Saturday, October 24, 2009

The coming week...

As usual, all info gathered from the websites of the relevent political bodies/agencies (except where noted) and subject to change without notice...

...In the U.S. House of Representatives, the agenda contains a large number of memorials and congratulatory resolutions, but there will be a few measures that generate some controversy.

As well as some serious posturing over health care reform. :)

However, this post concerns agendized items only. :))

On the agenda -

- H.R. 3854, Small Business Financing and Investment Act of 2009. "To amend the Small Business Act and the Small Business Investment Act of 1958 to improve programs providing access to capital under such Acts..." AZ's Ann Kirkpatrick (D-CD1) is a cosponsor of the measure. This measure will be subject to a Rules Committee hearing, as will the next two bills.

- Conference report on H.R. 2996, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010.

- An as-yet-unnumbered resolution to serve as a budget continuing resolution.

...Over in the U.S. Senate, the agenda looks light right now, though that will probably change as the week progresses. The Senate's committee schedule is here.

However, there will be plenty of arm-twisting negotiating over health care reform behind the scenes (and in front of TV cameras.)

...Back here in Arizona, the budget is still $2 billion out of balance and the lege and the governor are still fiddling around. There is some makework going on this week, though.

- On Tuesday, the Ad Hoc Committee on Agency Information Technology will meet at 9 a.m. in HHR3. They will hear presentations from the IT departments of the Department of Revenue, AHCCCS, ADOT's Motor Vehicle Division, and the Government Information Technology Agency (GITA).

- On Wednesday at 11 a.m., the House Water and Energy and Senate Commerce and Economic Development Committee of Reference will meet in HHR5 for the sunset review of the Residential Utility Consumer Office.

- Also on Wednesday, at 10 a.m. the House Water and Energy and Senate Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt Committee of Reference will meet in HHR5. The subject of the meeting will be the sunset review of the Arizona Department of Water Resources.

...The Arizona Corporation Commission isn't meeting this week, but its hearing schedule is here.

...The Board of Directors of the Maricopa Integrated Health System has two meetings scheduled for the week - an executive session on Monday at 1 p.m. and a regular meeting on Wednesday at 1 p.m. Highlights of that agenda should include MIHS' monthly financial report, a report on the impact of state funding reductions, a presentation on the transition from MedPro to District Medical Group (a physician provider group, it's actually MedPro reformed as a non-profit group), some kind of legislative update, and something on the contract of MIHS' director, Betsey Bayless.

...The Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College District is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, in executive session at 5:30 p.m. and in regular session an hour later. The agenda looks pretty mundane, though the recent report by the main college accreditation agency that was critical of the Board is likely to come up.

Note: The public is invited to participate in Scottsdale Community College's strategic planning initiative, SCC2020. The first public meeting is Wednesday night from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

...The Tempe City Council isn't scheduled to meet this week in formal session, but the Council's calendar of events is here.

...The Scottsdale City Council has a General Plan Amendment meeting scheduled for Tuesday. The main item on the agenda is a GP amendment proposed for 6500 E. Camelback Road (warning: large .pdf). There will also be consideration of an item regarding the "possible" formation of a Council Subcommittee on Economic Development.

"Possible" is in quotes because it seems that the Council is expected to approve the creation of that Subcommittee - next week's agenda includes an item making appointments to the Subcommittee.

Scottsdale's community meeting notice is here.

On Monday, Scottsdale's Charter Review Task Force will meet 5 p.m. in the City Hall Kiva. A preview from the AZ Republic is here.

...Not scheduled to meet this week: Board of Directors of the Central Arizona Project, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors (the supes usually find a reason to have a short-notice exec session meeting, however), Arizona Board of Regents, and Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

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