By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings
In terms of committee activity, this week is going to be a relatively light one. Last week was the last week that bills could be heard in committee in their originating chamber (with the exception of each chamber’s Appropriations committee, making the chairs of those two committee incredibly popular with any fellow legislators trying to keep a pet bill alive).
This week will see a few bills heard in committee, but most of the action will be in the floor sessions.
All committees meetings and agendas are subject to change without notice, and frequently do. If you plan to travel to the Capitol to observe or weigh in on the consideration of a particular measure, check with the lege ahead of time to confirm that the meeting that you are interesting in is still on schedule and your item(s) of interest is still on the agenda for that meeting.
Meeting rooms designated “HHR” are in the House of Representatives building.
Meeting rooms designated “SHR” are in the Senate building.
Some agendas are summarized as “looks harmless”, but if they cover an area of interest to you, examine the agenda and the bills on it. If I missed something significant, please leave a comment letting me know.
On the Senate side of the Capitol –
State Debt and Budget Reform, Monday, 10 a.m., SHR3. On the agenda: Presentations only, at this point.
Rules, Monday, 1 p.m., Caucus Room 1. Long agenda to be rubber-stamped for floor action.
Commerce and Workforce Development, Monday, 2 p.m., SHR1. On the agenda: a few House bills, but looks harmless so far.
Transportation, Tuesday, 2 p.m., SHR1. Short agenda, looks harmless so far.
Appropriations, Tuesday, 2 p.m., SHR109. Long agenda of Senate bills and strikers: a striker to SB1038, clarifying state statutes regarding Board of Education employees (related to the recent dust-up between State Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas and Governor Doug Ducey); a striker to SB1144, an attempt to scare voters into not approving ballot questions by putting a paragraph on each ballot advising voters of Prop 105 restrictions regarding legislative tinkering with voter-approved measures; SB1271, appropriating $10 million to pay for a “virtual” fence along the border with Mexico; SB1300, making recordings from police officer body cameras inaccessible to the public, except under limited circumstances; SB1328, creating a massive identity and eligibility verification system for applicants for public assistance, and requiring DES to contract with a third party vendor to create that system; SB1463, expanding school vouchers “empowerment scholarship accounts” to cover online course work.
Public Safety, Military, and Technology, Wednesday, 9 a.m., SHR1. Looks harmless so far.
Finance, Wednesday, 9 a.m., SHR3. On the agenda: HB2079, micromanaging ballots for local bond elections; HB2128, expanding the religious exemption from taxation to property that is merely leased by a religious institution.
Health and Human Services, Wednesday, 2 p.m., SHR1. Looks harmless so far.
Government, Wednesday, 2 p.m., SHR3. Not so harmless. On the agenda: HB2300, permitting active and retired prosecutors to carry concealed firearms; HB2396, permitting wildlife guides to carry firearms larger than a pistol; HB2527, barring any political subdivision in the state, other than the lege itself, from passing any rule, ordinance, or law affecting the transfer of firearms.
Judiciary, Thursday, 9 a.m., SHR109. Looks relatively harmless at this point.
Education, Thursday, 9 a.m., SHR1. On the agenda: Presentations from private, for profit, schools. The rest looks harmless at this point.
On the House side of the Capitol –
Rules, Monday, 1 p.m., HHR4. Long agenda of bill to be rubber-stamped on their way to floor consideration.
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, Monday, 2 p.m., HHR1. Presentation only at this point.
Ways and Means, Monday, 2 p.m., HHR3. On the agenda: SB1088, indexing income tax brackets to the inflation rate. This looks to be a back-door tax cut for wealthy people, because while the costs that are the foundation of the inflation rate rise regularly, wages (the basis of most taxpayers’ income) are stagnant.
County and Municipal Affairs, Monday, 2 p.m., HHR4. On the agenda: SB1072, barring counties and municipalities from adopting zoning ordinances or other rules that would mandate the development of low- or moderate-income housing.
Health, Tuesday, 2 p.m., HHR4. Looks harmless so far.
Government and Higher Education, Thursday, 9 a.m., HHR1. On the agenda: Presentation from for-profit “education” businesses; SB1090, an anti-union measure that bars any of the state’s agencies or political subdivisions from requiring contractors in public works projects to enter into “neutrality” agreements with labor organizations or to participate in or contribute to apprenticeship programs.
Agriculture, Water, and Lands, Thursday, 9 a.m., HHR3. Looks harmless so far.
Military Affairs and Public Safety, Thursday, 10 a.m., HHR5. Looks harmless so far.
The Capitol Events calendar is here.