Sunday, March 25, 2012

The coming week...

As usual, all committee agendas and floor calendars are subject to change without notice...

At the Arizona legislature, the coming week will look a lot like the past week, except less so. :)

It also going to be a "keep your eyes open" kind of week, as many things will happen/bills will move on short notice.

On the House side -

Appropriations is scheduled to meet on Monday at 2 p.m. in HHR1 to complete a recessed meeting.  They've already gone through much of the agenda. 

As of right now, this is the only non-Rules Committee meeting scheduled for the week, on either side of the Capitol, but that is sure to change.  Look for Appropriations meetings on Tuesday (Senate) and Wednesday (House)

Speaking of Rules, House Rules is scheduled to meet Monday in HHR4 at 1 p.m; Senate Rules is scheduled to meet Monday in Senate Caucus Room 1 upon the adjournment of the floor session.  While Monday is the usual day for Rules committee meetings, but they aren't limited to Mondays.  Last week, there was a meeting of House Rules on Thursday, so expect more Rules meetings as they try to move as many bills as possible toward floor consideration.

Monday's House Third Read (final approval) Calendar is posted here; the most controversial bill is SB1197.  As originally written, it would have mandated changes to overtime rules for law enforcement officers, who currently receive OT for hours worked in excess of 40 hours in a given work week.  The original bill would have changed the OT threshold from >40 in one week to >80 hours in a 2-week period.  It's been changed with a House floor amendment, but I'm not sure of the real impact of the amendment to the new bill.

Monday's House Committee of the Whole (COW) session is here.  COW is where they accept committee amendments to a bill (usually a rubber stamp) and consider any floor amendments to a bill (usually reject amendments proposed by Democrats and accept amendments from Republicans).

Monday's Senate Third Read Calendar is here.  Some of the more controversial bills:  HB2103 (attacking public sector employees and public sector employee unions); HB2626, expanding Steve Yarbrough's profits the school voucher program that runs funds through school tuition organizations (STOs) like Yarbrough's; HB2807, making the voter-enacted Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission (AIRC) subject to the provisions of the state's open meeting law.  May run into legal issues because the AIRC is part of constitutional language, not statutory language.  May run into hypocrisy issues because the lege has exempted itself from the same open meeting law.

Monday's Senate COW Calendar is here.

All House committee agendas can be found here; Senate committee agendas here.

Floor calendars can be found here.

The lege's Capitol Events calendar is here; the Arizona Capitol Times' Capitol Calendar is here.

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