Weekly Legislative Reports

To track AzTA’s involvement in the most recent legislative session, view our reports below.

May 6, 2022

AzTA Advocacy Report

House and Senate leaders had to schedule votes around legislators’ absences this week because some lawmakers were not at the Capitol for the limited floor sessions. The House met Monday and Thursday to vote on several proposals, including a limited driving license for someone who lost driving privileges because of a DUI and continued traumatic event counseling for first responders and public safety employees.

April 29, 2022

AzTA Advocacy Report

The legislative session has nearly ground to a halt as lawmakers try to negotiate a state budget that can pass the House and Senate. Legislators spent a total of five hours in floor sessions this week, including the time devoted to speeches honoring specific causes or constituents visiting the Capitol.

April 22, 2022

AzTA Advocacy Report

Lawmakers’ pursuit of a budget was derailed this week when the House Appropriations Committee voted down a collection of bills that would have continued the current budget into the next fiscal year. The failure of the bills highlighted the factors that are complicating all budget negotiations: One Republican thought the proposal spent too much, another Republican thought it spent too little on tax cuts and new investments, and all Democrats on the panel thought it didn’t do enough to address their policy priorities.

April 15, 2022

AzTA Advocacy Report

There were discussions about tax cuts, water policies, and budget priorities at the Capitol this week, but none of them happened in public. Meetings between legislative leaders happened behind closed doors and did not lead to action on top priorities. The House and Senate spent little time in floor sessions. When they did convene, legislators’ absences prevented votes on controversial bills. Both chambers adjourned early for the holiday weekend.

April 8, 2022

AzTA Advocacy Report

The legislative session crept along at a snail’s pace this week, slowed by legislators’ absences and the closed-door quest for agreement on a state budget or tax cuts. House and Senate Republicans are still trying to broker a deal that will reenact an income tax cut and add new funding for education. They’re also hoping to find a compromise on Governor Ducey’s proposed new water agency. If legislative leaders find enough votes for either effort, the Governor could call a special session to advance the legislation.

April 1, 2022

AzTA Advocacy Report

The legislature wrapped up the last of its regularly scheduled committee hearings this week and has reached a lull in the pace of the legislative session. There is still work to do – more than 400 bills await final floor debates and votes – but there’s little reason to act quickly when closed-door negotiations show no sign of leading to a state budget anytime soon. The legislature’s one constitutionally required duty – a financial plan for the state – is usually among the last things to get done during the legislative session.