BILL ALERTS for people who are short on time.
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SUPPORT FOR THE ARTS COMMUNITY
HB 2755 – SUPPORT – Would appropriate $5 million to the Arizona Arts Trust for grants to assist the arts sector in re-opening and recovering from COVID-19 impacts.
SB 1167 (for HB 2335) – SUPPORT – Would make the intentional introduction of any bodily fluid or foreign object not intended for human consumption into food or beverages that may be consumed by another person a misdemeanor. Supported by the Arizona Retailers Association and Arizona Restaurant Association.
HB 2349 – SUPPORT – Tax-Free disposable diapers and feminine hygiene products. Would exempt these products from the Transaction Privilege Tax (TPT) (sales tax) through December 31, 2029.
HB 2396 – SUPPORT – Aims to curb online dating fraud. Would require online dating service providers to notify all their members who responded to an on-site message from another member who is under the provider’s fraud ban for posing a significant risk of attempting to obtain monies from other members through use of false identity or other fraudulent means. Supported by the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
CHILDREN and YOUNG ADULTS
SB 1316 – SUPPORT – Would authorize the Department of Health Services to provide hearing evaluations for preschoolers. The law already provides for kindergarten and school-age children. Democratic sponsors include Senator Peshlakai.
HB 2728 – SUPPORT – Would authorize the Department of Child Safety to establish an extended foster care program for young adults ages 18 – 21, unless they opt out. To qualify, the young adult must have been in the custody of the Department as a dependent child upon becoming 18 and be engaged in an educational or vocational program, employed at least 80 hours per month, or unable to pursue fulltime studies or employment due to a medical condition.
HB 2099 – SUPPORT – Would extend the Study Committee on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls through September 30, 2025, and expand its scope to include all Indigenous People, regardless of age, gender, or sexual identity. Alters the composition of the committee, and also includes new language authorizing the committee to “Gather information to understand the lived experiences among Indigenous Peoples surrounding the missing and murdered peoples in an effort to ensure policy recommendations are culturally accurate.” Co-sponsored by our LD-7 legislators and Rep. Blackman.
HB 2516 – SUPPORT – Would appropriate $3 million to develop and construct an environmental testing laboratory on the Chinle campus of Navajo Technical University. Sponsored by our LD-7 Representatives.
HB 2705 – SUPPORT – Would ensure that students are able to wear tribal regalia to their graduation ceremonies. Sponsored by our LD-7 Representatives.
SB 1805 – SUPPORT – Would require the Arizona Department of Economic Security and AHCCCS to accept specific forms of tribal ID’s as legal proof of ID in qualifying for and obtaining public benefits.
VOTING RIGHTS AND ELECTIONS
SB 1329 – OPPOSE – Would require the Arizona Secretary of State to submit the official elections instructions and procedures manual to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee for review and approval prior to issuance, and eliminate the requirement for the Governor and Attorney General’s approval. Opposed by the Secretary of State, the Leadership Conference for Civil and Human Rights, and the Arizona Association of Counties.
SB 1503 – OPPOSE – Would eliminate mail-in ballots, requiring any voter who receives an early ballot by mail to return the ballot only by hand-delivery to a designated voting location.
HB 2344 – SUPPORT – Would require early voting locations to remain open until 7:00 pm on the Saturday, Sunday, and Monday immediately preceding Election Day. Democratic sponsors include our LD-7 Representatives.
HB 2345 – SUPPORT – Would repeal restrictions on early ballot collection (ballot harvesting). Democratic sponsors include our LD-7 Representatives.
SB 1563 – SUPPORT – Would establish environmental justice board to review state actions for social justice impacts.