Sunday, March 08, 2009

Upcoming in the AZ Lege

Most of the action this week will be on the House side, though there is a rumor that the Senate may start considering real (aka - "non-budget") bills soon.

Note: all committee agenda info drawn from the lege's website and is subject to change without notice.

On Monday, the House Rules Committee (1 p.m., House Hearing Room 4) has a full agenda with 25 items on it. Highlights include consideration of HB2103, which would give the State Treasurer the authority to bypass the Attorney General's office and hire outside legal counsel (aka "The Dean Martin doesn't like Terry Goddard Act"), HB2467, to bar the state from having anything to do with the Western Climate Initiative, HB2628, the so-called "Parents Bill Of Rights", HCM2004, expressing the Republican caucus' disapproval of the federal Employee Free Choice Act, HCM2006, telling the U.S. Congress not to pass laws affecting public lands in AZ (the "protect mining and ranching on public lands" Act), and strikers on HB2396 (privatizing transportation projects) and HB2278 (relating to tires and abandoned mines).

On Tuesday, the Joint Appropriations committees of the House and the Senate will meet (2 p.m., HHR1) to conduct budget hearings for a number of state agencies; at 3 p.m. (or after the end of the joint meeting), the House Appropriations Committee will meet to conduct budget hearings for even more agencies.

On Wednesday, the House Ways and Means Committee will meet (9 a.m., HHR1) to do, you know, ways and means stuff.

At the same time on Wednesday in HHR3, the House Military Affairs and Public Safety Committee will meet ("with the permission of the Speaker") to discuss MAPS stuff. The highlight there seems to be HB2610, a move to limit civil liability awards by adding to the list of affirmative defenses against civil liability (the "those poor, deprived corporations need to be protected from responsibility for their own bad products" Act).

At 2 p.m., House Appropriations will be meeting in HHR1 to discuss a number of bills. Highlights include strikers to HB2369 ( to restrict the state government's authority to accept federal funds for other than some specific purposes) and HB2050 relating to false medical claims (text not available on the lege's website as of this writing).

Over on the Senate side, most of the committee hearings that will take place will be discussing the federal stimulus package.

The highlight there could be Wednesday's meeting of the Senate Education Accountability and Reform Committee where they will receive a presentation from the State Auditor on "Arizona Public School Districts' Dollars Spent in the Classroom FY2008." (Full Report With District Pages available at the link)

So far, the House and Senate floor calendars for the week aren't available on line.

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