Sunday, March 21, 2010

The coming week - legislative edition

Just a little agenda reading while waiting for the health care reform theater vote in the House...

As usual, all info gathered from the website of the Arizona legislature, except where noted, and subject to change without notice...

Committee activity on the House side -

- On Monday, Rules will meet at 1 p.m. in HHR4.

- Ways and Means will meet at 2 p.m. in HHR1. One item on the agenda: SB1194, relating to "Arizona power authority; revenue bonding."

- On Tuesday, Public Employees, Retirement, and Entitlement Reform will meet at 2 p.m. in HHR3. Quiet thus far.

- Government will meet at 2 p.m. in HHR4. On the agenda: a same-subject striker to SB1357 relating to zoning changes, majority votes by county boards of supervisors; SCM1005, a postcard to Congress asking them to pay for Arizona's costs associated with illegal immigration. It'll pass, probably unanimously, but it's meaningless.

- Environment will meet at 2 p.m. in HHR5. Looks quiet thus far, though SB1408, relating to "agricultural best management; dust; districts" could generate some heat. When it passed the Senate, it was by a 19 - 9 vote, and 7 of the "no" votes were from Democrats, as were both of the senators who missed the vote. However, I don't understand the ramifications of the bill and cannot comment on the why of that vote.

- On Wednesday, Military Affairs and Public Safety will meet at 9 a.m. in HHR3. On the agenda: SB1029, a Russell Pearce-sponsored measure to limit the circumstances under which a law enforcement officer is subject to disciplinary actions.

- Health and Human Services will meet at 9 a.m. in HHR4. This agenda bears watching. On it: SB1305 (banning the use of tax/public monies to pay for costs associated with insurance policies that cover abortion services); SB1306 and SB1307 (seeking to inhibit fertilization treatments and scientific research under the guise of "protecting" human embryos and egg donors).

- Commerce will meet at 9 a.m. in HHR5. Looks quiet so far.

- Appropriations will meet at 2 p.m. in HHR2. On the agenda: two strikers (language not posted yet) relating to "tourism; TPT distribution; reinstatement" and "state parks fund; voluntary contributions"; SCR1022 (allowing the lege to sweep and reappropriate "non-custodial" federal monies, such as community block grants).

- On Thursday, Transportation and Infrastructure will meet at 9 a.m. in HHR3. Quiet thus far.

- Judiciary will meet at 9 a.m. in HHR4. Quiet thus far, though a couple of the measures may merit a closer examination.

...On the Senate side -

- On Monday, Judiciary will meet at 1:30 p.m. in SHR1. On the agenda: HB2490 (exempting "religious" organizations from having to register as political committees, even if they engage in political activities); HB2596 (limiting the ability of local governments to apply things like zoning rules to religious entities).

- On Tuesday, Commerce and Economic Development will meet at 1:30 p.m. in SHR1. Looks quiet so far, but I freely admit I don't understand the effects of some of the bills.

- On Wednesday, Veterans and Military Affairs will meet at 1:30 p.m. in SHR2. Quiet thus far.

- Public Safety and Human Services will meet at 9:30 a.m. in SHR3. Quiet thus far.

- Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform will meet at 9 a.m. in SHR1. Some nuggets of interest (HB2116, relating to AHCCCS ambulance reimbursement rates) but looks pretty quiet so far.

- Educations Accountability and Reform will meet at 1:30 p.m. in SHR1. On the agenda: a good bill, HB2760, Rep. Rae Waters' measure to improve preventive maintenance procedures in schools; also, a lot of other technical bills relating to education in AZ that someone who better understands the nuances may want to examine.

- On Thursday, Government Institutions will meet at 9 a.m. in SHR1. Looks quiet, in a "lot of technical measures" sort of way.

On the "interim" committee side (neither House nor Senate), the Joint Committee on Capital Review (JCCR) will meet at 8 a.m. on Tuesday in HHR4.

...Floor calendars for Monday -

- The Senate's Third Read calendar includes abortion reporting requirements, the ban on texting while driving (yet another attempt to pass it), four measures relating to eminent domain, and former Senator Jonathan Paton's scheme to abolish Clean Elections.

- The House's Third Read calendar is posted here.

- Tuesday's House COW calendars are posted here and here. Plenty of ugly here; I'll cover it later.

...And all of this was compiled and linked while the US House is still debating procedural issues relating to today's HCR vote.

This is going to be one long day... :)

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