LD1 Legislative Action Update 05/02/21
Contributed by Ruth Lambert, LD1 Democrats Legislative Liaison
LD1 Update newsletters are sent each Sunday when the Legislature is in Session. Focus is on actions by LD1 Legislators.
LEGISLATIVE NERD ALERT
As of May 1, 2021
337 Bills have been sent to the Governor for his signature.
Gov. Ducey has signed 301 Bills.
Gov. Ducey has vetoed 3 Bills.
HB2360 Would have given Sec. Of Sate authority over driver license voter registration process, currently under Motor Vehicles Dept. . Bill passed both Chambers with full bi-partisan support.
SB1261 would have added "justification" as a criminal defense. Bill passed Senate unanimously. In House vote was 36/24 with LD1 Reps voting NO.
SB1456 Would have changed how sex education was handled in AZ public schools. Party line vote in both Chambers. Governor vetoed Bill but issued Exec. Order.
33 Bills have passed both Chambers and are still on Governor's desk awaiting signature.
What are Karen Fann, Judy Burges and Quang Nguyen up to?
Contact Info and Committee Assignments
Senator Karen Fann email@example.com 602-926-5874 Senate Rules Committee
House Representative Judy Burges firstname.lastname@example.org 602-926-3256 Committee Assignments Nat'l Resources, Energy & Water; Government and Elections; Military Affairs Affairs & Public Safety
House Representative Quang Nguyen
Appropriations; Education; Judiciary;
Military Affairs & Public Safety
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Votes last Week
SB1382 designates a store that sells firearms, ammunition or components of either as an essential business and protects such a store from a qualified civil liability action. All 3 LD1 Legislators voted YES. In addition, Rep. Nguyen added a surprise Floor amendment on 4/27 prohibiting any liability toward a manufacturer or seller of firearms or ammunitions in the criminal misuse of the firearm or ammunition. This raises the Bill to a whole new level protecting the people taking advantage of gun sales loopholes. Since the Bill originated in the Senate but had the amendment added in the House it was sent back to the Senate for their approval to the change.
SB1453 sets a path to allow some, select 4 year college degrees to be offered at Community colleges. All 3 LD1 Legislators voted YES. Bill is on Governor's Desk. SB1459 Presently the Corporation Commission is exempt, in most cases, from Judicial review. SB1459 expands Judicial review of Corporation Commission decisions. SB1459 is just one more attack on the Corporation Commission. Bill is on Governor's desk. This coming week IN THE HOUSE Reps. Nguyen and Burges have a vote
HB 2759 is another attack aimed at the Corporation Commission. The Bill allows anyone to petition the GRRC (Governor's Regulatory Review Council) to request a review of an existing agency's practice. The Bill was passed in the House and Senate on Third Read along partisan lines. Because the Bill originated in the House and an amendment was added in the Senate it goes back to the House Floor on Monday for a final Read on the modified version.
IN THE SENATE Sen. Fann has a vote
HB2792 passed the Committee of the Whole on Monday, 4/25. It is a vindictive effort stating that Early Ballots cannot be sent to voters unless they have requested them. To deal with Covid concerns the Maricopa Co. Recorder tried to send ballots to all voters for the 2020 Primary but was stopped. Statute was unclear as it did not say ballots for all was prohibited nor did it say the practice was allowed. This Bill would prohibit Elections officials from making that call in an unusual circumstance.
HB2427 contains a striker to resurrect the Bill eliminating school attendance boundaries. Bill passed the Senate Committee of the Whole on April 22 and was scheduled for a floor vote on Monday April 26 but was not heard. The Majority Party was missing one member, the crucial 16st vote. An amendment was added. This means if the Bill passes the Senate it will need to go back to the House to get an o.k. on the change. Bill basically eliminates the concept of neighborhood schools. (Note: drama in the Senate last week included Sen. Kelly Townsend stating she would not vote on elections/voting Bills until the "audit" was over. She has met with Senator Fann and it looks like an agreement was reached but how that will translate to Floor action is anyone's guess.
One of 33 Bills on Governor's desk. The only Bill sponsored by Rep Quang Nguyen, HB2575, allowing clergy into a hospital during a pandemic was modified in both the House and the Senate from the original version Rep. Nguyen submitted. The multiple amendments greatly watered down the Bill. The original Bill furthered a trend making its way through state legislatures promoting religious and clergy rights and safeguards, at the expense of Hospital safety protocols.
Bills signed by Governor SB1457 passed both Chambers on Thursday. SB1457 inserts Government into private medical decisions, punishes healthcare providers and puts constraints on research. Bill was brought back from the dead and used various parliamentary procedures. Since it was a Senate Bill, the Senate sends it to the Governor. However, the Senate adjourned for the weekend prior to the House vote. Bill signed by Governor 4/27. This Bill will be challenged in court which was the whole purpose of the Bill. Nationwide these Bills are progressing to bring an abortion discussion to the Supreme Court. HB2016 allows the Department of Economic Security (DES) to waive all or a part of the work requirements to keep receiving aid. Waivers require the person to be enrolled in an educational or training program that will lead to employment allowing them to exit the state cash assistance program. The present system worked to penalize those in full time school or training programs. Bill was signed by Governor on 4/28. Ready to be sent to the Governor
SB1003 limits an early voter to add their signature to an early ballot returned without a signature no later than 7:00 p.m. on election day. Current law allows 5 days post election to correct a questioned or missing signature. Bill passed the House on 4/29 and was sent back to the Senate so they could transmit to Governor, most likely on 5/3.
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