ASRS 2020 Bill Tracker
54th Legislature - 2nd Regular Session, 2020 Saturday, Aug 8 2020 5:02 AM
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Bill Summaries
H2053: EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS Questions/Comments

The list of purposes for which a public body is authorized to hold an executive session is expanded to include discussion or consultations with designated representatives of the public body in order to discuss security plans, procedures, assessments, measures or systems relating to, or having an impact on, the security or safety of buildings or facilities and information technology maintained by the public body. Records, documentation, notes, or other materials made by or provided to the representatives for these purposes are confidential and exempt from public disclosure.

First sponsor: Rep. Espinoza (D - Dist 19)


 
H2053 Daily History  Date Action
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 1/30 from House gov do pass.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 1/30 House gov do pass; report awaited.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 1/22 from House tech do pass.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 1/22 House tech do pass; report awaited.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 1/13 referred to House tech, gov.
H2054: GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW Questions/Comments

A person is permitted to petition the Governor's Regulator Review Council (GRRC) to request a review of an existing agency practice that involves interpreting a rule adopted by the agency, substantive policy statement, or final rule of an agency established under statute governing campaign finance, including the Citizens Clean Elections Act, based on the person's belief that the practice, policy, or rule does not meet the requirements of the Administrative Procedures Act, exceeds the agency's statutory authority or violates the state Constitution or the U.S. Constitution. If, after a public hearing, GRRC determines that the practice, policy, action or rule does not meet these requirements, GRRC is authorized to modify, revise or declare void any practice, policy, or rule.

First sponsor: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20)


 
H2054 Daily History  Date Action
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 3/17 from Senate rules okay.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 3/10 from Senate gov do pass.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 3/9 Senate gov do pass; report awaited.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 3/2 Senate gov held.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 2/24 referred to Senate gov.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 2/17 passed House 31-28; ready for Senate.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 2/12 House COW approved.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 2/11 from House rules okay.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 1/28 from House reg affairs do pass.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 1/27 House reg affairs do pass; report awaited.
GRRC; PETITION TO REQUEST REVIEW 1/13 referred to House reg affairs.
H2057: CONSULAR IDENTIFICATION CARDS; ALLOWED USE Questions/Comments

The state and its political subdivisions are required to accept a consular identification card issued by a foreign government as a valid form of identification, instead of being prohibited from accepting the cards.

First sponsor: Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29)


 
H2057 Daily History  Date Action
CONSULAR IDENTIFICATION CARDS; ALLOWED USE 2/3 referred to House state-intl.
H2113: ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS Questions/Comments

The Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) is prohibited from paying an employer earnings attributable to excess contributions but is required to reduce the amount returned to an employer by the amount of losses attributable to the excess contributions. On receipt of an employer credit or check for excess contributions, the employer is required to return any member portion of the returned contributions to the member. If less than the correct amount of employer or member contributions is paid into ASRS by an employer, the correct amount of member contributions is prohibited from being paid to ASRS after the death of the member.

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


 
H2113 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS 3/10 from Senate rules okay.
ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS 3/5 from Senate fin do pass.
ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS 3/4 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS 2/24 referred to Senate fin.
ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS 2/6 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS 2/3 from House rules okay.
ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS 1/23 from House gov do pass.
ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS 1/23 House gov do pass; report awaited.
ASRS; EMPLOYER; MEMBER; CONTRIBUTIONS 1/16 referred to House gov.
H2138: COMMON LAW MARRIAGE CONFIRMATION; CAREGIVERS Questions/Comments

If two persons live together in partnership for at least two consecutive years at the time of the death of one of the persons, the surviving person is permitted to apply to the clerk of the superior court in any county to receive a marriage license confirming a common law marriage. Evidence that the surviving person is required to provide is listed, including that the two persons are the parents of one or more children together, and that the surviving person acted as a caregiver to the deceased person. If the clerk finds that the surviving person has provided the evidence, the clerk is required to issue a marriage license confirming a common law marriage to the surviving person, dated on the date the persons began living together in partnership. Retroactive to September 1, 2017.

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


 
H2138 Daily History  Date Action
COMMON LAW MARRIAGE CONFIRMATION; CAREGIVERS 2/20 House jud held.
COMMON LAW MARRIAGE CONFIRMATION; CAREGIVERS 1/29 referred to House jud.
H2145: PSPRS; CORP; DEATH BENEFITS; SUICIDE Questions/Comments

For the purpose of Public Safety Personnel Retirement System and Corrections Officer Retirement Plan death benefits, the definition of "killed in the line of duty" is modified to include suicide, if the decedent had received counseling. Retroactive to January 1, 2019. AS PASSED HOUSE.

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


 
H2145 Daily History  Date Action
PSPRS; CORP; DEATH BENEFITS; SUICIDE 2/27 FAILED House 19-41.
PSPRS; CORP; DEATH BENEFITS; SUICIDE 2/27 House COW approved with amend #4415 and floor amend 4583.
PSPRS; CORP; DEATH BENEFITS; SUICIDE 2/26 retained on House COW calendar.
PSPRS; CORP; DEATH BENEFITS; SUICIDE 2/25 from House rules okay.
PSPRS; CORP; DEATH BENEFITS; SUICIDE 2/24 from House gov with amend #4415.
PSPRS; CORP; DEATH BENEFITS; SUICIDE 2/20 from House pub safety do pass.
PSPRS; CORP; DEATH BENEFITS; SUICIDE 2/19 House pub safety do pass; report awaited.
PSPRS; CORP; DEATH BENEFITS; SUICIDE 2/6 referred to House gov, pub safety.
H2157: PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK Questions/Comments

In the computation of average monthly benefit compensation for the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, a period of nonpaid or partially paid industrial leave must be considered based on the compensation the employee would have received in the employee's job classification if the employee was not on industrial leave. Payment of benefits to a Public Safety Personnel Retirement System, Corrections Officer Retirement Plan or Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan member are required to commence no later than April 1 of the calendar year following the later of the date the member terminates employment or the calendar year in which the member attains 72 years of age, increased from 70.5 years of age. AS PASSED HOUSE.

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 
H2157 Daily History  Date Action
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 3/17 from Senate rules okay.
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 3/12 from Senate fin with amend #4846.
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 3/11 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 2/24 referred to Senate fin.
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 2/20 passed House 59-1; ready for Senate.
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 2/20 House COW approved with amend #4042.
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 2/17 from House rules okay.
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 1/30 from House gov with amend #4042.
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 1/30 House gov amended; report awaited.
PSPRS; BENEFIT COMPUTATION; RETURN-TO-WORK 1/16 referred to House gov.
H2190: STATE EMPLOYEES; PAID FAMILY LEAVE Questions/Comments

Grants state employees six weeks of paid leave per fiscal year for the birth of a child or placement of a child in connection with foster care or adoption. The Department of Administration is required to establish procedures to be used by an eligible state employee to receive compensation during family leave.

First sponsor: Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18)
Others: Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Rep. Cano (D - Dist 3), Rep. Espinoza (D - Dist 19), Rep. Gabaldon (D - Dist 2), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. Lieberman (D - Dist 28), Rep. Longdon (D - Dist 24), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24), Rep. Sierra (D - Dist 19), Rep. Terán (D - Dist 30), Rep. Thorpe (R - Dist 6)


 
H2190 Daily History  Date Action
STATE EMPLOYEES; PAID FAMILY LEAVE 5/19 referred to House rules only.
H2242: TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS Questions/Comments

Deletes authorization for securities owned by the permanent endowment funds to be loaned to the financial or dealer community under certain circumstances. Deletes authorization for permanent endowment securities to be sold at a price below par or cost if the proceeds of the sale are reinvested in securities whose incremental yield will recover the dollar loss.

First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)
Others: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)


 
H2242 Daily History  Date Action
TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS 3/17 from Senate rules okay.
TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS 3/10 from Senate gov do pass.
TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS 3/9 Senate gov do pass; report awaited.
TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS 2/27 referred to Senate gov.
TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS 2/25 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS 2/17 from House rules okay.
TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS 1/23 from House gov do pass.
TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS 1/23 House gov do pass; report awaited.
TREASURER; INVESTMENT OF TRUST FUNDS 1/16 referred to House gov.
H2261: BUDGET UNITS; ENCUMBRANCE DOCUMENTS; EXCEPTION Questions/Comments

If a claim for an administrative expenditure falls under one of the categories of budget unit expenditures that are exempt from the requirement to have an encumbrance document, the expenditure is not required to be encumbered.

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


 
H2261 Daily History  Date Action
BUDGET UNITS; ENCUMBRANCE DOCUMENTS; EXCEPTION 2/27 referred to Senate appro.
BUDGET UNITS; ENCUMBRANCE DOCUMENTS; EXCEPTION 2/25 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
BUDGET UNITS; ENCUMBRANCE DOCUMENTS; EXCEPTION 2/17 from House rules okay.
BUDGET UNITS; ENCUMBRANCE DOCUMENTS; EXCEPTION 2/6 from House gov do pass.
BUDGET UNITS; ENCUMBRANCE DOCUMENTS; EXCEPTION 2/6 House gov do pass; report awaited.
BUDGET UNITS; ENCUMBRANCE DOCUMENTS; EXCEPTION 1/29 referred to House gov.
H2263: PSPRS; NORMAL RETIREMENT; AGE Questions/Comments

For an employee who becomes a member of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System on or after July 1, 2017, the "normal retirement date" is changed to the first day of the calendar month immediately following the employee's completion of 15 years of credited service if the employee is at least 54 years of age, reduced from 55. Retroactive to July 1, 2017.

First sponsor: Rep. Espinoza (D - Dist 19)


 
H2263 Daily History  Date Action
PSPRS; NORMAL RETIREMENT; AGE 1/22 referred to House gov.
H2264: PROCUREMENT; VETERANS; ARIZONA BIDDERS; PREFERENCE Questions/Comments

For procurement contracts awarded by competitive sealed bid, a purchasing agency is required to give preference to a "veteran-owned business" or an "Arizona bidder" (both defined) in a specified order over nonresident bidders if there are two or more low, responsive offers from responsible bidders that are identical in price.

First sponsor: Rep. Espinoza (D - Dist 19)


 
H2264 Daily History  Date Action
PROCUREMENT; VETERANS; ARIZONA BIDDERS; PREFERENCE 5/19 referred to House rules only.
H2357: ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM Questions/Comments

If the Arizona State Retirement System Board determines that a self-insurance program should no longer be offered, the monies in the self-insurance program account must be used to provide any remaining benefits and to pay administration costs for the program or health insurance premium payments. If those liabilities are satisfied, the Board is required to return any remaining monies to the employer. Previously, the monies were required to be transferred to another account of ASRS as determined by the Board.

First sponsor: Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)


 
H2357 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 2/24 referred to Senate fin.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 2/13 passed House 59-0; ready for Senate.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 2/11 from House rules okay.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 1/30 from House gov do pass.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 1/30 House gov do pass; report awaited.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 1/21 referred to House gov.
H2398: INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS Questions/Comments

The list of persons exempt from licensure as an insurance producer is expanded to include a person whose activities in Arizona are limited to providing a website or other electronic platform for insurers or insurance producers to sell insurance, and a person that processes payments or charges for insurance premiums if the person does not sell, solicit or negotiate insurance.

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


 
H2398 Daily History  Date Action
INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS 3/10 from Senate rules okay.
INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS 3/5 from Senate fin do pass.
INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS 3/4 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS 2/24 referred to Senate fin.
INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS 2/12 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS 2/3 from House rules okay.
INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS 1/28 from House reg affairs do pass.
INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS 1/27 House reg affairs do pass; report awaited.
INSURANCE PRODUCER LICENSING; EXCEPTIONS 1/22 referred to House reg affairs.
H2403: SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES Questions/Comments

Administrative expenses associated with the cancellation of a service contract are prohibited from exceeding $75 or 10 percent of the purchase price of the contract, whichever is less, and are prohibited from exceeding the amount of the pro rata refund due to the service contract holder. Service contracts are required to disclose whether the contract covers or excludes preexisting conditions.

First sponsor: Rep. Grantham (R - Dist 12)


 
H2403 Daily History  Date Action
SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 3/17 from Senate rules okay.
SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 3/12 from Senate fin with amend #4845.
SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 3/11 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 2/24 referred to Senate fin.
SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 2/12 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 2/3 from House rules okay.
SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 1/28 from House reg affairs do pass.
SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 1/27 House reg affairs do pass; report awaited.
SERVICE CONTRACTS; REFUNDS; ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES 1/22 referred to House reg affairs.
H2406: STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES Questions/Comments

The State Treasurer is required to contract for all "financial services" (defined) required by any state agency, instead of only banking services, and state agencies are prohibited from contracting for financial services except with the written permission of the State Treasurer. A merchant servicer or payment service provider is authorized to provide "payment processing and gateway services" (defined). AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Shope (R - Dist 8)


 
H2406 Daily History  Date Action
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 3/23 signed by governor; Chap. 19, Laws 2020. message
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 3/16 passed Senate 27-0; ready for governor.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 3/10 from Senate rules okay.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 3/5 from Senate fin do pass.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 3/4 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 2/24 referred to Senate fin.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 2/19 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 2/11 from House rules okay.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 2/6 from House appro do pass.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 2/6 House appro do pass; report awaited.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 2/5 House appro do pass; report awaited.
STATE TREASURER; FINANCIAL SERVICES 1/27 referred to House appro.
H2420: INSURANCE; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; STEP THERAPY Questions/Comments

Adds a new chapter to Title 20 (Insurance) governing "Step Therapy Protocols," defined as a protocol or program that establishes the specific sequence in which prescription drugs that are for a specified medical condition and that are medically appropriate for a particular patient are covered by a health care insurer under a health care plan. Establishes requirements for clinical review criteria. If coverage of a prescription drug for the treatment of any medical condition is restricted for use by a health care insurer, pharmacy benefits manager or utilization review organization through the use of a step therapy protocol, the patient and prescribing practitioner must have access to a clear and convenient process to request a step therapy exception determination, and an exception must be granted if sufficient evidence of any of a list of circumstances is submitted. Unless an exigent circumstance exists, a health care insurer, pharmacy benefits manager or utilization review organization is required to respond to a request for a step therapy exception determination within 72 hours after receipt of all required documentation. On granting a step therapy exception determination, the health care insurer, pharmacy benefits manager or utilization review organization is required to authorize coverage for the prescription drug prescribed by the patient's treating health care provider. Applies to any policy, contract or evidence of coverage delivered, issued for delivery or renewed on or after December 31, 2021. AS PASSED HOUSE.

First sponsor: Rep. Barto (R - Dist 15)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24)


 
H2420 Daily History  Date Action
INSURANCE; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; STEP THERAPY 3/2 withdrawn from Senate trans-pub safety; referred to Senate fin.
INSURANCE; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; STEP THERAPY 3/2 referred to Senate trans-pub safety.
INSURANCE; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; STEP THERAPY 2/27 House COW approved with floor amend #4589. Passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
INSURANCE; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; STEP THERAPY 2/26 retained on House COW calendar.
INSURANCE; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; STEP THERAPY 2/25 from House rules okay.
INSURANCE; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; STEP THERAPY 2/10 from House hel-hu ser with amend #4121.
INSURANCE; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; STEP THERAPY 2/6 House hel-hu ser amended; report awaited.
INSURANCE; PRESCRIPTION DRUGS; STEP THERAPY 1/29 referred to House hel-hu ser.
H2428: MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT; DISABILITY; RENAL DISEASE Questions/Comments

Any insurer that offers Medicare supplement insurance policies in Arizona to persons who are at least 65 years of age is required to also offer Medicare supplement insurance policies to persons who are eligible for and enrolled in Medicare due to a disability or end-stage renal disease. All benefits and coverages that apply to a Medicare enrollee who is at least 65 years of age must also apply to a Medicare enrollee who is enrolled due to a disability or end-stage renal disease. Any premium charged to an enrollee who qualifies for Medicare due to a disability or end-stage renal disease cannot be excessive or unfairly discriminatory compared to the premium charged to an enrollee who qualifies for Medicare due to being at least 65 years of age. A Medicare supplement insurance policy cannot prohibit a payment made by a third party on behalf of an enrollee if full payment is made in a timely manner as provided in the policy.

First sponsor: Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28)


 
H2428 Daily History  Date Action
MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT; DISABILITY; RENAL DISEASE 5/19 referred to House rules only.
H2495: STATE JUDGMENTS; LIENS; HOMESTEAD; ENFORCEMENT Questions/Comments

A civil judgment in favor of the state becomes a lien on the real property of the judgment debtor, including the judgment debtor's homestead property, that is located in the county in which the judgment is recorded, whether the property is then owned by the judgment debtor or is later acquired, from the time of recording until satisfied or lifted. Applies retroactively to all judgments in favor of the state without regard to when the judgment was recorded. Civil judgments obtained by the state that are entered on or after September 13, 2013, or that were entered before September 13, 2013 and that were current and collectible under the laws applicable on that date are exempt from statute allowing a writ of execution or other process to be issued to enforce a judgment. Previously, all civil judgments obtained by the state were exempt.

First sponsor: Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)


 
H2495 Daily History  Date Action
STATE JUDGMENTS; LIENS; HOMESTEAD; ENFORCEMENT 3/12 from Senate fin do pass.
STATE JUDGMENTS; LIENS; HOMESTEAD; ENFORCEMENT 3/11 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
STATE JUDGMENTS; LIENS; HOMESTEAD; ENFORCEMENT 2/27 referred to Senate fin.
STATE JUDGMENTS; LIENS; HOMESTEAD; ENFORCEMENT 2/25 passed House 59-1; ready for Senate.
STATE JUDGMENTS; LIENS; HOMESTEAD; ENFORCEMENT 2/17 from House rules okay.
STATE JUDGMENTS; LIENS; HOMESTEAD; ENFORCEMENT 2/12 from House ways-means do pass.
STATE JUDGMENTS; LIENS; HOMESTEAD; ENFORCEMENT 2/12 House ways-means do pass; report awaited.
STATE JUDGMENTS; LIENS; HOMESTEAD; ENFORCEMENT 1/29 referred to House ways-means.
H2510: CONTRACEPTION; COST SHARING PROHIBITION Questions/Comments

Health services corporations and group disability insurers that provide coverage for prescription drugs are prohibited from imposing deductibles, coinsurance, copayments or other cost containment measures for intrauterine devices, prescription barrier methods or male sterilization. Disability insurance policies that include prescription drug coverage are required to provide coverage for any prescribed drug or device that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for use as a contraceptive, and are prohibited from including any cost sharing requirements for contraceptive drugs, intrauterine devices, prescription barrier methods or male sterilization.

First sponsor: Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26)
Others: Rep. Andrade (D - Dist 29), Rep. Blanc (D - Dist 26), Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28), 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. Longdon (D - Dist 24), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Rep. Peten (D - Dist 4), Rep. Powers Hannley (D - Dist 9), Rep. Rodriguez (D - Dist 27), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7), Rep. Terán (D - Dist 30), Rep. Tsosie (D - Dist 7)


 
H2510 Daily History  Date Action
CONTRACEPTION; COST SHARING PROHIBITION 5/19 referred to House rules only.
H2532: PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM Questions/Comments

By January 1, 2021, the Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions is required to approve a uniform prior authorization request form for prescription drugs, devices or durable medical equipment and a uniform prior authorization request form for all other health care procedures, treatments and services. By January 1, 2022, all providers are required to use only the forms and all health care services plans and utilization review agents must accept and process prior authorization requests submitted using the forms. Requirements for the form are specified. AS PASSED HOUSE.

First sponsor: Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24)
Others: Rep. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Campbell (R - Dist 1), Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16), Rep. Nutt (R - Dist 14), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Roberts (R - Dist 11), Rep. Udall (R - Dist 25)


 
H2532 Daily History  Date Action
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 3/17 from Senate rules okay.
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 3/11 from Senate hel-hu ser do pass.
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 3/11 Senate hel-hu ser do pass; report awaited.
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 3/2 referred to Senate hel-hu ser.
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 2/28 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 2/24 House COW approved with floor amend #4442.
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 2/11 from House rules okay.
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 1/30 from House hel-hu ser do pass.
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 1/30 House hel-hu ser do pass; report awaited.
PRIOR AUTHORIZATION; UNIFORM REQUEST FORM 1/28 referred to House hel-hu ser.
H2568: HEALTH INSURANCE; DEPENDENT COVERAGE Questions/Comments

If a health care insurer offers dependent coverage, the insurer is required to make the coverage available until the child reaches 26 years of age.

First sponsor: Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3)


 
H2568 Daily History  Date Action
HEALTH INSURANCE; DEPENDENT COVERAGE 1/27 referred to House hel-hu ser, com.
H2604: CONSULAR IDENTIFICATION CARDS; PERMITTED USE Questions/Comments

The state and its political subdivisions are required, instead of prohibited, to accept a consular identification card issued by a foreign government as a valid form of identification if the foreign government uses "biometric identity verification techniques" (defined) in issuing the consular identification card.

First sponsor: Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21)


 
H2604 Daily History  Date Action
CONSULAR IDENTIFICATION CARDS; PERMITTED USE 3/4 passed House 41-19; ready for Senate. 3/5 referred to Senate gov.
CONSULAR IDENTIFICATION CARDS; PERMITTED USE 2/24 from House rules okay.
CONSULAR IDENTIFICATION CARDS; PERMITTED USE 2/5 from House state-intl do pass.
CONSULAR IDENTIFICATION CARDS; PERMITTED USE 2/5 House state-intl do pass; report awaited.
CONSULAR IDENTIFICATION CARDS; PERMITTED USE 1/30 referred to House state-intl.
H2628: HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS Questions/Comments

Various changes to statutes relating to health insurance. The article of statute regulating insurance holding company systems applies to all service corporations. Statute prohibiting payment for services to persons other than the assignee apply to a hospital and medical service corporation. Hospital, medical, dental and optometric service corporations are no longer prohibited from influencing the subscriber in the subscriber's free choice of hospital or practitioner. Modifies reporting requirements due dates. Statute establishing requirements for premium rates and rating practices does not apply if a small employer obtains a health benefits plan that is subject to and complies with specified federal law. Modifies exemptions from utilization review activities. AS PASSED HOUSE.

First sponsor: Rep. Bolick (R - Dist 20)
Others: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22)


 
H2628 Daily History  Date Action
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS 3/17 from Senate rules okay.
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS 3/12 from Senate fin do pass.
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS 3/11 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS 2/25 referred to Senate fin.
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS 2/24 House COW approved with amend #4170 and floor amend 4437; passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS 2/17 from House rules okay.
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS 2/12 from House com with amend #4170.
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS 2/11 House com do pass; report awaited.
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; AMENDMENTS 1/29 referred to House com.
H2631: PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION Questions/Comments

Various changes to statues governing the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) and Corrections Officer Retirement Plan (CORP). The powers and duties of PSPRS local boards and CORP local boards are expanded to include deciding all questions of eligibility for disability and in the line of duty death benefits, and a uniform process for reviewing applications for these benefits is established. Each PSPRS local board and CORP local board is required to hire an independent legal counsel. PSPRS and CORP local board members, secretaries and independent counsel are required to complete local board training within 180 days after appointment or election. PSPRS and CORP employers and local boards are required to submit any materials requested by the PSPRS Board of Trustees for any reason. If the PSPRS Board of Trustees finds through an audit or investigation that a local board is not incompliance with statute or rule, the local board has 60 days to take corrective action, and failure to take adequate correction action authorizes the Board of Trustees to act on behalf of that local board until the matter is resolved. PSPRS and CORP local boards are authorized to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with other local boards to consolidate the boards. Effective January 1, 2021.

First sponsor: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6)


 
H2631 Daily History  Date Action
PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION 3/10 from Senate rules okay.
PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION 3/5 from Senate fin do pass.
PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION 3/4 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION 2/27 referred to Senate fin.
PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION 2/25 passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION 2/17 from House rules okay.
PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION 1/30 from House gov do pass.
PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION 1/30 House gov do pass; report awaited.
PSPRS; LOCAL BOARDS; DUTIES; CONSOLIDATION 1/28 referred to House gov.
H2643: INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES Questions/Comments

A contract entered into or renewed on or after January 1, 2021, between an optometric service corporation, health care services organization or disability insurer and an licensed optometrist cannot require the optometrist to provide services to an individual covered under a subscription contract, evidence of coverage or insurance policy based on a fee set by the corporation, organization or insurer unless the service for which the fee applies is a "covered service" (defined) under the individual's contract, coverage or policy. These contracts are also prohibited from requiring an optometrist to use specific vendors to replenish inventory of spectacle lenses, and from prohibiting an optometrist from offering or providing a vision service that is not a covered service at a fee determined by the optometrist. AS PASSED HOUSE.

First sponsor: Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)
Others: Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
H2643 Daily History  Date Action
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 3/10 from Senate rules okay.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 3/5 from Senate fin do pass.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 3/4 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 2/25 referred to Senate fin.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 2/24 House COW approved with amend #4167 and floor amend 4438; passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 2/17 from House rules okay.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 2/12 from House com with amend #4167.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 2/11 House com amended; report awaited.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 2/11 from House reg affairs do pass.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 2/10 House reg affairs do pass; report awaited.
INSURANCE; OPTOMETRISTS; CONTRACTS; COVERED SERVICES 1/29 referred to House reg affairs, com.
H2685: GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT Questions/Comments

In any written communication between a state agency or a municipality and a person that demands payment of a tax, fee, penalty, fine or assessment or that denies an application for a permit or license, the state agency or municipality is required to provide the name, telephone number and email address of the employee who is authorized and able to provide information about the communication. An employee who is authorized and able to provide information about any such communication is required to reply within five business days after the state agency or municipality receives that communication.

First sponsor: Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)
Others: Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Rep. Kern (R - Dist 20), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22), Rep. Petersen (R - Dist 12)


 
H2685 Daily History  Date Action
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT 3/17 from Senate rules okay.
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT 3/10 from Senate gov do pass.
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT 3/9 Senate gov do pass; report awaited.
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT 3/2 referred to Senate gov.
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT 2/26 passed House 59-0; ready for Senate.
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT 2/17 from House rules okay.
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT 2/11 from House reg affairs do pass.
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT 2/10 House reg affairs do pass; report awaited.
GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE; POINT OF CONTACT 2/3 referred to House reg affairs.
H2690: STATE AGENCIES; VETERANS STATUS; INQUIRY Questions/Comments

All state agencies, boards, commissions or other administrative units of the state are required to ask every individual at the initial point of service with that individual and to print on each application form the question "Have you or a family member ever served in the military?" Effective January 1, 2021.

First sponsor: Rep. Andrade (D - Dist 29)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blanc (D - Dist 26), Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28), Rep. Campbell (R - Dist 1), Rep. Cano (D - Dist 3), Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22), Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29), Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5), Rep. DeGrazia (D - Dist 10), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. Engel (D - Dist 10), Rep. Grantham (R - Dist 12), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. D. Hernandez (D - Dist 2), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Rep. Lawrence (R - Dist 23), Rep. Lieberman (D - Dist 28), Rep. Meza (D - Dist 30), Rep. Nutt (R - Dist 14), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Powers Hannley (D - Dist 9), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7), Rep. Terán (D - Dist 30), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22), Rep. Townsend (R - Dist 16), Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)


 
H2690 Daily History  Date Action
STATE AGENCIES; VETERANS STATUS; INQUIRY 2/17 from House rules okay.
STATE AGENCIES; VETERANS STATUS; INQUIRY 2/11 from House mil-vet with amend #4137.
STATE AGENCIES; VETERANS STATUS; INQUIRY 2/10 House mil-vet amended; report awaited.
STATE AGENCIES; VETERANS STATUS; INQUIRY 2/3 referred to House mil-vet.
H2713: AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS Questions/Comments

Modifies statutes governing fees and other expenses the court awards to a party that prevails in an action against the state or a county or municipality by an adjudication on the merits. An award of fees against the state or a county or municipality cannot exceed $125,000, increased from $75,000, for fees incurred at each level of judicial appeal. The maximum rate for attorney fees awarded is $350 per hour for any awards of attorney fees against the state or a county or municipality, instead of only for specified cases, and the maximum rate of $75 per hour for all other cases is deleted. A person is entitled to have an agency not base a decision regarding any filing or other matter submitted to an agency on a requirement or condition that is not specifically authorized by statute, rule or state tribal gaming compact, and an agency is prohibited from doing so. A determination by an agency that an application is not administratively complete is an appealable agency action. More. Changes relating to expenses awarded by the court apply to all proceedings that are pending on or filed after the effective date of this legislation.

First sponsor: Rep. Grantham (R - Dist 12)
Others: Rep. Pierce (R - Dist 1)


 
H2713 Daily History  Date Action
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 3/17 from Senate rules okay.
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 3/10 from Senate gov with amend #4822.
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 3/9 Senate gov amended; report awaited.
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 3/2 Senate gov held.
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 2/24 referred to Senate gov.
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 2/17 passed House 31-29; ready for Senate.
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 2/11 from House rules okay.
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 2/3 from House reg affairs do pass.
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 2/3 House reg affairs do pass; report awaited.
AGENCY ACTIONS; PROCEDURES; FEE AWARDS 1/28 referred to House reg affairs.
H2717: TREASURER; PENSION PREFUNDING; INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS Questions/Comments

The State Treasurer is authorized to invest and reinvest pension prefunding plan monies in equity securities for pension prefunding plan investment accounts. Pension prefunding plan monies are for the purpose of allowing employers that provide a "defined benefit pension" (defined) plan to their employees to prefund the employer's required defined benefit pension payments. AS PASSED HOUSE.

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


 
H2717 Daily History  Date Action
TREASURER; PENSION PREFUNDING; INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 3/2 referred to Senate fin.
TREASURER; PENSION PREFUNDING; INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 2/27 House COW approved with amend #4252. Passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
TREASURER; PENSION PREFUNDING; INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 2/25 from House rules okay.
TREASURER; PENSION PREFUNDING; INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 2/13 from House gov with amend #4252.
TREASURER; PENSION PREFUNDING; INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 2/13 House gov amended; report awaited.
TREASURER; PENSION PREFUNDING; INVESTMENT ACCOUNTS 2/4 referred to House gov.
H2722: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE DECISIONS; REVIEW Questions/Comments

A state agency, board or commission is no longer authorized to review the decision of an administrative law judge and accept, reject or modify it, and the decision of the agency head is no longer the final administrative decision. A party may appeal the written decision of the administrative law judge, instead of a final administrative decision of the agency head. The court is required to affirm the written decision of the administrative law judge unless the court finds by clear and convincing evidence that the written decision is erroneous. Previously, the court was required to affirm the agency action unless the court concluded that the action was contrary to law, not supported by substantial evidence or was arbitrary and capricious.

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


 
H2722 Daily History  Date Action
ADMINISTRATIVE LAW JUDGE DECISIONS; REVIEW 5/19 referred to House rules only.
H2740: BARBERING; COSMETOLOGY; CONSOLIDATION (TITLE 32) (BARBERING, COSMETOLOGY, MASSAGE THERAPY; CONSOLIDATION) Questions/Comments

The Board of Cosmetology is renamed the Barbering and Cosmetology Board (BC Board), and BC Board membership is modified, including to add a member who has actively practiced barbering. Session law allows persons serving as members of the Board of Cosmetology to continue to serve on the BC Board until the expiration of their normal terms. The BC Board succeeds to the authority, powers, duties and responsibilities of the Board of Barbers on January 1, 2021. All administrative matters, contracts and judicial and quasi-judicial actions, whether completed, pending or in process, of the Board of Barbers are transferred to and retain the same status with the BC Board on January 1, 2021. All certificates, licenses, registrations, permits and other indicia of qualification and authority retain their validity for the duration of their terms. The BC Board is required to study licenses and fees that are issued by the BC Board, determine whether changes are needed, and report to the Governor and the Legislature by November 1, 2022. The BC Board is authorized to use up to $750,000 from the Barbering and Cosmetology Fund (previously named the Board of Cosmetology Fund) to assist in the study and report. Effective January 1, 2021. AS PASSED HOUSE.

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


 
H2740 Daily History  Date Action
BARBERING; COSMETOLOGY; CONSOLIDATION (TITLE 32) 3/2 referred to Senate com.
BARBERING, COSMETOLOGY, MASSAGE THERAPY; CONSOLIDATION 2/27 House COW approved with amend #4429 and floor amend 4597. NOTE SHORT TITLE CHANGE. Passed House 60-0; ready for Senate.
BARBERING, COSMETOLOGY, MASSAGE THERAPY; CONSOLIDATION 2/25 from House rules okay.
BARBERING, COSMETOLOGY, MASSAGE THERAPY; CONSOLIDATION 2/24 from House gov with amend #4429.
BARBERING, COSMETOLOGY, MASSAGE THERAPY; CONSOLIDATION 2/20 House gov amended; report awaited.
BARBERING, COSMETOLOGY, MASSAGE THERAPY; CONSOLIDATION 2/4 referred to House gov.
H2764: MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS Questions/Comments

Numerous changes to statutes relating to mental health. Adds a new chapter to Title 20 (Insurance) requiring each health care insurer that issues a health plan in Arizona to comply with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Requires the Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI) to evaluate health plan compliance and enforce related regulations. Appropriates $200,000 and one FTE position from the general fund in FY2020-21 to DIFI to administer the mental health parity requirements of this legislation. Prohibits health care insurers that issue a health plan including mental health or substance use disorder benefits for a minor solely on the grounds that the service was provided in a school or ordered by a court. Establishes a Mental Health Parity Advisory Committee to advise the Directors of the DIFI and the Department of Health Services (DHS) on matters relating to mental health parity. Establishes the Suicide Mortality Review Team in DHS to develop a suicide mortalities data collection system and study the adequacy of statutes and services to determine changes needed to decrease the incidence of preventable suicides and take steps to implement those changes. DHS is authorized to use monies in the Child Fatality Review Fund to staff the Review Team. Establishes the Children's Behavior Health Services Fund, to be administered by DHS and used to enter into an agreement with one or more contractors for children's behavioral health services. Appropriates $8 million from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the Fund. By January 1, 2021, the Arizona Department of Education (ADE) is required to contract with a research entity to conduct a study to determine the adequacy of behavioral health services offered in school districts and charter schools in Arizona. Information that must be included in the study is specified. By June 30, 2023, ADE is required to submit a report summarizing the research study to the Governor and the Legislature. Appropriates $300,000 from the general fund in FY2020-21 to ADE for the research study. Requires DIFI and DHS to adopt various rules relating to this legislation.

First sponsor: Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)
Others: Rep. Barto (R - Dist 15), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28), Rep. Chavez (D - Dist 29), Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. D. Hernandez (D - Dist 2), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17), Rep. Osborne (R - Dist 13), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Shope (R - Dist 8), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)


 
H2764 Daily History  Date Action
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 3/3 House COW approved with floor amend #4698. See substituted bill #1523.
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/27 retained on House COW calendar.
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/26 from House rules okay.
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/25 from House appro with amend #4478;
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/24 from House hel-hu ser with amend #4427.
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/24 House appro amended; report awaited.
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/4 referred to House hel-hu ser, appro.
H2769: GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING Questions/Comments

Adds a new article to Title 14 (Trusts, Estates and Protective Proceedings) regulating "supported decision-making agreements," defined as an agreement between an adult with a "disability" (defined as a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities) and a "supporter" (defined) to enable the adult to make life decisions without impeding the adult's self-determination. An adult is authorized to voluntarily enter into a supported decision-making agreement to authorize the supporter to provide supported decision-making, assist the adult with accessing relevant information and understanding that information, and assist the adult in communicating the adult's decisions to appropriate persons. The supported decision-making agreement is required to set forth the rights and obligations of both the adult and the supporter. If the supporter acts with intimidation or deception in procuring the supported decision-making agreement, the supporter is subject to criminal prosecution and civil penalties. The supporter is prohibited from receiving compensation as a result of the supporter's duties under a supported-decision making agreement. An "interested person" (defined) is authorized to file a verified petition with the superior court to determine the validity of the supported decision-making agreement. A supported decision-making agreement is required to be signed by the adult and the supporter in the presence of two or more subscribing witnesses or a notary public. A supported decision-making agreement terminates if at any time the adult becomes an "incapacitated person" (defined elsewhere in statute) or on the appointment of a guardian. Establishes a standard form for supported decision-making agreements and requires supported decision-making agreements to be in substantially that form. A supported decision-making agreement is added to the definition of “governing instrument” for the purpose of Title 14 (Trusts, Estates and Protective Proceedings). Effective January 1, 2021. AS PASSED HOUSE.

First sponsor: Rep. Longdon (D - Dist 24)
Others: Rep. J. Allen (R - Dist 15)


 
H2769 Daily History  Date Action
GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING 3/2 referred to Senate jud.
GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING 2/27 House COW approved with amend #4432 and floor amend 4598. Passed House 59-1; ready for Senate.
GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING 2/26 retained on House COW calendar.
GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING 2/25 from House rules okay.
GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING 2/24 from House jud with amend #4432.
GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING 2/21 House jud amended; report awaited.
GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING 2/20 House jud held.
GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING 2/12 House jud held.
GUARDIANSHIP; SUPPORTED DECISION-MAKING 2/6 referred to House jud.
H2788: INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITIONS; ESSENTIAL BENEFITS Questions/Comments

Every health care insurer that offers an individual or small employer group health plan in Arizona is required to provide coverage for at least the following ten essential benefits: ambulatory services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health and substance abuse disorder services, prescription drugs, rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices, laboratory services, preventive and wellness services, and pediatric services, including oral and vision care. Health care insurers cannot prohibit or deny a health plan for an individual under an individual or small employer group plan based solely on the individual's health status, include preexisting condition exclusions or limitations in any health plan, cancel or refuse to renew a health plan based solely on an individual's preexisting condition, impose annual or lifetime dollar limits on the essential benefits listed, or apply any additional deductible, copayment or coinsurance based solely on an individual's preexisting condition.

First sponsor: Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28)
Others: Rep. Epstein (D - Dist 18), Rep. Fernandez (D - Dist 4), Rep. Friese (D - Dist 9), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Powers Hannley (D - Dist 9), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26)


 
H2788 Daily History  Date Action
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITIONS; ESSENTIAL BENEFITS 2/6 referred to House hel-hu ser.
H2846: PUBLIC OFFICIALS; ENTITIES; CIVIL LIABILITY Questions/Comments

A public entity is not liable for damages as a result of an injury caused by any act or omission by a public officer who renders emergency care gratuitously and in good faith in a public building, at a public gathering on the grounds of a public building, or at the scene of an emergency, or as the result of any act or failure to act to provide or arrange for further medical treatment for the injured person, unless the public officer is guilty of gross negligence.

First sponsor: Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24)
Others: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Friese (D - Dist 9), Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)


 
H2846 Daily History  Date Action
PUBLIC OFFICIALS; ENTITIES; CIVIL LIABILITY 2/27 from House rules okay.
PUBLIC OFFICIALS; ENTITIES; CIVIL LIABILITY 2/24 from House hel-hu ser do pass.
PUBLIC OFFICIALS; ENTITIES; CIVIL LIABILITY 2/20 House hel-hu ser do pass; report awaited.
PUBLIC OFFICIALS; ENTITIES; CIVIL LIABILITY 2/12 referred to House hel-hu ser.
H2864: RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; INVESTMENTS; PRIVATE PRISONS Questions/Comments

The Arizona State Retirement System Board and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board of Trustees are prohibited from making additional or new investments or renewing existing investments in a private prison company. By July 1, 2022, these boards are required to liquidate all investments in any private prison company.

First sponsor: Rep. Peten (D - Dist 4)
Others: Rep. Bolding (D - Dist 27), Rep. Cano (D - Dist 3), Rep. DeGrazia (D - Dist 10), Rep. Fernandez (D - Dist 4), Rep. Gabaldon (D - Dist 2), Rep. D. Hernandez (D - Dist 2), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Powers Hannley (D - Dist 9), Rep. Rodriguez (D - Dist 27), Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7)


 
H2864 Daily History  Date Action
RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; INVESTMENTS; PRIVATE PRISONS 2/12 referred to House gov.
H2874: RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; INVESTMENTS; FOSSIL FUELS Questions/Comments

The Arizona State Retirement System Board and the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System Board of Trustees are prohibited from making additional or new investments or renewing existing investments in a fossil fuel company. By July 1, 2022, these boards are required to liquidate all investments in any fossil fuel company.

First sponsor: Rep. Cano (D - Dist 3)


 
H2874 Daily History  Date Action
RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; INVESTMENTS; FOSSIL FUELS 2/12 referred to House gov.
H2878: PUBLIC RESOURCES; PROHIBITED; DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS Questions/Comments

Except as required by a court order, a state agency, political subdivision or an employee of an agency or political subdivision acting in the employee's official capacity is prohibited from knowingly and willingly participating in any way in the enforcement of any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation issued, enacted or promulgated regarding the deportation of a person who received protection from deportation from the deferred action for childhood arrivals policy, and from using any assets, state monies or monies allocated by the state to political subdivisions on or after the effective date of this legislation to engage in any activity that aids a federal agency, federal agent or corporation providing services to the federal government in the enforcement or any investigation for the enforcement of any federal act, law, order, rule or regulation issued, enacted or promulgated regarding the deportation of a person who received protection from deportation from the deferred action for childhood arrivals policy. The State Treasurer is prohibited from transferring any monies to a political subdivision in the fiscal year after a final judicial determination is made that the political subdivision adopted a rule, order, ordinance or policy that intentionally violated this prohibition. An agent or employee that knowingly violates this prohibition is subject to a civil penalty of up to $3,000 for a first violation and is guilty of a class 1 (highest) misdemeanor for a second or subsequent violation.

First sponsor: Rep. Rodriguez (D - Dist 27)
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. Espinoza (D - Dist 19), Rep. Fernandez (D - Dist 4), Rep. Friese (D - Dist 9), Rep. Gabaldon (D - Dist 2), Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3), Rep. D. Hernandez (D - Dist 2), Rep. Longdon (D - Dist 24), Rep. Meza (D - Dist 30), Rep. Peten (D - Dist 4), Rep. Powers Hannley (D - Dist 9), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Rep. Sierra (D - Dist 19), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7), Rep. Terán (D - Dist 30), Rep. Tsosie (D - Dist 7)


 
H2878 Daily History  Date Action
PUBLIC RESOURCES; PROHIBITED; DEPORTATION PROCEEDINGS 2/12 referred to House jud, pub safety, gov.
H2887: MENTAL HEALTH; PARITY; ADVISORY COMMITTEE Questions/Comments

Numerous changes to statutes relating to mental health. Adds a new chapter to Title 20 (Insurance) requiring each health care insurer that issues a health plan in Arizona to comply with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Requires the Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI) to evaluate health plan compliance and enforce related regulations. Appropriates $200,000 and one FTE position from the general fund in FY2020-21 to DIFI to administer the mental health parity requirements of this legislation. Prohibits health care insurers that issue a health plan including mental health or substance use disorder benefits for a minor solely on the grounds that the service was provided in a school or ordered by a court. Establishes a Mental Health Parity Advisory Committee to advise the Directors of the DIFI and the Department of Health Services (DHS) on matters relating to mental health parity.

First sponsor: Rep. Epstein (D - Dist 18)
Others: Rep. Andrade (D - Dist 29), Rep. Blanc (D - Dist 26), Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28), Rep. Cano (D - Dist 3), Rep. DeGrazia (D - Dist 10), Rep. Engel (D - Dist 10), Rep. Fernandez (D - Dist 4), Rep. Friese (D - Dist 9), Rep. Gabaldon (D - Dist 2), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Rep. Lieberman (D - Dist 28), Rep. Longdon (D - Dist 24), Rep. Meza (D - Dist 30), Rep. Pawlik (D - Dist 17), Rep. Peten (D - Dist 4), Rep. Powers Hannley (D - Dist 9), Rep. Rodriguez (D - Dist 27), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Rep. Sierra (D - Dist 19), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7), Rep. Terán (D - Dist 30), Rep. Tsosie (D - Dist 7)


 
H2887 Daily History  Date Action
MENTAL HEALTH; PARITY; ADVISORY COMMITTEE 2/12 referred to House hel-hu ser, appro.
H2890: GOVERNMENT VEHICLES; ELECTRIC; APPROPRIATION Questions/Comments

In considering the purchase of new motor vehicles, state agencies and political subdivisions are required to consider electric vehicles and the long-term maintenance and fuel costs in evaluating total costs over the life of the motor vehicle. A political subdivision is authorized to apply to the Department of Administration for reimbursement for the difference between the amount that the political subdivision spent on electric vehicles and the amount that the political subdivision would have spent on fossil fuel vehicles, and the Dept is required to reimburse political subdivisions on a first-come, first-served basis. The Dept is permitted to establish a reimbursement cap for each political subdivision. Appropriates $1 million from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the Dept to distribute to political subdivisions for electric vehicle reimbursement.

First sponsor: Rep. Epstein (D - Dist 18)


 
H2890 Daily History  Date Action
GOVERNMENT VEHICLES; ELECTRIC; APPROPRIATION 2/12 referred to House gov, appro.
H2909: BUDGET; GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT; 2020-2021 (GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT; 2020-2021) Questions/Comments

The "feed bill" for FY202021, containing appropriations for state agencies and programs. Provisions include: Appropriates $4.037 billion in FY2020-21 for basic state aid to school districts for maintenance and operations funding, which includes an increase of $124.5 million that the Legislature and Governor intend to be used for teacher salary increases and that are in addition to teacher salary increases provided for FY2019-20. Continues deferment of $930.7 million in basic state aid payments to schools until FY2021-22. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $28 million from the general fund in FY2019-20 to the School Facilities Board for building renewal grants. Appropriates $11.7 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 for a onetime deposit in the New School Facilities Fund. Deposits $15.49 million received in FY2020-21 from vehicle license taxes in the general fund instead of the State Highway Fund. Appropriates the following amounts from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the Department of Administration (DOA) for distribution to counties for maintenance of essential county services: $7.15 million for distribution to counties with a population of less than 900,000, $500,000 for distribution to a county with a population of more than 30,000 and less than 40,000 (Graham County), and $3 million to supplement the normal cost plus an amount to amortize the unfunded accrued liability in the Elected Officials' Retirement Plan, which DOA is required to allocated equally among all counties with a population of less than 300,000 persons. Appropriates $53.7 million from the general fund in FY2019-20 to DOA for debt service payments on the sale and leaseback of state buildings. On or after April 1, 2021, the Department of Economic Security is authorized to use up to $25 million from the Budget Stabilization Fund to provide funding for reimbursement grants. This appropriation must be fully reimbursed by September 1, 2021. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $2.62 million from the general fund in FY2019-20 to the Secretary of State to reimburse expenses incurred by counties to administer the 2020 presidential preference election, and establishes a formula for the Secretary of State to reimburse counties based on the number of active registered voters in that county on January 2, 2020. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $6.69 million from the Election Systems Improvement Fund to the Secretary of State for election systems improvements, $5.35 million of which must be distributed to counties. Requires various reports and makes various fund transfers.

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


 
H2909 Daily History  Date Action
BUDGET; GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT; 2020-2021 3/19 House COW approved. See identical bill 1692.
BUDGET; GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT; 2020-2021 3/19 from House rules okay.
GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT; 2020-2021 3/17 referred to House rules only.
HCR2005: SCHOOLS; CONSOLIDATION; UNIFICATION Questions/Comments

The 2020 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to require each school district in Arizona to be a unified school district by July 1, 2026. Each school district governing board is required to annually determine the cost saving that result from any consolidation or unification with other school districts, and the cost savings are retained by the district and used for classroom expenditures as determined by the school board, with at least 25 percent being used for teacher salaries. Statute exempting small school districts from the general budget limit is repealed, and session law provides budget revision amounts for FY2026-27, FY2027-28 and FY2028-29. By September 15, 2021, each county school superintendent must complete a feasibility study on the unification and/or consolidation of the school districts within that county, and provide a copy of the study to all school boards in the county. Required components of the feasibility study are specified. By June 30, 2024, the governing board of each school district is required to develop, adopt and publish a plan to unify and/or consolidate the school district with other school districts within that county. Establishes revenue control limits for school districts that are unified or consolidated without an election. The authority to form and operate union high school districts in Arizona ends on June 30, 2026. Appropriates $250,000 from the general fund in FY2020-21 to each county with a population of 500,000 persons or less and $750,000 to each county with a population of more than 500,000 persons for implementation.

First sponsor: Rep. Fillmore (R - Dist 16)
Others: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22)


 
HCR2005 Daily History  Date Action
SCHOOLS; CONSOLIDATION; UNIFICATION 5/19 referred to House rules only.
HCR2048: IN-STATE TUITION; UNIVERSITIES; COMMUNITY COLLEGES Questions/Comments

The 2020 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to make a student who meets specified eligibility criteria under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program and who graduated from high school while physically present in Arizona eligible for in-state tuition at any university under the jurisdiction of the Arizona Board of Regents or any public community college.

First sponsor: Rep. Campbell (R - Dist 1)
Others: Rep. Butler (D - Dist 28), Rep. Engel (D - Dist 10), Rep. Fernandez (D - Dist 4), Rep. Friese (D - Dist 9), Rep. Lieberman (D - Dist 28), Rep. Meza (D - Dist 30), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Rodriguez (D - Dist 27)


 
HCR2048 Daily History  Date Action
IN-STATE TUITION; UNIVERSITIES; COMMUNITY COLLEGES 5/19 referred to House rules only.
S1014: ELECTION PROCEDURES MANUAL; RULEMAKING; GRRC Questions/Comments

The official election instructions and procedures manual prepared by the Secretary of State is required to be approved by the Governor's Regulatory Review Council, instead of the Governor and the Attorney General.

First sponsor: Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23)


 
S1014 Daily History  Date Action
ELECTION PROCEDURES MANUAL; RULEMAKING; GRRC 1/13 referred to Senate jud.
S1024: OUT-OF-NETWORK CLAIM DISPUTES; APPLICABILITY (TITLE 20) (TECH CORRECTION; PUBLIC HEALTH) Questions/Comments

Various changes to statutes governing out-of-network insurance claim dispute resolution. The article of statute governing out-of-network insurance claim dispute resolution applies to a self-funded or self-insured employee benefit plan that is otherwise preempted from state regulation by specified federal law if the entity that administers the plan enters into a written agreement with the Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions to voluntarily comply. The Dept is authorized to charge the entity a fee for entering into a written agreement in an amount determined by the Director. Health plans that do not include coverage for out-of-network care services and state health and accident coverage for full-time officers and employees of the state and their dependents are no longer exempt from statute governing out-of-network insurance claim dispute resolution. A health care services organization enrollee is not a party to any payment dispute between the organization and a health care provider. Both the organization and the provider are required to hold the enrollee harmless for disputed amounts that exceed the enrollee’s in-network cost sharing amount. A health care services organization that receives or a health care provider that seeks to collect a disputed balance bill is authorized to seek dispute resolution by filing a request for arbitration with the Dept within one year after the date of service if specified conditions apply. Balance bill disputes are added to statute specifying the arbitration process for surprise out-of-network bill disputes. The Director of the Dept is required to use monies in the Health Care Appeals Fund to perform the administrative function of the out-of-network claim dispute resolution process. Contains a legislative intent section. AS PASSED SENATE.

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


 
S1024 Daily History  Date Action
OUT-OF-NETWORK CLAIM DISPUTES; APPLICABILITY (TITLE 20) 3/11 from House com with amend #4834.
OUT-OF-NETWORK CLAIM DISPUTES; APPLICABILITY (TITLE 20) 3/10 House com amended; report awaited.
OUT-OF-NETWORK CLAIM DISPUTES; APPLICABILITY (TITLE 20) 3/2 referred to House com.
OUT-OF-NETWORK CLAIM DISPUTES; APPLICABILITY (TITLE 20) 2/25 passed Senate 29-0; ready for House.
OUT-OF-NETWORK CLAIM DISPUTES; APPLICABILITY (TITLE 20) 2/24 Senate COW approved with amend #4174 and floor amend 4455; NOTE SHORT TITLE CHANGE.
TECH CORRECTION; PUBLIC HEALTH 2/20 retained on Senate COW calendar.
TECH CORRECTION; PUBLIC HEALTH 2/18 from Senate rules okay.
TECH CORRECTION; PUBLIC HEALTH 2/12 from Senate hel-hu ser with amend #4174.
TECH CORRECTION; PUBLIC HEALTH 2/12 Senate hel-hu ser amended; report awaited.
TECH CORRECTION; PUBLIC HEALTH 2/6 further referred to Senate hel-hu ser.
TECH CORRECTION; PUBLIC HEALTH 1/13 referred to Senate rules.
S1033: ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM Questions/Comments

If the Arizona State Retirement System Board determines that a self-insurance program should no longer be offered, the monies in the self-insurance program account must be used to provide any remaining benefits and to pay administration costs for the program or health insurance premium payments. If those liabilities are satisfied, the Board is required to return any remaining monies to the employer. Previously, the monies were required to be transferred to another account of ASRS as determined by the Board.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1033 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 3/12 from House gov do pass.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 3/12 House gov do pass; report awaited.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 3/2 referred to House gov.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 1/30 passed Senate 29-1; ready for House.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 1/23 from Senate fin do pass.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 1/22 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 1/15 Senate fin held.
ASRS; SELF-INSURANCE PROGRAM 1/13 referred to Senate fin.
S1034: ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS Questions/Comments

If an Arizona State Retirement System member dies after the member's "required beginning date" (defined) and the member had not begun distribution of retirement benefits, ASRS is required to treat the member as having begun distribution of benefits on the required beginning date, and to determine the retirement benefit as a straight annuity as of that date. The member's estate is entitled to the member's benefit payments and any remaining member contributions on account must be disbursed. AS PASSED SENATE.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1034 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS 3/12 from House gov do pass.
ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS 3/12 House gov do pass; report awaited.
ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS 3/4 referred to House gov.
ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS 2/4 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS 2/3 Senate COW approved with amend #4003 and floor amend #4057.
ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS 1/21 from Senate rules okay.
ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS 1/16 from Senate fin with amend #4003.
ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS 1/15 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
ASRS; REQUIRED DISTRIBUTIONS 1/13 referred to Senate fin.
S1038: INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS Questions/Comments

For the purpose of statutes governing notice of insurance cancellation or intention not to renew insurance, nonrenewal does not include the issuance and delivery of a new policy within the same insurer or an insurer under the same ownership or management as the original insurer. Insurers are permitted to transfer policies to an affiliated insurer, and a transfer does not allow the insurer to apply a new unrestricted 60-day period for cancellation or nonrenewal. Insurers are prohibited from transferring a policyholder because of the policyholder's location of residence, age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1038 Daily History  Date Action
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 3/20 signed by governor; Chap. 9, Laws 2020. message
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 3/12 passed House 58-0; ready for governor.
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 3/9 from House rules okay.
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 3/3 from House reg affairs do pass.
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 3/2 House reg affairs do pass; report awaited.
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 2/25 referred to House reg affairs.
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 1/30 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 1/21 from Senate rules okay.
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 1/16 from Senate fin do pass.
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 1/15 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
INSURANCE POLICIES; TRANSFERS; AFFILIATED INSURERS 1/13 referred to Senate fin.
S1040: INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY Questions/Comments

For the purposes of Title 20 (Insurance), if a notice or correspondence is sent by mail, the sender is required to send it to the recipient's last known mailing address on file with the insurer, and if a notice or correspondence is sent by electronic means, the sender is required to send it to the recipient's last known email address as provided by the recipient to the insurer. Various insurance-related notices are required to be "sent" (defined as delivered by mail, personal delivery, fax, or by electronic means) instead of mailed. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1040 Daily History  Date Action
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 6/10 signed by governor; Chap. 61, Laws 2020. message
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 5/19 House COW approved. Passed House 45-15; ready for governor
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 3/9 from House rules okay.
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 3/3 from House reg affairs with amend #4697.
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 3/2 House reg affairs amended; report awaited.
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 2/25 referred to House reg affairs.
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 1/30 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 1/29 Senate COW approved with amend #4004 and floor amend #4035.
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 1/21 from Senate rules okay.
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 1/16 from Senate fin with amend #4004.
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 1/15 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
INSURERS; NOTICES; METHODS OF DELIVERY 1/13 referred to Senate fin.
S1042: EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS Questions/Comments

The list of purposes for which a public body is authorized to hold an executive session is expanded to include discussion or consultations with designated representatives of the public body in order to discuss security plans, procedures, assessments, measures or systems relating to, or having an impact on, the security or safety of buildings, facilities, operations, critical infrastructure information and information technology maintained by the public body. Records, documentation, notes, or other materials made by or provided to the representatives for these purposes are confidential and exempt from public disclosure. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5)
Others: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11)


 
S1042 Daily History  Date Action
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 6/10 signed by governor; Chap. 63, Laws 2020. message
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 5/21 passed House 52-8; ready for governor.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 5/21 House COW approved.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 5/20 from House rules okay.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 3/12 from House gov do pass.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 3/12 House gov do pass; report awaited.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 3/2 referred to House gov.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 2/13 Senate COW approved with amend #4219; passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 2/11 from Senate rules okay.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 2/4 from Senate gov do pass.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 2/3 Senate gov do pass; report awaited.
EXECUTIVE SESSIONS; SECURITY PLANS 1/13 referred to Senate gov.
S1079: UNFAIR CLAIMS SETTLEMENT; RULEMAKING (HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATIONS; SCOPE) Questions/Comments

The Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions is required to adopt rules that substantially conform to the current version of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Model Act, and to amend the rules governing coordination of benefits. AS PASSED SENATE.

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


 
S1079 Daily History  Date Action
UNFAIR CLAIMS SETTLEMENT; RULEMAKING 3/4 referred to House reg affairs.
HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATIONS; SCOPE 2/27 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATIONS; SCOPE 2/26 Senate COW approved with amend #4370. NOTE SHORT TITLE CHANGE.
HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATIONS; SCOPE 2/25 Senate rules okay.
HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATIONS; SCOPE 2/20 from Senate fin with amend #4370.
HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATIONS; SCOPE 2/19 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
HEALTH CARE SERVICE CORPORATIONS; SCOPE 1/13 referred to Senate fin.
S1081: CLAIM SETTLEMENTS; SCOPE OF PRACTICE Questions/Comments

Establishes that unfair claim settlement practice statute does not prohibit the application of deductibles, coinsurance, preferred provider organization requirements, cost containment measures or quality assurance measures if any limitation or condition placed on payment to or on services, diagnosis or treatment by those physicians authorized in the lawful scope of practice.

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


 
S1081 Daily History  Date Action
CLAIM SETTLEMENTS; SCOPE OF PRACTICE 1/13 referred to Senate fin.
S1089: PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS; CONTACT INFORMATION Questions/Comments

The custodian of public records is prohibited 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.

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


 
S1089 Daily History  Date Action
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS; CONTACT INFORMATION 3/12 from House gov do pass.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS; CONTACT INFORMATION 3/12 House gov do pass; report awaited.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS; CONTACT INFORMATION 3/2 referred to House gov.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS; CONTACT INFORMATION 2/13 passed Senate 18-12; ready for House.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS; CONTACT INFORMATION 2/11 from Senate rules okay.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS; CONTACT INFORMATION 2/4 from Senate gov do pass.
PUBLIC RECORDS REQUESTS; CONTACT INFORMATION 1/13 referred to Senate gov.
S1090: INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE Questions/Comments

An employee of a third-party administrator or self-insured employer who adjusts, investigates or negotiates settlement of only workers' compensation claims is excluded from the definition of insurance "adjuster" for the purpose of licensure and regulation. The insurance adjuster license requirement to pass an examination is waived if the applicant holds a claims certificate issued by a national or state-based claims association with a certification program that consists of at least 40 hours of preexamination course work, a proctored examination of sufficient length to adequately determine the competency of the applicant and at least 24 hours of continuing education required for certification renewals on a biennial basis. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1090 Daily History  Date Action
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 6/10 signed by governor; Chap. 67, Laws 2020. message
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 5/19 House COW approved. Passed House 42-18; ready for governor
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 3/9 from House rules okay.
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 3/3 from House reg affairs do pass.
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 3/2 House reg affairs do pass; report awaited.
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 2/25 referred to House reg affairs.
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 1/30 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 1/29 Senate COW approved with amend #4013.
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 1/23 from Senate fin with amend #4013.
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 1/22 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
INSURANCE ADJUSTERS; CLAIMS CERTIFICATE 1/13 referred to Senate fin.
S1125: ASRS ELIGIBILITY; WAITING PERIOD Questions/Comments

The requirement for any state employee initially hired on or after July 20, 2011 to wait until the 27th week of employment to become a member of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS) or the ASRS Long-Term Disability Program applies only to employees initially hired before October 1, 2020. State employees initially hired on or after October 1, 2020 are required to wait until the 31st day of employment to become a member of the ASRS or the ASRS Long-Term Disability Program.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1125 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS ELIGIBILITY; WAITING PERIOD 3/12 from House gov do pass.
ASRS ELIGIBILITY; WAITING PERIOD 3/12 House gov do pass; report awaited.
ASRS ELIGIBILITY; WAITING PERIOD 3/4 referred to House gov.
ASRS ELIGIBILITY; WAITING PERIOD 1/30 passed Senate 29-1; ready for House.
ASRS ELIGIBILITY; WAITING PERIOD 1/23 from Senate fin do pass.
ASRS ELIGIBILITY; WAITING PERIOD 1/22 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
ASRS ELIGIBILITY; WAITING PERIOD 1/14 referred to Senate fin.
S1138: DENTAL INSURANCE TRANSPARENCY STUDY COMMITTEE (TITLE 32) (DENTAL INSURERS; WEBSITE; OVERPAYMENTS; PREDETERMINATIONS;) Questions/Comments

Establishes an 11-member Dental Insurance Transparency Study Committee to review a list of specified issues relating to access to dental care and dental insurance. The Committee is required to submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by November 1, 2020, and self-repeals January 1, 2021. AS PASSED SENATE.

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


 
S1138 Daily History  Date Action
DENTAL INSURANCE TRANSPARENCY STUDY COMMITTEE (TITLE 32) 3/5 referred to House com.
DENTAL INSURANCE TRANSPARENCY STUDY COMMITTEE (TITLE 32) 3/2 passed Senate 27-2; ready for House.
DENTAL INSURERS; WEBSITE; OVERPAYMENTS; PREDETERMINATIONS; 2/27 Senate COW approved with amend #4371 and floor 4575. NOTE SHORT TITLE CHANGE.
DENTAL INSURERS; WEBSITE; OVERPAYMENTS; PREDETERMINATIONS; 2/25 Senate rules okay.
DENTAL INSURERS; WEBSITE; OVERPAYMENTS; PREDETERMINATIONS; 2/20 from Senate fin with amend #4371.
DENTAL INSURERS; WEBSITE; OVERPAYMENTS; PREDETERMINATIONS; 2/19 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
DENTAL INSURERS; WEBSITE; OVERPAYMENTS; PREDETERMINATIONS; 1/16 referred to Senate fin.
S1211: ADMINISTRATIVE RULES; EXPIRATION; LEGISLATIVE EXTENSION Questions/Comments

All "rules" (defined as a rule published in the Administrative Code) that were adopted before the effective date of this legislation expire on July 1, 2022. If an agency wishes to extend a rule that was adopted before the effective date of this legislation before the expiration of that rule, the agency is required to comply with the rulemaking procedures of the Administrative Procedures Act. Beginning July 1, 2023, the Administrative Code expires on July 1 of each year unless the Code is approved by the Legislature for a period of up to one year.

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


 
S1211 Daily History  Date Action
ADMINISTRATIVE RULES; EXPIRATION; LEGISLATIVE EXTENSION 2/11 from Senate gov do pass.
ADMINISTRATIVE RULES; EXPIRATION; LEGISLATIVE EXTENSION 2/10 Senate gov do pass; report awaited.
ADMINISTRATIVE RULES; EXPIRATION; LEGISLATIVE EXTENSION 1/22 referred to Senate gov.
S1220: STATE AGENCIES; TECHNOLOGY PLANS; DEADLINE Questions/Comments

The deadline for budget units to submit information technology plans to the Department of Administration is moved to May 15, from September 1.

First sponsor: Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21)


 
S1220 Daily History  Date Action
STATE AGENCIES; TECHNOLOGY PLANS; DEADLINE 5/20 from House tech do pass.
STATE AGENCIES; TECHNOLOGY PLANS; DEADLINE 3/9 referred to House tech.
STATE AGENCIES; TECHNOLOGY PLANS; DEADLINE 2/13 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
STATE AGENCIES; TECHNOLOGY PLANS; DEADLINE 2/11 from Senate rules okay.
STATE AGENCIES; TECHNOLOGY PLANS; DEADLINE 2/4 from Senate gov do pass.
STATE AGENCIES; TECHNOLOGY PLANS; DEADLINE 2/3 Senate gov do pass; report awaited.
STATE AGENCIES; TECHNOLOGY PLANS; DEADLINE 1/23 referred to Senate gov.
S1226: REVISED UNIFORM LAW; NOTARIAL ACT Questions/Comments

Various changes to statutes relating to notarization. A "notarial officer" (defined) is authorized to perform a "notarial act" (defined) as authorized by state law, and to certify that a tangible copy of an electronic record is an accurate copy of the electronic record. A notarial officer who takes an acknowledgment of a record or a verification of a statement on oath or affirmation is required to determine, from personal knowledge or satisfactory evidence of the identity of the individual, that the individual appearing before the officer and making the acknowledgment has the identity claimed and that the signature on the record is the signature of the individual, and requirements for verification of identity are specified. If a notarial act relates to a statement made in or a signature executed on a record, the individual making the statement or executing the signature is required to appear personally before the notarial officer. A remotely located individual may use communication technology to appear before a notary public, and requirements for notarial acts performed using communication technology are specified. A notarial act may be performed by a notary public, a judge or clerk of a court, an individual who is licensed to practice law in Arizona, or any individual authorized to perform the specific act by state law. Establishes requirements for a notarial act performed in another state, under the authority of a federally recognized Indian tribe, under federal authority, and under authority of a foreign state or international governmental organization. Previous statute governing recognition of notarial acts performed outside Arizona is repealed. A notarial act is required to be evidenced by a certificate, and certificate requirements are listed, including standard short form certificates for specified purposes. A notary public is responsible for the security of the notary public's stamping device and cannot allow another individual to use the device to perform a notarial act. Establishes grounds to deny, refuse to renew, revoke, suspend or condition the commission of a notary public. Establishes a list of prohibited acts for a notary public. Requires the Secretary of State to adopt rules to implement this legislation by July 1, 2021, and provisions that may be included in the rules are listed. Requires the Secretary of State to maintain an electronic database of notaries public. Much more. Due to voter protection, one section of this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage. Effective July 1, 2021. AS PASSED SENATE.

First sponsor: Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28)
Others: Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Pratt (R - Dist 8)


 
S1226 Daily History  Date Action
REVISED UNIFORM LAW; NOTARIAL ACT 5/21 from House gov do pass.
REVISED UNIFORM LAW; NOTARIAL ACT 3/10 referred to House gov.
REVISED UNIFORM LAW; NOTARIAL ACT 3/5 passed Senate 29-0; ready for House.
REVISED UNIFORM LAW; NOTARIAL ACT 3/4 Senate COW approved with amend #4390 and floor amend 4728.
REVISED UNIFORM LAW; NOTARIAL ACT 3/3 from Senate rules okay.
REVISED UNIFORM LAW; NOTARIAL ACT 2/24 from Senate com with amend #4390.
REVISED UNIFORM LAW; NOTARIAL ACT 2/20 Senate com amended; report awaited.
REVISED UNIFORM LAW; NOTARIAL ACT 1/23 referred to Senate com.
S1268: HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; HEARING AIDS Questions/Comments

The Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions is required to annually establish minimum coverage rates and coverage limits for adult and child hearing aids for each deaf or hard of hearing ear that would allow for at least 100 percent coverage of reasonable and customary hearing aids. "Health care insurers" (defined) are required to provide coverage for the purchase of a hearing aid.

First sponsor: Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26)
Others: Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26)


 
S1268 Daily History  Date Action
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; HEARING AIDS 1/23 referred to Senate fin.
S1280: PENSIONS; UNFUNDED LIABILITY; EXPENDITURE LIMITS Questions/Comments

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.

First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17)
Others: Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21)


 
S1280 Daily History  Date Action
PENSIONS; UNFUNDED LIABILITY; EXPENDITURE LIMITS 1/29 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
PENSIONS; UNFUNDED LIABILITY; EXPENDITURE LIMITS 1/27 referred to Senate fin.
S1285: INSURANCE COVERAGE; PROSTHETICS; ORTHOTICS Questions/Comments

Health and disability insurers are required to provide coverage for "prosthetic devices" and "orthotic devices" (both defined) that is at least equivalent to the coverage currently provided under Title 18 of the federal Social Security Act, and the coverage cannot be provided under less favorable terms or conditions than any other medical or surgical benefits. Insurers are prohibited from imposing deductibles, copayments, coinsurance, benefit maximums, waiting periods or other limitations on coverage for prosthetic devices or orthotic devices that are different from those imposed on benefits or services not related to prosthetic devices or orthotic devices.

First sponsor: Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2)
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Sen. Contreras (D - Dist 19), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Sen. Navarrete (D - Dist 30), Sen. Otondo (D - Dist 4), Sen. Peshlakai (D - Dist 7), Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9)


 
S1285 Daily History  Date Action
INSURANCE COVERAGE; PROSTHETICS; ORTHOTICS 1/27 referred to Senate fin.
S1287: MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE; GUARANTEED AVAILABILITY Questions/Comments

Every insurer that offers Medicare supplement insurance is required to provide guaranteed availability of coverage to any eligible individual who desires to enroll in Medicare supplement insurance coverage. Every insurer that offers Medicare supplement insurance is prohibited from declining to offer that coverage to, or deny enrollment of, an eligible individual, from imposing any preexisting condition exclusion for that coverage, and from charging an additional premium for a preexisting condition.

First sponsor: Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2)
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Sen. Contreras (D - Dist 19), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Sen. Navarrete (D - Dist 30), Sen. Otondo (D - Dist 4), Sen. Peshlakai (D - Dist 7), Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9)


 
S1287 Daily History  Date Action
MEDICARE SUPPLEMENT INSURANCE; GUARANTEED AVAILABILITY 1/27 referred to Senate fin.
S1293: DOI; DFI; OMNIBUS Questions/Comments

Numerous changes to statutes relating to the Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI). Conforms statutes to Laws 2019, Chapter 252, which becomes effective July 1, 2020 and which transfers the Department of Financial Institutions and the Automobile Theft Authority to the Department of Insurance and renames the Department of Insurance as the DIFI. The DIFI Director is required to be a person with business experience, including being well versed in insurance and financial institution matters. The DIFI Director is required to appoint a Deputy Director of the Insurance Division of DIFI, and the Superintendent of Financial Institutions is renamed the Deputy Director of the Financial Institutions Division of DIFI. The DIFI Director is required to appoint an individual to operate the Insurance Fraud Unit in conjunction with operating the Automobile Theft Authority. Deletes requirements for various fees and assessments to be adjusted to equal between 95 and 110 percent of the budget of DIFI or a specified division of DIFI. Requires DIFI to provide insurers with copies of any documents supporting or justifying various regulatory actions. Requires DIFI to adopt rules to establish fees relating to direct and indirect costs in connection with examinations. An insurance administrator is authorized to collect charges in accordance with the written agreement between the administrator and the insurer. The written agreement is required to prescribe the applicable standards for the permissible collection of charges by the administrator. Unless the administrator is licensed as a collection agency, the administrator is prohibited from collecting charges that have remained unpaid on an account that has been inactive for more than 12 months. Licensed insurance administrators that collect charges in accordance with the written agreement are exempt from licensure as a collection agency. Repeals the Insurance Consumer Advisory Board, the Accountable Health Plan Uniform Employee Health Status Questionnaire Committee, and the Continuing Education Review Committee. Retroactive to July 1, 2020. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)
Others: Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1)


 
S1293 Daily History  Date Action
DOI; DFI; OMNIBUS 3/24 signed by governor; Chap. 37, Laws 2020. message
DOI; DFI; OMNIBUS 3/17 passed House 31-24; ready for governor.
DOI; DFI; OMNIBUS 2/26 passed Senate 27-2; ready for House.
DOI; DFI; OMNIBUS 2/24 Senate COW approved with amend #4094 and floor amend 4452.
DOI; DFI; OMNIBUS 2/18 from Senate rules okay.
DOI; DFI; OMNIBUS 2/6 from Senate fin with amend #4094.
DOI; DFI; OMNIBUS 2/5 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
DOI; DFI; OMNIBUS 1/27 referred to Senate fin.
S1329: DEFINED CONTRIBUTION; HEALTH SUBSIDY; DISABILITY Questions/Comments

Retired members of the Public Safety Personnel Defined Contribution Retirement System are no longer required to pay the premium for coverage in the group health and accident coverage and are no longer excluded from eligibility for benefits under the health insurance premium assistance program for members with disabilities. The accidental disability pension for a member of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System must be at least 50 percent of the member's average monthly benefit compensation.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1329 Daily History  Date Action
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION; HEALTH SUBSIDY; DISABILITY 3/12 referred to House gov.
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION; HEALTH SUBSIDY; DISABILITY 2/20 passed Senate 25-0; ready for House.
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION; HEALTH SUBSIDY; DISABILITY 2/18 from Senate rules okay.
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION; HEALTH SUBSIDY; DISABILITY 2/6 from Senate fin do pass.
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION; HEALTH SUBSIDY; DISABILITY 2/5 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
DEFINED CONTRIBUTION; HEALTH SUBSIDY; DISABILITY 1/28 referred to Senate fin.
S1338: PUBLIC FACILITIES; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES Questions/Comments

By July 1, 2025, all state agencies, universities, school districts, and community college districts must purchase at least 10 percent of their energy from "green sources" (defined), and all existing state buildings that are more than 50,000 square feet must conform to the leadership in energy and environmental design (LEED) existing building standards. All new or leased state buildings must conform to the LEED rating system. The Department of Administration, Department of Transportation, and Arizona Board of Regents must reduce energy use in public buildings they administer by 20 percent per square foot by July 1, 2027, using FY2001-2002 as the baseline year. Establishes the Energy & Water Efficiency Fund for public facilities to be administered by the Arizona Commerce Authority. The Fund will provide loans to finance energy and water efficiency measures for public facilities and terminates on July 1, 2030. By December 31, 2021, school districts and charter schools are required to adopt green cleaning policies and purchase and use environmentally sensitive cleaning products. Also establishes an 11-member Green Public Schools Task Force to recommend a model green cleaning policy for public schools. The Task Force must submit a report to the Governor and the Legislature by November 1, 2021 and self-repeals January 1, 2022.

First sponsor: Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26)
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9)


 
S1338 Daily History  Date Action
PUBLIC FACILITIES; ENVIRONMENTAL POLICIES 1/28 referred to Senate nat res-energy, educ.
S1354: PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; PREFUNDING PLAN Questions/Comments

Adds a new article to Title 38 (Public Officers and Employees) establishing the Arizona Employers' Pension Prefunding Plan as a special trust fund for the purpose of allowing participating employers that provide a "defined benefit pension" (defined) plan to their employees to prefund the employer's required defined benefit pension payments. The Board of Trustees of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System has the sole and exclusive control of the administration and investment of the Prefunding Plan. Establishes requirements for employer participation in the Prefunding Plan, requirements for a transfer of monies into the Prefunding Plan, and requirements for a transfer of assets out of the Prefunding Plan. A process for termination of an employer's participation in the Prefunding Plan is specified. Requirements for annual financial statements, audits, and actuarial valuation reports are also established. More. Severability clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1354 Daily History  Date Action
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; PREFUNDING PLAN 6/10 signed by governor; Chap. 79, Laws 2020. message
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; PREFUNDING PLAN 5/21 passed House 55-5; ready for governor.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; PREFUNDING PLAN 5/21 from House gov do pass. From House rules okay. House COW approved.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; PREFUNDING PLAN 3/12 referred to House gov.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; PREFUNDING PLAN 2/20 passed Senate 27-0; ready for House.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; PREFUNDING PLAN 2/19 Senate COW approved with amend #4213.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; PREFUNDING PLAN 2/13 from Senate fin with amend #4213.
PUBLIC RETIREMENT SYSTEMS; PREFUNDING PLAN 1/29 referred to Senate fin.
S1375: PREMIUM TAX CREDIT; MEDICARE CLAIMS Questions/Comments

Establishes an insurance premium tax credit for the amount of claims costs incurred by an insurer for providing Medicare supplemental insurance for individuals who have been determined to have a disability by the Social Security Administration and who are under 65 years of age. An insurer that claims the tax credit is not required to pay any additional retaliatory tax as a result. The Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions, with the cooperation of the Department of Revenue, is required to adopt rules and publish and prescribe forms and procedures necessary for the administration of the credit.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1375 Daily History  Date Action
PREMIUM TAX CREDIT; MEDICARE CLAIMS 3/9 referred to House reg affairs.
PREMIUM TAX CREDIT; MEDICARE CLAIMS 3/3 passed Senate 20-10; ready for House.
PREMIUM TAX CREDIT; MEDICARE CLAIMS 2/25 Senate rules okay.
PREMIUM TAX CREDIT; MEDICARE CLAIMS 2/20 from Senate fin do pass.
PREMIUM TAX CREDIT; MEDICARE CLAIMS 2/19 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
PREMIUM TAX CREDIT; MEDICARE CLAIMS 1/29 referred to Senate fin.
S1388: TELECOMMUTING; ALTERNATIVE SCHEDULES; STATE EMPLOYEES Questions/Comments

The Department of Administration is required to establish a comprehensive statewide telecommuting and alternative work schedule policy under which eligible state employees, as determined by their respective state agency, may telecommute or participate in alternative work schedules. Provisions that must be included in the policy are specified. In accordance with the statewide policy, the head of each state agency is required to establish a telecommuting and alternative work schedule policy under which eligible state employees of the state agency may telecommute and/or participate in alternative work schedules to the maximum extent possible without diminished state employee performance or service delivery. State agency heads are required to set annual percentage targets for the number of positions that are eligible for alternative work schedules. By July 1, 2021, each state agency must have a goal of at least 25 percent of its eligible workforce participating in alternative work schedules. By January 1, 2022, each state agency, except the Department of Public Safety, the State Department of Corrections and the Department of Juvenile Corrections, must have a goal of at least 20 percent of its eligible workforce telecommuting. Effective January 1, 2021.

First sponsor: Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26)
Others: Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9)


 
S1388 Daily History  Date Action
TELECOMMUTING; ALTERNATIVE SCHEDULES; STATE EMPLOYEES 1/29 referred to Senate gov.
S1397: INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION Questions/Comments

Every "health care insurer" that offers an "individual health plan" (both defined) in Arizona is required to provide guaranteed availability of coverage to an eligible individual who desires to enroll in health insurance coverage and is prohibited from declining to offer that coverage to, or denying enrollment of, that individual. Every health care insurer that offers an individual health plan in Arizona is prohibited from imposing any "preexisting condition exclusion" (defined) with respect to the issuance, renewal or scope of benefits provided in such coverage. A health care insurer is permitted to restrict enrollment in individual health plans to open enrollment periods and special enrollment periods to the extent the periods are not inconsistent with applicable federal law. Some exceptions. Conditionally enacted on a court of competent jurisdiction ruling that the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional and the judgment of that court becoming final and definitive on or before June 30, 2023. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17)
Others: Sen. S. Allen (R - Dist 6), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Boyer (R - Dist 20), Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28), Sen. Carter (R - Dist 15), Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21), Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25), Sen. Pratt (R - Dist 8), Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23), Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)


 
S1397 Daily History  Date Action
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 6/10 signed by governor; Chap. 80, Laws 2020. message
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 5/21 passed House 59-1; ready for governor.
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 5/20 from House com do pass. From House rules okay. House COW approved.
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 3/9 referred to House com.
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 3/3 Senate COW approved. Passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 2/24 retained on Senate COW calendar.
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 2/11 from Senate rules okay.
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 2/6 from Senate fin do pass.
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 2/5 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
INSURANCE; PREEXISTING CONDITION EXCLUSIONS; PROHIBITION 1/29 referred to Senate fin.
S1399: REVISER'S TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; 2020 Questions/Comments

Fixes multiple defective and conflicting enactments. No substantive changes. 58 pages. An annual exercise. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21)


 
S1399 Daily History  Date Action
REVISER'S TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; 2020 3/24 signed by governor; Chap. 45, Laws 2020. message
REVISER'S TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; 2020 3/18 passed House 50-6; ready for governor.
REVISER'S TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; 2020 3/16 referred to House rules only.
REVISER'S TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; 2020 2/27 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
REVISER'S TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; 2020 2/25 Senate rules okay; Senate COW approved with the rules tech amend.
REVISER'S TECHNICAL CORRECTIONS; 2020 1/29 referred to Senate rules only.
S1413: INSULIN DRUGS; COST SHARING LIMIT Questions/Comments

Health and disability insurers are required to limit the total amount that a subscriber or enrollee must pay for a covered "prescription insulin drug" (defined) to $100 per 30-day supply of insulin, regardless of the amount or type of insulin required to fill the subscriber's prescription.

First sponsor: Sen. D. Farnsworth (R - Dist 16)
Others: Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27)


 
S1413 Daily History  Date Action
INSULIN DRUGS; COST SHARING LIMIT 1/29 referred to Senate fin.
S1469: BILLING LIMITS; HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS Questions/Comments

If, after deducting the enrollee's cost sharing requirements and the health insurer's allowable reimbursement, the amount of the surprise out-of-network bill for which the enrollee is responsible for all related health care services provided by the health care provider is less than $1,000, a health care provider is prohibited from billing the enrollee or health insurer for the health care services more than 150 percent of the applicable Medicare reimbursement rate. The health insurer's liability is limited to that amount for the health care services that are the subject of the surprise out-of-network bill. The Department of Health Services is required to adopt rules that require nonprofit hospitals to adopt policies regarding the provision of free or reduced-cost medically necessary services to patients who are determined unable to pay for the health care services received. Provisions that must be included in the rules are listed.

First sponsor: Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2)
Others: Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Sen. Otondo (D - Dist 4), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9)


 
S1469 Daily History  Date Action
BILLING LIMITS; HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS 2/3 referred to Senate fin.
S1507: ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY DECISIONS Questions/Comments

For review of final administrative decisions of agencies that regulate a profession or occupation under Title 32 (Professions and Occupations), or specified articles in Title 36 (Public Health), which refer to nursing care institution administrators, assisted living facilities managers, midwives, hearing aid dispensers, audiologists and speech-language pathologists, the trial is required to be be de novo if trial de novo is demanded in the notice of appeal or motion of an appellee other than the agency. In a proceeding brought by or against the regulated party, the court is required to decide all questions of fact without deference to any previous determination that may have been made on the question by the agency. AS PASSED SENATE.

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


 
S1507 Daily History  Date Action
ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY DECISIONS 3/9 referred to House reg affairs.
ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY DECISIONS 2/27 passed Senate 17-13; ready for House.
ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY DECISIONS 2/26 Senate COW approved with amend #4281.
ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY DECISIONS 2/25 Senate rules okay;
ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY DECISIONS 2/19 from Senate gov with amend #4281.
ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY DECISIONS 2/17 Senate gov amended; report awaited.
ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW OF AGENCY DECISIONS 2/3 referred to Senate gov.
S1508: LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; ADDITIONAL BENEFITS Questions/Comments

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. If a surviving spouse of a deceased law enforcement officer who was killed in the line of duty is receiving payment for health insurance premiums from the officer's employer and the surviving spouse remarries, the health insurance premium payments are no longer discontinued, and family coverage is required to include coverage for the additional new family members. 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 or Corrections Officer Retirement Plan must receive payment for all of the deceased member's unused sick leave.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)
Others: Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21), Rep. Roberts (R - Dist 11), Rep. Udall (R - Dist 25), Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)


 
S1508 Daily History  Date Action
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; ADDITIONAL BENEFITS 2/19 FAILED Senate trans-pub safety 4-4-0.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; ADDITIONAL BENEFITS 2/12 Senate trans-pub safety held.
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS; ADDITIONAL BENEFITS 2/3 referred to Senate trans-pub safety, appro.
S1523: MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS Questions/Comments

Numerous changes to statutes relating to mental health. Adds a new chapter to Title 20 (Insurance) requiring each health care insurer that issues a health plan in Arizona to comply with the federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act. Establishes reporting requirements for health plans and requires the Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions (DIFI) to evaluate health plan compliance and enforce related regulations. Appropriates $250,000 and one FTE position from the general fund in FY2020-21 to DIFI to administer the mental health parity requirements of this legislation. Health plans are prohibited from applying any financial requirement or quantitative treatment limit to mental health and substance use disorder benefits in any classification that is more restrictive than the predominant financial requirement or quantitative treatment limit of that type applies to substantially all medical and surgical benefits in the same classification, with some exceptions. Prohibits health care insurers that issue a health plan including mental health or substance use disorder benefits for a minor solely on the grounds that the service was provided in a school or other educational setting or ordered by a court. Establishes a Mental Health Parity Advisory Committee to advise the Directors of the DIFI and the Department of Health Services (DHS) on matters relating to mental health parity. Establishes the Suicide Mortality Review Team in DHS to develop a suicide mortalities data collection system and study the adequacy of statutes and services to determine changes needed to decrease the incidence of preventable suicides and take steps to implement those changes. DHS is authorized to use monies in the Child Fatality Review Fund to staff the Review Team. The Review Team is authorized to request information and records regarding a suicide from various persons, which information is confidential. Review Team meetings are closed to the public and not subject to open meeting law. Violations of Review Team confidentiality requirements are a class 2 (mid-level) misdemeanor. Establishes the Children's Behavior Health Services Fund, to be administered by the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS) and used to enter into an agreement with one or more contractors for children's behavioral health services. Required provisions for the agreement with each contractor are listed. Establishes eligibility requirements for persons to receive monies from Fund to pay for behavioral health services for children, including that the person is uninsured or underinsured, is referred for behavioral health services by an educational institution, and has written parental consent to obtain the behavioral health services. AHCCCS is authorized to impose cost sharing requirements on a sliding fee scale for behavioral health services provided by contractors. The AHCCCS Administration acts as payor of last resort for persons eligible for Fund monies. Appropriates $8 million from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the Fund to pay contractors for children’s behavioral health services as provided by this legislation. School district governing boards and charter school governing bodies are required to adopt policies relating to school-based referrals before providing referrals to a contracted behavioral health services professional. Provisions that must be included in the policies are listed. Requires AHCCCS to conduct a survey of public schools to obtain information regarding the delivery of behavioral health services to students on or off school grounds by licensed behavior health professionals who are contracted AHCCCS providers. AHCCCS is required to provide a copy of the survey results to the Governor and the Legislature by December 31, 2022. Requires DIFI and DHS to adopt various rules relating to this legislation. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Brophy McGee (R - Dist 28)
Others: Sen. S. Allen (R - Dist 6), Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Boyer (R - Dist 20), Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Sen. Carter (R - Dist 15), Sen. Contreras (D - Dist 19), Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), 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. Peshlakai (D - Dist 7), Sen. Pratt (R - Dist 8), Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9), Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R - Dist 23)


 
S1523 Daily History  Date Action
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 3/3 signed by governor; Chap. 4, Laws 2020. message
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 3/3 from Senate rules okay. Senate COW approved with floor amend #4699. Passed Senate 30-0; ready for House. Passed House 60-0; substituted in House for identical bill #2764; ready for governor
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/27 from Senate appro with amend #4525.
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/25 Senate appro amended; report awaited.
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/20 from Senate hel-hu ser with amend #4320.
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/19 Senate hel-hu ser amended; report awaited.
MENTAL HEALTH OMNIBUS 2/3 referred to Senate hel-hu ser, appro.
S1529: HEALTH CARE MINISTRIES; EXEMPTION; DEFINITION Questions/Comments

For the purpose of the exemption from insurance regulations for health care sharing ministries, the definition of a "health care sharing ministry" is modified to change the federal code referred to.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1529 Daily History  Date Action
HEALTH CARE MINISTRIES; EXEMPTION; DEFINITION 3/2 FAILED Senate 13-16.
HEALTH CARE MINISTRIES; EXEMPTION; DEFINITION 2/24 Senate COW approved.
HEALTH CARE MINISTRIES; EXEMPTION; DEFINITION 2/18 from Senate rules okay.
HEALTH CARE MINISTRIES; EXEMPTION; DEFINITION 2/13 from Senate fin do pass.
HEALTH CARE MINISTRIES; EXEMPTION; DEFINITION 2/12 Senate fin do pass; report awaited.
HEALTH CARE MINISTRIES; EXEMPTION; DEFINITION 2/4 referred to Senate fin.
S1530: ASRS; RETURN TO WORK Questions/Comments

An Arizona State Retirement System employer is not required to pay contributions at an alternate contribution rate on behalf of a retired member who returns to work if the retired member returns to work with the employer as a substitute employee. Does not apply if the substitute employee is filling a vacant position.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1530 Daily History  Date Action
ASRS; RETURN TO WORK 2/4 referred to Senate fin.
S1531: TECH CORRECTION; MANDATORY VEHICLE INSURANCE Questions/Comments

Minor change in Title 28 (Transportation) related to mandatory vehicle insurance. Apparent striker bus.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1531 Daily History  Date Action
TECH CORRECTION; MANDATORY VEHICLE INSURANCE 3/10 from Senate rules okay.
TECH CORRECTION; MANDATORY VEHICLE INSURANCE 2/27 from Senate appro with amend #4526.
TECH CORRECTION; MANDATORY VEHICLE INSURANCE 2/25 Senate appro amended; report awaited.
TECH CORRECTION; MANDATORY VEHICLE INSURANCE 2/19 further referred to Senate appro.
TECH CORRECTION; MANDATORY VEHICLE INSURANCE 2/13 further referred to Senate trans-pub safety.
TECH CORRECTION; MANDATORY VEHICLE INSURANCE 2/4 referred to Senate rules only.
S1557: ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS Questions/Comments

Numerous changes to statutes relating to annuity transactions. Annuity transaction statutes do not create a private cause of action for a violation or subject an insurance producer to civil liability under the best interest standard of care or under standards that govern the conduct of a fiduciary or fiduciary relationship. The authority to enforce compliance with these statutes is vested exclusively with the Director of the Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions. Statute governing the duties of insurers and producers relating to annuity transactions are repealed and replaced. When a producer makes a recommendation of an annuity, the producer is required to act in the best interest of the consumer under the circumstances known at the time the recommendation is made, without placing the producer's or the insurer's financial interest ahead of the consumer's interest. In making a recommendation, the producer is required to exercise reasonable diligence, care and skill to know the consumer's financial situation, insurance needs and financial objectives, understand the available recommendation options, and have a reasonable basis to believe that the recommended option effectively addresses the consumer's financial situation. Establishes disclosure requirements and record keeping requirements for annuity transactions. An insurer is prohibited from issuing an annuity recommended to a consumer unless there is a reasonable basis to believe the annuity would effectively address the particular consumer's financial situation, insurance needs and financial objectives based on the consumer's "consumer profile information" (defined). An insurance producer who, before the effective date of this legislation, has completed an annuity training course is required to complete, within six months after the effective date of this act, either a new four credit hour annuity training course approved by the Dept after the effective date or an additional onetime one credit hour annuity training course approved by the Dept on appropriate sales practices, replacement and disclosure requirements as established by this legislation. More. Effective January 1, 2021. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)


 
S1557 Daily History  Date Action
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 6/10 signed by governor; Chap. 90, Laws 2020. message
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 5/19 passed House 36-24; ready for governor
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 3/9 from House rules okay.
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 3/3 from House reg affairs do pass.
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 3/2 House reg affairs do pass; report awaited.
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 2/25 referred to House reg affairs.
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 2/20 passed Senate 26-0; ready for House.
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 2/19 Senate COW approved with amend #4214.
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 2/18 from Senate rules okay.
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 2/13 from Senate fin with amend #4214.
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 2/12 Senate fin amended; report awaited.
ANNUITY TRANSACTIONS; REQUIREMENTS 2/4 referred to Senate fin.
S1599: HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; REQUIREMENTS Questions/Comments

A health care insurer that offers an individual, group or small employer health benefits plan in Arizona is prohibited from imposing any "preexisting condition exclusion" (defined) with respect to coverage under the plan, imposing an annual or lifetime dollar limit on any "essential benefit" (defined), and adjusting the premium charged for a plan more frequently than annually, with some exceptions. Health care insurers are required to accept every eligible employer and individual in Arizona that applies for coverage, to develop and vary premium rates with respect to a particular health benefits plan or coverage based only on a list of specified characteristics, and to continue to cover an insured's child until the child reaches 26 years of age.

First sponsor: Sen. Navarrete (D - Dist 30)
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Sen. Contreras (D - Dist 19), Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Sen. Otondo (D - Dist 4), Sen. Peshlakai (D - Dist 7), Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9)


 
S1599 Daily History  Date Action
HEALTH CARE INSURANCE; REQUIREMENTS 2/5 referred to Senate fin.
S1601: INSULIN DRUGS; COST SHARING LIMIT Questions/Comments

Health and disability insurers are required to limit the total amount that a subscriber or enrollee must pay for a covered "prescription insulin drug" (defined) to $100 per 30-day supply of insulin, regardless of the amount or type of insulin required to fill the subscriber's prescription.

First sponsor: Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27)
Others: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24), Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Sen. Contreras (D - Dist 19), Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Sen. D. Farnsworth (R - Dist 16), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Rep. Jermaine (D - Dist 18), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Sen. Navarrete (D - Dist 30), Sen. Otondo (D - Dist 4), Sen. Peshlakai (D - Dist 7), Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29), Rep. Salman (D - Dist 26), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9), Rep. Teller (D - Dist 7)


 
S1601 Daily History  Date Action
INSULIN DRUGS; COST SHARING LIMIT 2/5 referred to Senate fin.
S1602: HEALTH INSURANCE; SURPRISE OUT-OF-NETWORK BILLS Questions/Comments

Statutes governing dispute resolution for surprise out-of-network bills is repealed. Other than an applicable cost sharing requirement, an enrollee is not responsible for payment of a surprise out-of-network bill. A health insurer or any health plan offered by a health insurer is prohibited from imposing for emergency services provided to an enrollee by an out-of-network health care provider any cost sharing requirement that is greater than the cost sharing requirement that would be imposed if the emergency services were provided by an in-network health care provider. If an out-of-network health care provider renders emergency services to an enrollee, the health care provider is authorized to bill the health insurer directly and the health insurer is required to reimburse the health care provider the greatest of the following amounts: the amount the enrollee's health plan would pay for the services rendered by an in-network health care provider, the "usual, customary and reasonable rate" (defined) for the services, the amount Medicare would reimburse for the services, or an amount that the health care insurer agrees to pay that is greater than the other three specified amounts. By November 1, 2021, the Department of Insurance and Financial Institutions is required to review the efficacy of dispute resolution practices relating to surprise out-of-network bills between health care providers and health insurers and report to the Governor and the Legislature any recommended legislative changes based on best practices from surprise billing laws in other states.

First sponsor: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24)
Others: Sen. Bowie (D - Dist 18), Sen. Bradley (D - Dist 10), Sen. Contreras (D - Dist 19), Sen. Dalessandro (D - Dist 2), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Sen. Mendez (D - Dist 26), Sen. Navarrete (D - Dist 30), Sen. Otondo (D - Dist 4), Sen. Peshlakai (D - Dist 7), Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29), Sen. Rios (D - Dist 27), Sen. Steele (D - Dist 9)


 
S1602 Daily History  Date Action
HEALTH INSURANCE; SURPRISE OUT-OF-NETWORK BILLS 2/5 referred to Senate fin.
S1640: PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; COLLECTIVE BARGAINING Questions/Comments

Public employees may form, join and participate in, or refrain from forming, joining or participating in unions. A three-member Public Employee Labor Relations Board is formed to certify or decertify union representation and to hear complaints of prohibited practices. Local public employee labor relations boards are also authorized. State employees are forbidden from engaging in or encouraging a strike, and public employers cannot engage in an employee lockout. The Board terminates on July 1, 2028.

First sponsor: Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29)
Others: Rep. Andrade (D - Dist 29), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Rep. Terán (D - Dist 30)


 
S1640 Daily History  Date Action
PUBLIC EMPLOYEES; COLLECTIVE BARGAINING 2/5 referred to Senate com.
S1642: STATE EMPLOYEES; MEET AND CONFER Questions/Comments

State agencies and departments are recognized as the sole and exclusive authority with respect to determining the manner in which that entity's activities are conducted and administered. Department employees cannot engage in a sickout, work slowdown or strike. The recognized employee organization and any state department are required to meet and confer on a regular basis, at least once every 2 years, to discuss employment conditions. If an agreement is reached, it must be submitted to the Governor for consideration, and the final decision by the Governor is binding.

First sponsor: Sen. Quezada (D - Dist 29)
Others: Rep. Andrade (D - Dist 29), Sen. Gonzales (D - Dist 3), Rep. Terán (D - Dist 30)


 
S1642 Daily History  Date Action
STATE EMPLOYEES; MEET AND CONFER 2/5 referred to Senate com.
S1663: STATE PERMITTING DASHBOARD (TITLE 41) (STATE PERMITTING COUNCIL) Questions/Comments

Requires the Governor to appoint a State Permitting Director to establish and maintain an online database called the Permitting Dashboard that displays the progress to completion for state authorizations for "participating projects" (defined). The Director is required to coordinate with a list of specified state agencies and any other agency that requires authorization for a participating project. Information that may be displayed on the Permitting Dashboard is listed. A project sponsor of an "eligible project" (defined as an activity in Arizona that requires authorization by an agency, that is subject to applicable state environmental laws, that is likely to require a total construction investment of more than $25 million, and that meet other specified requirements) is authorized to submit to the Director a notice that the project sponsor is initiating a proposed project, and information that must be included in the notice is established. No later than 30 days after receipt of the notice, the Director is required to determine whether the proposed project qualifies as an eligible project and whether to include it as a participating project in the Permitting Dashboard. No later than 45 days after the determination, each agency identified by the project sponsor is required to submit to the Director all anticipated authorizations required for the participating project, including the target completion time for each step required. Agencies cannot require an eligible project to participate in the Permitting Dashboard. Establishes a process for resolution of disputes relating to the permitting timetable. These provisions self-repeal January 1, 2028. The Director is required to submit a report of findings and recommendations from administering the Permitting Dashboard to the Governor and the Legislature by December 1, 2021. AS PASSED SENATE.

First sponsor: Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14)
Others: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5), Rep. Blackman (R - Dist 6), Sen. Borrelli (R - Dist 5), Rep. Campbell (R - Dist 1), Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1), Sen. D. Farnsworth (R - Dist 16), Rep. Finchem (R - Dist 11), Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14), Rep. Kern (R - Dist 20), Rep. Lawrence (R - Dist 23), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11), Rep. Nutt (R - Dist 14), Rep. Rivero (R - Dist 21), Rep. Thorpe (R - Dist 6), Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22), Rep. Weninger (R - Dist 17)


 
S1663 Daily History  Date Action
STATE PERMITTING DASHBOARD (TITLE 41) 3/10 referred to House appro.
STATE PERMITTING DASHBOARD (TITLE 41) 3/9 passed Senate 30-0; ready for House.
STATE PERMITTING DASHBOARD (TITLE 41) 3/5 Senate COW approved with amend #4528. NOTE SHORT TITLE CHANGE.
STATE PERMITTING COUNCIL 3/3 from Senate rules okay.
STATE PERMITTING COUNCIL 2/27 from Senate appro with amend #4528.
STATE PERMITTING COUNCIL 2/25 Senate appro amended; report awaited.
STATE PERMITTING COUNCIL 2/5 referred to Senate appro.
S1692: BUDGET; GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT; 2020-2021 Questions/Comments

The "feed bill" for FY202021, containing appropriations for state agencies and programs. Provisions include: Appropriates $4.037 billion in FY2020-21 for basic state aid to school districts for maintenance and operations funding, which includes an increase of $124.5 million that the Legislature and Governor intend to be used for teacher salary increases and that are in addition to teacher salary increases provided for FY2019-20. Continues deferment of $930.7 million in basic state aid payments to schools until FY2021-22. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $28 million from the general fund in FY2019-20 to the School Facilities Board for building renewal grants. Appropriates $11.7 million from the general fund in FY2021-22 for a one time deposit in the New School Facilities Fund. Deposits $15.49 million received in FY2020-21 from vehicle license taxes in the general fund instead of the State Highway Fund. Appropriates the following amounts from the general fund in FY2020-21 to the Department of Administration (DOA) for distribution to counties for maintenance of essential county services: $7.15 million for distribution to counties with a population of less than 900,000, $500,000 for distribution to a county with a population of more than 30,000 and less than 40,000 (Graham County), and $3 million to supplement the normal cost plus an amount to amortize the unfunded accrued liability in the Elected Officials' Retirement Plan, which DOA is required to allocate equally among all counties with a population of less than 300,000 persons. Appropriates $53.7 million from the general fund in FY2019-20 to DOA for debt service payments on the sale and leaseback of state buildings. On or after April 1, 2021, the Department of Economic Security is authorized to use up to $25 million from the Budget Stabilization Fund to provide funding for reimbursement grants. This appropriation must be fully reimbursed by September 1, 2021. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $2.62 million from the general fund in FY2019-20 to the Secretary of State to reimburse expenses incurred by counties to administer the 2020 presidential preference election, and establishes a formula for the Secretary of State to reimburse counties based on the number of active registered voters in that county on January 2, 2020. Makes a supplemental appropriation of $6.69 million from the Election Systems Improvement Fund to the Secretary of State for election systems improvements, $5.35 million of which must be distributed to counties. Requires various reports and makes various fund transfers. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR.

First sponsor: Sen. Fann (R - Dist 1)
Others: Sen. Gowan (R - Dist 14), Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11)


 
S1692 Daily History  Date Action
BUDGET; GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT; 2020-2021 3/28 signed by governor; Chap. 58, Laws 2020. message
BUDGET; GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT; 2020-2021 3/19 Senate COW approved. Passed Senate 28-2; ready for House. Passed House 31-29; substituted in House for identical bill 2909; ready for governor.
BUDGET; GENERAL APPROPRIATIONS ACT; 2020-2021 3/18 referred to Senate rules only. From Senate rules okay.