Arizona Legislature: The coming week

By Craig McDermott, crossposted from Random Musings

 

This is shaping up to be a relatively quiet week at the lege, with the emphasis on “relatively”.  Whenever the Arizona Legislature is in session, “colorful” is guaranteed to be on the docket, and this week is no exception.

 

However, this is one of those weeks where the really juicy stuff will pop up later, in the forms of amended agendas or strikers.


Some of the matters going before committees this week:


HB2130 and HB2131, banning plastic bag bans and mandatory local recycling programs.  Last year’s legislature passed these and they were signed into law by Doug Ducey.  However, they were incorporated into one bill and were the subject of a lawsuit to block them on the grounds that the bill violated the “single subject rule”.  The Rs in the lege are now trying to get around that by passed the bans again, only as part of individual bills.  The problem?  Most (all?) of the municipalities that have enacted, or may ever enact, plastic bag bans and/or local recycling programs are “charter” cities, and a court has ruled that the lege’s ability to interfere with wholly local matters in charter cities (like the conduct of elections) is very limited. (Senate Water and Energy, Monday)


HB2023, making the collection of early ballots a class 6 felony (Senate Government, Wednesday)


HB2152, removing the prohibition for consumer lenders from paying for referrals for consumer loan business (Senate Financial Institutions, Wednesday)


SCM1007, a love letter to the feds, urging the EPA to stop advocating for cleaner air (House Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, Monday)


However, the most intriguing item of the week looks to be on Thursday’s agenda for the House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee.








If you attend, forget the popcorn.


Bring body armor.

The rest –


Notes:


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):

Senate Agendas        
Date Committee Time Room Agenda
02/25/16 Education 9:00 A.M. SHR 1 Click Here
02/25/16 Judiciary 10:00 A.M. SHR 109 Click Here
02/24/16 Finance 9:00 A.M. SHR 3 Click Here
02/24/16 Financial Institutions 2:00 P.M. SHR 109 Click Here
02/24/16 Government 2:00 P.M. SHR 3 Click Here
02/24/16 Health and Human Services 2:00 P.M. SHR 1 Click Here
02/24/16 Public Safety, Military and Technology 9:00 A.M. SHR 1 Click Here
02/23/16 Appropriations 2:00 P.M. SHR 109 Click Here
02/23/16 Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility NOT MEETING* SHR 3 Click Here
02/23/16 Transportation 2:00 P.M. SHR 1 Click Here
02/22/16 Commerce and Workforce Development NOT MEETING* SHR 1 Click Here
02/22/16 Natural Resources NOT MEETING* SHR 109 Click Here
02/22/16 Rules 1:00 P.M. Caucus Room 1 Click Here
02/22/16 State Debt and Budget Reform 10:00 A.M. SHR 3 Click Here
02/22/16 Water and Energy 2:00 P.M. SHR 3 Click Here
         
House Agendas        
Date Committee Time Room Agenda
02/25/16 Agriculture, Water and Lands 9:00 A.M. HHR 3 Click Here
02/25/16 Government and Higher Education 9:00 A.M. HHR 1 Click Here
02/25/16 Military Affairs and Public Safety 9:00 A.M. (NOTE TIME CHANGE) HHR 5 Click Here
02/24/16 Appropriations 2:00 P.M. HHR 1 Click Here
02/24/16 Commerce CANCELLED – 9:30 A.M. NOTE TIME CHANGE HHR 1 Click Here
02/24/16 Education NOT MEETING HHR 4 Click Here
02/24/16 Federalism and States’ Rights NOT MEETING HHR 5 Click Here
02/24/16 Insurance NOT MEETING HHR 4 Click Here
02/24/16 Judiciary NOT MEETING HHR 3 Click Here
02/23/16 Banking and Financial Services NOT MEETING HHR 3 Click Here
02/23/16 Health 2:00 P.M. HHR 4 Click Here
02/23/16 Rural and Economic Development NOT MEETING HHR 5 Click Here
02/23/16 Transportation and Infrastructure 2:00 P.M. HHR 1 Click Here
02/22/16 Children and Family Affairs 2:00 P.M. HHR 5 Click Here
02/22/16 County and Municipal Affairs 2:00 P.M. OR UPON ADJOURNMENT OF FLOOR ( NOTE TIME HHR 4 Click Here
02/22/16 Elections NOT MEETING HHR 4 Click Here
02/22/16 Energy, Environment and Natural Resources 2:00 P.M. or Upon Adjournment of Floor HHR 1 Click Here
02/22/16 Rules 1:00 P.M. HHR 4 Click Here
02/22/16 Ways and Means NOT MEETING HHR 3 Click Here

 

Floor Calendars:


The House has a COW (Committee of the Whole) calendar scheduled for Monday.


The Senate has both a COW calendar and a Third Read (final approval) 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.

One response to “Arizona Legislature: The coming week

  1. Their arrogance of proposing and enacting unconstitutional bills is unmatched. When will the voters get tired of paying for court battles over unconstitutional laws passed by our lege?