Weekly Legislative Reports
To track AzTA’s involvement in the most recent legislative session, view our reports below.
Today, the Forty-fourth Legislature’s Second Regular Session commenced and Republican Governor Doug Ducey delivered his State of the State address. Beginning his speech, Governor Ducey touted the State’s strong economy in which Arizona household incomes have hit record levels while crime rates throughout the state have declined. Noting that over 70% of adult Arizonans were born elsewhere, he said people are flocking to Arizona due to the open and friendly business environment that Ducey and legislative leadership have helped foster by reducing burdensome regulations over the previous legislative sessions. He said the rest of the country is looking at Arizona as a leader in deregulation, like the universal recognition occupational licensing bill that passed last session, allowing licensed professionals across the United States to bring their skills to Arizona to work.
The 54th Arizona Legislature, First Regular Session, concluded its business by adjourning sine die at 12:58 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28. The session lasted 135 days, quite a bit longer than in recent years, and produced 1,318 bills, 261 of which have so far been signed into law by Governor Doug Ducey (as of 5/29). Currently, the Governor has vetoed seven bills. By law, the Governor has 10 days after adjournment to take action on all passed legislation.
Budget negotiations continued at the Arizona Legislature this week, meaning that action on remaining non-budget bills (about 250 remain) was quite slow, with normally no more than a relative handful of bills being heard on either floor on any given day. Negotiations continue between the Legislature and Governor Ducey, with reportedly little progress being made on key issues, including how much the State should put into its “rainy day fund.”
The Arizona Legislature is moving at a deliberate pace while budget negotiations continue in both chambers. Most of the action right now is on the Senate or House floor, where about 300 bills remain in the process, needing to be approved by one or both houses before proceeding to the Governor.
Action was somewhat limited at the Arizona Legislature this week, consisting almost entirely of floor action to move bills through the process in each chamber. Most floor calendars were small, and the vast majority of bills moving this week were non-controversial and passed with ease.
Committee hearings on bills are nearly over for the 2019 session of the Arizona Legislature, with the Appropriations committees in both houses hearing full slates of bills this week, many of them “strike-everything” amendments designed to give a struggling issue a final shot at staying alive.