 and FY2016-17 to the AIDA. Also, the statutory life of the Arizona Competes Fund is extended two years, to July 1, 2018. Beginning July 1, 2017, on the last day of each fiscal year, 30 percent of the monies appropriated to the Arizona Competes Fund in the fiscal year are reserved for grants for supporting and advancing programs and projects for rural businesses, small businesses and business development that enhance economic development, minus the amount of grants awarded during the fiscal year for those purposes, and not to exceed the unencumbered monies in the Fund on the last day of the fiscal year. Additionally, at least 25 percent of the monies appropriated to the Arizona Competes Fund each year are required to be reserved to support and advance activities and projects for businesses located in a county with a population of less than 2 million persons (all counties except Maricopa). Reserved monies that are not awarded within nine months after the beginning of the FY may be awarded to activities and projects located in any county. In awarding the monies, priority must be given to a county that is located along the Arizona-Mexico border or a county in which a military facility is located. For FY2016-17, the Arizona Commerce Authority is required to work with any county with a population of less than 2 million persons and any municipality located in a county with a population of less than 2 million persons to evaluate federal rural and small business economic development grant opportunities. For the purpose of the income tax credit for capital investments made for expanding or locating a “qualified facility” (defined) in Arizona, at least 51 percent of the net new full-time employment positions at the qualified facility are required to pay a wage that equals or exceeds 125 percent of the median annual wage for production occupations in Arizona, instead of the median annual wage in Arizona, and if the qualified facility is in a “rural location” (defined), at least 51 percent of the positions must pay a wage that equals or exceeds 100 percent, reduced from 125 percent, of the median annual wage for production occupations in Arizona. The applicant for the credit is required to pay at least 65 percent, decreased from 80 percent, of the premium or membership cost for health insurance coverage for the employees in all net new full-time employment positions. The last tax year that the Arizona Commerce Authority is authorized to preapprove applicants as qualifying for the credit is extended three years to 2022, from 2019. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Rep. Fann


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Creates the Governor's Economic Opportunity Office (GEOO)
  • Creates the Arizona Finance Authority (AFA) within GEOO
  • AFA will establish a non-profit corporation, the Arizona Industrial Development Authority (AIDA)
  • Proposed amendment would require any current ASRS particpants who become employed with AIDA to continue participation in ASRS

H2666 Daily History  Date Action
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 5/19 signed by governor. Chap. 372, Laws 2016.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 5/4 House concurred in Senate amendments and passed on final reading 39-20 (lost emergency clause). House voted to reconsider passage of bill and passed on final reading reconsideration 39-21 (lost emergency clause); ready for governor.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 5/3 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House action on Senate amendments.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 5/2 Senate COW approved with amend #4891, floor amend #5237 and the rules tech amendment.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 4/18 from Senate rules with a technical amendment.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 3/17 from Senate fin do pass.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 3/16 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 3/15 from Senate com-work dev with amend #4891.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 3/14 Senate com-work dev amended; report awaited.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 3/7 referred to Senate com-work dev, fin.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 3/3 House COW approved with floor amend #4789, a substitute for amend 4391, and floor amend #4790. Passed House 33-19 (lost emergency clause); ready for Senate.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 3/1 from House rules okay.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 2/23 withdrawn from House appro.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 2/18 from House com with amend #4391.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 2/17 House com amended; report awaited.
GOVERNOR'S ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY OFFICE; CONSOLIDATION 2/11 referred to House com, appro.
H2694: HOTEL EMPLOYEES; ROOM ACCESS; BACKGROUNDS Questions/Comments

Before a hotel or motel owner or manager allows an employee to have access to the room of a registered guest, the owner or manager is required to check the state internet sex offender website and the U.S. Department of Justice national sex offender public website. If the employee appears on either website as a sex offender, the employee cannot have access to the room of a registered guest.

First sponsor: Rep. Montenegro


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Prohibits the ASRS from investing in US companies and their subsidiaries that do business with a country listed as a state sponsor or terrorism as of 01/01/2015 (Iran, Syria, and Sudan)
  • Requires the ASRS to develop a policy for identifying companies that do business with a state sponsor of terrorism and publish that list of companies
  • Requires the ASRS to divest from any companies that engage in business with a state sponsor of terrorism
  • Indicates the restrictions could only be lifted if the country is removed from the list of state sponsors of terrorism AND the Arizona legislature and Governor approve legislation repealing those restrictions

This bill was held in the House Appropriations Committee and did not advance to the Senate by deadline of March 18, 2016. The bill is dead for this session.

H2694 Daily History  Date Action
HOTEL EMPLOYEES; ROOM ACCESS; BACKGROUNDS 2/24 House appro held.
HOTEL EMPLOYEES; ROOM ACCESS; BACKGROUNDS 2/18 withdrawn from House com and additionally referred to appro.
HOTEL EMPLOYEES; ROOM ACCESS; BACKGROUNDS 2/10 referred to House com.
HCR2023: PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY Questions/Comments

The 2016 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to allow the Legislature to amend an initiative or referendum measure approved by the voters with a vote of at least 3/5 of the members of each house of the Legislature, instead of 3/4 of the members, and to remove the requirement for the amending legislation to further the purpose of the measure. Also to give the Legislature power to repeal an initiative or referendum measure approved by the voters with a vote of at least 3/5 of the members of each house of the Legislature, instead of being prohibited from doing so.

First sponsor: Rep. Thorpe
Others: Rep. Barton, Rep. Boyer, Rep. Cobb, Rep. Finchem, Rep. Mesnard


 
HCR2023 Daily History  Date Action
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 4/5 from Senate rules with a technical amendment.
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 3/17 from Senate gov with amend #4948.
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 2/23 referred to Senate gov.
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 2/18 passed House 32-25; ready for Senate.
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 2/11 House COW approved.
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 2/9 stricken from House consent calendar by Larkin.
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 2/8 from House rules okay. To House consent calendar.
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 1/28 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 1/28 House gov-higher ed do pass; report awaited.
PROP 105; LEGISLATIVE AUTHORITY 1/21 referred to House gov-higher ed.
HCR2040: STATE MONIES; PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS; TERRORISM Questions/Comments

The 2016 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to prohibit the state, public retirement systems, counties, municipalities and other political subdivisions from contracting with or investing in any legal entity that is invested in or doing business with the government of a country that is designated by the U.S. Department of State on or after January 1, 2015 as a state sponsor of terrorism. Any contract or investment in violation cannot be renewed and must be cancelled or divested at the earliest prudent opportunity. Some exceptions.

First sponsor: Rep. Montenegro
Others: Rep. J. Allen, Sen. S. Allen, Sen. Barto, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Boyer, Sen. Burges, Rep. Campbell, Rep. Cobb, Rep. Fann, Sen. D. Farnsworth, Rep. Finchem, Rep. Gowan, Rep. Gray, Sen. Kavanagh, Rep. Kern, Rep. Leach, Rep. Livingston, Rep. Mitchell, Rep. Norgaard, Rep. Olson, Rep. Petersen, Sen. Shooter, Sen. Smith, Rep. Stevens, Rep. Weninger, Sen. Yarbrough


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Prohibits the ASRS from investing in companies that do business with a country listed as a state sponsor or terrorism as of 01/01/2015 (Iran, Syria, and Sudan)
  • Indications have been made that pensions would be removed from the HCR, HB2694 striker is reflective of this belief.

The bill was held in House COW on multiple occasions and did not advance to the Senate prior to the March 18, 2016 deadline. The bill is dead for this session.

HCR2040 Daily History  Date Action
STATE MONIES; PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS; TERRORISM 3/1 retained on House COW calendar.
STATE MONIES; PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS; TERRORISM 2/25 retained on House COW calendar.
STATE MONIES; PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS; TERRORISM 2/24 retained on House COW calendar.
STATE MONIES; PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS; TERRORISM 2/22 from House rules okay.
STATE MONIES; PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS; TERRORISM 2/11 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
STATE MONIES; PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS; TERRORISM 2/11 House gov-higher ed do pass; report awaited.
STATE MONIES; PROHIBITED INVESTMENTS; TERRORISM 2/3 referred to House gov-higher ed.
S1009: CONFIDENTIAL DATA; CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK Questions/Comments

Applicants for a "confidential data" (defined) position as an employee of any state agency, board or commission, instead of only for an information technology position in the Department of Administration, are required to submit a full set of fingerprints to the Dept for the purpose of obtaining a criminal records check.

First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh


 

General Comments (all lists):

This bill did not make it out of the House for Senate consideration prior to the March 18, 2016 deadline. This bill is dead for the 2016 session.

S1009 Daily History  Date Action
CONFIDENTIAL DATA; CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK 2/18 from Senate gov with amend #4359.
CONFIDENTIAL DATA; CRIMINAL RECORDS CHECK 1/11 referred to Senate gov, pub-mil-tech.
S1206: RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT Questions/Comments

Retroactive to September 13, 2013, if a state elected official who is subject to term limits, who is initially elected or appointed before January 1, 2014 and who has continuously elected not to participate in the Elected Officials Retirement Plan (EORP) is subsequently elected or appointed as a state elected official who is subject to term limits on or after January 1, 2014, the official is eligible to become a member of EORP or may elect not to participate. Retroactive to September 13, 2013, if the official becomes a member of EORP, credited service only accrues from the date of the member's most recent eligibility as a state elected official. An EORP member who is a state elected official and who is subject to term limits is permitted to elect not to accept the employer's contribution to the member's annuity account of the EORP defined contribution plan. Session law allows these members to elect to return the employer's contributions and the earnings on those contributions by making an election to do so within 180 days after the effective date of this legislation. AS PASSED SENATE.

First sponsor: Sen. Worsley
Others: Sen. S. Allen, Sen. Begay, Sen. Donahue, Sen. Driggs, Sen. D. Farnsworth, Sen. Miranda, Sen. Shooter


 
S1206 Daily History  Date Action
RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT 3/17 from House rules okay. House COW approved.
RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT 3/10 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT 3/2 referred to House gov-higher ed.
RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT 2/25 passed Senate 28-0; ready for House.
RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT 2/24 Senate COW approved with amend #4343.
RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT 2/23 from Senate rules okay.
RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT 2/18 from Senate fin with amend #4343.
RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT 2/17 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
RETIREMENT PLANS; ELECTED OFFICIALS; OPT-OUT 1/21 referred to Senate fin.
S1257: MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES Questions/Comments

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. AS PASSED HOUSE.

First sponsor: Sen. Kavanagh
Others: Rep. J. Allen, Sen. Barto, Rep. Barton, Sen. Biggs, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Bowers, Rep. Boyer, Sen. Burges, Rep. Campbell, Sen. Donahue, Sen. D. Farnsworth, Rep. Finchem, Rep. Gowan, Rep. Gray, Sen. Griffin, Rep. Kern, Rep. Lawrence, Rep. Leach, Sen. Lesko, Rep. Livingston, Rep. Lovas, Sen. McGuire, Rep. Mesnard, Rep. Mitchell, Rep. Montenegro, Rep. Olson, Rep. Petersen, Rep. Rivero, Sen. Shooter, Rep. Shope, Sen. Smith, Rep. Thorpe, Rep. Townsend, Rep. Weninger


 
S1257 Daily History  Date Action
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 5/4 Senate concurred in House amendments and FAILED to pass on final reading 14-14.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 4/26 passed House 35-23; ready for Senate action on House amendments.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 4/25 House COW approved with floor amend #5207.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 4/13 from House rules okay.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 3/16 from House jud do pass.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 3/8 referred to House jud.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 3/3 Senate COW approved with amend #4086 and floor amend #4777. Passed Senate 18-12; ready for House.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 3/1 retained on Senate COW calendar.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 2/15 retained on Senate COW calendar.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 2/9 from Senate rules okay.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 2/4 from Senate gov with amend #4086.
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES 1/26 referred to Senate gov.
S1332: RETIREMENT SAVINGS; EMPLOYEES Questions/Comments

Adds a new chapter to Title 23 (Labor) establishing the Arizona Secure Choice Retirement Savings (ASCRS) Trust Program. Any person or entity engaged in business or other enterprise in Arizona, excluding public entities, that has five or more employees and has been in business at all times during the current and preceding calendar year is an eligible employer and may participate in the ASCRS Program. Establishes a 7-member ASCRS Board, specifies Board powers, and establishes an ASCRS Trust to be administered by the Board. The ASCRS Program must include one or more payroll deposit retirement savings arrangements as determined by the Board. Provides for enrollment, contributions and financial reports. The ASCRS Program terminates on July 1, 2026.

First sponsor: Sen. Quezada
Others: Rep. Cardenas, Rep. Fernandez, Rep. Velasquez


 
S1332 Daily History  Date Action
RETIREMENT SAVINGS; EMPLOYEES 2/18 from Senate fin ins do pass.
RETIREMENT SAVINGS; EMPLOYEES 2/17 Senate fin ins do pass; report awaited.
RETIREMENT SAVINGS; EMPLOYEES 1/27 referred to Senate fin ins, fin, com-work dev.
Related Bills Not Impacting ASRS
Bill Summaries
H2019: CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE Questions/Comments

Members of the Elected Officials Retirement Plan, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System and Corrections Officer Retirement Plan are permitted to purchase credited service for periods of active military service if the member has at least 5 years of credited service with the applicable plan, decreased from 10 years. Retroactive to August 2, 2012 and only until July 1, 2017, for PSPRS, EORP and CORP, the discount rate used by the actuary for the calculation of the actuarial present value of the projected benefits is an amount equal to the assumed rate of return that is prescribed by the PSPRS Board. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Rep. Stevens


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary:

Provisions

  • Allows participants of PSPRS, CORP, and EORP to purchase military service as long as the participant has 5 years of credited service in the plan.
  • Changes the service prerequisite from 10 years to 5 years.

H2019 Daily History  Date Action
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 4/5 signed by governor. Chap. 90, Laws 2016.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 3/28 passed Senate 27-0; ready for governor.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 3/23 Senate COW approved.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 3/15 from Senate rules okay.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 3/2 from Senate fin do pass.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 2/24 from Senate pub-mil-tech do pass.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 2/16 referred to Senate pub-mil-tech, fin.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 2/8 passed House 56-0; ready for Senate.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 2/4 House COW approved with floor amend #4091.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 2/3 retained on House COW calendar.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 1/27 stricken from House consent calendar by Stevens.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 1/26 from House rules okay.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 1/25 to House consent calendar.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 1/21 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
CREDITED SERVICE; MILITARY SERVICE PURCHASE 1/11 referred to House gov-higher ed.
S1160: CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION Questions/Comments

The reverse deferred retirement option plan for members of the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan no longer terminates on June 30, 2016. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Smith
Others: Sen. Begay, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Cardenas, Rep. Coleman, Rep. Larkin, Rep. Lawrence, Sen. Shooter, Rep. Shope


 
S1160 Daily History  Date Action
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 3/30 signed by governor. Chap. 74, Laws 2016.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 3/24 passed House 59-0; ready for governor.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 3/14 from House rules okay. To House consent calendar.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 3/3 from House gov-higher ed do pass.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 2/23 referred to House gov-higher ed.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 2/18 passed Senate 29-0; ready for House.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 2/16 from Senate rules okay.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 2/15 to Senate consent calendar.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 2/11 from Senate fin do pass.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 2/10 Senate fin do pass.
CORP; REVERSE DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION 1/20 referred to Senate fin.
S1428: PSPRS MODIFICATIONS Questions/Comments

Various changes to statutes relating to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System. Establishes a method for determining the employer and member contributions to PSPRS for members hired on or after July 1, 2017. Modifies the definition of “average monthly benefit compensation” for the purpose of determining PSPRS retirement benefit amounts and the definition of “normal retirement” and applies these changes only to members hired on or after July 1, 2017. For members who are hired on or after July 1, 2017, the annual compensation of each member taken into account for purposes of the system cannot exceed $110,000, decreased from $200,000. Beginning in FY2020-21 and every third FY after, the PSPRS Board is required to adjust the annual compensation limit by the average change in the public safety wage index as determined by a specified method. Establishes retirement multipliers based on years of credited service for members who become a PSPRS member on or after July 1, 2017. Repeals statutes providing for benefit increases, and establishes cost-of-living adjustments for members hired on or before June 30, 2017, and for members hired on or after July 1, 2017. Increases the number of members of the PSPRS Board to nine, from seven, and modifies requirements for Board members. Establishes a 10-member PSPRS Advisory Committee. The PSPRS Board is required to establish a Public Safety Personnel Defined Contribution Plan (DC Plan) to provide for the retirement of specified participants beginning July 1, 2017. Establishes powers and duties of the Board for the DC Plan, and establishes member and employer contributions to the DC Plan. An employee who is hired on or after July 1, 2017 and who was not a member of the PSPRS on June 30, 2017 is eligible and may elect to participate in either the PSPRS or in the DC Plan, and the election made is irrevocable. The employee’s participation in either system begins 90 days after the date the employee is hired. Also establishes a DC Plan disability program. More. Conditionally enacted on the state Constitution being amended as prescribed by Senate concurrent resolution 1019 by vote of the people at the special election on May 17, 2016. Severability clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Lesko
Others: Rep. Ackerley, Rep. J. Allen, Sen. S. Allen, Rep. Alston, Rep. Andrade, Sen. Barto, Rep. Barton, Sen. Begay, Rep. Benally, Sen. Biggs, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Bowers, Rep. Boyer, Sen. Bradley, Rep. Brophy McGee, Sen. Burges, Sen. Cajero Bedford, Rep. Campbell, Rep. Cardenas, Rep. Carter, Rep. Clark, Rep. Cobb, Rep. Coleman, Sen. Contreras, Sen. Dalessandro, Sen. Dial, Sen. Donahue, Sen. Driggs, Rep. Espinoza, Rep. Fann, Sen. Farley, Sen. D. Farnsworth, Rep. Fernandez, Rep. Gonzales, Rep. Gray, Sen. Griffin, Rep. Hale, Sen. Hobbs, Sen. Kavanagh, Rep. Larkin, Rep. Lawrence, Rep. Leach, Rep. Lovas, Rep. McCune Davis, Sen. McGuire, Rep. Mesnard, Rep. Meyer, Sen. Meza, Sen. Miranda, Rep. Norgaard, Sen. Pancrazi, Sen. Pierce, Rep. Pratt, Sen. Quezada, Rep. Rios, Rep. Rivero, Rep. Saldate, Sen. Sherwood, Sen. Shooter, Rep. Shope, Sen. Smith, Rep. Thorpe, Rep. Velasquez, Rep. Weninger, Rep. Wheeler, Sen. Worsley, Sen. Yarbrough, Sen. Yee


 
S1428 Daily History  Date Action
PSPRS MODIFICATIONS 2/16 signed by governor. Chap. 2, Laws 2016.
PSPRS MODIFICATIONS 2/16 signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
PSPRS MODIFICATIONS 2/15 Senate concurred in House amendments and passed on final reading 28-0; ready for governor.
PSPRS MODIFICATIONS 2/11 from House rules okay. House COW approved with floor amend #4217. Passed House 49-10; ready for Senate action on House amendments.
PSPRS MODIFICATIONS 2/10 from House ins do pass.
PSPRS MODIFICATIONS 2/8 referred to House ins.
PSPRS MODIFICATIONS 2/4 from Senate fin with amend #4059. From Senate rules okay. Senate COW approved with amend #4059. Passed Senate 28-0; ready for House.
PSPRS MODIFICATIONS 2/3 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
PSPRS MODIFICATIONS 2/2 referred to Senate fin.
S1429: PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; SPECIAL ELECTION Questions/Comments

The purpose of the special election called by Laws 2015, first special session, chapter 2 is expanded to include proposed amendments to the state Constitution that are proposed by Senate concurrent resolution 1019 that provide for changes to public retirement systems. For the public retirement systems measure, the Legislative Council analysis and Joint Legislative Budget Committee fiscal impact statement summary, and any arguments for or against the measure must be submitted to the Secretary of State no later than February 23, 2016. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Lesko
Others: Rep. Ackerley, Rep. J. Allen, Sen. S. Allen, Rep. Alston, Sen. Barto, Sen. Begay, Rep. Benally, Sen. Biggs, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Bowers, Rep. Boyer, Sen. Bradley, Rep. Brophy McGee, Sen. Burges, Sen. Cajero Bedford, Rep. Campbell, Rep. Cardenas, Rep. Carter, Rep. Clark, Rep. Cobb, Rep. Coleman, Sen. Contreras, Sen. Dalessandro, Sen. Dial, Sen. Donahue, Sen. Driggs, Rep. Espinoza, Rep. Fann, Sen. Farley, Sen. D. Farnsworth, Rep. Fernandez, Rep. Gonzales, Rep. Gray, Sen. Griffin, Rep. Hale, Sen. Hobbs, Sen. Kavanagh, Rep. Larkin, Rep. Lawrence, Rep. Lovas, Rep. McCune Davis, Sen. McGuire, Rep. Mesnard, Rep. Meyer, Sen. Meza, Sen. Miranda, Rep. Norgaard, Sen. Pancrazi, Sen. Pierce, Rep. Pratt, Sen. Quezada, Rep. Rios, Rep. Rivero, Rep. Saldate, Sen. Sherwood, Sen. Shooter, Rep. Shope, Sen. Smith, Rep. Thorpe, Rep. Velasquez, Rep. Weninger, Rep. Wheeler, Sen. Worsley, Sen. Yarbrough, Sen. Yee


 
S1429 Daily History  Date Action
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; SPECIAL ELECTION 2/16 signed by governor. Chap. 3, Laws 2016.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; SPECIAL ELECTION 2/16 signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; SPECIAL ELECTION 2/11 from House rules okay. House COW approved. Passed House 49-10; ready for governor.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; SPECIAL ELECTION 2/10 from House ins do pass.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; SPECIAL ELECTION 2/8 referred to House ins.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; SPECIAL ELECTION 2/4 from Senate fin with amend #4060. From Senate rules okay. Senate COW approved with amend #4060. Passed Senate 28-0; ready for House.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; SPECIAL ELECTION 2/3 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; SPECIAL ELECTION 2/2 referred to Senate fin.
SCR1019: PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS Questions/Comments

The 2016 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to provide that the Constitutional provision prohibiting public retirement system benefits from being diminished or impaired does not prohibit certain adjustments to the Public Safety Retirement System as provided in Senate Bill 1428, and does not restrict the Legislature's ability to modify public retirement system benefits for prospective members of public retirement systems. AS SENT TO SECRETARY OF STATE.

First sponsor: Sen. Lesko
Others: Rep. Ackerley, Rep. J. Allen, Sen. S. Allen, Rep. Alston, Rep. Andrade, Sen. Barto, Sen. Begay, Rep. Benally, Sen. Biggs, Rep. Borrelli, Rep. Bowers, Rep. Boyer, Sen. Bradley, Rep. Brophy McGee, Sen. Burges, Sen. Cajero Bedford, Rep. Campbell, Rep. Cardenas, Rep. Carter, Rep. Clark, Rep. Cobb, Rep. Coleman, Sen. Contreras, Sen. Dalessandro, Sen. Dial, Sen. Donahue, Sen. Driggs, Rep. Espinoza, Rep. Fann, Sen. Farley, Sen. D. Farnsworth, Rep. Fernandez, Rep. Gonzales, Rep. Gray, Sen. Griffin, Rep. Hale, Sen. Hobbs, Sen. Kavanagh, Rep. Larkin, Rep. Lawrence, Rep. Leach, Rep. Lovas, Rep. Mach, Rep. McCune Davis, Sen. McGuire, Rep. Mesnard, Rep. Meyer, Sen. Meza, Sen. Miranda, Rep. Norgaard, Sen. Pancrazi, Sen. Pierce, Rep. Pratt, Sen. Quezada, Rep. Rios, Rep. Rivero, Rep. Saldate, Sen. Sherwood, Sen. Shooter, Rep. Shope, Sen. Smith, Rep. Thorpe, Rep. Velasquez, Rep. Weninger, Rep. Wheeler, Sen. Worsley, Sen. Yarbrough, Sen. Yee


 
SCR1019 Daily History  Date Action
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS 2/15 Senate concurred on House amendments and passed on final reading 28-0; to secretary of state.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS 2/11 from House rules okay. House COW approved with floor amend #4218. Passed House 49-10; ready for Senate action on House amendments.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS 2/10 from House ins do pass.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS 2/8 referred to House ins.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS 2/4 Senate COW approved with amend #4061 and floor amend #4090. Passed Senate 28-0; ready for House.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS 2/4 from Senate fin with amend #4061. From Senate rules okay.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS 2/3 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEM BENEFITS 2/2 referred to Senate fin.
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Bill Summaries
H2703: BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 Questions/Comments

Makes various policy changes in the operation of state government that impact the budget. The State Board of Investment and State Treasurer are required to take all actions necessary for the distributions to be made from the State Trust Land Fund as required by the state Constitution and state statute. If the Board or the State Treasurer fails to perform those duties, the Governor, the Speaker of the House of Representatives or the President of the Senate is authorized to file an action with the Supreme Court to obtain a writ of mandamus or other appropriate action to compel performance of the Board’s or Treasurer’s duties. The information that the ASRS Board and PSPRS Board must include in their annual report to the Governor and the Legislature is expanded to include an estimate of the aggregate fees paid for private equity investments, including management fees and performance fees. Retroactive to July 1, 2015, the Arizona Medical Board is authorized to expend a supplemental appropriation from FY2014-15 in FY2015-16, but is prohibited from expending those monies after June 30, 2016. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $300,000 from the general fund in FY2015-16 to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact Revolving Fund. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Rep. Montenegro


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary

Provisions

  • As permanent law, require Arizona State Retirement System annual reports to include information on aggregate private equity fees.

H2703 Daily History  Date Action
BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 5/10 signed by governor. Chap. 121, Laws 2016.
BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 5/3 House COW approved with floor amend #5258. Passed House 35-24. Substituted in Senate for identical S1534 and passed 18-12; ready for governor.
BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 4/29 from House appro do pass. From House rules okay.
BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 4/28 House appro do pass; report awaited.
BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 4/27 referred to House appro.
S1534: BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 Questions/Comments

Makes various policy changes in the operation of state government that impact the budget. The information that the ASRS Board and PSPRS Board must include in their annual report to the Governor and the Legislature is expanded to include an estimate of the aggregate fees paid for private equity investments, including management fees and performance fees. Retroactive to July 1, 2015, the Arizona Medical Board is authorized to expend a supplemental appropriation from FY2014-15 in FY2015-16, but is prohibited from expending those monies after June 30, 2016. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $300,000 from the general fund in FY2015-16 to the Emergency Management Assistance Compact Revolving Fund.

First sponsor: Sen. Biggs
Others: Sen. Yarbrough


 

General Comments (all lists):

ASRS Staff Summary

Provisions

  • As permanent law, require Arizona State Retirement System annual reports to include information on aggregate private equity fees.

S1534 Daily History  Date Action
BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 5/3 Senate COW approved with floor amend #5249. See H2703.
BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 4/29 from Senate rules okay.
BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 4/28 from Senate appro do pass.
BUDGET; BRB; GOVERNMENT; FY2016-17 4/26 referred to Senate appro.