2-18-17 AZ NOW Legislative Action Alert

 

dianne-post-202x3002-18-17 AZ NOW Legislative Action Alert

Now that the deadline has passed for hearing bills in the house of origin, the list of bills I’m following has decreased.  But the need for action gets more desperate as the bad bills get closer to passage and the good ones run out of time.  There is something for everyone (and against you too) in this list.

Spread far and wide.  Thanks for all you do.
Dianne Post, Legislative Liaison NOW

2017 Legislation List – Update and Action Alert on 2/18/2017 (the highlighted ones or ones that say CONTACT require action.  The other are the updates on previous bills. 

 

NUMBERTITLE/CONTENTSTATUS/ACTION
HCR 2004Repeal clean electionsOPPOSE Appropriations, 2/15, FAILED 6-4 in committee
HCR 2006Constitutional Convention – noHouse Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on 2/7 OPPOSE –  the last thing we need now is a constitutional convention run by the Alt Right to re-write the constitution. PASSED 6-3 CONTACT your two representatives in opposition.
HCR 2010Constitutional ConventionHouse Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on 1/31, the last thing we need now is a constitutional convention run by the Alt Right to re-write the constitution. PASSED committee 6 to 3. PASSED HOUSE 32-27  On to Senate.
HCR2013Constitutional convention for balanced budget – noOPPOSE – House Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on 1/31, the last thing we need now is a constitutional convention run by the Alt Right to re-write the constitution. PASSED 6 to 3. PASSED HOUSE 33-25 On to Senate.
HCR2016Care enough to get in the way of bullying etc.SUPPORT House Federalism, Property rights and Public Policy on Feb 7 PASSED. CONTACT your two representatives to support.
HB2091Repeal required fingerprinting for TANF, SNAPPASSED Health 7-0; PASSED Rules 9-0; passed both caucuses on 1/31, SUPPORT in House COW – contact your two individual representatives.
HB2208Inhalers administration in schoolPASSED Health 9-0, still has rules
HB2226Request Article V convention to balance budgetPASSED House 33-25 on to Senate.
HB2238Sex trafficking – makes many changes to different laws changing “child prostitution” to “sex trafficking” to fit with federal and international aw, recommended 6 years ago!  Took out “intent” requirement as required, defines same as federal definition, FarnsworthSUPPORT Judiciary & Public Safety Committee, hearing on 2/1, finally the responsibility is put on the proper person – the adult abuser – and not on the child victim.  PASSED 9 to 0.  PASSED House unanimously.   On to Senate.
HB2255Ballot measure (Thorpe) – must be resident to spend money or contribute or be a committee registered in AZPASSED 5-3
HB2268Must submit sexual assault evidence kits in 15 days, annual reporting on rape kitsJudiciary and public safety, hearing on 1/25/17, PASSED 9 to 0, PASSED Rules 9 to 0.  PASSED both caucuses.  PASSED with amendments relaxing the rules, sent to Senate
HB2302Electoral College – shall vote for candidate with highest # of votes in stateHouse Federalism, property rights and public policy, 1/31/2017, PASSED 6 to 3.  Ready for floor, CONTACT YOUR two representatives in opposition.
HB2290Provisional licenses, criminal convictions (SB1071)SUPPORT, PASSED Military and Public Safety Committee 8-1 and Rules 9-0. Retained on COW calendar meaning someone is trying to kill it. Contact Jmesnard@azleg.gov to put it on the calendar.  CONTACT your two representatives to support.
HB2372Extends TANF 12 months with conditionsSUPPORT – PASSED Health, 9-0, PASSED Approps 13-0, awaiting  Rules
HB2403Clean elections, prohibited contributions – cannot pay a political party for any servicesOPPOSE House Government, 2/16  PASSED 5-3
HB2404Strict compliance for initiatives – trying to diminish voter power, guarantee signatures, file a bond, punish organization for individual violation, criminal background check, can’t pay based on number of signaturesOPPOSE – House Government 2/16

Would make it more difficult to get the required number of signatures for citizen initiatives. PASSED 5-3

HB2408Making wheelchair only parking spaces and decalsOPPOSE – House Transportation and Infrastructure  2/15, disability community opposes as discrimination and harming parking availability. PASSED 7-1
HB 2418No taxes on feminine hygiene and baby diapers and formulaSUPPORT – House Ways and Means committee on 2/15 PASSED 6-3  Assigned to Health also and did not have a hearing so probably dead.
HB2442AHCCCS, dental care, pregnant women, would extend dental care to PG womenSUPPORT House Health committee on 2/16, Passed 9-0, still has appropriations and rules so probably dead.
HB2444Sexual assault, victim advocate, privilegeSUPPORT – gives sexual assault victims privilege, PASSED 9-0,
HB2504Public accommodation, discrimination, sanctions SYMS – sanctions on attorneys who bring suitsJPS  – PASSED 9-0 with amendment that does what the Kavanagh bill (SB1198) did i.e. puts in a 60 day correction period and says if it is corrected, there is no liability.
SB1069Vacate judgment and expunge for felony 4,5,6, can waive fines/fees but not restitution (HB 2289)SUPPORT Judiciary 2/9

PASSED 7-0  with a strike everything and insert of SB1127 – Ban the Box

SB1108Cash assistance to children allowed if living with unrelated adult and in DCS careSUPPORT –  HHS – hearing on 1/25, PASSED 7 to 0, awaiting Rules PASSED 29-0 on to Senate
SB1160Borrelli – TF – driving violation, restricted rather than suspended license, w/o glasses is misd, violation is civil not criminal, cop cannot take car unless driving on revoked not suspended license, and several other positive provisions.Hearing in Jud on 2/1, PASSED 7-0

SUPPORT in Senate COW on 2/13

PASSED SENATE 30-0, sent to House on 2/14

SB1174Desegregation money – force schools to do override naming it desegregation money and if don’t pass, then reduce money by 15% for 5 years.  Also limits override in amount and years (7).Appropriations on 1/31/2017 OPPOSE– this is one of the annual attempts to cut off the desegregation money to schools. PASSED 6 to 4. Awaiting Rules.
SB1198Public accommodation, services, civil actions – KavanaghOPPOSE – Judiciary, 2/16, to allow businesses an extra 90 days to comply with Americans with Disabilities Law – they have already had 26 years.  PASSED 4-3
SB1239Making it a parking violation to be on access aisles for disabilities – KavanaghREAD:  transportation and technology.  Dispute in thinking on this whether it’s to harm the disability community because of the lawsuits against business or to help them.  PASSED 7 to 0. Awaiting rules.

 

I suggest OPPOSE – In Senate COW on 2/13.  Contact your own senator to vote against.

SB1253Cops can review the video tapes of a use of force incident before giving a statement – opposite of best practiceOPPOSE – Senate Commerce and Public Safety, hearing on 2/6, PASSED 6/2
SB1274Set up commission to do poverty tracking especially of intergenerational families – WorseleySUPPORT– The bill would set up a commission to do poverty tracking especially of intergenerational families.  PAFCO has been working on it for good.  Government 2/15 PASSED Government but still has Health and Human Services and Rules so probably dead.
SB1315DR – preference for parent who agrees to 50% time.  This would give preference in custody to the parent who agrees to 50% time sharing.  It harms battered women and those protecting abused and molested children because they are not willing to give 50% time so they are punished often by losing custody all together to the abuser.OPPOSE – Health and Human Services on 2/15

Judiciary on 2/16 PASSED both 7-0

SB1342Requiring search warrants for tracking devices and cell simulators (sting ray)PASSED, Ready for floor.  CONTACT YOUR Senator in support.
SB1355Rights of sexual assault survivor, testing of DNA and match etc.SUPPORT – JUDICIARY – passed unanimously, CONTACT YOUR SENATOR in support.
SB1366Police officer victim is an aggravating factor – NO already have as a felonyOPPOSE – PASSED committee, Ready for floor, CONTACT your senator in opposition.
SB1367Reporting a life birth from an abortion or punish doctor unless s/he tries to keep fetus alive,

This requires the doctor to report a life birth from an abortion – which makes no sense to me anyhow but it is obviously interference with women’s right to privacy and choice and doctors medical practice

OPPOSE – Health and Human Services on 2/15 PASSED 5-2 Ready for floor, CONTACT your senator in opposition.
SB1406Sweeps juvenile justice local money to state general fund and establishes a juvenile justice reform committee studyAppropriations, 2/7, READ – PASSED, ready for floor, study committee is good but sweeping money is not. CONTACT YOUR senator.
SB1422Vacate conviction of sex trafficking victim including for ordinance, cannot use as prior conviction for future punishmentSUPPORT Judiciary 2/16  The sex trafficking victims should be treated as victims, not criminals.  Often they are teens. PASSED 7-0
SB1439No discrimination against health care agencies that REFUSE end of life care decisions by patientsOPPOSE – Health and Human Services, 2/15 – allows health care agencies to refuse to provide end of life care in the fashion a patient asks.  PASSED 5-2

 

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