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54th Legislature - 2nd Regular Session, 2020 Tuesday, Dec 1 2020 2:31 PM
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H2028:
CANDIDATE SIGNS; PROHIBITION; PRIMARY  

Increases the period of time that political signs may be placed in a public right-of-way to 120 days before the primary election, instead of 60 days before the primary election.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16)   3/12
referred to Senate jud.
H2053:
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS  

Provides city and town councils the ability to go into executive session to discuss security and safety measures of buildings, facilities or IT. Any records or documents related to security discussions would be considered confidential and be exempt from public disclosure.

 

League Position: SUPPORT – This measure is a League resolution.

 

First sponsor: Rep. Espinoza (D - Dist 19)   1/30
from House gov do pass.
H2055:
CIVIL TRAFFIC VIOLATIONS; COMMUNITY RESTITUTION  

Allows persons guilty of civil traffic infractions to perform court-approved community restitution in lieu of paying civil penalties, surcharges, assessments or fees. This would apply to traffic infractions, such as: running a red light (A.R.S. 28-645(A)(3)(a); speeding (A.R.S. 28-701(A)); failure to obey signal (A.R.S. 28-751(3)); speeding in a school zone (A.R.S. 28-797(H)); failure to stop at a stop sign (A.R.S. 28-855(B)); seatbelt violations (A.R.S. 28-909(A)); wrong-way driving (A.R.S. 28-694).

It also prohibits the state-imposed assessment of time payment fees for civil traffic penalties not paid in full by the court date.

First sponsor: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7)
  3/5
Senate jud held.
H2114:
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; DATABASE; RULES  

Requires a minimum of 10-day, written notice to the officer by the prosecuting agency that it intends to place the officer’s name on the Brady list. Stipulates, the notice must include the following:

 

a)       A notice of intent to place the place the officer’s name on the Brady list, with a summary of the reasons for placing the officer on the list.

b)      The officer’s right to appeal the allegations and placement on the Brady list.

c)       The prosecuting agency’s requirements for submitting a written appeal (including timeframe for submitting the appeal and supporting documents/evidence).

d)      A statement stipulating if the officer intends to appeal the placement, they must do so within 5 business days of receiving notice.

 

The legislation prohibits the prosecuting agency from listing the officer’s name until the conclusion of the officer’s appeal. Additionally, the measure would prohibit a law enforcement agency from using an officer's placement on the Brady list as the sole reason for taking or denying employment actions against the officer including promotion, demotion, suspension, termination, transfers, or any other disciplinary action. 

 

League Position: OPPOSE

 

First sponsor: Rep. J. Allen (R - Dist 15)   3/9
referred to Senate trans-pub safety.
H2121:
ELECTION PAMPHLET SUBMITTALS; IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED  

Specifies that arguments written in favor or against a ballot measure that are printed as part of the information pamphlet must contain a sworn, notarized state of the person submitting it.

 

League Position: NEUTRAL

First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)   3/10
from Senate rules okay.
H2144:
STATE LIQUOR BOARD; MEMBERSHIP  

Concerning the State Liquor Board, HB 2144 require one member to be appointed to the Board after an association representing cities and towns forwards at least three nominees who are current or former elected municipal officials to the Governor. Specifies that the appointee must not have a financial interest in business licensed to deal with spirituous liquor.  The measure allows current members of the Board to serve until the expiration of their terms.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Rep. Kern (R - Dist 20)   3/10
from Senate rules okay.
H2243:
APPROPRIATION; GILA RIVER BRIDGE (TITLE 41)  

Appropriates $28 million from the General Fund in FY 2021 to ADOT to replace and expand the Gila River bridge on Interstate 10 between Chandler and Casa Grande.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

 

First sponsor: Rep. Shope (R - Dist 8)
Others: Rep. J. Allen (R - Dist 15)
  3/10
from Senate appro do pass.
H2303:
MANDATORY VEHICLE IMPOUNDMENT; EXCEPTION  

Expands the list of reasons for which a peace officer is required to immobilize or impound a vehicle to include individual’s vehicles of persons driving with a suspended license, except if the reason for their suspended license is failure to pay a civil penalty or failure to appear in court. Specifies that a peace officer needs to be present an emergency, the officer is not required to impound or immobilize the vehicle.

First sponsor: Rep. Kern (R - Dist 20)   3/5
House COW approved with amend #4340 and floor amend 4767.
H2305:
SOLID WASTE SERVICES; PRIVATE PROVIDER  

Prohibits counties, cities, and towns from enforcing a criminal penalty against a person who refuses to purchase solid waste collection services from a private service provider, regardless of whether the county, city, or town has contracted with that private service provider.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Townsend (R - Dist 16)   3/17
from Senate rules okay.
H2313:
FIRE SPRINKLERS; EXISTING BUILDINGS; PROHIBITION  

A city, town, or county shall not adopt a code or ordinance requiring fire sprinklers to be retrofitted in A-2 buildings with an occupancy of 300 or more where alcohol is served. Provides provisions where a municipality may require the installation of fire sprinklers in such buildings if a permit is pulled for renovations and the renovation costs exceed $250k.

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Grantham (R - Dist 12)   3/2
referred to Senate gov.
H2343:
EARLY VOTING; IDENTIFICATION REQUIRED  

Concerning early voting location, requires the designated election officer to require early voters dropping off a ballot at a voting center or early voting location to sign an early ballot delivery log and print the name of the person delivering the early ballot. Additionally, the measure requires the election officer to require voters to provide an ID and match the ID to the name provided on the log.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16)   2/26
retained on House COW calendar.
H2348:
MUNICIPAL TPT; RESIDENTIAL RENTALS; LIMIT  

Caps the residential rental transaction privilege tax rate a city or town may levy at 5%

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29)
Others: Rep. Andrade (D - Dist 29), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. Lieberman (D - Dist 28), Rep. Roberts (R - Dist 11), Rep. Sierra (D - Dist 19), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)
  1/29
from House ways-means do pass.
H2353:
BONDS; COUNSEL; FINANCIAL ADVISOR; FEES  

The bill allows financial advisory services to be included as a cost of issuance paid for by the proceeds of the bond sales.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)   3/12
from Senate fin do pass.
H2373:
FACTORY-BUILT BUILDING; DEFINITION  

Makes a technical change to statute that ensures the Department of Housing has oversight of open and closed modular building construction.

League Position: NEUTRAL

First sponsor: Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)   3/17
from Senate rules okay.
H2389:
PUBLIC NUISANCE; NOISE; EVIDENCE  

A prosecution for a public nuisance violation that involves noise is required to include an accurate recording and measurement of the noise made by a peace officer. Measurement standards are specified and include that the measurement must be taken by a Type 1 sound meter.

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Townsend (R - Dist 16)   3/17
from Senate rules okay.
H2404:
TPT; PRIME CONTRACTING; EXEMPTIONS; CERTIFICATES  

Changes the definition of “alteration” by removing the financial thresholds and adding a stipulation that an alteration is any change to an existing structure that does not increase the square footage of the original structure. It also limits nay exemption certificate issued by a prime contractor to a subcontractor related to the ex-tax purchase of construction materials to a one-year duration. It adds language related to an exemption certificate for contracts to buy construction materials for a modification of a job without tax.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)   2/17
from House rules okay.
H2469:
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; ADDITIONAL BENEFITS  

If a law enforcement officer was killed in the line of duty, the surviving spouse continues to receive workers' compensation death benefits until the surviving spouse's death regardless of whether the surviving spouse remarries. In addition to any other death benefits, a surviving spouse, or a dependent if there is not a surviving spouse, of a deceased member of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) or Corrections Officer Retirement Plan (CORP) must receive payment for all of the deceased member's unused sick leave. If a PSPRS or CORP member is receiving an accidental or catastrophic or total and permanent disability pension, the retired member's employer is required to continue to pay the employer portion of the health care benefits that was being paid by the employer on the date that the member's disability pension commenced until the retired member is eligible for Medicare.

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Roberts (R - Dist 11), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)
  2/17
from House rules okay.
H2485:
PARKED VEHICLES BLOCKING SIDEWALK; PROHIBITION  

Prohibits blocking a sidewalk by stopping, standing, or parking a vehicle so that any part of the vehicle or attachment blocks or impedes continuous pedestrian use of the sidewalk that is inconsistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

 

First sponsor: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Lawrence (R - Dist 23), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Rep. Longdon (D - Dist 24), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Thorpe (R - Dist 6), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)
  3/9
referred to Senate trans-pub safety.
H2493:
COMMUNITY FACILITIES DISTRICTS  

An emergency measure that, among other provisions, allows the net premium associated with a general obligation bond issuance to be used for the costs incurred issuing the bonds or for debt service. It also prescribes a process to remove the two additional private sector board members from a CFD board after a petition signed by a majority of the property owners.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)
Others: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Udall (R - Dist 25)
  3/5
referred to Senate fin.
H2499:
EMINENT DOMAIN; EXISTING CONTRACTS  

Requires cities and towns exercising eminent domain to assume all existing assets and contractual liabilities associated with the transfer of property.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)   3/5
from Senate com do pass.
H2508:
RECALLS; CITY ELECTIONS; SIGNATURES REQUIRED  

Codifies an Arizona Supreme Court ruling that stipulates the most recent general election for an officer elected at a nonpartisan election means the most recent election where the individual who was subject of a recall was declared elected.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26)
Others: Rep. Andrade (D - Dist 29), Rep. Blanc (D - Dist 26), Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Rep. Cano (D - Dist 3), Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29), Rep. DeGrazia (D - Dist 10), Rep. Engel (D - Dist 10), Rep. Epstein (D - Dist 18), Rep. Fernandez (D - Dist 4), Rep. Friese (D - Dist 9), Rep. Gabaldon (D - Dist 2), Rep. Lieberman (D - Dist 28), Rep. Longdon (D - Dist 24), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Peten (D - Dist 4), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7), Rep. TerĂ¡n (D - Dist 30), Rep. Thorpe (R - Dist 6)
  2/13
from House gov do pass.
H2551:
APPROPRIATION; STATE PARKS; HERITAGE FUND  

Appropriates $10M in FY2021 to the State Parks Heritage Fund.

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13)
  3/2
referred to Senate appro.
H2605:
DISPOSITION OF PUBLIC ROADWAYS  

Among other provisions, exempts the sale or conveyance of land within a public roadway to an abutting owner from the requirement to pay an amount determined by the city or town.

League Position - OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21)   3/11
retained on House COW calendar.
H2615:
MUNICIPALITIES; UTILITIES; VACANT BUILDINGS  

Prohibits cities and towns from adopting an ordinance requiring utilities to be maintained in buildings that have been vacant for more than two years.

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)   2/26
retained on House COW calendar.
H2686 (Chapter 3):
BUILDING PERMITS; UTILITIES; RESTRICTIONS; PROHIBITIONS  

Prohibits cities and towns from denying the issuance of a building permit based on the utility provider serving the project. It prohibits building permit fees and requirements from exceeding the fees and requirements of other utility providers, requires local laws and general plans to preserve the ability to use the services of an authorized utility, and prohibits fines, penalties or other requirements that have the effect of restricting a utility from operating or serving customers. There is an identical bill, SB 1222, sponsored by Senator Karen Fann.

First sponsor: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)   2/21
signed by governor; Chap. no. awaited. message
H2705:
VACANT; ABANDONED BUILDINGS; ORDINANCES  

Allows cities and towns to adopt an ordinance establishing registration, inspection and maintenance requirements for vacant or abandoned buildings that are no longer used or occupied for more than 150 days.

League Position: SUPPORT - This is a League resolution. 

First sponsor: Rep. Shope (R - Dist 8)
Others: Rep. Campbell (R - Dist 1), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Sen. Pratt (R - Dist 8)
  2/13
from House gov do pass.
H2713:
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS  

Among other provisions, removes the $10K cap on court fees against a city or town and increases the maximum court award from 75K to $125K for fees incurred at each judicial appeal.

First sponsor: Rep. Grantham (R - Dist 12)
Others: Rep. Pierce (R - Dist 1)
  3/17
from Senate rules okay.
H2719:
RUBBISH; REMOVAL; PENALTIES  

For a violation of a county or municipal ordinance prohibiting a person from recklessly placing any rubbish, trash, filth or debris on any property not owned or under the control of that person, the penalty is prohibited from exceeding the amount of the maximum fine for a class 1 misdemeanor and is prohibited from including any period of incarceration.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Petersen (R - Dist 12)   3/17
from Senate rules okay.
H2732:
TAX CREDIT; AFFORDABLE HOUSING  

Establishes the Affordable Housing Tax credit and allows the Department of Housing to allocate $8 million in a year in tax credits for qualified projects of the federal low-income housing tax credit starting in FY 23. Additionally, the measure includes a delayed repeal of December 31. 2029 and includes a purpose clause to state that it is the legislature’s intention is to support the construction of new affordable housing projects in the state.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)
  3/11
from Senate appro do pass.
H2841:
MUNICIPAL ZONING; HOUSING OVERLAY  

By July 1, 2021, requires cities and towns to adopt a housing affordability zoning overlay district over 30% of vacant land that is zoned for single-family residential. Within the zone, the bill will allow developments of up to 15 dwelling units per acre as a matter of right. It will also exempt qualifying developments from design standards and open space requirements. A qualifying development is defined as having a sales price of not more than the federal housing administration loan limits for the jurisdiction in which the development is located as published by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Rep. Kern (R - Dist 20)   3/12
House COW approved with amend #4306 and floor amends #4857 and #4859.
H2843:
SOBER LIVING HOMES; FEES; PENALTIES  
First sponsor: Rep. Kern (R - Dist 20)   3/2
retained on House add'l COW calendar.
H2875:
REGULATION; SHORT-TERM RENTALS  

HB 2875 allows a city, town, or county to:

  • restrict the maximum number of adult occupants allowed on the vacation rental or STR property at any one time to no more than 2 adults per bedroom, up to 4 bedrooms for every 3,000 square ft of livable space, plus 2 additional adults per 1,000 square feet of livable space;

 

  • require the installation of safety and monitoring equipment that monitors and detects the level of noise on the property of the vacation rental or short-term rentals;

 

  • restrict occupants from checking in to the STR without the presence of the owner or the owner’s designee;

 

  • prohibit smoking outside of vacation rental or STR within 100 feet of a residential structure.

 

Additionally, the measure requires an STR’s owner’s contact information to be printed in bold, 24-point font and posted on the front door of the rental. Allows a city or town to impose a $50 civil penalty each day that the vacation rental is occupied.

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)
Others: Sen. S. Allen (R - Dist 6), Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Rep. Andrade (D - Dist 29), Rep. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Sen. Boyer (R - Dist 20), Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28), Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28), Rep. Campbell (R - Dist 1), Sen. Carter (R - Dist 15), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Sen. Contreras (D - Dist 19), Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Rep. Espinoza (D - Dist 19), Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. D. Hernandez (D - Dist 2), Rep. Lawrence (R - Dist 23), Rep. Lieberman (D - Dist 28), Rep. Longdon (D - Dist 24), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Rep. Meza (D - Dist 30), Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Peten (D - Dist 4), Rep. Pierce (R - Dist 1), Rep. Powers Hannley (D - Dist 9), Sen. Pratt (R - Dist 8), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Roberts (R - Dist 11), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24), Rep. Sierra (D - Dist 19), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7), Rep. Thorpe (R - Dist 6), Rep. Townsend (R - Dist 16), Rep. Tsosie (D - Dist 7), Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23)
  3/5
FAILED House 25-35.
H2899:
FUEL; ELECTRIC CARS; HYBRIDS; TAXES  

HB 2899 increases the gas tax by 6 cents per year for three years capping out at 36 cents. Once the gas tax reaches 36 cents it is indexed to inflation with a sunset provision requiring the voters to reapprove the measure in 20 years. Additionally, the bill ensures electric vehicles and alternative fuel vehicles are paying a user fee for Arizona roads.

 

Additionally, the measure establishes the Arizona Road Used Account within HURF, administered by ADOT. Stipulates that monies in the Account derive from both legislative appropriations, and annual electric and hybrid tax, or additional fuel taxes collected. Monies in the account are to be exclusively allocated for maintaining, preserving and constructing streets, roads and highways  and the administration of these activities.

 

Requires the Board of Transportation to consult with counties, cities and regional transportation planning agencies to immediately develop a comprehensive plan of the use of anticipated monies in the account.

 

The measure requires ¾ approval from the legislature and is effective immediately upon the signature of the governor.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Rep. Campbell (R - Dist 1)
Others: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Rep. Fernandez (D - Dist 4), Rep. Friese (D - Dist 9), Rep. Pierce (R - Dist 1), Rep. Thorpe (R - Dist 6)
  2/27
from House rules okay.
S1019:
PROHIBITION; REGULATION; INDUSTRIAL HEMP SITES  

Prohibits a city, town or county from imposing any regulation or restriction on an industrial hemp site.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5)   5/20
referred to House rules only.
S1042 (Chapter 63):
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS  

Provides city and town councils the ability to go into executive session to discuss security and safety measures of buildings, facilities or IT. Any records or documents related to security discussions would be considered confidential and be exempt from public disclosure. HB 2053 is a mirror bill.

 

League Position: SUPPORT – This measure is a League resolution.

First sponsor: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11)
  6/5
signed by governor; Chap. 63, Laws 2020. message
S1089:
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS; CONTACT INFORMATION  

Prohibits the custodian of public records from disclosing a public record unless the requesting person has furnished the person's name, address, telephone number and email address, if any to the public body.

 

League Position: NEUTRAL

First sponsor: Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11)   3/12
from House gov do pass.
S1121 (Chapter 71):
MODEL CITY TAX CODE; PROCEDURES  

Modifies procedures for the Municipal Tax Code Commission to adopt amendments to the model city tax code. A taxpayer or the Department of Revenue must submit a proposed amendment to the Commission at least 60 days before the Commission adopts it. The Dept is required to post notice of the meeting and the proposed amendment on the Dept website at least 30 days prior to an informational meeting and at least 60 days prior to the hearing to adopt the amendment. If the Commission adopts an amendment, the Dept is required to update the official copy of the model city tax code, and all municipalities are required to adopt the changes.

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11)   6/5
signed by governor; Chap. 71, Laws 2020. message
S1124:
COMMERCE AUTHORITY; DATA CENTER EQUIPMENT  

For the purpose of tax relief for the owner or operator of a computer data center that is certified by the Arizona Commerce Authority, the definition of "computer data center equipment" is modified to include all "software" (defined) instead of all "enabling software." A legislative intent section states that this is intended as clarifying legislation. Retroactive to September 13, 2013. Removes the sunset date of 8/31/2013 allowing future tax relief for qualified data centers.

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17)   1/14
referred to Senate fin.
S1154:
APPROPRIATION; QUEEN CREEK ROAD INTERCHANGE  

Appropriates $15 million in FY 21 from the state General Fund for ADOT to alter the I-10 and Queen Creek Road interchange.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)
Others: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Pratt (R - Dist 8), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)
  3/12
from House trans do pass.
S1160:
FIREFIGHTERS; CANCERS; PRESUMPTION; WORKERS' COMPENSATION  

Adds breast cancer and ovarian cancer to the list of presumptive cancers for firefighters. Removes the requirement for firefighters and peace officers that they prove exposure to known carcinogens and that those carcinogens are reasonably related to their cancer diagnosis. Makes the presumption that the cancer was job-related irrebuttable unless the firefighter or peace officer has not met the service requirement of 5 years or if the consume tobacco products.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

 

First sponsor: Sen. Carter (R - Dist 15)
Others: Sen. S. Allen (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Boyer (R - Dist 20), Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28), Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28), Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29), Rep. Fernandez (D - Dist 4), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13), Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Powers Hannley (D - Dist 9), Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7)
  5/20
referred to House rules only.
S1222:
BUILDING PERMITS; UTILITIES; RESTRICTIONS; PROHIBITIONS  

Prohibits cities and towns from denying the issuance of a building permit based on the utility provider serving the project. It prohibits building permit fees and requirements from exceeding the fees and requirements of other utility providers, requires local laws and general plans to preserve the ability to use the services of an authorized utility, and prohibits fines, penalties or other requirements that have the effect of restricting a utility from operating or serving customers. 

First sponsor: Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1)
Others: Sen. S. Allen (R - Dist 6), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28), Sen. Contreras (D - Dist 19), Sen. D. Farnsworth (R - Dist 16), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17), Sen. Navarrete (D - Dist 30), Sen. Otondo (D - Dist 4), Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25), Sen. Pratt (R - Dist 8), Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23)
  2/13
Senate COW approved with amend #4218.
S1280:
PENSIONS; UNFUNDED LIABILITY; EXPENDITURE LIMITS  

A county's or municipality's unfunded accrued liability under the Arizona State Retirement System, Elected Officials' Retirement Plan, Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, and Corrections Officer Retirement Plan are required to be considered a long-term obligation required by a contract for the purpose of the definition of "local revenues" for the purpose of calculating the local government expenditure limitation in the state Constitution.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17)
Others: Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21)
  1/29
Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
S1303 (Chapter 77):
ANNEXATION OF TERRITORY; REQUIREMENTS  

As amended by the Senate, prohibits a city or town from annexing territory if it will result in the creation of a county island surrounded by a combination of cities and towns.

 

League Position: NEUTRAL

First sponsor: Sen. Pratt (R - Dist 8)   6/5
signed by governor; Chap. 77, Laws 2020. message
S1305 (Chapter 78):
PERSONAL DELIVERY DEVICES  

As amended, SB1305 allows the operation of a personal delivery device, which is designed to include automated driving technologies and used to transport cargo and goods. The bill allows the devices to be operated on local streets and sidewalks, under certain conditions. It allows cities and towns to restrict the operation in certain areas or during certain hours of the day for public health and safety reasons. 

 

League Position: NEUTRAL

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)   6/5
signed by governor; Chap. 78, Laws 2020. message
S1333:
PEACE OFFICER RIGHTS; DUE PROCESS  

Police Officer Bill of Rights: Concerning administrative investigations, requires employer to provide one-day notice of intent to interview an officer - specifies the notice must provide the alleged policy violations. Allows a law enforcement officer's representative to be on duty during the interview, if the employer allows.

In an interview for an administrative investigation, specifies:

  • An employer may only ask questions that are material and relevant to the alleged misconduct that is described in the notice that was provided. 
  • The employer cannot intentionally misrepresent that direct evidence of the officer's misconduct exists when the evidence does not exist.
  • An employer is not precluded from establishing that the alleged misconduct is part of a pattern or habit.

 

Removes language requiring all parties to act in good faith. Makes a hearing officer, an administrative law judge, and any member that sits on an appeal board that hears appeals of disciplinary actions, public officials and requires them to take evidence. Specifies an appeals board, hearing officer or admin law judge has the authority to subpoena a witness.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)   3/4
FAILED Senate 12-17.
S1391:
SMOKING REGULATION; ELECTRONIC SMOKING DEVICES  

Adds electronic cigarettes into the voter-approved Smoke-free Arizona Act. Specifies that electronic cigarettes cannot be used in indoor spaces where commercial tobacco is not allowed. It also allows cities and towns to adopt ordinances that are more restrictive than state law with regard to use of electronic cigarettes in public spaces.

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Sen. Carter (R - Dist 15)   1/29
referred to Senate com.
S1394:
UNCLAIMED PROPERTY; HOUSING TRUST FUND  

 

Allocates 55% of the proceeds from the sale of abandoned property to the housing trust fund.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Sen. Carter (R - Dist 15)   5/20
referred to House rules only.
S1459:
PRIVATE ATTORNEY RETENTION; MUNICIPALITIES; COUNTIES  

Among other provisions, prohibits a city or town from entering into a contingency fee contract with a private attorney unless certain conditions are met. It requires the city or town to seek approval from the attorney general before the contract becomes effective or enforceable. It also establishes contingency fee limits and requires annual reports to be submitted to the governor, attorney general, and the legislature and stipulates the content the report must contain.

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11)   3/16
retained on Senate COW calendar.
S1510 (Chapter 87):
PUBLIC CONTRACTS; PAYMENT METHODS  

In lieu of retaining 10% of a contract amount for public works, SB1510 requires cities and towns, at the option of a contractor, to accept as a substitute an assignment of money market accounts or demand deposit accounts.

League Position - OPPOSED

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)   6/5
signed by governor; Chap. 87, Laws 2020. message
S1553:
NEIGHBORHOOD VARIANCE INDEX; HEARING  

Requires a municipal planning agency or county planning commission to hold a hearing if 20% of the qualified electors residing in a community petition the planning agency to evaluate the neighborhood variance index for the community. The measure defines “neighborhood variance index” to mean the percentage of residential structures that are being used for purposes other than permanent residential occupancy for a period of at least 6 months.

 

Th bill allows the planning agency to prepare specific plans and measures that may be required to improve the neighborhood variance index in the petitioning community.  The planning agency may recommend these measures to the legislative body for adoption.

 

First sponsor: Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28)
Others: Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Carter (R - Dist 15), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)
  2/20
Senate com failed 3-4.
S1554:
SHORT-TERM RENTAL ENFORCEMENT; PENALTIES  

 

As amended by the Senate Commerce committee, SB 1554 makes it so that a city or town could not restrict the use of or regulate the use of a person’s primary or one additional residence as a short-term rental (STR). This section of the bill preserves the sharing economy as was the intended purpose of 2016’s SB 1350. Additionally, the measure de-couples short term rentals from long-term rentals.

 

The bill prohibits a corporate entity from operating a vacation rental or STR in a residential zone unless it is otherwise authorized by a city or town. Defines corporate entity to mean a trust, LLC, limited liability partnership, or general partnership, or any entity that is not a natural person.

 

Concerning multi-housing, the measure stipulates that no more than 25% of the housing units in a multi-housing property may be used as vacation rentals or STRs.

 

Concerning occupancy, SB 1554 stipulates the maximum number of occupants allowed in an STR is limited to the lesser of the occupancy limit established by the city or town or no more than 2 person per bedroom, up to 4 bedrooms for every 3000 square feet of livable space, plus 2 adults for every additional 1000 square feet. For a violation of this section, a city or town can impose a civil penalty for each day the property is in violation.

 

League Position: SUPPORT

First sponsor: Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28)
Others: Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Carter (R - Dist 15), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)
  5/20
referred to House rules only.
S1664:
CIVIL LIABILITY; GUN-FREE ZONES  

As amended by the Senate JUD committee, SB 1664 makes government entities with gun-free zones liable for any damages claimed by a person harmed by criminal conduct in the gun-free zone if a reasonable person would believe that possession of a firearm could have helped the person defend against the criminal conduct.

 

Additionally, the measure removes existing qualified immunity for the operator of a public establishment or sponsor of a public event that requires persons to place firearms in secure storage as well as imposes strict liability for damages against a government entity that fails to provide the required protections from injury to its attendees.

 

League Position: OPPOSE

First sponsor: Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Rep. Nutt (R - Dist 14), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Roberts (R - Dist 11), Rep. Thorpe (R - Dist 6)
  3/5
FAILED Senate 13-16.
S1667:
FIREWORKS; AERIAL DEVICES  

Among other provisions, expands the definition of permissible consumer fireworks to include multiple-tube aerial devices and allows sale of these devices in Maricopa and Pima counties.

League Position - OPPOSE

First sponsor: Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21)
  2/26
FAILED Senate 14-15.