Saturday, March 21, 2015

Arizona legislature: the coming week

The craziness at the Capitol isn't over yet, but it will be more concentrated - from here on, the only standing committees that can consider a bill without special permission are the Appropriations committees of the respective chambers. 

As such, those are the agendas to watch this week.

Beyond that, most of the action at the lege this week will take place during floor action, so keep an eye on those floor calendars during the week. 


All committees meetings and agendas are subject to change without notice, and frequently do.  If you plan to travel to the Capitol to observe or weigh in on the consideration of a particular measure, check with the lege ahead of time to confirm that the meeting that you are interesting in is still on schedule and your item(s) of interest is still on the agenda for that meeting.

Meeting rooms designated "HHR" are in the House of Representatives building.

Meeting rooms designated "SHR" are in the Senate building.

Some agendas are summarized as "looks harmless", but if they cover an area of interest to you, examine the agenda and the bills on it.  If I missed something significant, please leave a comment letting me know.

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

On the Senate side of the Capitol -

Natural Resources, Monday, 10  a.m., SHR109.  Executive nomination under consideration.

Rules, Monday, 1 p.m., Caucus Room 1.  Not a "standing committee" in the traditional sense, Rules only considers the "form" of a bill, not the actual content, so it can keep meeting.  This committee serves as a gatekeeper for the chambers' leadership, so any bill that make it to this committee's agenda is slated for rubberstamping on its way to floor action.

Appropriations, Tuesday, 2 p.m., SHR109.  On the agenda: a striker to HB2240, creating a special fund, administered by the governor, to pay for "public safety activities" at "special sporting events" (this is from Sen. Don Shooter [R-Yuma?], who is seeking to convert a bill that would have created tuition waivers for members of the Arizona National Guard into a slush fund for Doug Ducey); a striker to HB2291, taking $1 million from the state's concealed weapon permit fund and giving to the police departments in Phoenix, Mesa, and Lake Havasu City to pay for their participation in an predictive policing software pilot program; HB2320, a guns in public places bill; HB2431, an interstate compact regarding firearms, essentially prohibiting anything that would increase regulation of firearms; a striker to HB2419, barring a "city or town from imposing a fee, tax or assessment on reportable transactions of a pawnbroker or person in the business of buying gold".

Health and Human Services, Wednesday, 2 p.m., SHR1.  Executive nominations.

Education, Thursday, 9 a.m., SHR1.  Executive nomination.

On the House side of the Capitol -

Rules, Monday, 12 p.m., HHR4.  Long agenda to be rubberstamped on its way to floor action.

Appropriations, Wednesday, 2 p.m., HHR1.  On the agenda: SB1293, similar to the striker to HB2291, above, but with some differences; a striker to SB1450, text unavailable as of this writing, listed subject of "banks; insuring organization"

The House has posted a COW (Committee of the Whole) calendar here and here and a Third Read calendar for Monday.

The Senate has posted a COW calendar here and here for Monday.
The Capitol Events calendar is here.

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