June 3, 2022
55th Legislature - 2nd Regular Session, 2022 Saturday, Jul 2 2022 2:03 PM
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SHORT TITLE
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LAST ACTION VOTING POSITION
H2050:
MARIJUANA ESTABLISHMENTS; LICENSE  
By 21 days after the effective date of this legislation, the Department of Health Services (DHS) is required to determine the number of marijuana establishment licenses that are available to be issued and whether there are any counties in Arizona in which there are not registered nonprofit marijuana dispensaries operating. During the period beginning 22 days after the effective date of this legislation and for the following 30 days, DHS is required to accept and process applications for new nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary registration certificates from applicants that delivered an application to DHS on or after January 1, 2017, sought a registration certificate for a facility located either in a county where there was no dispensary or in a location where there was no dispensary within 25 miles, at the time of application. Individuals are prohibited from being an applicant, principal officer, or board member on more than five applications for a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary registration certificate submitted under these conditions. If there are any remaining counties in Arizona without an operating registered nonprofit marijuana dispensary after the implementation of these requirements, DHS is required to accept applications to register dispensaries and issue registration certificates in those counties during the period beginning December 1, 2022 through December 31, 2022. Allows monies in the Smart and Safe Arizona Fund to be used to provide grants for marijuana clinical trials. A complaint relating to compliance with marijuana statutes regarding an independent third-party laboratory, a marijuana testing facility, a nonprofit medical marijuana dispensary, or a marijuana establishment is available to the public after DHS determines that there is a reasonable basis to proceed to investigate the complaint. Beginning January 1, 2024, DHS is required to contract with a third party to collect random samples of marijuana or marijuana products to confirm that the certified test results match the marijuana or marijuana products being sold. Nonprofit medical marijuana dispensaries are required to separate each specific lot of cultivated marijuana and separate marijuana products into one “batch” (defined), which is assigned a unique batch number that meets a list of specified requirements, before testing the marijuana or marijuana products. The sample provided to an independent third-party laboratory is required to be derived from the same batch. An independent third-party laboratory that conducts marijuana testing is required to upload to the Department of Health Services online portal within five calendar days after completing the testing the laboratory-approved certificate of analysis that provides details of the test results. Due to voter protection, this legislation requires the affirmative vote of at least 3/4 of the members of each house of the Legislature for passage. Emergency clause. AS PASSED SENATE First sponsor: Rep. Wilmeth (R - Dist 15)   6/23
FAILED House on reconsideration 34-24.

H2070:
OPEN MEETINGS; CAPACITY; POSTING; VIOLATION  
All public bodies are required to provide for an amount of seating sufficient to accommodate the reasonably anticipated attendance of all persons desiring to attend the deliberations and proceedings, when feasible. The agenda for a public meeting is required to include notice of the time that the public will have physical access to the meeting place. A head of a public body that violates this requirement is liable for a civil penalty as provided in statute for open meeting law violations. AS PASSED HOUSE First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)   3/23
Senate COW approved. FAILED Senate 15-13.

Neutral
H2095:
POSTING OF NOTICES; MUNICIPAL WEBSITES  
Notices of election, invitations for bids, notices of letting contracts, laws and ordinances, and other notices of a public character issued by authority of the governing body of any municipality are required to be posted on the municipality's website. First sponsor: Rep. Griffin (R - Dist 14)   3/22
from Senate rules okay.

Neutral
H2184:
APPROPRIATION; STATE ROUTE 24; CONNECTOR  
Appropriates $15 million from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the Department of Transportation to distribute to Pinal County to acquire right of way to extend State Route 24 and to develop a connector route that extends from State Route 24 along the Central Arizona Project canal alignment. First sponsor: Rep. Cook (R - Dist 8)   3/9
from Senate appro do pass.

Neutral
H2226:
FIREWORKS; USE; OVERNIGHT HOURS; PROHIBITION.  
Counties and municipalities are authorized to prohibit the use of permissible consumer fireworks between the hours of 11PM and 8AM, except for between 11PM of December 31 and 1AM on January 1 each year, and between 11PM of July 4 and 1AM on July 5 each year. First sponsor: Rep. Shah (D - Dist 24)   3/8
from Senate rules okay.

Support
H2234:
VACATION RENTALS; SHORT-TERM RENTALS; ENFORCEMENT.  
Modifies the list of regulations that counties and municipalities are authorized to impose on vacation rentals or short-terms rentals to include requiring the owner of a vacation rental or short-term rental to maintain liability insurance appropriate to cover the rental in the aggregate of at least $500,000 or to advertise and offer each vacation rental or short-term rental through a hosting platform that provides equal or greater coverage. Counties and municipalities are authorized to impose civil penalties against an owner of a vacation rental or short-term rental for "verified violations" (defined) of specified provisions. Modifies civil penalties for online lodging operators that fail to comply with applicable transaction privilege tax requirements. After notice and a hearing, the Department of Revenue is authorized to suspend for a period of 12 months the transaction privilege tax license of the owner of a vacation rental or short-term rental that has three verified violations within the same 12-month period. First sponsor: Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15)   2/16
from House com do pass.

Neutral
H2255:
FIREWORKS; PERMISSIBLE USE; DIWALI  
The dates that counties with a population of more than 500,000 persons and municipalities within those counties cannot prohibit the sale of permissible consumer fireworks is expanded to include two days before the first day of Diwali through the third day of Diwali, and the dates that those counties and municipalities cannot prohibit the use of permissible consumer fireworks is expanded to include the second and third days of Diwali. First sponsor: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)   6/22
Senate COW approved with amend #4825 and the rules tech amend. FAILED Senate 13-15. 2/23 passed Senate on reconsideration 16-12; returned to House for concurrence in Senate amendments.

H2316:
MISCONDUCT INVOLVING WEAPONS; PUBLIC PLACES  
A person who possesses a valid concealed weapons permit is exempt from the prohibition on carrying a concealed weapon in a public establishment or at a public event. Some exceptions, including for public establishments or events that are a "secured facility" (defined), that are the licensed premises of a liquor licensee, that are a judicial department or law enforcement agency, that are an educational institution, and that are a vehicle or craft. AS PASSED HOUSE First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)   3/8
from Senate rules okay.

Oppose
H2336:
LICENSED MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL; DEFINITION  
For the purpose of traumatic event counseling for public safety employees, the definition of "licensed mental health professionals" that may provide the counseling is expanded to include psychiatrists, mental health nurse practitioners, psychiatric clinical nurse specialists, and physician assistants. Statute authorizing traumatic event counseling for public safety employees is repealed January 1, 2027. AS PASSED SENATE First sponsor: Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21)   6/20
passed Senate on final reading 25-0; ready for governor.

Neutral
H2347:
LAW ENFORCEMENT; MISCONDUCT INVESTIGATIONS; EXTENSION  
A law enforcement employer is allowed to continue an investigation of employee misconduct beyond the 180-calendar-day period only if it is demonstrated that additional time is necessary to obtain or review evidence. Before the employer exceeds the 180-calendar-day limit, the employer is required to provide the employee with a written explanation of the reasons. Any extension cannot exceed 180 calendar days. If the investigation is not complete at the conclusion of the extension period, the matter must be dismissed. These time limits do not preclude the employer from initiating a new investigation of the employee for misconduct upon newly discovered material evidence that could not with reasonable diligence have been discovered during the initial 180-calendar-day limit or any extension. AS PASSED HOUSE First sponsor: Rep. Payne (R - Dist 21)   6/24
passed Senate on reconsideration 16-9; ready for governor.

H2391 (Chapter 293):
VIDEO SERVICE PROVIDERS; ENFORCEMENT; JURISDICTION  
Unless the matter arises under the U.S. Constitution or federal laws, the Office of Administrative Hearings has original jurisdiction over all matters relating to local government regulation of video service providers. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Rep. Dunn (R - Dist 13)   6/13
signed by governor. Chap. 293, Laws 2022. message

H2412:
OPEN MEETINGS; DIGITAL RECORDINGS  
All public bodies subject to open meeting law are required to provide for written minutes and an audio or audiovisual recording of all of their meetings, instead of either written minutes or a digital recording. AS PASSED HOUSE First sponsor: Rep. Parker (R - Dist 16)   3/22
from Senate rules okay.

H2453 (Chapter 247):
GOVERNMENTAL ENTITIES; MASK REQUIREMENT; PROHIBITION  
A "governmental entity" (defined) is prohibited from imposing any requirement to wear a mask or face covering anywhere on the governmental entity's premises, except where long-standing workplace safety and infection control measures that are unrelated to COVID-19 may be required. Does not apply to a special healthcare district. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8)   5/20
signed by governor. Chap. 247, Laws 2022. message

Oppose
H2455 (Chapter 108):
INCORPORATION; URBAN AREAS  
Various changes to statutes relating to incorporation. At least six months before publishing a copy of a petition for incorporation of a community, the petitioners are required to provide to the county board of supervisors written notice of their intention to publish a copy of the petition for incorporation, and to publish the written notice for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation in the area to be affected. If a planned community association notifies the county board of supervisors of its request to be excluded from a petition to incorporate, the board is required to exclude the area covered by the planned community association from the petition. Uninhabited, rural or farm lands may be included in an area to be incorporated if the lands have been platted and approved by the county board of supervisors for housing or commercial development before filing an incorporation petition, or if the current owner of the lands agrees to include the property and provides a written, notarized statement supporting the inclusion. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Rep. Carter (R - Dist 8)   4/6
signed by governor. Chap. 108, Laws 2022. message

Neutral
H2473:
FIREARMS; CONTRACTS; PROHIBITED PRACTICES  
A "public entity" (defined) is prohibited from entering into a contract with a value of $100,000 or more with a company to acquire or dispose of services, supplies, information technology, or construction unless the contract includes a written certification that the company does not currently, and agrees for the duration of the contract that it will not, discriminate against a "firearm entity" (defined). First sponsor: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22)   3/31
from Senate appro with amend #4895.

Neutral
H2482 (Chapter 166):
MUNICIPALITY; GENERAL PLAN; ADOPTION; AMENDMENT  
All major amendments to a municipality's general plan proposed for adoption by the governing body of a municipality must be presented at a public hearing within 12 months of when the proposal is made, instead of during the calendar year the proposal is made. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Rep. Martinez (R - Dist 11)   4/22
signed by governor. Chap. 166, Laws 2022. message

Support
H2498 (Chapter 180):
COVID-19; VACCINATION REQUIREMENTS; PROHIBITION  
Any "government entity" (defined) is prohibited from requiring a resident of Arizona to receive a vaccination for COVID-19 or any variant of COVID-19. Does not apply to a health care institution that is owned or operated by a government entity in Arizona. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Rep. Hoffman (R - Dist 12)   4/25
signed by governor. Chap. 180, Laws 2022. message

Oppose
H2528:
AREA AGENCIES ON AGING; APPROPRIATION  
Appropriates $1.5 million from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the Department of Economic Security to distribute to area agencies on aging for home and community-based services. The Legislature intends that this appropriation be considered ongoing funding in future years. First sponsor: Rep. A. Hernandez (D - Dist 3)   3/31
from Senate appro with amend #4914.

Support
H2539:
NONNATIVE SPECIES ERADICATION; PROJECTS; APPROPRIATION  
Establishes a 7-member Gila River Nonnative Species Eradication Project Advisory Committee to review the progress of "nonnative vegetation invasive species eradication projects" (defined). The Committee is required to submit a report of its recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by September 1 of each year, and self-repeals October 1, 2025. The Nonnative Vegetation Species Eradication Fund is renamed the Jackie Meck Nonnative Vegetation Species Eradication Fund. Appropriates $15 million from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the Fund for nonnative vegetation invasive species eradication projects. First sponsor: Rep. John (R - Dist 4)   3/30
from Senate appro do pass.

H2598:
TRANSPORTATION TAX; ELECTION; MARICOPA COUNTY  
If approved by the voters at a countywide election and beginning January 1, 2026, a county with a population of 3 million or more persons (Maricopa) is required to levy a tax of up to ten percent of the transaction privilege tax rate. The tax levied will be in effect for 25 years. The regional planning agency in the county is required to develop and adopt a multimodal transportation plan. The play must specify the distribution of net revenues from the tax levy, with at least 52.5 percent of revenues distributed to the Regional Area Road Fund and at least 32.5 percent of revenues to the Public Transportation Fund. No more than 14 percent of the revenues may be spent on light rail systems. Before November 8, 2022, the Maricopa County board of supervisors is required to call a countywide election for the extension and levy of a county transportation excise tax as authorized by this legislation. Establishes requirements for the ballot and publicity pamphlet for the election. Emergency clause. First sponsor: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22)   2/10
from House trans with amend #4153.

Neutral
H2616 (Chapter 184):
MASK MANDATES; MINORS; PARENTAL CONSENT  
This state, any political subdivision, any other governmental entity, any school district, or any charter school in Arizona are prohibited from requiring that a mask or face covering be worn by a person under 18 years of age without the express consent of the person's parent or guardian. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Rep. Chaplik (R - Dist 23)   4/25
signed by governor. Chap. 184, Laws 2022. message

Oppose
H2650:
CRITICAL INCIDENT BUREAU; ESTABLISHMENT; DPS  
Establishes a division within the Department of Public Safety (DPS) known as the Critical Incident Bureau to conduct independent investigations of "critical force incidents" (defined as an incident involving the use or intended use of deadly force or any discharge of a firearm by a peace officer) and, upon request from a law enforcement agency, investigate a criminal misconduct allegation against a peace officer employed by that agency. Appropriates $24.4 million from the general fund in FY2022-23 to DPS for the Bureau. Effective July 1, 2025. First sponsor: Rep. Bowers (R - Dist 25)   3/30
from Senate appro do pass.

Support
H2674 (Chapter 185):
HOUSING SUPPLY STUDY COMMITTEE  
Establishes an 11-member Housing Supply Study Committee to review data on the scope of housing supply, and access and compile ways to address Arizona's housing shortage and mitigate its causes. The Committee is required to submit a report of its findings and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by December 31, 2022, and self-repeals July 1, 2023. Emergency clause. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Rep. Kaiser (R - Dist 15)   4/25
signed by governor. Chap. 185, Laws 2022. message

Support
H2688:
APPROPRIATION; AVIATION FUND; MATCHING MONIES  
Appropriates $20 million from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the State Aviation Fund for the Department of Transportation to use as matching monies to draw down federal infrastructure monies. First sponsor: Rep. Carroll (R - Dist 22)   3/16
from Senate appro with amend #4760.

Support
H2701:
G&F; VETERANS; HUNTING; FISHING; LICENSES  
Reduces the tax base for the prime contracting classification of transaction privilege taxes to 60 percent of the gross proceeds of sales or gross income derived from the business for contracts, bids, or other binding obligations that are entered into through June 30, 2023, and to 55 percent of the gross proceeds of sales or gross income derived from the business for contracts, bids, or other binding obligations that are entered into July 1, 2024 and after, from 65 percent. AS PASSED HOUSE First sponsor: Rep. Biasiucci (R - Dist 5)   6/24
Senate COW approved with amend #5064. NOTE SHORT TITLE CHANGE. Passed Senate 24-1; returned to House for concurrence in Senate amendments. House concurred in Senate amendments and passed on final reading 49-0; ready for governor.

Oppose
H2721:
LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS: AZPOST  
Any government entity must require a majority vote to investigate law enforcement officer misconduct, influence the conduct of or certify law enforcement officer misconduct investigations, recommend disciplinary actions for law enforcement misconduct, or impose discipline for law enforcement misconduct. The requirement for 2/3 of the voting members of a government entity that takes any of those actions relating to law enforcement officer misconduct to be Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Board certified law enforcement officers is expanded to apply to 2/3 of the "members, staff, employees, or seats" (defined) or any government committee, board, agency, department, office, or entity that takes those actions. [Capitol Reports Note: Some of the provisions in this legislation were originally signed into law as Laws 2021, chapter 403 (part of the FY2021-22 budget), but were deemed unconstitutional by the Arizona Supreme Court in Arizona School Boards Association et al v. State of Arizona.] First sponsor: Rep. Kavanagh (R - Dist 23)   6/23
House concurred in Senate amendments and passed on final reading 31-27; ready for governor.

Oppose
H2724 (Chapter 132):
ASSISTED LIVING; DISTANCE REQUIREMENTS; PROHIBITION  
If a county or municipality has a zoning ordinance or regulation that restricts the distance between assisted living homes, the county or municipality is required to establish an administrative procedure in which a deviation from the separation requirement may be granted as a reasonable accommodation under the Fair Housing Act. The county or municipality is required to provide written notice of the administrative procedure to request a reasonable accommodation when a land use application for an assisted living home is filed or on registration as an assisted living home. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Rep. Toma (R - Dist 22)   4/13
signed by governor. Chap. 132, Laws 2022. message

Neutral
H2749:
TPT; PRIME CONTRACTING; EXEMPTION; ALTERATIONS  
The definitions of "modification" and "alteration" for the purpose of computing the tax base for the prime contracting classification of transaction privilege taxes are modified. Effective January 1, 2023. First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)   6/24
Senate COW approved with amend #4891. FAILED Senate 10-14.

Oppose
HCR2031:
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS; COMPENSATION; STATE PREEMPTION  
The 2022 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state Constitution to declare that the regulation of employee benefits is of statewide concern and not subject to further regulation by a political subdivision. First sponsor: Rep. Cobb (R - Dist 5)   6/22
Senate COW approved with flr amend #5088.

Oppose
S1067 (Chapter 133):
WATER INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE AUTHORITY; CITIES  
The Water Infrastructure Finance Authority (WIFA) is prohibited from providing funds to a municipality, and from refinancing any loan, bond, or other financing arrangement used by a municipality, to condemn or acquire through eminent domain any assets of a public service corporation regulated by the Corporation Commission without a written statement from the public service corporation certifying that it is a wiling seller and consenting to the provision of funding. During FY2022-23 through FY2026-27, all counties and municipalities, regardless of population, a sanitary district with a population of fewer than 50,000 persons, and a domestic water or wastewater improvement district, regardless of population, are authorized to enter info a financial assistance loan repayment agreement with WIFA without voter approval. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)   4/13
signed by governor. Chap. 133, Laws 2022. message

Support
S1116:
MUNICIPAL TAX EXEMPTION; RESIDENTIAL LEASE  
For the purpose of the individual income tax credit for contributions to qualifying charitable organizations, the definition of "qualifying individual" (to whom qualifying organizations must provide services) is expanded to include a person who is participating in an independent living program, a person who is participating in an extended foster care program, and a person who is under 27 years of age and whose reason for leaving foster care is reaching 18 years of age, adoption or legal guardianship after reaching 16 years of age, or reunification at 14 or 15 years of age. Beginning with tax year 2023, the Department of Revenue is required to adjust the tax credit dollar amounts according to the average annual change in the metropolitan Phoenix consumer price index, except that the dollar amount cannot be revised below the amounts allowed in the prior tax year. Retroactive to tax years beginning with 2022. AS PASSED SENATE First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)   6/23
Senate concurred in House amendments and FAILED on final reading 15-11.

Oppose
S1168:
VACATION RENTALS; SHORT-TERM RENTALS; ENFORCEMENT  
Modifies the list of regulations that counties and municipalities are authorized to impose on vacation rentals or short-terms rentals to include requiring the owner of a vacation rental or short-term rental to maintain liability insurance appropriate to cover the rental in the aggregate of at least $500,000 or to advertise and offer each vacation rental or short-term rental through a hosting platform that provides equal or greater coverage. Counties and municipalities are authorized to impose civil penalties against an owner of a vacation rental or short-term rental for "verified violations" (defined) of specified provisions. Modifies civil penalties for online lodging operators that fail to comply with applicable transaction privilege tax requirements. After notice and a hearing, the Department of Revenue is authorized to suspend for a period of 12 months the transaction privilege tax license of the owner of a vacation rental or short-term rental that has three verified violations within the same 12-month period. First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17)   6/24
Senate concurred in House amendments and passed on final reading 24-1; ready for governor.

Support
S1197 (Chapter 213):
WIFA PROJECTS; IRRIGATION DISTRICTS  
An irrigation or water conservation district is authorized to design, construct, acquire, rehabilitate, or improve water or wastewater infrastructure, related property, or a nonpoint source project with monies borrowed from or financial assistance provided by the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority of Arizona. Modifies the definition of “service area of an irrigation district” to prohibit the addition of additional areas containing an operating system of canals, flumes, ditches, and other works owned or operated by the irrigation district after December 31, 2027. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)   5/2
signed by governor. Chap. 213, Laws 2022.

S1238 (Chapter 14):
STATE LANDS; APPRAISALS; LEASES; RIGHTS-OF-WAY  
The State Land Department is required to reappraise property if the Board of Appeals' approval of the lease or sale occurred more than 240 days, increased from 180 days, before an auction. Approval of a lease for commercial purposes from the Board of Appeals is required only if the lease is for a term longer than ten years. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)   3/18
signed by governor. Chap. 14, Laws 2022.

Support
S1245:
TOBACCO; VAPOR; ALTERNATIVE NICOTINE; REGULATION  
t is unlawful for a retail tobacco vendor or their representative to sell or provide an "alternative nicotine products," "tobacco products," or "vapor products" (all defined) to persons under 21 years of age. The powers and duties of the Department of Liquor Licenses and Control (DLLC) are expanded to include enforcing statute regulating alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, or vapor products. Beginning January 1, 2024, a retail tobacco vendor is prohibited from distributing alternative nicotine products, tobacco products or vapor products in Arizona without a valid tobacco retail sales license issued by DLLC. DLLC is authorized to determine the fee for an application for an initial license or renewal license. A license is valid for one year and is not transferable. Establishes requirements for licensees to obtain identification from a person ordering or purchasing these products in order to determine that the person is not under the legal use age. Establishes civil penalties for violations and conditions under which a license may be suspended or revoked. Establishes appeal rights and procedures. Various regulations of tobacco products are expanded to include alternative nicotine products and vapor products. Declares that the regulation of the sale and marketing of alternative nicotine products, tobacco products, and vapor products is a matter of statewide concern and is not subject to the authority of counties and municipalities. More. Effective January 1, 2023. Severability clause. 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. First sponsor: Sen. Leach (R - Dist 11)   2/24
retained on Senate COW calendar.

Oppose
S1263:
HOUSING TRUST FUND; SHELTER SERVICES  
At least 50 percent of the monies transferred to the Housing Trust Fund from the Arizona Industrial Development Authority must be used to support emergency and transitional homeless shelter services. AS PASSED SENATE First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)   3/24
from House appro with amend #4855.

Support
S1268:
PSPRS; DEFERRED RETIREMENT OPTION PLAN  
For members of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS) in the deferred retirement option plan (DROP), the maximum period of participation in DROP is increased to 84 consecutive months, from 60 consecutive months. For the 24 months after the first 60 months, a member's DROP account is credited monthly with an amount that represents the interest on the amount of the normal retirement benefit calculation at a rate equal to the actual rate of return, smoothed over a period of seven years, to be not less than zero percent and not more than nine percent. By December 31, 2022, the PSPRS Board of Trustees is required to report to the Governor and the Legislature regarding measures that can improve retention for members of PSPRS who were hired on or after January 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2017, and measures that can improve retention and recruitment for members who were hired on or after July 1, 2017. AS PASSED SENATE First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)   6/24
Senate concurred in House amendments and passed on final reading 21-4; ready for governor.

Oppose
S1270:
STATE PARKS; LOTTERY; HERITAGE FUND  
Beginning in FY2023-24, of the monies remaining in the State Lottery Fund each fiscal year after a list of statutory appropriations and deposits, $3 million must be deposited in the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund. As session law, of the monies remaining in the State Lottery Fund after the statutory appropriations and deposits, $1 million in FY2022-23 and $2 million in FY2023-24 are appropriated from the State Lottery Fund to the Arizona State Parks Heritage Fund. First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)   3/17
from House appro do pass.

Support
S1275 (Chapter 18):
FIREWORKS; USE; OVERNIGHT HOURS; PROHIBITION  
Counties and municipalities are authorized to prohibit the use of permissible consumer fireworks between the hours of 11PM and 8AM, except between 11PM on December 31 through 1AM on January 1, and between 11PM on July 4 through 1AM on July 5. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Sen. Mesnard (R - Dist 17)   3/18
signed by governor. Chap. 18, Laws 2022.

Support
S1333 (Chapter 256):
NEIGHBORHOOD OCCUPANTLESS ELECTRIC VEHICLES  
A "neighborhood occupantless electric vehicle" (defined) is authorized to be operated on a highway that has a posted speed limit of 45 miles per hour or less. Establishes restrictions for a neighborhood occupantless electric vehicle operating on a highway with a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour but not exceeding 45 miles per hour, including travelling in the right-hand lane, allowing faster moving vehicles to pass, and displaying a slow-moving vehicle sign with a reflective surface. Also adds neighborhood occupantless electric vehicles to various statutes regulating autonomous vehicles. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)   5/27
signed by governor. Chap. 256, Laws 2022. message

Oppose
S1372 (Chapter 43):
TPT; EXEMPTIONS; MOTOR VEHICLES; NONRESIDENTS  
The list of exemptions from the retail classification of transaction privilege taxes is expanded to include sales of commercial motor vehicles to nonresidents of Arizona if the commercial vehicle has a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds and is used to maintained to transport property in the furtherance of interstate commerce. Applies to taxable periods beginning on or after the first day of the month following the general effective date. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Sen. Pace (R - Dist 25)   3/23
signed by governor. Chap. 43, Laws 2022. message

Neutral
S1515:
MUNICIPAL FIREFIGHTERS; CANCER FUND; DISTRIBUTIONS  
The annual distributions from the Municipal Firefighter Cancer Reimbursement Fund are prohibited from exceeding the statewide aggregate of all compensation and benefits paid by municipal payors to municipal firefighters and municipal fire investigators for the relevant fiscal year. First sponsor: Sen. Boyer (R - Dist 20)   6/23
passed House 34-23; ready for governor.

Support
S1522:
APPROPRIATION; TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE; MARICOPA COUNTY  
Appropriates $83 million from the general fund in FY2022-23 to the Department of Transportation for a list of specified transportation infrastructure projects. AS PASSED SENATE First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)   3/17
from House trans do pass.

Neutral
S1531:
HOUSING TRUST FUND; APPROP  
Appropriates $100 million from the monies allocated to Arizona from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in FY2022-23 to the Housing Trust Fund. AS PASSED SENATE First sponsor: Sen. Alston (D - Dist 24)   3/8
referred to House hel-hu ser, appro.

Support
S1564:
ON-FARM IRRIGATION EFFICIENCY; FUND  
When any portion of a domestic water improvement district or domestic wastewater improvement district is annexed into a municipality or entirely included within a newly organized municipality, the district is allowed to continue to provide services in the annexed area if the municipality elects not to provide those services. When the municipality elects to provide domestic water or domestic wastewater services in the newly annexed area and the district provides services in areas outside of the boundaries of the newly annexed area, the district is required to continue to operate outside the boundaries of the newly annexed area. First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)   6/30
signed by governor. Chap. no. awaited. message

Support
S1581:
DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING; HOMELESSNESS  
The Arizona Department of Housing (ADOH) is authorized to disburse grants to a county or municipality or to a consortium of counties and municipalities to establish sanctioned camping sites for homeless individuals. Establishes requirements for grant eligibility, including that camping sites must provide sanitary facilities and potable water, and must set low barriers to entry. Counties and municipalities receiving grants must enforce ordinances in place that prohibit sleeping and camping in public places that are not designated as sanctioned camping sites. ADOH is authorized to disburse grants to counties, municipalities, and nonprofit organizations to establish or support multidisciplinary homeless outreach teams that work to move individuals who are camping and sleeping in public or private places not fit for human habitation into homeless services, housing, shelters, or sanctioned camping sites. Appropriates $50 million from the monies allocated to Arizona from the federal American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 in FY2022-23 to ADOH. ADOH is required to allocate $30 million to establish sanctioned camping sites for homeless individuals and $20 million to establish or support multidisciplinary homeless outreach teams. AS PASSED SENATE First sponsor: Sen. Livingston (R - Dist 22)   3/24
House appro amended; report awaited. From House appro with amend #4856.

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S1592:
GOVERNOR'S DECLARATION; FISCAL IMPACT ANALYSIS  
In any year in which the Governor has initially declared a state of war emergency or state of emergency for a public health emergency, the State Treasurer is prohibited from withholding any amount from the Arizona Convention Center Development Fund from an eligible city for that year. In conducting the analysis or estimate of the economic impact of any project eligible for monies from the Fund in subsequent years following the emergency declaration, the Auditor General is required to assume that the eligible city satisfied the minimum required attendance in the year of the emergency declaration and the year following that declaration, and that the incremental revenues to the general fund in any year of the initial emergency declaration and the year following that declaration at least equaled the amount of distributions by the state. Retroactive to January 1, 2020. AS PASSED SENATE First sponsor: Sen. Gray (R - Dist 21)   6/24
passed House 49-4; ready for governor.

Support
S1594 (Chapter 215):
ANNEXATION; PRE-ANNEXATION AGREEMENTS  
Municipalities or developers are authorized to enter into a pre-annexation agreement with a property owner in which the property owner agrees to future annexation of an area that includes the property owner's property. A property owner who has entered into a pre-annexation agreement is not required to sign the annexation petition. Whether or not the property owner signs the petition, the property and property owner are included for purposes of calculating the one-half or more in value of the real and personal property and more than one-half of the persons owning real and personal property that would be subject to taxation by the municipality in the event of the annexation. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)   5/2
signed by governor. Chap. 215, Laws 2022.

Neutral
S1596 (Chapter 148):
OFF-HIGHWAY VEHICLE STUDY COMMITTEE  
Establishes a 17-member Arizona Off-Highway Vehicle Study Committee to collect and study information regarding off-highway vehicle issues in Arizona. The Committee is required to submit a report of its activities and recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature by January 1 of each year, and self-repeals June 1, 2024. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Sen. Kerr (R - Dist 13)   4/14
signed by governor. Chap. 148, Laws 2022. message

Neutral
S1598 (Chapter 50):
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY; SECURITY; OFFICE  
Establishes a Statewide Information Security and Privacy Office in the Arizona Department of Homeland Security (AZDOHS), managed by a statewide chief information security officer. Powers and duties of the Office are established. Modifies the membership of the AZDOHS Regional Advisory Councils by removing a mayor and a county supervisor and changing other council member qualifications. Repeals the AZDOHS Senior Advisory Committee and the Joint Legislative Committee on Border and Homeland Security. AS SIGNED BY GOVERNOR First sponsor: Sen. Shope (R - Dist 8)   3/23
signed by governor. Chap. 50, Laws 2022. message

Neutral