Saturday, March 30, 2013

Arizona Legislature: The coming week

Definitely a good week to keep an eye out for additional or updated committee agendas, if only because neither chamber's appropriations committee has an agenda posted yet....

As usual, all committee agendas, floor calendars, and event schedules are subject to change without notice. Call ahead to confirm plans before traveling to the Capitol based on an agenda, calendar, or schedule cited here.


If an agenda is summarized with "looks harmless so far" that only means that nothing on the agenda set off "bat-shit crazy" alarm bells; if the committee in question covers an area of interest to you, check out the full agenda yourself. And if I missed something significant, please leave a comment letting me know.

A hearing room designation of "SHR" means it is a hearing room in the Senate building; "HHR" means that the hearing room is in the House building.

Lastly, this summary is not, nor is it intended to be, comprehensive. Many bills have been covered, but not all of them. Again, if a committee covers an area of interest to you, please check out the full agenda yourself.

Floor activity:
Monday's House Third Read (final approval) calendar is here; Monday's House COW (Committee of the Whole) calendar is here.

Monday's Senate Third Read calendar is here; Monday's Senate COW calendar is here.

Each of the above calendars has a smattering of controversial bills lurking among the harmless ones.

Example: HB2455, mandating that municipalities sell any firearms that come into its possession, no matter how they came to possess the gun.  For example, if someone voluntarily turns in a weapon to be destroyed, under this proposal, the municipality could only turn around and sell it.

Committee activity:

House side of the Capitol -

Commerce, Wednesday, 10 a.m., HHR5.  Presentations only.

Senate side of the Capitol -

Natural Resources and Rural Affairs, Wednesday, 10 a.m., SHR109.  Executive nomination only.

Public Safety, Wednesday, 2 p.m., SHR109.  Executive nomination only.

Capitol and area activity:

The lege's Capitol Events calendar is here.

The Arizona Department of Administration's list of public meeting notices is here.

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