Weekly Legislative Reports
To track AzTA’s involvement in the most recent legislative session, view our reports below.
The legislature can move very quickly and very slowly when considering legislation, and this week it did both. On Monday, leaders of the Republican and Democratic parties in the House and Senate introduced measures to raise the cap on school spending – thus avoiding cuts to school budgets later this spring. The language is carefully crafted to avoid any connection to the ongoing litigation about how the spending cap relates to Proposition 208 education funding. The House passed its version of the proposal within 24 hours, exceeding the necessary two-thirds majority with a bipartisan coalition of 45 votes.
The legislative session is barreling ahead, and this week committee hearings began early and ended late in the evening. The week began with Monday’s deadline for new bill introductions and headlines from some of the bills revealed just before that deadline – including a bipartisan effort to expand anti-discrimination laws, enhanced scrutiny of police shootings, and a bill to divide Maricopa County into four counties.
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.)