Weekly Legislative Reports

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

January 16, 2024

AzTA Advocacy Report

At the end of the first week of the 2024 legislative session, Arizona lawmakers have introduced more than 750 proposals they hope to enact in the next few months. The ideas range from big changes, like how to regulate short-term rentals and gas blends, to less impactful concepts like designating Pluto as the official state planet of Arizona.

May 12, 2023

AzTA Advocacy Report

A familiar scene unfolded at the Capitol this week: Republicans rolled out a budget package they negotiated behind closed doors with the Governor, fast-tracking it through committee hearings and passing it over objections from Democrats who felt left out of the discussions. But this year was different. Republicans no longer hold the Governor’s office, and it was months of private negotiations between Republican legislative leaders and Democratic Governor Katie Hobbs that crafted the proposal introduced on Monday. Legislative Democrats expected to have a bigger role to play in shaping the budget under the new Governor, and as the budget bills became public, they decried the process, their lack of input, and their priorities that weren’t included in the final budget – like a limit to enrollment in Empowerment Scholarship Accounts (ESAs).

May 5, 2023

AzTA Advocacy Report

Arizona legislators spent just a few hours in floor sessions this week before adjourning until Monday. The Senate gave broad bipartisan support to a bill that allows AHCCCS to spend its federal funding through June, ensuring continued operations of the agency after partisan budget disputes suspended funding authority last month. Governor Hobbs signed the bill on Thursday, calling on the legislature to also confirm her nominee to lead AHCCCS and pass a bill that continues the agency in state statute.

April 28, 2023

AzTA Advocacy Report

Lawmakers returned to the Capitol for an abbreviated work week, spending a total of seven hours in floor sessions before adjourning until next Wednesday. Much of that time was consumed by debates about Bibles and tamales. During its short floor session on Tuesday, the Senate gave preliminary approval to bills that create new resources and oversight for Natural Resource Conservation Districts, criminalize owning a child sex doll, limit transgender access to women’s shelters, and exempt Arizona firearms from federal laws.

April 14, 2023

AzTA Advocacy Report

It’s the 96th day of the 2023 legislative session, and the House and Senate have hit “pause” on their work after a very unusual week at the Capitol. For just the fifth time in Arizona history, the House of Representatives voted to expel one of its members. The decision, which required a bipartisan two-thirds supermajority, came after the House Ethics Committee determined that Representative Liz Harris (R-Chandler) violated House rules when hosting a controversial legislative hearing on election claims.

April 7, 2023

AzTA Advocacy Report

This is turning out to be the year of the veto at the Arizona Legislature. House and Senate leaders have often prioritized proposals that advanced with support only from Republicans; the Governor has responded by vetoing 58% of the bills that have reached her desk. This week, she vetoed 17 more bills – including proposals that would have expanded legislative oversight of public service corporation decisions, exempted some waterways from state regulations, and limited ADOT highway messages. Governor Hobbs has vetoed a total of 37 bills this year – not as many as the record 58 vetoes by Governor Napolitano in 2005, but more than the average over the last 20 years.