By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings
Trying a new format for this post – last week, between my schedule and the lege’s willingness to push a multitude of bad bills, I was unable to keep up and failed to complete this post.
As such, I’m going to try to highlight the worst of the worst (and on those occasions when it is warranted, the best of the best).
There are many bad bills going before committee this week –
SB1142, forcing DCS to privatize investigations of its backload of cases (Senate Health and Human Services, Wednesday)
SB1485, barring state employees from using payroll deductions to make contributions to Planned Parenthood (Senate Government, Wednesday)
SB1486, repealing nine of the ten sections of Arizona law that pertain to presidential primary elections, and massively changing the one section that isn’t repealed (Senate Government, Wednesday)
SB1125, reducing and even ending funding to school districts for desegregation-related activities (Senate Finance, Thursday)
SB1279, expanding school vouchers in a huge way (Senate Finance, Thursday)
HB2494, creating a tax credit for holders of concealed weapons permits (House Ways and Means, Monday)
HB2010, making the collection of early ballots a class six felony (there is a Senate version of this bill) (House Elections, Monday)
HB2446, making changes to weapons regarded as “prohibited weapons” under Arizona law (House Judiciary, Wednesday)
HB2537, expanding the number of justices on the Arizona Supreme Court from five to seven (House Judiciary, Wednesday)
HB2223, withholding state shared revenue from “sanctuary cities” (House Government and Higher Education, Thursday)
HB2417, barring municipalities from spending anything resembling public monies to pay an HCA-related tax on high-cost employer-sponsored health coverage (House Government and Higher Education, Thursday)
The above list is far from comprehensive, but you get the point. There is a lot of “ugly” at the Arizona State Legislature.
On to the “highlight” of this post…
This week’s winner of the “They’re not just drinking the Kool-Aid at the Capitol this week, they’re mainlining it” award:
House Federalism and States’ Rights, Wednesday, 9 a.m., HHR5.
This agenda is short (one presentation, three bill proposals), but is also 100% “Bay at the Moon” time.
The presentation is from Jerry Hertaus. a Republican state legislator who could well fit in with the Arizona definition of “Republican state legislator” (pro-gun, pro-fetus, anti-federal government, anti-choice, anti-public safety net, etc…).
The bills are HB2024, barring the state and all of its political subdivisions (counties, municipalities, etc.) from assisting or complying with federal laws, regulations, or policies unless the aforementioned has been specifically approved by Congress; HB2201, stating that the state doesn’t have to follow a federal law, regulation, policy, etc., unless it wants to; and HB2617, boycotting companies that are boycotting Israel.
The rest –
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 interested 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.
All House committee agendas can be found here.
All Senate committee agendas can be found here.
Committee schedule (mostly just copied and pasted from the lege’s website. The agenda links work, as of this writing, but may not later in the week if an agenda is modified in some way):
|02/11/16||Education||9:00 A.M.||SHR 1||Click Here|
|02/11/16||Judiciary||9:30 A.M. (NOTE TIME CHANGE)||SHR 109||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Finance||9:00 A.M.||SHR 3||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Financial Institutions||2:00 P.M.||SHR 109||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Government||2:00 P.M.||SHR 3||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Health and Human Services||2:00 P.M.||SHR 1||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Public Safety, Military and Technology||9:00 A.M.||SHR 1||Click Here|
|02/09/16||Appropriations||2:00 P.M.||SHR 109||Click Here|
|02/09/16||Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility||9:00 A.M.||SHR 3||Click Here|
|02/09/16||Transportation||2:00 P.M.||SHR 1||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Commerce and Workforce Development||1:45 P.M. OR UPON ADJOURNMENT OF FLOOR*||SHR 1||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Natural Resources||10:00 A.M.||SHR 109||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Rules||1:00 P.M.||Caucus Room 1||Click Here|
|02/08/16||State Debt and Budget Reform||NOT MEETING||SHR 3||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Water and Energy||2:00 P.M.||SHR 3||Click Here|
|02/11/16||Agriculture, Water and Lands||10:00 A.M. NOTE TIME CHANGE||HHR 3||Click Here|
|02/11/16||Government and Higher Education||9:00 A.M.||HHR 1||Click Here|
|02/11/16||Military Affairs and Public Safety||9:00 A.M.||HHR 5||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Appropriations||2:00 P.M.||HHR 1||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Commerce||9:30 A.M. NOTE TIME CHANGE||HHR 1||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Education||2:00 P.M.||HHR 4||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Federalism and States’ Rights||09:00 A.M.||HHR 5||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Insurance||10:00 A.M. NOTE TIME CHANGE||HHR 4||Click Here|
|02/10/16||Judiciary||9:30 A.M. NOTE TIME CHANGE||HHR 3||Click Here|
|02/09/16||Banking and Financial Services||2:00 P.M.||HHR 3||Click Here|
|02/09/16||Health||2:00 P.M.||HHR 4||Click Here|
|02/09/16||Rural and Economic Development||2:00 P.M.||HHR 5||Click Here|
|02/09/16||Transportation and Infrastructure||2:00 P.M.||HHR 1||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Children and Family Affairs||2:00 P.M.||HHR 5||Click Here|
|02/08/16||County and Municipal Affairs||2:00 P.M.||HHR 4||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Education||12:30 P.M.||HHR 3||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Elections||10:00 A.M.||HHR 4||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Energy, Environment and Natural Resources||2:00 P.M.||HHR 1||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Rules||1:00 P.M.||HHR 4||Click Here|
|02/08/16||Ways and Means||2:00 P.M.||HHR 3||Click Here|
The Senate has a Third Read calendar posted for Monday.
There will be floor calendars later in the week, but those are generally posted the day before, or even the day of, consideration.
The lege’s Capitol Events calendar is here.