The coming week – legislative edition

Posted by Craig McDermott

OK, so I said that last week's lege schedule post would probably be the last free-standing one of the year. I was wrong. 🙂

As usual, all info gathered from the website of the Arizona Legislature, except where noted, and subject to change without notice.

For the most part, committees other than each chamber's Rules committees won't be meeting this week.

– Over on the Senate side of the Capitol. its Rules committee will meet on Monday upon adjournment of the floor. All of the bills on the agenda will pass the committee, but that agenda serves as a good indicator of what will reach the Senate floor later in the week. The highlight here looks to be HB2663, relating to easing "reforming" requirements for corporate contributions to school tuition organizations (STOs).

Monday's Senate floor schedule has been posted.

On its Final Read calendar (approving changes made by the House before sending a bill on to the Governor for her signature): SB1070, Russell Pearce's police state bill, gussied up as a nativist's wet dream.

On its Third Read calendar: HB2442, barring ADEQ from regulating greenhouse gas emissions without express legislative approval.

On its COW calendar: HB2246, allowing the sale of certain "consumer fireworks." As originally written, this bill would have barred any local or county governments from regulating such fireworks within their jurisdictions. That has been modified to allow those levels of government to regulate permissible quanitities within their jurisdictions. Still a bad bill.

On the House side –

– Rules will meet on Monday at 1 p.m. in HHR4. On this one: SB1128, barring any level of government in this state from penalizing (i.e. – limiting or barring access to public facilities) the Boy Scouts for discriminating against others.

– Appropriations will meet Tuesday at 9 a.m. in HHR1. That one may have strikers to SB1238 (relating to "agriculture; pests; appropriation") and SCR1060 (relating to state debt, the current subject of the bill). Neither striker's text has been posted online as yet.

The House's floor schedule has been posted.

Its Final Read calendar is here.

Its Third Read calendar is here. On this one: SB1153, preempting local regulation of knives

Its COW calendars are here and here. Highlights: SB1398 (requiring that local governments demand that the federal government coordinate with them before enforcing federal laws, regulations or policies within the jurisdiction of the local government) and SB1274 (allowing STO contributions made by April 15th to be credited to the previous year's taxes).

Other events:

On Monday, there will be something called a "Freedom" Rally (quotes are theirs) on the Senate lawn from noon until 2 p.m. I think it is related to motorcyclists (Rep. Jerry Weiers will probably be involved if it is), but I can't really find much about this.

On Tuesday, and more details will be available Monday, there will be a rally at the Capitol to urge the Governor to veto SB1070 (assuming that it passes, as expected). I've seen times of 11 a.m and noon, so plan on 11. More details when they become available.

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