Weekly Legislative Reports
To track AzTA’s involvement in the most recent legislative session, view our reports below.
Governor Ducey released his budget last Friday and his staff presented his proposal this week to the joint House and Senate Appropriations Committees to start the short/MLK holiday week. Governor Ducey attended the inauguration for President Biden on Wednesday in Washington D.C. and stated that he looks forward to working with the new administration, but that he also will not be afraid to push back on policies that may negatively impact Arizonans. The House started the week on Tuesday with the inability to garner a quorum of 31 members on the House floor to conduct any business. Many suspected that COVID-19 was the cause as they announced at least a couple staffers tested positive for the virus and others were quarantining/self-isolating out of caution because of a possible exposure. Thus, several afternoon committees scheduled to hear bills on a wide range of topics were cancelled (or delayed) until the bills could be First Read and assigned to their respective committees on the full House floor. Many of these bills were carried over to next week’s committee agendas already. While the House rumors were plenty, others suggested that legislators were staying away due to security concerns or threats at all U.S. capitals on Inauguration Day. However, the House was able to muster enough representatives for a quorum on Wednesday to return to business.
The 55th Arizona Legislature, 2nd Regular Session, officially began Monday, January 11 with Governor Doug Ducey delivering his seventh and shortest (only 22 minutes) State of the State address to the Legislature. As a result of the ongoing pandemic and taking extra precautions, Governor Ducey spoke from his Executive Tower via video as opposed to the typical address on the House floor in front of all 90 legislators and distinguished guests. His speech focused on the State’s grappling with the pandemic and that he believes Arizona is better positioned than any other state to come out of this stronger and more resilient. Light on full policy details compared to prior years, the Governor focused on condemning the recent insurrection and violence in Washington D.C., the significant and ongoing threat of the pandemic, getting kids back in the classroom for learning, reducing taxes, and decreasing overly burdensome regulations.
Arizona’s Primary Election, held yesterday, contained several surprise outcomes in state legislative races with several key races still too close to call. Below is a brief summary of the key races at the federal, statewide (Arizona Corporation Commission) and legislative level. We will provide an updated/finalized election outcomes report once the remaining ballots are counted and reflected in the official report.
Governor Ducey held a press conference on June 29th to provide an update on the continued COVID growth in Arizona. He solemnly indicated that “Arizona will remain on pause” as we struggle to contain the spread. His slides contained a new theme of “stay healthy, safer at home” as he encouraged Arizonans to stay home as much as feasible as the expectation is that the numbers will continue to worsen over the next couple of weeks. When Arizonans do need to go out, he strongly encouraged them to please wear a mask. The state continues to focus on testing and building testing capacity.
As Arizona faces a surge in COVID-19 cases across the state, Governor Ducey provided an update on the state of the public health emergency. The Governor began with saying that this virus is now widespread in Arizona and is growing fast and that anyone can contract it and anyone can spread it. He noted that at his last press conference he said the numbers were going in the wrong direction and they continue to worsen. Governor Ducey emphasized that the trend is unacceptable and it's time to step up our personal responsibilities regarding this process.
We are providing the following update on Governor Ducey’s COVID-19 press conference from yesterday afternoon. For the first time since these public health updates started, the Governor arrived sporting a mask and emphasized the importance of wearing one when in public and unable to social distance. He also encouraged Arizonans to continue to adhere to all other CDC sanitation guidance to slow the spread of COVID-19.