Education & Workforce Committee
54th Legislature - 1st Regular Session, 2019 Wednesday, Jan 23 2019 2:53 PM
Bill Summaries
H2031: APPRENTICESHIPS; LICENSURE; LICENSING AUTHORITIES

Unless other cause for denial of a license exists, a "licensing authority" (defined) is required to grant a license to an applicant who possess a high school or general equivalency diploma, completes an "apprenticeship" (defined) program that requires the applicant to learn the skills and knowledge relevant to the profession under the direct supervision and instruction of a licensed professional, passes any required licensing examination, and pays the required fees. Each licensing authority is required to determine the duration of an apprenticeship for that profession. Each licensing authority is required to require an apprentice to register and establish fees for registration. An apprentice is authorized to engage in acts that require licensure under the direct supervision and instruction of a license professional, except that the licensing authority may set limits on the apprentice's practice as are reasonably necessary to protect public health, safety and welfare. Does not require licensing authorities to establish an apprenticeship program.

First sponsor: Rep. Lawrence (R - Dist 23)


 
H2031: APPRENTICESHIPS; LICENSURE; LICENSING AUTHORITIES 1/15 referred to House reg affairs.
H2037: TECHNICAL REGISTRATION BOARD; ENDORSEMENT REGISTRATION

The Board of Technical Registration is required to grant registration or certification by endorsement to an applicant for a Board-regulated profession or occupation if the applicant meets a list of required qualification, including holding a valid registration or certification in good standing that is issued by another state with substantially equivalent or greater requirements and demonstrating active practice as a professional registrant or certificate holder in the profession for at least five years in that state.

First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)


 
H2037: TECHNICAL REGISTRATION BOARD; ENDORSEMENT REGISTRATION 1/17 referred to House reg affairs.
H2044: STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT; COLLEGE PLACEMENT EXAMS

Beginning in the 2019-20 school year, the statewide assessment to measure student achievement is required to consist of at least three nationally recognized college entrance examinations selected by the State Board of Education.

First sponsor: Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16)


 
H2064: CTEDS; 9TH GRADE; WORKFORCE NEED

A student in 9th grade who enrolls in a program offered by a career technical education district (CTED) may be included in the CTED's student count or average daily membership if the Department of Education determines that the program serves a workforce need in the subject area of agriscience, automotive technologies, construction technologies, manufacturing or engineering. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $4.4 million from the general fund in FY2019-20 to the Department of Education for state aid to CTEDs.

First sponsor: Rep. Engel (D - Dist 10)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Epstein (D - Dist 18), Rep. Gabaldon (D - Dist 2), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17)


 
H2081: TRAUMATIC EVENT COUNSELING

If a licensed mental health professional determines that a peace officer or firefighter needs additional visits of licensed counseling beyond the 12 visits currently authorized in the traumatic event counseling program, the employer is required to pay for up to an additional 36 visits, increased from an additional 24 visits, within one year after the first visit.

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. Lieberman (D - Dist 28)


 
H2081: TRAUMATIC EVENT COUNSELING 1/23 referred to House gov, pub safety.
H2123: TPT; DISTRIBUTION; COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS

Modifies the distribution of revenues from the 0.6 percent transaction privilege tax levied for education purposes so that the transfer of 3 percent of remaining monies to the Workforce Development Account of each community college district occurs after the appropriation to the Classroom Site Fund and simultaneous to the transfer of 12 percent of remaining monies to the Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF) for universities, instead of after the transfer to the TRIF.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall (R - Dist 25)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 
H2123: TPT; DISTRIBUTION; COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS 1/22 referred to House educ.
H2124: CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE MONIES; ALLOCATION

Any monies appropriated to the Department of Child Safety (DCS) and the Department of Economic Security from the Federal Child Care and Development Fund block grant for child care assistance in FY2018-19 or FY2019-20 in excess of the amount appropriated the 2018 budget are allocated as follows: $26.7 million for provider rate increases, $14 million to serve children on the waiting list, and $13.1 million to increase tiered reimbursement for infants, toddlers and children in the care of DCS.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall (R - Dist 25)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)


 
H2124: CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE MONIES; ALLOCATION 1/22 referred to House hel-hu ser, appro.
H2125: SUPPLEMENTAL APPROP; CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE

Makes a supplemental appropriation of $56 million from the Federal Child Care and Development Fund block grant in FY2018-19 to the Department of Economic Security for child care assistance.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall (R - Dist 25)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)


 
H2125: SUPPLEMENTAL APPROP; CHILD CARE ASSISTANCE 1/22 referred to House hel-hu ser, appro.
H2137: WORKERS' COMP; EXCESS INSURANCE POLICIES

The Special Fund is the successor in interest to all excess insurance policies that are in effect at the time of an assignment of a workers' compensation claim to the Special Fund and that insure any part of the self-insured employer's financial obligations under workers' compensation laws.

First sponsor: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)


 
H2137: WORKERS' COMP; EXCESS INSURANCE POLICIES 1/23 from House com do pass.
H2242: POSTSECONDARY STUDENTS; DISCIPLINARY PROCEEDINGS

A community college district or university cannot prohibit an accused student, an accused student organization or an alleged victim from having a "legal representative" at a "disciplinary proceeding" (both defined), and cannot prohibit a legal representative from "full participation" (defined) in the proceeding. A community college district or university shall establish policies and procedures to provide written notice of the accused student's, accused student organization's or alleged victim's rights as soon as practicable but at least seven days before a disciplinary proceeding. The parties to a disciplinary proceeding are required to make a good faith effort to exchange any evidence. Establishes requirements for investigators in a disciplinary action. If the Attorney General determines and notifies the State Treasurer that a community college district or university has violated these requirements, the State Treasurer is required to withhold up to 10 percent of the state funding that would otherwise be distributed to that community college district or university until the Attorney General notifies the State Treasurer that the violation has been resolved.

First sponsor: Rep. Kern (R - Dist 20)


 
H2303: COMPUTER SCIENCE; CREDIT; MATHEMATICS; SCIENCE

School district governing boards are authorized to approve a rigorous computer science course that would fulfill either a mathematics or science course required for graduation from high school, instead of that would fulfill a mathematics course only. The university admission qualifications prescribed by the Arizona Board of Regents must require each university to count a computer science course that is approved by a school board as a mathematics or science course as designated by the school board.

First sponsor: Rep. Udall (R - Dist 25)


 
H2354: SCHOOLS; FINANCIAL LITERACY; MATHEMATICS CREDIT

School district governing boards are authorized to approve a financial literacy course that would fulfill a mathematics course required for high school graduation.

First sponsor: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)


 
H2427: POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION; RESIDENTS; FINANCIAL AID

The Commission for Postsecondary Education is required to establish the Arizona Higher Education Financial Aid Program, and to establish application, evaluation and approval procedures and criteria for persons to apply to participate in the Program. Beginning July 1, 2020, each county treasurer is required to hold all property taxes collected in an interest-bearing account for 15 calendar days, and to transfer the total amount of interest earned annually to the State Treasurer for deposit in the Arizona Higher Education Financial Aid Program Fund. Beginning in 2024, the State Treasurer is required to annually transfer monies in the Fund to the Commission for deposit in the newly established Arizona Higher Education Financial Aid Program Distribution Fund. the Commission is required to distribute monies in the Distribution Fund to qualifying students to cover the full amount of each student's tuition and fees at the university or community college where the student is enrolled. Establishes requirements for a person to qualify for distributions from the Distribution Fund. The Program terminates on July 1, 2029.

First sponsor: Rep. Sierra (D - Dist 19)
Others: Rep. Blanc (D - Dist 26), Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Rep. Cano (D - Dist 3), Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29), Rep. Espinoza (D - Dist 19), Rep. Friese (D - Dist 9), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Rodriguez (D - Dist 27), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7), Rep. TerĂ¡n (D - Dist 30), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)


 
H2460: PTSD; WORKERS' COMPENSATION; PRESUMPTION

For the purpose of workers' compensation, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is presumed to be an occupational disease and deemed to arise out of and in the course of employment for a "first responder" (defined) if a list of specified conditions apply, including that a licensed mental health professional determines that the first responder has PTSD resulting from the performance of his/her job duties. The list of circumstances under which the state and political subdivisions are required to provide licensed counseling to a public safety employee is modified to include the use of deadly for or being subjected to deadly force in the line of duty regardless of whether the employee was physically injured (previously applied only to peace officers), witnessing the death of another public safety employee while engaged in the line of duty (previously applied only to firefighters), and in the case of a firefighter or peace officer, being exposed to a psychologically traumatic event or series of events in the course of employment. The list of public safety employees subject to this requirement is expanded to include a rescue or ambulance worker who is a member of any public retirement system. Employers are prohibited from requiring public safety employees receiving treatment under this program to use paid time off and are required to allow the employees to select their own licensed mental health professionals. The repeal date of January 1, 2023 for the licensed counseling requirements is deleted.

First sponsor: Rep. Townsend (R - Dist 16)


 
H2461: WORKERS' COMP; MEDICAL EXAMINATIONS; CLINICIANS

A master's level clinician is authorized to perform a workers' compensation examination.

First sponsor: Rep. Townsend (R - Dist 16)


 
H2462: WORKERS' COMP; EXAMINATIONS; IN-STATE PHYSICIANS

A physician who performs a workers' compensation examination is required to be located in Arizona.

First sponsor: Rep. Townsend (R - Dist 16)


 
S1021: COMMISSION FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION; CONTINUATION

The statutory life of the Commission for Postsecondary Education is extended eight years to July 1, 2027. Retroactive to July 1, 2019.

First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen (R - Dist 6)


 
S1021: COMMISSION FOR POSTSECONDARY EDUCATION; CONTINUATION 1/14 referred to Senate higher ed-work dev.
S1025: VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION; EVALUATION

School district boards are required to provide for the evaluation of vocational and technical education programs annually, instead of once every five years.

First sponsor: Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11)


 
S1025: VOCATIONAL AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION; EVALUATION 1/14 referred to Senate educ.
S1037: TPT; DISTRIBUTION; COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS

Modifies the distribution of revenues from the 0.6 percent transaction privilege tax levied for education purposes so that the transfer of 3 percent of remaining monies to the Workforce Development Account of each community college district occurs after the appropriation to the Classroom Site Fund and simultaneous to the transfer of 12 percent of remaining monies to the Technology and Research Initiative Fund (TRIF) for universities, instead of after the transfer to the TRIF.

First sponsor: Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28)


 
S1037: TPT; DISTRIBUTION; COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS 1/23 from Senate educ do pass.
S1048: COMMUNITY COLLEGES; ADMISSIONS CRITERIA

The admissions criteria for community colleges in Arizona is updated to require community colleges to grant admission to students who are under 18 years of age and who achieve either a minimum score of 720, instead of 93, on the preliminary scholastic aptitude test, a minimum score of 720, instead of 930, on the scholastic aptitude test, or a minimum score of 12, instead of 22, on the American college test.

First sponsor: Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18)


 
S1048: COMMUNITY COLLEGES; ADMISSIONS CRITERIA 1/14 referred to Senate higher ed-work dev.
S1065: CTEDS; FOURTH-YEAR FUNDING

Students in 9th grade and students in the school year immediately following graduation who are enrolled in courses that are approved jointly by the governing board of the Career Technical Education District (CTED) and each participating school district or charter school may be included in a CTED's calculation of student count or average daily membership. Funding cannot be provided for more than four years for the same student. Funding is not provided until a student reaches grade 10, and at that time funding is provided for that student for grade 9 and for any subsequent year in which the student is eligible for funding.

First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17)


 
S1065: CTEDS; FOURTH-YEAR FUNDING 1/23 from Senate educ do pass.
S1067: UNFAIR CLAIMS; MEDICAL LOSS RATIO

The list of unfair claim settlement practices for insurers is expanded to include failing to comply with the medical loss ratio requirements of federal law.

First sponsor: Sen. D. Farnsworth (R - Dist 16)


 
S1067: UNFAIR CLAIMS; MEDICAL LOSS RATIO 1/16 referred to Senate fin.
S1080: TPT; USE TAX; EDUCATION

Establishes a required distribution formula for all monies collected from a new article in the state Constitution. Requires monies generated from the tax to be paid in monthly installments as follows: 73 percent to the Classroom Site Fund, 22 percent to the Arizona Board of Regents to be distributed proportionally to each university based on the number of students who receive in-state tuition to maintain an in-state tuition rate that is consistent with the state Constitutional requirement for tuition to be as nearly free as possible, and 5 percent for community college trade and workforce development programs. Repeals the additional transaction privilege tax rate increment of 0.6 percent imposed from July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2041 that would have been distributed for specified education purposes, and repeals statute specifying the distribution of those revenues. Repeals the individual income tax credit for increased transaction privilege or excise taxes paid for education. Modifies the purposes for which monies from the Classroom Site Fund must be spent to remove class size reduction and add voluntary full-day kindergarten, the cost of additional school days, student support services and school resource officers. Deletes the requirement for school districts and charter schools to allocate 40 percent of the monies received from the Classroom Site Fund for teacher compensation increases based on performance and employment related expenses, 20 percent of the monies for teacher base salary increases and employment related expenses, and 40 percent of the monies for maintenance and operation purposes. Conditionally enacted effective July 1, 2021 if the state Constitution is amended by a vote of the people at the 2020 general election by passage of an unspecified House Concurrent Resolution (blank in original). [Capitol Reports Note: The new article in the state Constitution referred to in this legislation is established by SCR1001.]

First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen (R - Dist 6)


 
S1080: TPT; USE TAX; EDUCATION 1/23 from Senate educ with amend #4004.
SCR1001: EDUCATION; TPT; USE TAX

The 2020 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to levy a separate 1 percent transaction privilege tax beginning July 1, 2021 for the purpose of raising revenues for education. The net revenues derived from the tax are appropriated as follows: 73 percent for primary and secondary classroom education purposes, 22 percent for maintaining an in-state tuition rate that is consistent with the state Constitutional requirement for tuition to be as nearly free as possible, and 5 percent for community college trade and workforce development programs.

First sponsor: Sen. S. Allen (R - Dist 6)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 
SCR1001: EDUCATION; TPT; USE TAX 1/23 from Senate appro do pass.