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What did the Arizona Legislature do in its first 100 days?

By Representative Pamela Powers Hannley, LD9

For many years, the Arizona Legislature has had a 100 day target for the length of each session. April 20, 2021 was day 100 for this session. When more than 1000 bills are proposed every year and more than 300 are usually signed into law in non-pandemic years, the Legislature doesn’t generally finish in 100 days.

So, what did we do in the first 100 days? Here are a few examples of bills that have been signed by the governor. Below is the complete list of 33 video updates that I have created in 2021 … so far.

The Legislature passed two massive corporate tax giveaways that will primarily help Maricopa County — the qualified facilities tax credit (HB2321) and the data center tax incentive (HB2649). Fun Fact: according to the Financial Advisory Committee, 90 percent of the job creation touted by Governor Doug Ducey has been in the Phoenix metro area. Bills like HB2321 and HB2649 perpetuate the inequitable system that exists in our state.

We passed a passed another Ducey priority, the massive expansion of gambling (HB2772/SB1797), which legalizes sports betting, fantasy sports betting, and app-based Keno. In exchange for additional casinos and a portion of the app-based gambling action, the tribes backed and heavily lobbied for expanding off-reservation gambling. Since most of the new tribal casinos and all of the major league sports teams are in Maricopa County, the millions generated from gambling will disproportionately benefit Maricopa County. I have serious concerns about the negative public health and privacy aspects of this dramatic expansion. Gambling will be everywhere, and gambling apps will be hounding people on social media — thanks to HB2772. Every click, every bet, every win, every loss, and every betting location on every app-based gambler will be collected, stored, and used to advertise more gambling.

Ducey surprisingly vetoed Cathi Herrod’s bad bill which put ideological guardrails on what can be taught in sex education (SB1456). A second Center for Arizona Policy bill which criminalizes doctors and patients for even talking about abortion (SB1457) is awaiting the governors signature (or veto) at the time of this writing.

Many bills are stuck in the process somewhere, which is a good thing. Arizona would be in terrible condition if all of the tax giveaways, voter suppression schemes, and education privatization bills passed. In my opinion, Democrats should push for a speedy end to this horrible session, so the Legislature doesn’t do any more damage to our state or take away more of our rights.

There are many other examples. Check out the good, the bad and the ugly. Below is a list of my video updates for 2021 … so far.

Video Updates from Weeks 1-2 of #AZLeg2021

Jan 11: Inauguration Day 2021: Face Masks & Chain Link (video)

Jan 18: RTS Alert HB2014: Republicans Attack Clean Elections … Again (video)

Jan 19: Today’s Update Is about Gratitude (video)

Video Updates from Week 3 of #AZLeg2021

Jan 26: #AZLeg Should Focus on COVID, Not Tax Breaks

Jan 28: Emergency Tourism Dollars Won’t Overcome #AZ’s Bad Reputation (video)

Jan 29: #AZLeg Week 3 Ends, as Pandemic Rages in Arizona (video)

Video Updates from Week 4 of #AZLeg2021

Feb 1: RTS Alert HB2113: Seriously? Tax Cuts for the Rich? (video)

Feb 3: RTS Alert for 4 Good Bills (video)

Video Updates from Week 5 of #AZLeg2021

Feb 9: RTS Alert HB2391 & HB2255: Transparency in Government. Yes! (video)

Feb 11: #AZLeg Should Focus on Food & Housing Security, Not Gambling & Tax Breaks (video)

Video Updates from Week 6 of #AZLeg2021

Feb 16: More 5G Preemption & Tax Break Bills in #AZHouse (video)

Feb 17: Economic Development Across Arizona (video)

Feb 18: Should Community Colleges Offer 4-Year Degrees? (video)

Video Updates from Week 7 of #AZLeg2021

Feb 25: Arizona Is #1 in Voter Suppression (video)

Video Updates from Week 8 of #AZLeg2021

March 1: I Stand Against Mandatory Sentencing & for Victim Rights (video)

March 2: What Have Republicans Got Against Engineers? (video)

March 2: Libertarians Shake Up #AZHouse​: Bipartisanship Abounds (video)

Video Updates from Week 9 of #AZLeg2021

March 9: #AZLeg​ Should Fund #PublicEd​, Not Pricey Private Schools (video)

March 11: Protect Victims: Bring Back Child Abuse Reporting Bill (video)

Video Updates from Week 10 of #AZLeg2021

March 16: Rent Your Stuff for $$$: What Could Go Wrong? (video)

March 17: AZ Voters Said NO! to ESA Expansion & YES to Public Ed (video)

Video Updates from Week 11 of #AZLeg2021

March 22: What Next? Privatized School Transportation (video)

March 23: Striker #HB2321​ Is Massive Corporate Welfare Bill (video)

March 24: Republicans Attack Invest In Ed & Ignore Voters (video)

March 25: Unions: A Perennial Target in #AZLeg (video)

Video Updates from Week 12 of #AZLeg2021

March 31: Republican Bills Attack Voting Rights, Freedom of Expression (video)

Video Updates from Week 13 of #AZLeg2021

April 7: Putting More People in Prison Won’t Help Child Abuse Victims (video)

Video Updates from Week 14 of #AZLeg2021

April 12: Paradise Valley & Scottsdale, Do You Want More Blight? (video)

April 14: Republicans Put Ideological Guardrails on Health Information (video)

April 15: Big Brother Is Watching: Gambling Goes Mobile in #AZ (video)

Video Updates from Week 15 of #AZLeg2021

April 20 (Day 100): Barto’s Anti-Abortion Bill Criminalizes Doctors & Victimizes Women (video)

April 21: #AZHouse Republicans Pass #PEVLPurge Voter Suppression Bill (video)

April 23: #AZLeg​ Vote Protects Fetuses, Criminalizes Doctors & Patients (video)

For more information on the session and when it may end, check out my blog post here.

Stay tuned for more updates as we move into the budgeting process. You can watch my video updates on Facebook and YouTube. The updates go up first on my Legislative Facebook page, then YouTube, followed by the PowersForThePeople blog and sometimes BlogForArizona.

Take care. Be safe. Get the vaccine.

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