Top Advocacy Priorities as it relates to our Legislative Agenda

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Bill No                                   Title of Bill                                                                                                           Support/Oppose

HB 2013                                Coercion; Theft by Extortion                                                                        Support

This bill would have prohibited people using electronic means to extort product or service from a business.  Example:  Using social media or referral sites someone could say, “you are going to give me a free product or service and if you don’t I’m going to give you a bad review”.

***this bill did not make it out of committee

HB 2043                                Employer Rights; Covid 19 Vaccine Requirement                                Oppose

If an employer denies a religious exemption and requires a person to receive a Covid-19 vaccination to remain employed and that employee receives significant injury that is caused by receiving the Covid-19 vaccination the employer can be held liable.  The employee who prevails shall be awarded actual damages, court costs and reasonable attorney fees or statutory damages of $500,000, whichever is greater.

***We opposed this bill because we don’t support government overreach in to how people operate their businesses.  However, it did pass committee 6-4.

HB2107/SB1048                 Emergency Powers; Business Closure; Repeal                                      Support

This bill prohibits mayors or county supervisors to close businesses.  They do have the power to impose curfews.

***passed committee 8-7, passed committee 4-3

HCR2014/SCR1025           Initiative; Referendum; Signatures; Legislative Districts                   Support

This bill is asking for a certain percent of voter signatures be collected from every legislative district before an initiative  can appear on a ballot

***passed committee 7-6, passed committee 5-2

HCR 2031                             Employee Benefits; Compensation; State Pre-emption                    Support

This bill is exempting towns and cities to implement a higher minimum wage than the state

SB1092                                  Product Liability; Civil Action; Limitation                                                 Support

This bill protects a seller against civil action for product liability when the seller can prove no knowledge of defect from the manufacturer.

***passed committee 5-2; passed senate 17-12

SB1094                                  Petition Signatures; Description; Invalidity                                            Support

This bill would require signature gatherers asking for your signature for a proposed initiative to read the bill to you before you sign the initiative.  If the bill isn’t read to you at the time of signature it would invalidate the entire page of signatures.

*** passed committee 4-3

HCR2015                              Initiatives; Supermajority vote; Requirement                                      Support

This bill wants to change the threshold from 50%+1 to 2/3 yes votes to pass an initiative

***passed committee7-6

HB2184                                 Appropriation; State Route 24; Connector                                            Support

***passed committee 12-0

HB2598/SB1356                 Transportation Tax; Election; Maricopa County                                   Support

This bill defines the duties of the transportation board and the expectation of a long term transportation plan for our state.

***passed committee 8-3, passed committee 9-0

SB1239                                  Appropriation; Widening: I-10                                                                    Support

***passed committee 10-0, passed senate 27-1

HB2674                                 Municipal Zoning; by Right Housing                                                          Oppose

This bill is trying to remove planning and zoning from cities and towns

***we don’t expect this bill to get out of committee but if it does we will adamantly oppose

HB2714                                 Office of Tourism; Continuation                                                                 Support

This bill supports the continuation of financial aid to the Office of Tourism

SB1093                                  Property Tax; Class One; Equalization Assistance                                Support

This bill (Truth in taxation levy for equalization assistance to school districts) each year computes and transmits the truth in taxation rate for equalization assistance for school districts for the following fiscal year.  The truth in taxation rates consist of the qualifying tax rate for a high school district or a common school district within a high school district that does not offer instruction in high school subjects, a qualifying tax rate for a unified district, a common school district not within a high school district or a common school district within a high school district that offers instruction in high school subjects and a state equalization assistance  property tax rate pursuant to section 15-994 that will offset the change in net assessed valuation of property that was subject to tax in the prior year.

***passed committee 7-3, passed Senate 18-11

SB1264                                  Internal Revenue Code; Conformity                                                         Support

***passed committee 9-0, passed Senate 27-1

SB1269                                  Conformity; Internal Revenue Code                                                         Support

***passed committee 9-0

HB2101/SB1631                 Electric Energy; Reliability; Public Policy                                                 Support

***passed committee 10-2

HB2053                                 Department of Environmental Quality; Continuation                        Support

***passed committee 12-0, passed house 54-4

HB2409                                 Multi-County Water Districts; Storage Tax                                             Support

***passed committee 11-1

SB1368                                  Continuation; Arizona Board of Regents                                                 Support

***passed committee 8-0