BREAKING NEWS: WE HAVE A BUDGET!
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
VETOES/NEW LAWS/CURRENT BILLS ON GOV’S DESK
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
TWO NEW LEGISLATORS; ONE STILL NEEDING REPLACEMENT
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!
HOW TO CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATOR
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.
Chairman of Legislative Affairs for MCRC and Chairman of LD2 Legislative Affairs,
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
- HCM2002 federal lands housing shortage
- HCM2003 critical minerals; copper; urging the president
- HCM2004 urging Congress; national forest health
- HCM2007 state immigration enforcement; urging Congress
- HCR2001 school district expenditures; authorizations
- HCR2027 Russell Pearce; death resolution
- HCR2033 primary elections; eligible candidates
- HCR2037 Assyrian New Year; recognizing
- HCR2044 Assyrian Genocide; recognition
- HCR2045 Jack Jackson, Sr.; death resolution
- HCR2047 twentieth anniversary; death; Lori Piestewa
- HCR2048 Joe Hart; death resolution
- HR2002 securing America’s lands; foreign interference
- HR2003 Liz Harris; expulsion
- SCR1006 death benefit; assault; first responders
- SCR1020 James Henderson; death resolution
- SR1004 Mel Hannah; death resolution
- SCR1037 presidential electors; constitutional appointments
(NOW; elections; systems; equipment)
- SCR1039 Ted Williams; death resolution
- SCR1021 United States; Taiwan; trade resolution
Bills Vetoed: 80
- SB1184 Municipal tax exemption; residential leases VETOED 2/23
- SB1248 Scope of practice; process; repeal VETOED 3/3
- Senate Budget Bills SB1523 through SB1535 (13 Bills) VETOED 2/16
- SB1305 race; ethnicity; prohibited instruction [CRT Bill] VETOED 3/9
- SB1063 food municipal tax; exemption VETOED 3/28
- SB1096 firearms; contracts; prohibited practices VETOED 3/28
- SB1024 public rights-of-way; unlawful acts VETOED 3/30
- SB1250 employers; vaccines; religious exemption VETOED 3/30
- HB2056 dry washes; permit program exemption VETOED 4/3
- HB2427 domestic violence; pregnant victim; sentencing VETOED 4/3
- HB2440 electric energy; power companies; priorities VETOED 4/3
- HB2472 social credit; use; prohibition VETOED 4/3
- HB2322 active-early voting lists; removed VETOED 4/6
- HB2437 transmission lines; applications; exceptions VETOED 4/5
- HB2477 electoral college; support VETOED 4/5
- HB2535 private property; wells; regulation; prohibition VETOED 4/5
- HB2586 ADOT dynamic message signs VETOED 4/5
- SB1162 home-based businesses; restrictions; prohibition VETOED 4/4
- SB1600 infants; born alive; requirements VETOED 4/6
- SB1009 criminal damage; monuments; memorials; statues VETOED 4/5
- SB1074 election; contest; technical correction VETOED 4/6
- SB1253 sex offender registration; school notification VETOED 4/6
- SB1257 water resources; assistant director VETOED 4/6
- SB1428 political subdivisions; gun shows; preemption VETOED 4/6
- HB2415 active early voting lists; removal VETOED 4/6
- HB2212 criminal damage; trespassing; critical facilities VETOED 4/11
- HB2442 temporary non-expansion area VETOED 4/11
- HB2552 voting; elections; tally; prohibition VETOED 4/12
- HB2675 drug cartels; terrorist organizations VETOED 4/11
- HB2754 criminal liability; enterprises VETOED 4/12
- SB1005 unjustified actions; parental rights VETOED 4/11
- SB1027 carfentanil; fentanyl; threshold amount; minors VETOED 4/11
- SB1109 prohibited weapons; muffling device; repeal VETOED 4/11
- SB1166 public employees; postsecondary degree requirements VETO 4/7
- SB1236 blockchain technology; tax; fee; prohibition VETOED 4/12
- SB1251 working animals; restrictions; prohibition VETOED 4/12
- HB2570 – 2582 12 Additional Budget Bills from the House that I include
- Plus all the Bills listed on the earlier page.
Bills Signed: 148
- SB1103 administrative review; approvals; developments SIGNED 3/3
- SB1171 conformity; internal revenue code SIGNED 3/3
- SB1036 setting aside conviction; certificate eligibility SIGNED 3/28
- SB1051 census adjustment; population threshold SIGNED 3/28
- SB1078 podiatric medical assistants; radiation; exemption SIGNED 3/28
- SB1173 public retirement systems; plan election SIGNED 3/28
- SB1190 technical correction; collection agencies; licenses SIGNED 3/28
- SB1211 county attorney; representation; duties SIGNED 3/28
- SB1218 naturopathic physicians medical board SIGNED 3/28
- SB1283 dental board; annual report; website SIGNED 3/28
- SB1473 corrections act of 2023 SIGNED 3/28
- SB1130 deferred payments; prohibition SIGNED 3/29
- SB1049 homeowners’ associations; Betsy Ross Flag SIGNED 3/30
- SB1230 tax exemptions; affidavit SIGNED 3/30
- SB1584 small school districts; substitute teachers SIGNED 3/30
- HB2381 mobile homes; recreational vehicles; fund SIGNED 3/30
- HB2624 AHCCCS; redeterminations; appropriation SIGNED 3/30
- SB1172 fire district bonding; limitation SIGNED 4/4
- SB1270 open meetings; capacity SIGNED 4/6
- HB2168 Good Samaritan; medical assistance SIGNED 4/6
- HB2199 cosmetology instructors SIGNED 4/5
- HB2214 session law; font color SIGNED 4/6
- HB2223 liquor; licensing; processes; procedures SIGNED 4/6
- HB2225 ADOA; alternative routes applicants SIGNED 4/7
- HB2293 liquor; purchase; identification SIGNED 4/6
- HB2373 permits; automated permitting platform SIGNED 4/11
- HB2496 transmission lines; definition SIGNED 4/5
- HB2525 barbering; cosmetology; salons; unlicensed employees; SIGNED 4/5
- HB2550 eyelash technicians; registration SIGNED 4/3
- HB2066 banks; financial institutions; personal information SIGNED 4/11
- HB2197 wills; electronic signatures; requirements SIGNED 4/11
- HB2433 pensions; domestic relations orders SIGNED 4/11
- HB2473 dental hygienists; scope of practice SIGNED 4/11
- HB2498 do-not-call list; text messages SIGNED 4/12
- HB2589 emergency medical technicians; military reciprocity SIGNED 4/12
- SB1052 insurance coverage; biomarker testing SIGNED 4/11
- SB1097 truck routes; signage SIGNED 4/11
- SB1176 health professionals; address; confidentiality SIGNED 4/12
- SB1294 sex offender registration; online identifiers SIGNED 4/12
- SB1603 hospital; price transparency SIGNED 4/12
- SB1650 auditor general; duties; access SIGNED 4/12
- HB2005 foreign captive insurers; definition SIGNED 4/13
- HB2006 insurance; liquidity; definition SIGNED 4/13
- HB2008 ASRS; contribution prepayment SIGNED 4/13
- HB2009 ASRS; retirement application; changes SIGNED 4/13
- HB2011 state board of accountancy; continuation SIGNED 4/13
- HB2015 retirement plans; plan election; rehire SIGNED 4/13
- HB2016 food handler certificates; training; exemption SIGNED 4/13
- HB2029 ASRS; supplemental deferral plan; participation SIGNED 4/13
- HB2052 counties; advertising contracts; term; notice SIGNED 4/13
- HB2055 probation; work time costs; reporting SIGNED 4/13
- HB2564 hospitals; physicians; dispensing opioids SIGNED 4/13
- HB2339 prisoners; medical records; family access SIGNED 4/11
- Bill #’s HB2339, HB2346, and HB 2564 are Democratic sponsored Bills
- And earlier Bills listed as well.
2023 Abbreviations 2 (003) (002)
2023 AZ STATE LEGISLATIVE BILLS AND ACTIONS 051223 SHORT VERSION
RETURN TO MEXICO POLICY OR TITLE 42 WE LIVE IN A SANCTUARY NATION LB FINAL 051223