Gov. Katie Hobbs signed Arizona’s $17.8 billion state budget into law on Thursday after a days-long push made by state lawmakers.

“Yesterday, after months of negotiations between Democrats and Republicans, Governor Hobbs signed into law a bipartisan budget agreement,” the Governor’s office said Friday.

“The deal includes unprecedented investments in housing, education, tribal communities, and healthcare.”  Hobbs said.

Governor Hobbs issued the following official statement after signing the budget into law:

“Today, we showed what happens when pragmatic leaders come together and compromise to get things done for Arizonans. While it isn’t perfect, this budget is an important step towards making housing more affordable, building more roads, bridges and broadband access, expanding children’s health insurance, and investing in our public schools. I’m glad legislative leaders were able to come together to deliver for Arizona, and I look forward to our continued partnership.”

One controversial point the deal didn’t include was a cap on the ballooning Bill for the expanded Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.  The move was an “unwelcomed surprise” to Democratic lawmakers, who wanted a cap on the Bill…but definitely a “Victory” for Conservatives!

Here are some other conservative wins in the budget, courtesy of Rep Chaplik:

  • No increase in net ongoing spending (a first since 2017).
  • $260M or 10% of one-time spending is going back to Arizona families in a tax rebate – led by the Freedom Caucus that I co-founded.
  • 40% of our one-time spending is revitalizing Arizona transportation, enhancing public safety, and improving Arizona water infrastructure.
  • $8.5B of state funds went to K-12 education, the most ever. However, I will be leading an effort to better track and audit every dollar spent on public education.

Here is what this budget does not include:

  • Does not cap, restrict, or repeal the ESA (school choice) program.
  • Does not include funds for abortion providers.
  • Does not have any restriction on school options.
  • Does not include free tuition for ‘Dreamers’.
  • Does not have funds for the Governor’s Election Task force which we don’t trust.

Please give a well-deserved “shout out” to all our Republican Legislators who worked to make this Budget a reality!

Other Legislative Updates

No sleep for the weary.  The Senate put in extra time on Tuesday finally closing out their day at 5:00 AM Wednesday morning!  During this time, the Senate finally passed the Budget Bills from their Chamber, sending over SB1720 – SB1736 to the House.

House Bills, HB1720 – HB1736 Budget Bills remained in the House at the end of Wednesday, some with Amendments added, requiring another visit to the Senate for concurrence, before the Governor finally signed them into Law on Thursday.

Even with the Budget complete, there still remains a few other Bills left on the Floor to be passed.  The word is, don’t expect to see Sine Die ANY TIME SOON.  The legislators have other plans in mind…

With Title 42 ending on Thursday midnight, the Governor put together a 5 Point Preparedness Plan to satisfy the needs of the illegals, but does nothing to help our border security or sovereignty of the State of Arizona.  Check out the Veto Queens new proposal on her website at: https://azgovernor.gov/office-arizona-governor/news/2023/05/governor-hobbs-announces-arizonas-title-42-preparedness and this article, https://azgovernor.gov/office-arizona-governor/news/2023/05/governor-hobbs-announces-arizonas-title-42-preparedness


Governor Hobbs “The Veto Queen” veto list now stands at 80 VETOES, including 2 more this week!   Hobbs stands at 146 Bills Signed, including 17 Bills she signed this week (Budget).  With the Floor action already mentioned, the Veto Queen has 8 Bills left awaiting her decision.

Five more Bills saw their way to the Secretary of States office this week as well.  They are:

HCM2005      hunting; angling; wildlife conservation

HCM2006      urging eradication; salt cedars; waterways

HCM2008      air quality; ozone standards; opposing

HCR2002      school district expenditures; authorization

HCR2049      Ann Nichols; death resolution

The following are the 28 Bills were sent to the Governor between 5/8 and 5/11 for a decision.

HB2312         women’s shelters; male employees; liability

HB2428         private universities; Arizona teachers academy

HB2431         workers’ compensation; firefighters; rate deviation

HB2444         natural resource conservation districts; revisions

HB2507         grain research council; continuation

HB2544         Arizona manufactured; modified firearms

HB2599         interstate compact; military children; revisions

HB2667         disruption; educational institution; concealed weapon

HB2689         reviser’s technical corrections; 2023 SIGNED INTO LAW ON THURSDAY, 5/11/23

SB1174          average daily membership; student withdrawals SIGNED INTO LAW ON THURSDAY, 5/11/23

SB1194          state veterinarian; certified rabies vaccinator SIGNED INTO LAW ON THURSDAY, 5/11/23

                       17 Budget Bills  SB1720 – SB1735 SIGNED INTO LAW ON THURSDAY, 5/11/23.

The following 17 Bills were also signed on 5/8/23:

SB1053          veterinary medicine; electronic means

SB1060          animal owners; definition

SB1061          public officials; home addresses; confidentiality

SB1067          study committee; animal control standards

SB1205          foster children; education; best interest

SB1206          commercial vehicles; penalty; civil; criminal

SB1208          dropout recovery programs; revisions

SB1226          dental board; business entities; records

SB1273          early ballot delivery; instruction requirements

SB1299          inauguration expenses; promotional fund account

SB1315          emergency response; students with disabilities

SB1376          appropriation; deputies; detention officers

SB1601          breast examinations; cancer screenings; age

SB1007          nuclear emergency management; appropriations; assessments

SB1038          probate advisory panel; established

SB1340          toll roads; conversion; prohibition

HB2432         supplemental appropriation; AHCCS; adjustments

The following two Bills were vetoed on 5/8/23

SB1252          maltreatment oversight committee; establishment

SB1255          regulatory costs; rulemaking; ratification


The Board of Supervisors appointed Julie Willoughby to fill the Arizona House vacancy in LD13 replacing expelled Representative Liz Harris.  And with a Democrat Raquel Terán resigning from the Senate, Representative Flavio Bravo will move over to her Senate seat leaving open a vacant Representative seat in LD26 to be filled by another Democrat.


The Citizen Legislator took on an interesting topic this week:  TITLE 42.  This Title is being discussed as Title 42, Return to Mexico, and The Safe 3rd Country Rule.  Yes, it is confusing, but when you think in terms of illegals are privileged and the citizens are in Sanctuary Cities or jailed, it is easier to comprehend.

The President of the US and our Governor are continually giving illegals an easy way out.  As a matter of fact, in their minds…the Constitution was written for them and not the patriots of this great State and Nation.

It is time we take our country back.  Any takers?  Read the attachment for some interesting, but disturbing facts.  We now live in a Sanctuary Nation!


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:  https://www.azleg.gov/alispdfs/Using_the_Request_to_Speak_Program.pdf


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 5/12/23.

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 Legislative Affairs for MCRC and Chairman of LD2 Legislative Affairs,

Email:  Luvbug1611@cox.net

Cell:  602-330-9422


Days of Session: 124

Bills Posted: 1671

Bills Transmitted to the Governor: 235

Bills Vetoed: 80

Bills Signed: 148

Resolutions Posted: 109

Resolutions Sent to the SOS: 26, plus those listed earlier

  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
  2. SCR1021 United States; Taiwan; trade resolution

Bills Vetoed:  80

  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              VETOED    4/11
  27. HB2442 temporary non-expansion area                                        VETOED    4/11
  28. HB2552 voting; elections; tally; prohibition                                    VETOED    4/12
  29. HB2675 drug cartels; terrorist organizations                                  VETOED    4/11
  30. HB2754 criminal liability; enterprises                                               VETOED    4/12
  31. SB1005 unjustified actions; parental rights                                     VETOED    4/11
  32. SB1027 carfentanil; fentanyl; threshold amount; minors              VETOED    4/11
  33. SB1109 prohibited weapons; muffling device; repeal                     VETOED    4/11
  34. SB1166 public employees; postsecondary degree requirements VETO 4/7
  35. SB1236 blockchain technology; tax; fee; prohibition                      VETOED    4/12
  36. SB1251 working animals; restrictions; prohibition                         VETOED    4/12
  37. HB2570 – 2582 12 Additional Budget Bills from the House that I include
  38. Plus all the Bills listed on the earlier page.

Bills Signed:  148

  1. SB1103 administrative review; approvals; developments  SIGNED      3/3
  2. SB1171 conformity; internal revenue code                          SIGNED      3/3
  3. SB1036 setting aside conviction; certificate eligibility          SIGNED      3/28
  4. SB1051 census adjustment; population threshold              SIGNED      3/28
  1. SB1078 podiatric medical assistants; radiation; exemption  SIGNED   3/28
  1. SB1173 public retirement systems; plan election             SIGNED      3/28
  1. SB1190 technical correction; collection agencies; licenses   SIGNED 3/28
  2. SB1211 county attorney; representation; duties             SIGNED      3/28
  3. SB1218 naturopathic physicians medical board              SIGNED      3/28
  1. SB1283 dental board; annual report; website                  SIGNED      3/28
  1. SB1473 corrections act of 2023                                          SIGNED      3/28
  1. SB1130 deferred payments; prohibition                          SIGNED         3/29
  1. SB1049 homeowners’ associations; Betsy Ross Flag      SIGNED         3/30
  1. SB1230 tax exemptions; affidavit                                      SIGNED         3/30
  1. SB1584 small school districts; substitute teachers         SIGNED         3/30
  1. HB2381 mobile homes; recreational vehicles; fund      SIGNED         3/30
  1. HB2624 AHCCCS; redeterminations; appropriation      SIGNED         3/30
  1. SB1172 fire district bonding; limitation                            SIGNED         4/4
  2. SB1270 open meetings; capacity                                       SIGNED         4/6
  3. HB2168 Good Samaritan; medical assistance                 SIGNED         4/6
  4. HB2199 cosmetology instructors                                       SIGNED 4/5
  5. HB2214 session law; font color                                           SIGNED         4/6
  6. HB2223 liquor; licensing; processes; procedures            SIGNED         4/6
  7. HB2225 ADOA; alternative routes applicants                   SIGNED         4/7
  8. HB2293 liquor; purchase; identification                            SIGNED         4/6
  9. HB2373 permits; automated permitting platform          SIGNED         4/11
  10. HB2496 transmission lines; definition                              SIGNED         4/5
  11. HB2525 barbering; cosmetology; salons; unlicensed employees; SIGNED 4/5
  12. HB2550 eyelash technicians; registration                        SIGNED          4/3
  13. HB2066 banks; financial institutions; personal information SIGNED         4/11
  14. HB2197 wills; electronic signatures; requirements       SIGNED         4/11
  15. HB2433 pensions; domestic relations orders                SIGNED         4/11
  16. HB2473 dental hygienists; scope of practice                 SIGNED         4/11
  17. HB2498 do-not-call list; text messages                           SIGNED         4/12
  18. HB2589 emergency medical technicians; military reciprocity SIGNED 4/12
  19. SB1052 insurance coverage; biomarker testing            SIGNED         4/11
  20. SB1097 truck routes; signage                                           SIGNED         4/11
  21. SB1176 health professionals; address; confidentiality SIGNED         4/12
  22. SB1294 sex offender registration; online identifiers     SIGNED         4/12
  23. SB1603 hospital; price transparency                                SIGNED         4/12
  24. SB1650 auditor general; duties; access                            SIGNED         4/12
  25. HB2005 foreign captive insurers; definition                    SIGNED         4/13
  26. HB2006 insurance; liquidity; definition                            SIGNED         4/13
  27. HB2008 ASRS; contribution prepayment                         SIGNED         4/13
  28. HB2009 ASRS; retirement application; changes             SIGNED         4/13
  29. HB2011 state board of accountancy; continuation       SIGNED         4/13
  30. HB2015 retirement plans; plan election; rehire             SIGNED         4/13
  31. HB2016 food handler certificates; training; exemption     SIGNED         4/13
  32. HB2029 ASRS; supplemental deferral plan; participation  SIGNED         4/13
  33. HB2052 counties; advertising contracts; term; notice        SIGNED         4/13
  34. HB2055 probation; work time costs; reporting              SIGNED       4/13
  35. HB2564 hospitals; physicians; dispensing opioids         SIGNED         4/13
  36. HB2339 prisoners; medical records; family access        SIGNED         4/11
  37. Bill #’s HB2339, HB2346, and HB 2564 are Democratic sponsored Bills
  38. And earlier Bills listed as well.


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