AZ NOW Legislative ACTION ALERT 4-1-17
Actions at the Governors desk
Ducey signed three good bills from last week (HB2208 regarding inhalers; HB2444 regarding sexual assault victim advocates privilege; and SB1422 regarding vacating the conviction of a sex trafficking victim. He also signed the two bad bills from last week (SB1239 about disability parking violations and SB1439 about end of life decisions.)He has since signed the following bills: HB2226 requesting an Article V convention on the federal constitution; HB2302 requiring electoral college delegates to vote for person who got the most votes (not the intent of the electoral college); and SB1128 about recording fetal deaths.The Senate passed HCR2013 to have a Constitutional Convention to rewrite it for a balanced budget and sent that to the Secretary of State.
The Legislative Committee of Central Phoenix Inez Casiano NOW chapter is always happy to have new members. We are not only scrambling to finish this session, but already planning for next year to have even more impact. You don’t need any special skills. we’ll teach you all you need to know! If you are interested or curious, please do join us.
|Next meeting: Apr. 15, Sat 2:00 PM, Loc: Urban Beans – Downtown Phoenix, 7th Street just north of Osborn.|
Upcoming deadlines: Things will speed up as they approach the end of the session. It is important to act right away or the time is gone.
4/14/17 – Last day for conference committee
4/18/17 – 100th Day of the Session
4/29/17 – Session can only be extended by House or Senate vote.
SB1367 passed the House on 3/29 by a vote of 34-22-4 as amended. The amendment makes those clinical staff reporting violations at least be present in the room when it allegedly happened. The amendment also added that if rapid neonatal resuscitation is complied with and further treatment will only prolong the act of dying, doctors dont have to do it. When the bill passed the House on 3/29, it was sent to the Senate the same day and passed there 18-11 as amended and sent to the Governor also on the same day. So you see, they can do things very quickly when they want to. And they always seem to want to interfere with womens rights to control our own bodies and make our own decisions about our bodies and our families. One man held a very appropriate sign at the Planned Parenthood march on March 24 If it aint your body; it aint your choice. Contact Ducey to veto the bill
The extension of time for TANF cash assistance and SNAP (food stamp) benefits in HB2372 is hotly contested with Democrats opposing the harsh conditions imposed on beneficiaries. Childrens Action Alliance also opposes. It passed Approps on 3/28, 5-4-1. Read the bill, and the comments, make your own decision, take action.Please take action on HB2496. The striker bill is now a Consumer Access Line of Credit that allows for exorbitant interest rates for small loans for the most vulnerable people and then grave punishments when they cant pay. It passed Senate Approps 6-4. Contact Senate President Steve Yarbrough to encourage him NOT to schedule. Contact your own Senator and two representatives to oppose.The session can be extended for seven days by leadership but thereafter any extension has to be approved by a majority vote of the members. So keep your eyes peeled for the last minute flurry. The budget is not yet finalized so much time will be taken with that. The budget is most definitely a policy document and has vast implications on the state not to mention the obvious issues of education, health care and mass incarceration.
ACTION ITEMS FOR THIS WEEK
SB1406 was used as a vehicle for the striker for SB1198: Public accommodation, services, civil actions Kavanaghs bill to allow businesses an extra 90 days to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Law they have already had 26 years. A compromise was reached with the businesses now having only 30 days to comply and limiting what violations it applies to. The bill still attacks the attorneys and if the attorney general sues and gets money, the money goes to the Office of Youth, Faith and Families rather than to any disability group. Supposedly they are to use it for education about the issue but why not to a disability group? This compromise is unacceptable. It passed House Appropriations on 3/29, 13-0. Contact Mesnard to encourage him NOT to schedule for floor. Contact your own two representatives and Senator to oppose.
Foreign Corporations register to donate to or participate in initiative process
SUPPORT – PASSED House, sent to Senate, passed Senate Judiciary on 3/16. Contact Senate President Steve Yarbrough to encourage him to schedule the bill for a floor vote. Contact your own Senator to vote for. No Action has occurred.
Repeal required fingerprinting for TANF, SNAP
SUPPORT – PASSED HOUSE, Passed Senate HHS on 3/15. Contact Senate President Steve Yarbrough to encourage him to schedule the bill for a floor vote. Contact your own Senator to vote for. No Action has occurred.
Sex trafficking WAS A STRIKE EVERYTHING changed child prostitution to child sex trafficking, simply put sex trafficking in place of word prostitution. The Senate amendment clarified that there still is a crime of child prostitution for which sex offenders and internet violators need to register.
SUPPORT Passed Senate 29-0 as amended and transmitted back to the House on 3/23. Concurrence recommended by House majority and minority on 3/28.
Provisional licenses, criminal convictions
SUPPORT – Passed House, Passed Senate Commerce and Public Safety 6-1-1, awaiting Rules and floor. Had 2nd read and passed both caucuses on 3/28. Contact Senate President Steve Yarbrough to encourage him to schedule. Contact your own Senator to support.
Can get provisional licenses for vocations with criminal convictions (HB2290)
SUPPORT – Passed Senate, Passed House Rules 8-0, both Caucuses concurred on 3/28. Contact Mesnard to encourage him to schedule for floor. Contact your own two representatives to support.
Cash assistance to children allowed if living with unrelated adult and in DCS care
SUPPORT – Passed Senate, Passed Health and Rules in House, Contact House Speaker, J.D. Mesnard to encourage him to schedule for floor. Contact your own two representatives to support it. No Action has been taken on it.
Cops can review the video tapes of a use of force incident before giving a statement opposite of best practice
OPPOSE Passed Senate, passed House Judiciary Held. Passed Rules on 3/27, Contact Mesnard NOT to schedule it and your two representatives to oppose it.
Charter schools can refuse to admit kids from a school under desegregation order. Charter schools should have the same responsibilities as public schools. Both parties voted for it.
OPPOSE Passed Senate, passed House education and rules. Contact your own two representatives to oppose. Scheduled for House COW on 3/28 but held.
Appropriation for felony pretrial intervention.
SUPPORT passed Senate, held in House Judiciary, passed House appropriations, Contact Mesnard to encourage him to schedule on floor. Contact your own two representatives to support. No action has been taken.
Requiring search warrants for tracking devices and cell simulators (sting ray).
SUPPORT – Passed Senate, Passed House Judiciary & Rules; Contact Mesnard to encourage him to schedule it for the floor. Contact your own two representatives to support it. No action has been taken.
Police officer victim is an aggravating factor NO It already exists.
OPPOSE PASSED Senate, passed House Judiciary & rules. Contact Mesnard to encourage him NOT to schedule. Contact your own two representatives to oppose. Scheduled for House COW on 3/28, held.
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