ARIZONA LEGISLATIVE UPDATE – Week Fifteen Legislative Update, 4/21/23


Governor Hobbs “The Veto Queen” outdid herself this week.  She managed to clear off her desk all the outstanding Bills with 11 more vetoes on Tuesday bringing her total to 63 to date.  Her totals:  93 Signed Laws, and MY numbers,  77 VETOES!

OK?  Why are my numbers different that the Legislatures Website where they list 63 Vetoes?  The Legislature’s Website and News Media list 63 Vetoes as of yesterday (4/20/23).  I have 77 Vetoes.  Why the difference?

The News Media gets their information from the Legislature’s Website which is why their numbers are the same.  Secondly, when a Bill in Introduced into the House or Senate, it is usually only introduced into one of the Chambers, so if that Bill is signed or is vetoed, it only counts as 1 Bill.  This time, the Budget was Introduced into BOTH Chambers, at the same time, each having a separate Bill number.

The House Bills were HB2570-HB2582.  The Senate Bills were SB1523-SB1535.  So, when the Senate Bills went through both Chambers and reached the Governor, she vetoed all 13 Bills.  When that happened, the House Budget Bills were technically dropped and “vetoed” without her signature, but had the exact duplicate Bill verbiage.  So in this case, there were not just 13 Bills, but 26 Bills (13 in each Chamber) which gave us a total of 77 Vetoed Bills.  Understand?

Either way, the Veto Queen surpassed the previous record of 58 held by Governor Napolitano in 2005.


The Legislature was on Spring Break this week passing the 100th Day for a normal regular session.  From what I understand, the Veto Queen and the Leadership at the Legislature could be close to a Budget.  With that in mind, it may only be days for the legislators to complete their Floor action with the remaining Bills in play.  We could be looking at only another couple weeks before Sine Die approaches.


Now, there may be more action coming around the corner as well.  A Veto Override may be coming up soon.  Senate President Warren Petersen sent a memo to Speaker of the House Ben Toma to be expecting a possible Veto Override.  This has not happened since 1981 when Governor Terry Babbitt was challenged with a Veto Override.

A 2/3 majority is needed to override the Veto Queens decision.  With an unusual bipartisan support, they may be selling homemade tamales and cookies at your corner before you know it.  Hmmm…I thought they already were?


Be waiting for this Monday the 24th of April.  We will be welcoming in a new Legislator to replace Representative Liz Harris.  The Board of Supervisors (BOS) received three names from LD13 to be chosen from.  Let’s see if the BOS can make a clear-cut decision who will be representing the LD.


This past week alone THE Governor vetoed 15 Bills, with 11 Bills in one day.  They are listed below:

SB1331               schools; parents; firearm possession                       GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/17

HB2297              fraudulent schemes; artifices; jurisdiction             GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/17

HB2319              elections; rule of construction                                    GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/17

HB2332              firearms safety; training; schools                               GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/17

SB1021               attorney general; legislature; legal challenges     GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/18

SB1091               prisoners; transition services; noncontracted entities      GOVERNOR VETOED       4/18

SB1101               ADOT: authorized third parties; CDLs                       GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/18

SB1262               prohibition; felony violation; rearrest                      GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/18

SB1455               office vacancy; discharge of duties                           GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/18

SB1565               ballot processing; electronic adjudication; limitation         GOVERNOR VETOED       4/18

HB2379              hotel; motel; vouchers; homeless; prohibition    GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/18

HB2394              firearms; sovereign authority                                      GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/18

HB2474              school immunizations; exclusions                             GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/18

HB2509              food preparation; sale; cottage food                        GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/18

HB2691              elections; ballot chain of custody                              GOVERNOR VETOED                       4/18


This past week the Governor signed 39 Bills into law, including 1 Democratic sponsored Bill.  They are:

HB2007              group excess liability insurance                                  GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2019              licensing; permitting; criteria; clarity                        GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2042              acute care services; pilot program                            GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2043              physician assistants; supervision; collaborations   GOVERNOR SIGNED                     4/17

HB2049              bank deposits; technical correction                          GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2064              property tax exemption; disability; qualifications  GOVERNOR SIGNED                     4/18

HB2090              emergency and military affairs; continuation       GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/17

HB2194              drug overdose fatality review teams                        GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/17

HB2198              claimant; guardian ad litem; procedure                  GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2208              department of liquor licenses; continuation         GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/17

HB2215              hazardous waste manifest resubmittals; fees      GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/17

HB2216              hazardous air pollutants program                              GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/17

HB2228              home solicitation sales                                                  GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2230              appraiser; claims; time limitation                               GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2298              planned community authority; public roadways   GOVERNOR SIGNED                      4/18

HB2301              homeowners’ associations; political activity          GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/17

HB2313              child placement; relative search; notice                  GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2339              prisoners; medical records; family access               GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/17

HB2346              outpatient treatment centers; exemption             GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2375              state land transfer; Bullhead City                               GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/17

HB2438              board of supervisors; powers; water                       GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2439              vehicle emissions inspections; enactment date   GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2443              navigable stream adjudication commission extension      GOVERNOR SIGNED        4/18

HB2479              law enforcement merit system; continuation      GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2547              zoning ordinances; property rights; costs               GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

HB2590              real estate disclosures; water; solar                          GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1077               jails; mental health; evaluations; treatment         GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1110               recorded documents; property; notification         GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1134               appropriations; names claimants                               GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1168               real estate appraisers; licensure classifications    GOVENOR SIGNED                          4/18

SB1242               board of tax appeals; continuation                           GOVENOR SIGNED                          4/18

SB1260               small businesses; income tax; rate                            GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1274               computer data centers; TPT; refund                        GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1290               inmates; documentation; workforce reentry       GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1369               certified peace officers; hiring reimbursement   GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1382               pharmacy benefit managers; certificate requirements    GOVERNOR SIGNED        4/18

SB1563               workforce; study committee; report                        GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1582               lifetime injunction; petition; procedures                GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18

SB1609               transitional housing; DOC; contracts                        GOVERNOR SIGNED                        4/18


Let’s have a little fun!  With this Update, Bill Updates, and Abbreviations, there are three additional attachments.  One document is called COURAGE AND A RESOLUTE DETERMINATION TO FIGHT A SECRET WAR.  I hope you enjoy learning about some of the courageous men and women in AZ’s past.  Also, there is a fun and easy quiz with the questions and an answer sheet to go with it.  Relax in the sun and learn about history…and present!


The RTS (Request to Speak) system is a necessary component to our legislative process.  This is an excellent way to share your positions on a particular Bill and let your legislator know that you support his/her legislation.  Please review this site and make sure you know how to use it properly.  The legislators depend a lot on your opinions and this is where you share them.

The link to sign up for the RTS system can be found here:


Once again, as a gentle reminder to all of the people who just joined these updates, this is how to read the attachments.  All the Bills listed on the attachments are mostly ALL the Republican Introduced Bills.

The Bills highlighted in Green are the GOP Bills I monitor on a daily basis.  The Bills highlighted in Gray, are ones introduced by LD2 legislators, Senator Kaiser and Representative Wilmeth.

And, the Bills highlighted with yellow in the status and date columns, are noted for your review to see their progression in the legislative process.  All Bills are up to date through 4//23.

And yes, I did remove most all the Bills highlighted in Blue that were Democrat sponsored.  If the Bills were not moving out of Committee like the Republican sponsored Bills, they have been removed from the monitoring cycle.

Remember, each Bill Number listed is a link to the Bill itself and you can access the status, documents and Agenda’s by clicking onto the link.  Even though I monitor and keep track of the Bills daily, I only send out Updates on the weekends.  So, if you want daily updates on any Bill, just click onto the Bill Number, and go to Overview or Status, for real-time information.  Don’t forget, there is an attachment with the Abbreviations used in the legislature to make your reading easier to understand.

As always, if there are Bills that I am not specifically monitoring, PLEASE let me know and I will add them to my list for you.



Linda Brickman,

Chairman of LD2 Legislative Committee


Cell:  602-330-9422


Days of Session: 103

Bills Posted: 1632

Bills Transmitted to the Governor: 170

Bills Vetoed: 77

Bills Signed: 93

Resolutions Posted: 104

Resolutions Sent to the SOS: 19

  1. HCM2002    federal lands housing shortage
  2. HCM2003    critical minerals; copper; urging the president
  3. HCM2004    urging Congress; national forest health
  4. HCM2007    state immigration enforcement; urging Congress
  5. HCR2001     school district expenditures; authorizations
  6. HCR2027     Russell Pearce; death resolution
  7. HCR2033     primary elections; eligible candidates
  8. HCR2037     Assyrian New Year; recognizing
  9. HCR2044     Assyrian Genocide; recognition
  10. HCR2045     Jack Jackson, Sr.; death resolution
  11. HCR2047     twentieth anniversary; death; Lori Piestewa
  12. HCR2048     Joe Hart; death resolution
  13. HR2002        securing America’s lands; foreign interference
  14. HR2003        Liz Harris; expulsion
  15. SCR1006     death benefit; assault; first responders
  16. SCR1020     James Henderson; death resolution
  17. SR1004        Mel Hannah; death resolution
  18. SCR1037     presidential electors; constitutional appointments

(NOW; elections; systems; equipment)

  1. SCR1039     Ted Williams; death resolution

Bills Vetoed:  77

  1. SB1184          Municipal tax exemption; residential leases       VETOED        2/23
  2. SB1248          Scope of practice; process; repeal                       VETOED        3/3
  3. Senate Budget Bills SB1523 through SB1535 (13 Bills)           VETOED        2/16
  4. SB1305          race; ethnicity; prohibited instruction [CRT Bill]  VETOED        3/9
  5. SB1063          food municipal tax; exemption                               VETOED        3/28
  6. SB1096          firearms; contracts; prohibited practices              VETOED        3/28
  7. SB1024          public rights-of-way; unlawful acts                        VETOED        3/30
  8. SB1250          employers; vaccines; religious exemption           VETOED        3/30
  9. HB2056         dry washes; permit program exemption               VETOED        4/3
  10. HB2427          domestic violence; pregnant victim; sentencing VETOED      4/3
  11. HB2440         electric energy; power companies; priorities       VETOED  4/3
  12. HB2472         social credit; use; prohibition                     VETOED        4/3
  13. HB2322         active-early voting lists; removed              VETOED        4/6
  14. HB2437         transmission lines; applications; exceptions VETOED  4/5
  15. HB2477         electoral college; support                           VETOED        4/5
  16. HB2535         private property; wells; regulation; prohibition    VETOED        4/5
  17. HB2586         ADOT dynamic message signs                 VETOED        4/5
  18. SB1162          home-based businesses; restrictions; prohibition VETOED    4/4
  19. SB1600          infants; born alive; requirements               VETOED        4/6
  20. SB1009          criminal damage; monuments; memorials; statues VETOED  4/5
  21. SB1074          election; contest; technical correction      VETOED        4/6
  22. SB1253          sex offender registration; school notification      VETOED        4/6
  23. SB1257          water resources; assistant director           VETOED        4/6
  24. SB1428          political subdivisions; gun shows; preemption    VETOED        4/6
  25. HB2415         active early voting lists; removal                VETOED        4/6
  26. HB2212         criminal damage; trespassing; critical facilities               4/11
  27. HB2442         temporary non-expansion area                                         4/11
  28. HB2552         voting; elections; tally; prohibition                                     4/12
  29. HB2675         drug cartels; terrorist organizations                                  4/11
  30. HB2754         criminal liability; enterprises                                               4/12
  31. SB1005          unjustified actions; parental rights                                    4/11
  32. SB1027          carfentanil; fentanyl; threshold amount; minors             4/11
  33. SB1109          prohibited weapons; muffling device; repeal                   4/11
  34. SB1166          public employees; postsecondary degree requirements  4/7
  35. SB1236          blockchain technology; tax; fee; prohibition                    4/12
  36. SB1251          working animals; restrictions; prohibition                        4/12
  37. HB2570 – 2582        12 Additional Budget Bills from the House



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