Legislative Alerts ~ Week of April 7, 2019

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(Most of the RTS input needs to be done no later than noon on Monday, 4/8)

SB 1173 – SUPPORT – Bill would continue to provide supplemental child care assistance to parents who go back to school to further their employment goals.
SB 1291 – OPPOSE – Incredibly this bill would legalize nunchuku, a traditional martial art weapon. Who needs a new killer weapon?
SB 1468 – SUPPORT – Bill would require suicide prevention training for all school personnel who work with students from grad 6 through 12.
SB 1485 – SUPPORT – Bill would end the 20% annual automatic growth of corporate private school tax credits by gradually decreasing the cap to 2% or inflation over the next 5 years.
HB 2188 – SUPPORT – Bill would create a new tuition rate for young immigrants, DACA, making education more affordable for these students.
HB 2523 – OPPOSE – Bill would lower the minimum wage to $7.25 per hour for students between the ages of 18 and 22 who work part-time!! It is expected to be amended to include all people under the age of 22 not just students. Current minimum wage in Arizona is $11 and goes to $12 in 2020.
HB 2724 – OPPOSE – This bill is a direct attack on the Arizona Clean Elections Board by making any rule developed eligible to be challenged by anyone – resolution to be decided by the Governor’s Regulatory Review Council (GRRC) – guess we know how that would turn out.

CONTACT LEGISLATORS  – LD 6 & LD-7

Sylvia Allen                                                 602-926-5409

Bob Thorpe  –                                         602-926-5219

Walt Blackman –                                602-926-3043

Jamescita Peshlakai (D) LD7  ( 602) 926-5160

Arlando Teller (D) LD7                              (602) 926-3069

 Myron Tsosie (D) LD7                              602-926-3157

SB 1451 – OPPOSE – This bill would make it almost impossible to get ballot initiatives onto the ballot by making the petition process very complex and difficult.

SB 1090 – OPPOSE – This bill drastically limits voter access to emergency voting centers – a clear attempt to disenfranchise more voters.

SB 1167 – OPPOSE – This bill would prevent those who choose to boycott Israel from getting government contracts.  Earlier attempts at bills like this have been declared unconstitutional.

SB 1147 – OPPOSE – Bill allows anyone over 21 to use e-cigarettes anywhere on school campuses – further the bill prevents any local authority to restrict their use.

HB 2026 – OPPOSE – Bill prohibits teachers from speaking out or protesting in other ways about legislations or elections.

HB 2032 – OPPOSE – Bill further prohibits teachers from using speech or curricula during school time to influencing or changing a students political ideology or religious belief.

SB 1149 – OPPOSE – Bill would increase governing  board’s authority to deny enrollment to suspended students who are trying to transfer.  Many believe this would be used mainly against minority students.

SB 1161 – OPPOSE – Bill would require School Facilities Board to publish, yearly, a list of unused or partially used school spaces AND would require school districts to accept bids from charter schools for that space if the charter school was the LOWEST bidder.

SB 1099 – SUPPORT – Bill would prohibit schools from denying access to “patriotic” groups who wish to speak for limited periods in a public school.  “Patriotic” groups include Big Brothers-Big Sisters, Boys and Girls Clubs, Girl Scouts of the USA, Little League Baseball, etc.

HB 2125 – SUPPORT – Bill would release Federal Funds to Arizona for Child Care – the amount is $56 million.

SB 1088 – SUPPORT – Bill would provide comprehensive dental coverage through Medicaid for pregnant women who are 21 or older.

SB 1353 – SUPPORT – Bill provides diabetes care for Arizona’s Medicaid recipients.

SB 1355 – SUPPORT – Bill provides dental care in the AHCCCS program for American Indians.

SB 1098 – SUPPORT – Bill will create a pilot program that will provide grants to help individuals transition from public assistance to more secure housing.

SB 1366 – OPPOSE – Bill provides expanded tax exemption for software used in data centers – retroactive to 2013.  Designed to lure large data center providers to Arizona while reducing the general fund.

SB 1188 – OPPOSE – Bill would remove people from the Permanent Early Voting List (PEVL) if they don’t vote by early ballot, BY MAIL,  in the last two election cycles!!

HB 2616 – OPPOSE – Bill would prohibit payment by signature to individuals for registering voters and would require the voter registrations to be turned in within 10 days or the person doing the registering will go to jail!!

SB 1451 – OPPOSE – Bill would increase the amount of information required from those who circulate petitions and permits subpoenas, in case of a challenge, to be mailed to the committee, rather than the normal practice of mailing them to the actual individual.  If individual doesn’t show up in court as ordered all petitions collected by that person are thrown out.

SB 1040 – SUPPORT – Bill would establish a committee to recommend improvements to information collection concerning the incidence and causes of maternal fatalities and severe maternal morbidity.

HB 2693 – OPPOSE – Bill would make it legal to carry loaded weapons in your car while dropping off or picking up children at schools, provided the weapon is not visible when the car is unoccupied.

SB 1250 – SUPPORT – Bill would allow a person to petition for an injunction against harassment for alleging one or more acts of sexual violence – it also prohibits fees for the service of process for a petition.

Bills Related to Criminal Justice

The following are bills related to Criminal Justice in Arizona.  The first three are related to juvenile justice.  Please contact your legislator to express your support.   They are out of committee so it is not possible to use the RTS system. 

HB2052 – SUPPORT –    Permits a court to order a juvenile charged with a dangerous offense to be detained in a juvenile detention center.

HB2055 – SUPPORT – Expands situations where a person may apply to the juvenile court to set aside a delinquency or incorrigibility adjudication or to seek the destruction of juvenile records.

HB2062 – SUPPORT – Eliminates certain mandatory penalties for repeat felony offenders and liquor- and drug-related probation violations and permits the juvenile court to decide whether to impose those penalties.

HB2424 – SUPPORT – Requires that an undesignated felony be treated as a misdemeanor for all purposes until the court designates the offense a felony.

SB1334 – SUPPORT – Prohibits a court from sentencing a defendant as a repetitive offender unless the defendant was convicted and sentenced for a historical prior felony before the person committed the present offense.

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