Weekly Legislative Reports
To track AzTA’s involvement in the most recent legislative session, view our reports below.
The 2022 legislative session has entered its second month, most lawmakers have adjusted to participating either in person or virtually from their offices, and hundreds of bills are moving through the House and Senate.
There are more than 1,400 measures introduced so far this session, and the number keeps climbing. With just three more weeks for bills to go through their first committee assignments, there’s an urgency driving legislators’ decisions and priorities.
Legislators have introduced more than 1,000 proposals, and that number will continue to climb. The clock is ticking: There are just four weeks left for bills to make it through their assigned committee hearings and many big ideas to consider – including a cap on school spending, tax cuts, and changes to election laws and water policies. There’s a lot to watch this year at the legislature.
The 55th Arizona Legislature, First Regular Session, concluded its business by adjourning sine die at 4:54pm on Wednesday, June 30. The session lasted 171 days, the longest legislative session under Governor Ducey’s tenure and the third-longest in Arizona’s history. The session produced a record-breaking 1,774 bills (over 150 more than last session’s record of 1,607), 412 of which (as of today’s date) were signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey. After not vetoing a single measure last year in the short session impacted by the global pandemic, the Governor set another personal record by vetoing 27 bills, more than he had in any prior session. (There are still a few bills remaining for signature or veto by the Governor as of today’s date, though none related to AzTA’s interests.)
This week, the Arizona House and Senate Republican leadership announced they came to an agreement with Governor Ducey on a budget. With a budget surplus from better than anticipated revenue, a well-funded “Rainy Day Fund,” and a huge influx of federal relief dollars, the negotiated proposal mirrors most of what Governor Ducey initially laid out in his Executive Budget released at the beginning of session. The main distinction from the Governor’s initial budget is an increase of another $300 million in tax reductions over the next three years. Though this deal has been struck between respective leadership, it is yet to be determined how quickly it will garner the needed 31 and 16 votes in the House and Senate respectively as several legislators in the majority have already indicated their uneasiness with various components, especially when it comes to the impact on local governments.
The Arizona House started the week by passing SCR 1044 (tuition; postsecondary education) which will ask voters in the 2022 election whether to amend the Arizona Constitution to deem persons without lawful immigration status (“dreamers”) eligible for in-state tuition at Arizona universities if prescribed conditions are satisfied. Four House Republicans joined all 29 Democrats to pass the ballot referral by a 33-27 vote and the referral was transmitted to the Secretary of State for placement on the 2022 general election ballot. Immediately after passage, the House adjourned until Thursday morning (skipping Floor action on Tuesday and Wednesday) so Republican leadership could host small group budget meetings with their members. They reconvened Thursday morning to give final approval to a few other measures and adjourned again until next week as budget negotiations continue.