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 –
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):
|02/25/16||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|
|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|
The House has a COW (Committee of the Whole) calendar scheduled 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.