Bill Weights



Bills used in Evaluation

Summary of criteria used to weight bills:

1) Supports US Constitution
2) Supports Republican Party Platform
3) Supports individual / private sector empowerment over government empowerment
4) Supports national security (including illegal alien issues)
5) Reduces government spending
6) Reduces tax rates in general
7) Will have a significant impact


Strike Everything Bills used in Evaluation



Legislature
Bill Number
Short Title
Now Title
Weight
Description
511R
HB2111
investments; public monies
transaction privilege tax changes
8
Similar to HB2657. After another review, the weight was increased from (+6) to (+8). Simplifies sales tax filing for business and protects businesses from sales tax audits by any government organization other than the state department of revenue. The only down side is that it eliminates the tax exemption for purchases being shipped out of state. This will create very little tax revenue because it will be easy, though less convenient, to avoid since interstate mail order purchases are not subject to state sales tax if the retailer does not have a physical presence in the customer's state.
511R
HB2125
technical correction; occupational safety; exemption
property tax levy; community colleges
-5
Allows community college tax districts to raise taxes more easily.
511R
HB2183
technical correction; state highways
ADOT; authorized third parties
-5
There are many good things in this bill, but added requirements on private providers of DMV services is a problem. If some of the burdens put on private service providers were put on DMV, DMV might have to be shut down.
511R
HB2188
technical correction; state buildings; defibrillators
procurement; construction-manager-at-risk
-7
Allows a two stage bidding process for transportation contracts which allows the state to consider factors other than who submitted the lowest bid. This will work in a private organization where people making the decisions are more accountable for the money spent. In government, though, it allows too much manipulation and favoritism since taxpayers are on the hook for the spending and the incentives for keeping costs low are not as good in a private organization whose employees are more likely to personally suffer consequences from over spending.
511R
HB2499
JTEDs; per pupil funding calculation
per pupil funding calculation; JTEDs
-2
Students in JTEDs already get too much funding between their home school districts and JTEDs.
511R
SB1470
bond contracts; technical correction
prohibited tax; dedicated property tax
-8
Provide for municipal governments to increase taxes beyond statutory authority to for funding police departments. The reason for limiting local governments is to protect taxpayers from special interests like public employee unions. Local governments can adequately fund police services through taxes they are allowed to levy. If they are having problems, they should cut other things that are less important instead of further burdening taxpayers.


Bill Weights – Not Including Strike Everything Amended Bills


Legislature
Bill Number
Short Title
Weight
Sponsor Weight
Description
Explanation
511R
HB2001 
state health care exchange; prohibition
10
10
Prohibits the establishment of Health Care Exchanges
Need to prevent further incursion of federal government
511R
HB2002
missing child; reporting; offense
6
6
Requires reporting of missing child under age 6 w/I 24 hrs.
problem does not happen often, but time is critical when it happens
511R
HB2003
professionals; claim of specialty status
2
2
Health care professional cannot misrepresent certification status
protects citizens from unqualified medical personnel
511R
HB2004
online impersonation; offense
4
4
Prohibits online impersonation to commit fraud, harm, intimidation or threats
protects public from intentional harm
511R
HB2008
common school districts; technical correction
4
4
Requires notification of Prop 105 status on all publications
Public transparency
511R
HB2026
local governments; union dues; deductions
6
6
Requires local government officials to make positive vote for P/R deduction or it is prohibited.
One step in moderating excessive public union power
511R
HB2031
federal patent easements; counties; abandonment
5
5
Allows county government to return abandoned easements to property owners
Assists property owners and eliminates abandoned property
511R
HB2032
driver licenses; authorized presence proof.
-10
-10
Allows federally issued employment authorization to be used as proof of legal presence
Furthers erosion of state sovereignty
511R
HB2035
resign to run; public declaration
4
4
Resign to Run only applies when formal paperwork is filed declaring candidacy
Reduces sham 
511R
HB2045
AHCCCS; hospital reimbursement methodology
-10
-10
Allows state administrators to override standard reimbursement rates for hospitals
Increases taxpayer liability for increased Medicaid benefits and allows state administrators discretion on reimbursement policies that should be specifically set by law. There is also no cap or appropriated amount for discretionary spend.
511R
HB2047
pupil assessments; AIMS transition
-10
-10
Incorporates Federal core curriculum into state education including replacing state based AIMS testing with federally based tests.
The state should not cede local control of education to the federal government. In addition, the new curriculum is likely to have content that reflects leftist rather than American values.
511R
HB2060
school district governing boards; censure
-9
-9
 Allows school Board to censure individual members
Could be used to censure a member who opposes an override, e.g..
511R
HB2067
CPS information; medical examiner; disclosure
4
4
Directs CPS to provide information to Medical Examiner in death investigation
Eliminates CPS conflict on patient confidentiality in death cases
511R
HB2068
public schools; chambers of commerce
-3
-3
Allows school to join local, stat4e or national Chamber of Commerce
Establishes another layer of K-12 lobbying paid for by taxpayer funds
511R
HB2085
gang; immigration intelligence; mission; funding
-5
-5
Eliminates immigration enforcement funding stream
Backdoor effort to reduce immigration enforcement
511R
HB2090
AHCCCS; peace officers
3
3
Allows AHCCCS to hire peace officers to investigate fraud
Law enforcement personnel should investigate criminal activity
511R
HB2091
AHCCCS; orthotic services; restoration
4
4
Allows AHCCCS to provide orthotic devices under specified circumstances
Reduces overall cost to state healthcare system
511R
HB2092
homeowners' associations; resale disclosure fees
-7
-7
Limits HOA resale fee to 3% per year while removing $400 fee cap
The fee cap is the real protection for homeowners against an abusive HOA.
511R
HB2111
investments; public monies
-3
-3
Allows county treasurers more latitude in investment options
Could be used to promote special tax districts
511R
HB2120
state bar examination; online schools
4
4
Directs Supreme Court to establish rules for online law school applicants to take bar exam
Levels playing field and reduces taxpayer costs
511R
HB2126
private prisons; regulation
-5
-5
Places additional financial burden on private prisons
side door to increase public employee union members
511R
HB2127
private prison security officers; certification
-5
-5
Places additional certification barriers for private prisons
side door to increase public employee union members
511R
HB2128
adult incarceration contracts; cost comparison
-5
-5
Part of a series of bills that places additional burden on private prisons
This series of bills burdening private prisons is designed to drive more prison jobs from the private to the public sector in order which will increase the number of state employees and drive up taxpayer costs.
511R
HB2129
private prisons; prisoner transfer; prohibition
-5
-5
Part of a series of bills that places additional burden on private prisons
This series of bills burdening private prisons is designed to drive more prison jobs from the private to the public sector in order which will increase the number of state employees and will drive up taxpayer costs with little if any benefit to taxpayers.
511R
HB2130
private prisons; prisoners; facility; limits
-5
-5
Part of a series of bills that places additional burden on private prisons
This series of bills burdening private prisons is designed to drive more prison jobs from the private to the public sector in order which will increase the number of state employees and will drive up taxpayer costs with little if any benefit to taxpayers.
511R
HB2131
private prison study committee
-5
-5
Part of a series of bills that places additional burden on private prisons
This series of bills burdening private prisons is designed to drive more prison jobs from the private to the public sector in order which will increase the number of state employees and will drive up taxpayer costs with little if any benefit to taxpayers.
511R
HB2132
auditor general; private prison monitoring
-5
-5
Part of a series of bills that places additional burden on private prisons
This series of bills burdening private prisons is designed to drive more prison jobs from the private to the public sector in order which will increase the number of state employees and will drive up taxpayer costs with little if any benefit to taxpayers.
511R
HB2133
private prison contractors; public records
-5
-5
Part of a series of bills that places additional burden on private prisons
This series of bills burdening private prisons is designed to drive more prison jobs from the private to the public sector in order which will increase the number of state employees and will drive up taxpayer costs with little if any benefit to taxpayers.
511R
HB2144
child protective services
4
2
With Senate floor amendments, it makes it easier for children in foster homes for over 18 months to get adopted without interference from a parent who is not properly caring for the child. There are also other provisions to help keep siblings together and provide a more stable environment for children in foster homes. Only votes after Barto floor amendments are counted.
This serves to protect children by allowing them to be adopted into good homes without threats of legal action impacting custody when it is important to have the child bond with one set of parents and feel safe in a new home.
511R
HB2146
voter registration; same day.
-7
-7
Allows same day registration
Increases avenues for voter fraud
511R
HB2149
AHCCCS; verification system
5
5
Requires eligibility verification prior to non-emergency treatment
Helps prevent fraud or taxpayer costs for ineligible applicant
511R
HB2150
AHCCCS; recovery audit; recovery methodology
6
6
Requires electronic audits of AHCCCS payments against other data bases
Helps detect fraud and save taxpayer funds
511R
HB2152
schools; excess carryforward monies; reduction
9
9
Controls excessive and consistent over appropriation of school funds
Stops constant excessive school carryover fund balances
511R
HB2153
corporation commission; energy efficiency standards
10
10
Directs Corporation Commission to not allow inefficient energy production methods
Constitution requires Corp Commission to require lowest reasonable user costs
511R
HB2154
condominiums; planned communities; administrative hearings
3
3
Allows HOA member to collect attorney fees if he prevails in a dispute
Balances playing field for individual
511R
HB2155
homeowners' associations; reserve fund disclosure
3
3
Requires financial disclosure of HOA reserve funds
Helps protect HOA members from being exposed from hidden liabilities
511R
HB2156
elections; public resources prohibited
9
9
Bans government jurisdiction from spending taxpayer funds to influence an election
Protects citizen rights in conflict with government entities
511R
HB2157
public declaration; resign to run
4
4
SAME AS 2035
NULL
511R
HB2159
government procurement; American products
-3
-3
Provides for government procurement must be with US company
Bad language, bad delineation of terms would not allow even application
511R
HB2168
school age; increase; parental permission
-3
-3
Raises mandatory attendance age from 16 to 18
Keeps disruptive students in school to the detriment of other students and staff
511R
HB2169
universities; student organizations; tuition; fees
7
7
Universities cannot require student fees for organizations that use the money to advance or oppose legislation
Protects individual student rights
511R
HB2178
flood control districts; administrative actions
4
4
Allows non-monetary agreements in lieu of fines for flood control violations
Added flexibility protects individual property owners
511R
HB2187
consumer fireworks; regulations
-1
-1
Allows local jurisdictions to prohibit sale of fireworks of all types
Inconsistencies in fireworks sales will create more problems for businesses. Use of fireworks can still be restricted based on fire hazard.
511R
HB2197
Cesar Chavez day; legal holiday
-6
-6
Establishes Cesar Chavez legal holiday
It is another official holiday the state cannot afford.
511R
HB2200
county fire department; authorization
-1
-1
Allows formation of County Fire Districts
Needless expansion of government fire fighting bureaucracy.
511R
HB2202
school districts; leases
-5
-5
Allows school districts to lease property for 10 years instead of 5 and allows capital overrides when they are leasing out property.
This allows districts to amass more property and tax revenue than they need to educate students and is likely to hurt taxpayers.
511R
HB2203
tax credit; state university foundation
-3
-3
Provides income tax credits to fund the state university foundation.
State universities should not be singled out. A credit like this should either apply to all colleges and universities in the state (public and private) or none of them. State universities already get significant state funding. This would only make sense.
511R
HB2205
TANF; electronic benefit transfer prohibitions
-3
-3
Prohibits electronic transfers of welfare benefits in prohibited establishments.
This is burdensome regulation for businesses. The state should block the transactions itself by either stopping benefits to people misusing them or electronically blocking the transfers through its own controls.
511R
HB2220
driver licenses; authorized presence proof..
-10
-10
Same as HB2032
NULL
511R
HB2225
ASRS; new members; eighty‑five points
-5
-5
Expands eligibility for state employee pensions.
Creates a loophole that can be used to get people pensions even if they have not worked for the state for very long.
511R
HB2231
state fees; payment; alternative methods
4
4
Requires state to accept credit cards for certain fees and taxes without a surcharge.
This is convenient for taxpayers and will probably not cost the state anything since it will make up transaction fees with other handling costs being reduced through better automation.
511R
HB2233
special audit; voter protected measures
3
3
Requires state auditor to report on costs of voter protected measures.
This will allow taxpayers and voters to see how much of spending is outside the control of the legislature. This uncontrolled spending could lead to future tax increases.
511R
HB2234
firearm; definition
5
5
Redefines firearm as a working firearm that is not an antique.
Prevents owners and handlers of firearms that are non functioning modern devices from being subject to criminal charges for possession of a firearm.
511R
HB2235
pay statements; required information
3
3
Requires state employees to get an annual statement showing the value of benefits the state pays for on their behalf.
Shows employees the total value of their compensation package and forces state accountants to find out how much it costs the state to pay for each employee individually.
511R
HB2237
schools; bonding level increase; repeal
7
7
Repeals increase to school bonding limits.
School districts will push to obligate taxpayers as much as possible to get more money whether it is needed or not. This will help place limits on excessive school district spending.
511R
HB2275
insurance premium tax; reduction
7
7
Reduces tax rates for property insurance.
Lower taxes are appreciated.
511R
HB2278
Yuma economic development
-5
-5
Adds a state university in Yuma
We don't need another state university. We need privatized alternatives to government higher education.
511R
HB2281
foreclosure; tenant notification
5
5
Requires tenants to be notified of any foreclosure activities.
Protects tenants from being surprised by owner losing property and lease becoming invalid.
511R
HB2282
recall; primary; general election
10
10
Requires that recall elections have primaries if that office is a partisan position.
This prevents the recall process from being manipulated to bypass party primaries in partisan races.
511R
HB2283
government publications; other than English
7
7
English only state publications of official documents.
The state constitution recognizes English as the official language. It will simplify and reduce the cost of official publications if they can be produced only in English.
511R
HB2284
schools; pledge of allegiance; requirement
2
2
Requires children to say Pledge of Allegiance unless excused by their parents.
Children are minors and their parents rather than they should be making decisions like this on their behalf.
511R
HB2285
state budget; appropriation limitation; hearing
6
6
Requires a public appropriation committee hearing with prior public notice if the state budget will exceed the cost of living plus population growth increases.
Provides better transparency for spending increases that cannot be justified by population growth or inflation.
511R
HB2286
candidates; change in party affiliation
5
5
Prevents someone who runs for public office from changing party affiliation less than 60 days prior to running for office.
Helps prevents politicians from manipulating the party system to get elected to a position under a false label.
511R
HB2287
legislative vacancies; election; precinct committeemen
4
4
Has legislator vacancies filled directly by PCs of that party without requiring approval from county BOS.
This is a more reasonable way to fill the positions. There should probably be some kind of advance requirement for submitting nominations to allow the state party chairman to determine that all nominees meet requirements for office. This is something the
511R
HB2288
state regulation of firearms
6
6
Prohibits forbidding personal firearms from public events unless there is adequate security.
Prevents government agencies from disarming lawful citizens when the event being attended is not secure. If it also contained language allowing CCW holders to carry concealed weapons on school grounds (or at least allowing schools to permit that), it would
511R
HB2289
schools; data; noncitizen students
8
8
Requires schools to provide in formation on how many students attend who do not provide proof of legal residency.
Allows taxpayers to find out how much of their money is going to finance the education of students who are here illegally.
511R
HB2290
election recall; reimbursement
1
1
Recall reimbursement preliminary action.
Required by state constitution.
511R
HB2291
Arizona firearms; prohibited enforcement
10
10
Makes it illegal to enforce oppressive federal firearms regulations when interstate commerce is not involved.
Protects rights of citizens with respect to firearms ownership against the federal government.
511R
HB2292
photo radar citations; service times
3
3
Requires photo radar violation summons to be issued during normal business hours.
This prevents people from being harassed outside of business hours for being served with these summons.
511R
HB2293
hospital admissions; restrictions
8
8
Requires hospitals to report anyone seeking treatment without having proof of insurance to show proof of legal presence in US.
This will help keep illegal aliens from getting health care paid for by US citizens and legal residents by reporting the illegal aliens for deportation in order to prevent them from continuing to take medical care without paying for it.
511R
HB2295
insurance tax credit; high-tech investments
-5
-5
State tax credits for high tech investments by insurance companies.
The state government should not pick industries to financially support. That should be left to private businesses and citizens. To the extent possible, tax policy should be industry neutral.
511R
HB2301
renewable energy credit; carryover expansion
-4
-4
Extends carry-over for renewable energy tax credit from 5 to 20 years.
The state is already subsidizing renewable energy too much. Government should let the market rather than legislators decide how energy should be produced.
511R
HB2303
overtime compensation; law enforcement
-3
-3
Extends overtime pay to law enforcement officials assisting law enforcement officers.
This could turn out to be an overly flexible definition compared to police officers, corrections officers, and probation officers that this currently applies to.
511R
HB2304
physicians; free clinics; licensure exemption
-3
-3
Allows health care professionals licensed in another state, but not in Arizona, to provide free health care.
If they are allowed to provide free health care, why can't they be paid for health care. There should either be true reciprocity or no reciprocity if licensure is designed to protect the public rather than just serve as state run cartels for health care p
511R
HB2307
postconviction relief; fees
-5
-5
Increases compensation of lawyers appointed by a court to represent certain clients.
Shifts burden of representation from appointed lawyers to taxpayers. If there is a problem, the courts should not have the authority to compel lawyers to represent clients who have not hired them. Perhaps there should be a competitive bidding process when
511R
HB2315
local governments; regulation; requirements
5
5
Requires local government to offer compelling evidence that regulation of a profession serves the public interest before implementing those regulations.
Promotes economic freedom from unreasonable local regulations.
511R
HB2316
licensing boards; composition; professions; occupations
5
5
Limits number of professional board members who actually work in that profession.
Promotes having professional boards act more in the public interest than as state sponsored cartels.
511R
HB2318
schools without federal funding; exemptions
6
6
Allows charter schools not accepting federal funds to be exempt from federally imposed regulations.
Reduces unnecessary regulations and frees charter schools not getting federal funds from the yoke of federal regulations.
511R
HB2320
rules; statutory review; state agencies
6
6
Requires state regulatory agencies to review rules every 5 years.
This will promote economic freedom by eliminating outdated and unnecessary state regulations.
511R
HB2321
regulation; criteria; reauthorization
5
5
Limits ability of local governments to impose economic regulations.
Promotes economic freedom and business competition.
511R
HB2322
rule making; restrictions
5
5
Limits rule making by regulatory bodies to what they are specifically allowed to do by laws passed by the legislature. Includes provision for awarding attorney fees to citizens prevailing against the over reaching agency.
Limits authority of bureaucracy and makes them subject to rule of law.
511R
HB2326
firearms; records; prohibited acts
6
6
Prohibits local governments from keeping records relating to firearm ownership.
Provides a tool for resisting attempts by the federal government to register firearms.
511R
HB2328
compact; convention; balanced budget
5
5
Established Arizona participation in a compact to add a balanced budget amendment to the US Constitution.
With federal debt out of control, measures like these need to be taken. Congress cannot be counted on to take action on its own unless states apply pressure.
511R
HB2330
public employees; bargaining; open meetings
9
9
Requires negotiations between government officials and government employee groups (unions) to be subject to open meeting laws.
This will provide some transparency that might reduce the taxpayer cost of the incestuous relationship between some elected officials and labor organizations.
511R
HB2331
bonding; taxation; expenditures; district limitations
9
9
Prevents taxes from being increased by unelected officials.
Tax increases should only be imposed by elected officials who must answer to voters.
511R
HB2333
tuition; fees; political committees
9
9
Forbids student tuition or fees from being paid to a political committee.
Eliminates some funding of leftist political organizations by university officials.
511R
HB2334
pool pump energy standards; repeal
4
4
Eliminates some state regulation.
Eliminating economic regulation promotes a better business climate and promotes freedom. We would like more, but any movement in this direction is refreshing and welcome.
511R
HB2335
mobile homes; recreational vehicles; parks
3
3
Allows meetings of mobile home park mobile home owners (who rent within the park) to not be considered solicitations which are typically not allowed in mobile home parks.
Supports right of mobile home owners living in mobile home parks to peaceably assemble.
511R
HB2336
taxation; retail classification; cash equivalents
5
5
Makes cash equivalent items exempt from transaction (sales) tax.
This allows private currency such as gold coins to be used effectively. If they were subject to sales tax, they would be unusable for this purpose.
511R
HB2337
condominiums; planned communities; rental properties
7
7
Allows condo owners to rent their unit and appoint an agent to represent them at HOA meetings unless the original documents establishing the HOA expressly forbid this.
Protects the rights of condo owners to rent out their property as they see fit and let the renter represent them at HOA meetings unless the rules of the HOA when it was established restrict that. It prevents a very basic right to property from being tampered with.
511R
HB2341
board of technical registration; exemptions
5
5
Reduced regulations for modifying home construction including multiunit housing when no structural changes are being made.
Reduced regulations on legitimate activities when other people are not put at risk is a good thing for Arizona residents.
511R
HB2342
increased research; tax credit refund
-5
-5
Increases Research Tax Credit
This puts government in a position to pick winners and losers in the private sector. This is a program that should be eliminated rather than expanded.
511R
HB2343
public employees; compensation; union activities
8
8
Prohibits government from paying union members for union activities.
Helps reduce government subsidy of labor unions which traditionally support big government politicians.
511R
HB2347
tax levy; bond costs
5
5
Prohibits property tax levies greater than what is necessary to pay off bonds.
Helps protect taxpayers from school boards.
511R
HB2350
permanent early voting list; notarization
9
9
Requires notarization of signature to be placed on permanent early voter list.
Although this is a slight inconvenience, it can significantly reduce voter fraud.
511R
HB2351
AHCCCCS; nonemergency transportation; reimbursement
3
3
Limits reimbursement for non-emergency Medicaid transportation to bus fare in areas where scheduled bus service is available.
Prevents Medicaid beneficiaries from wasting taxpayer money on more expensive transport than is necessary.
511R
HB2352
AHCCCS; expansion; prohibition
9
9
Forbids expansion of Medicaid eligibility unless it will be cost neutral over next 20 years.
Prevents expansion of Medicaid in AZ as part of ObamaCare.
511R
HB2354
AHCCCS; childless adults; services; prohibition
8
8
Prevents Medicaid money from being spent on childless adults.
This group should be able to get medical care from other sources.
511R
HB2358
insurance; licensees; continuing education requirements
-5
-5
Increases continuing education requirements for insurance agents.
Limits economic freedom by increasing government regulatory requirements.
511R
HB2359
student protection; credit card solicitation
-5
-5
Prohibits state universities and community colleges from allowing credit card companies to offer promotional gifts to college students.
Unreasonable restriction on economic freedom.
511R
HB2368
election day voter registration
-8
-8
Election day voter registration.
Makes voter fraud too easy.
511R
HB2376
mandatory mental health evaluation; admission
-8
-8
Would allow police officers to require gun possessors to get a mental evaluation as well as seize firearms.
Serious threat to rights of gun owners since the police could easily abuse this power.
511R
HB2378
destruction; forfeited or unclaimed firearms.
-6
-6
Eliminates state preemption over disposal of seized firearms.
Permits local governments to destroy good weapons that could be either sold on behalf of taxpayers or used in another way beneficial to the public.
511R
HB2379
prohibited possessor; order of protection
-8
-8
Makes anyone with a restraining order against them a prohibited possessor of firearms.
There are already rules about this for cases of violence behavior. This is an additional restriction that is not needed and could lead to abuse by people who want to disarm citizens posing no actual danger to them.
511R
HB2380
concealed carry; permit requirements; offense
-10
-10
Reimposes requirement of a permit for concealed carry in AZ
Reverses one of the most pro-civil rights laws passed recently to allow concealed carry without a permit.
511R
HB2381
firearms; sales; transfers; background checks
-8
-8
Prohibits semi-automatic "assault" weapons from being sold except by a licensed firearms dealer.
Useless and unnecessary restriction on civil rights of citizens regarding gun ownership transfer.
511R
HB2389
peace officers; omnibus
-6
0
Adds families of deceased officers to medical plans of municipalities indefinitely as well as other provisions.Only votes after Shooter floor amendments are counted.
This will increase government spending and taxpayer burdens in a way that is fundamentally unreasonable and unfair to taxpayers. Although it will not affect the general fund, it will affect municipal budgets and municipal taxes.
511R
HB2397
vehicle impoundment; lack of insurance
-3
-3
Allows impoundment of motor vehicles if proof of insurance is not carried in car.
Goes too far by permitting impoundment before conviction by a court.
511R
HB2399
school districts; bonded indebtedness limitations
-10
-5
Doubles school district bond debt limitations.
Adding exposure to more debt puts taxpayers at greater financial risk. Weight was changed from (-5) to (-10) because it would enable financing for Common Core even though Common Core is not part of the bill.
511R
HB2400
prior authorization; prescription drugs
-5
-5
Requires insurers requiring preauthorization for prescription drugs to allow electronic submission of requests.
Added regulatory burden that limits economic freedom. It may be a good business option, but the insurance company rather than the legislature should make that determination.
511R
HB2422
health insurance exchange
-9
-9
Established Arizona Health Exchange under ObamaCare
Arizona should not participate in ObamaCare any more than necessary and should not pay to operate the Exchange.
511R
HB2425
ELL task force replacement
-10
-10
The bill was amended to change rules for administering standards which will allow Common Core to be set up as a standard.
A tricky amendment not specifically addressing Common Core was added to this bill to eliminate the AIMS standard and repeal other provisions which specified how standards should be implemented. This allows school boards to implement the Common Core Curriculum which, if implemented, moves Arizona toward a national education system even if implemented at the state level. Only votes after 3/23/13 are counted.
511R
HB2430
technical corrections; immunizations; informed consent
-10
-10
As amended, requires private insurance companies to reimburse government health agencies for vaccinations given to school children.
This is a back door tax to finance school vaccinations and health departments. Since we regard it as a bypassing of the normal tax law process, we gave it a (-10) rating which is our standard policy. The government could require the vaccination as a condition for a child to be in school which it now does unless the parents opt the child out of vaccinations. If the government requires a public agency to administer the vaccinations, then then it should appropriate tax dollars for this purpose. It should not impose requirements on third parties to pay for something - especially if parents who buy the insurance coverage are not required to opt in and actively get that medical treatment for their children.
511R
HB2431
state guard; firearm; equipment
3
3
Allows state militia to carry semi-automatic "assault" weapons.
The militia cannot be prohibited by the Federal government from carrying weapons needed for their mission.
511R
HB2433
Arizona state guard; age
3
3
Removes age maximum of 45 years for membership in state militia.
Allows any able bodied citizen to participate.
511R
HB2438
paycheck deductions; public employers
7
7
Prohibits government payroll deductions on behalf of third parties that are not explicitly approved by the employee annually.
Helps prevent employees from having money deducted for items they do not explicitly approve of. Requires anyone seeking that money to get explicit approval rather than require an employee to opt out of the deductions.
511R
HB2439
income tax brackets; inflation index
5
5
Indexes income tax brackets to inflation.
The prevents people from paying higher income tax rates because inflation increases their earnings without actually increasing their earning power.
511R
HB2454
internet providers; personal information
-3
-3
Makes ISP provider releasing personal information a crime, but contains so many loopholes it is worse than no new law. It also requires disclosure of information to law enforcement officers without them getting a warrant.
This may actually reduce privacy protections and explicitly allows warrantless access by police to personal internet information.
511R
HB2455
unclaimed property; firearms; disposition
4
4
Requires firearms purchased by governments in buyback programs to be sold rather than destroyed.
Helps discourage these programs which are of questionable value and undermine the rights of citizens to possess firearms.
511R
HB2456
revenue allocation districts
-7
-7
Allows creation of special taxing districts.
Special taxing districts are usually bad for taxpayers and end up supporting special interests. This is even more of a problem when the district does not have to have to be contiguous.
511R
HB2465
medical malpractice attorney; certification; training
-3
-3
Requires attorneys and judges to get special certification from state supreme court to handle medical malpractice cases.
Added regulation of questionable benefit. If certification in specialties is valuable, why not require them for all other specialties such as criminal law, personal injury, family law, etc.?
511R
HB2467
constitutional oath; high school graduation
-3
-3
Require taking oath to support the US constitution as a condition for graduating from high school.
Not all graduates are US citizens and this should be a requirement for registering to vote rather than graduating from high school.
511R
HB2468
discounted hunting licenses; veterans; soldiers
-3
-3
Allows discounts for active duty military veterans getting hunting and fishing licenses.
Everyone loves veterans just like everyone loves children, but that doesn't mean there should be money thrown around on difficult to administer programs that won't really save veterans that much money and will require substantial documentation for both the veteran and the state.
511R
HB2471
CDL holders; defensive driving school
3
3
Allows commercially licensed drivers the same rights as anyone else to avoid moving violation convictions by taking a class for violations when driving a non-commercial vehicle.
Makes the law fairer and provides the same legal treatment to commercial drivers that non-commercial drivers get for moving violations while driving personal vehicles.
511R
HB2477
photo radar on state highways
3
3
Helps restrict local governments from using photo radar on state highways.
Photo radar is more often used as a fund raising tool that safety device. This bill helps prevent that.
511R
HB2483
public notices; publishing; public medium
7
7
Allows publishing public notices on the Internet instead of in a newspaper.
This can save substantial amounts of money for citizens and removes a costly implicit subsidy to print newspapers.
511R
HB2484
veterans; hiring preference; tax credit
-3
-3
Military veteran employment preferences and tax credits for employers.
This adds more complexity to the state employment process and tax code. If you want to help veterans, why not just give them some money directly instead of creating another government administrative nightmare.
511R
HB2488
200‑day school calendar; funding.
-6
-6
Increases funding for schools that want to extend school year from 180 to 200 days without adding increased instructional requirements.
With schools not doing a great job in the first place, why would we pay to have children in them for more days per year. Plus, this increases funding without increasing instruction requirements.
511R
HB2500
schools; teacher evaluations; dismissals
-3
-3
Establishes requirements for people considered qualified to evaluate teachers.
Another layer of regulatory burden for schools. This would not even be an issue if all "public" education was provided by charter schools or private schools.
511R
HB2504
immobilization; impoundment of vehicles.
5
5
Allows impounding of vehicles driven by unlicensed drivers.
Promotes public safety.
511R
HB2511
political subdivisions; energy incentives; prohibition
5
5
Prohibits all government entities except federal from participating in programs to get rebates or subsidies from public utilities for using alternative fuels.
This makes sense since using alternative fuels increases overall real costs and rate payers end up paying for these subsidies. The subsidy programs and renewal energy mandates should be completely repealed, but this is a good step in the right direction.
511R
HB2518
cities and towns; approval voting
10
0
As amended before Senate vote, it combines elements from SB1365 and HB2337 limiting HOAs that had been killed in committees. This bill, as amended, prohibits municipal governments from requiring the establishment of HOAs as part of the building permit or zoning process and allows HOA unit owners to rent their units unless specifically prohibited when the units are initially being sold. Only votes after the Senate floor amendments are being used in the evaluation.
These provisions enhance property owner rights.
511R
HB2520
state agencies; budget submission
7
7
Requires state agencies to report on prior year expenditures and proposed expenditures for the following year including detailed per unit cost information
This will help to provide transparency for state government expenditures and allow the legislature to better evaluate state agencies.
511R
HB2529
child care personnel
-1
-1
Requires licensed child care providers be part of regular rules review, prohibits ADES from establishing some rules beyond what is required by law, and requires ADES to define acts of child neglect and abuse.
This bill would get a positive rating if the LEGISLATURE defined child neglect and abuse rather than delegating that to an executive agency of the government. The legislature should write the laws instead of direct the executive branch to do it instead. T
511R
HB2530
empowerment scholarship accounts; tests; surveys
-4
-4
Adds testing and reporting requirements for Educational Empowerment Funding for disabled students.
This appears to be an attempt to undermine the school choice options of parents of disabled students under the guise of increasing accountability by imposing extra testing and reporting requirements. If similar requirements were imposed on public schools,
511R
HB2531
income tax; instant depreciation
5
5
Eliminates state income tax cap on expensing certain capital items according to IRS rules.
Helps Arizona income tax conform better to Federal income tax which is less confusing to taxpayers and improves Arizona business climate by reducing taxes on businesses such as proprietorships being taxed based on individual tax returns.
511R
HB2532
corporation commission; internet services
3
3
Prevents Corporation Commission from regulating Voice over IP telephone service providers regarding market entry, market exit, or rate setting.
Helps maintain economic freedom in this segment of the telecommunications industry.
511R
HB2533
local governments; public notices; website
3
3
Allows government to file notices on a web site instead of paying to list them in newspapers.
Save taxpayers money and is more convenient.
511R
HB2544
city parcel tax; prohibition
8
8
Prevents cities from bypassing property tax restrictions.
Prevents cities from using loopholes to increase property taxes beyond legal limits.
511R
HB2551
financial institution records; disclosure; notice
6
6
Requires a warrant from a judge to search bank records
Provides protection for privacy of personal
511R
HB2563
teacher preparation programs; common core
-8
-8
Implements teacher training requirements for Common Core curriculum
We believe that the Common Core curriculum is a first step to nationalizing primary and secondary education which we strongly object to. We consequently object to all steps to implement that program.
511R
HB2570
appropriation; mental health services
-6
-7
Appropriates $250K (as amended, was $500K originally) for mental health training that is already done by private sector non-profits.
This is an unnecessary expenditure of taxpayer funds for something the private sector is already doing. The (-7) sponsor weight reflects the original appropriation request.
511R
HB2573
prohibited governmental compliance; 2012 NDAA
8
8
Prohibits state from enforcing parts of NDAA.
This will prevent state government from participating in violating the civil rights of Arizona residents.
511R
HB2574
drone surveillance; prohibition; exceptions
8
8
Prohibits use of drones for surveillance without a court order.
Protects privacy of citizens.
511R
HB2578
licensing; accountability; penalties; exceeding regulation
6
6
Prohibits government officials from using criteria other than what is specified in the law to make licensing decision.
Protects people from arbitrary exercise of regulatory power.
511R
HB2580
regulatory review; periodic approval
5
5
Shortens regulatory review process.
Helps improve business climate in state by reducing regulatory burden.
511R
HB2581
overrides; RCL; kindergarten pupils
-4
-4
Delays implementation of spending limits on school districts.
Change to formula for limiting spending will be phased in over 5 years instead of immediately. This allows taxpayers to be burdened with more spending that will be financed with their taxes.
511R
HB2590
comprehensive TPT; income tax repeal
9
9
Repeals personal and corporate income taxes.
Promotes a better business climate which will lead to a stronger state economy and result in offsetting sales tax revenue.
511R
HB2608
EORP; closure; defined contribution
5
5
Switches new state employees in one of the smaller pension plan groups covering legislators and judges from a defined benefit pension to a defined contribution plan like a 401K plan.
This will help reduce the liability of taxpayers for pension obligations. Although this is one of the small pension funds, it will be a prototype for the larger pension funds once it is successfully implemented.
511R
HB2617
school tuition organizations; preapproval; entities
5
5
Increases school tuition scholarship tax credits.
Promotes school choice by providing more financial support for parents sending their children to private schools.
511R
HB2643
homeowners' associations; limitations; termination; penalties
5
5
Limits HOAs and provides for votes to terminate the HOA.
Helps limit the abuse that HOAs can give to homeowners. Most HOAs are, through building permits, created by local governments and act as community government organizations.
511R
HB2644
debt payoff; annual report
3
3
Requires a report on state indebtedness.
Provides more transparency on state government finances by providing a clearer statement of state debts.
511R
HB2645
unemployment; employment definition; exception
3
3
Makes state law conform to federal law and protects religious organizations from excessive regulation.
Helps protect freedom of religion.
511R
HB2646
investment fund; insurance tax credit
-5
-5
Creates tax credit to for insurance companies to fund technology investments.
Tax credits and cuts should be broad based and not used to create industrial policies. The only exceptions are when they are used to replace a government service such as letting taxpayers directly fund schools and education outside of the government appropriation process.
511R
HB2655
public monies; support; defeat; legislation
6
6
Forbids government organizations from campaigning or publicly advocating for public policy positions
Government organizations are supposed to carry out the decisions of voters - not use taxpayer money to give one side of a policy question a subsidy for their political campaign.
511R
HB2656
firearms; schools; safety designee program
6
6
Allows school districts and charter schools to participate in a program that allows designated teachers who volunteer for specified training to have firearms available for protecting students from violent attacks.
Having trained people who will be in a school on a regular basis being armed will be better protection for students than keeping schools gun free zones. This bill would get a higher rating if it also allowed a governing board to allow anyone with a CCW permit with a legitimate reason for being on school grounds to carry a concealed firearm on school grounds.
511R
HB2657
transaction privilege tax changes
6
8
Simplifies transaction tax administration.
Makes the process easier for businesses.
511R
HCR2004
taxes; fees; purpose; transfer; prohibition
6
6
Prevents money raised for a specific purpose from being used for another purpose.
If money is raised from taxpayers for a specific purpose, it should be used for that purpose or returned to taxpayers.
511R
HCR2005
public retirement systems
8
8
Allows voters to amend constitution to allow for adjustments to state pension plan contribution rates and benefits.
This is necessary to prevent pension liabilities from getting out of control.
511R
HCR2010
elections; political party designation; nomination
4
4
Makes all non-judicial elections partisan with primaries and shows party registration of judges on retention ballots.
Allows voters to get more information about a person before voting. Allows a party vetting process for non-judicial elections.
511R
HCR2011
personal property tax exemption amount
7
7
Raises exemption for corporate personal property tax.
Helps improve business climate which will lead to a stronger state economy.
511R
HCR2013
primary elections; caucus; convention
5
5
Allows voters to allow political parties to choose alternatives to primaries for selecting candidates and to restrict participation in the candidate selection process to party members.
This is good public policy since it could save the state on the cost of primaries and it allows political parties to decide who should participate in picking its candidates.
511R
HCR2014
health care exchange; prohibition
7
7
No ObamaCare Exchanges to ballot
In case the governor vetoes the proposed legislation
511R
HCR2015
AHCCCS; expansion; prohibition
7
7
Prohibit AHCCCS expansion put to vote
In case the governor vetoes the proposed legislation
511R
HCR2016
AHCCCS; childless adults; prohibition
7
7
Childless adults not eligible for AHCCCS put to vote
In case the governor vetoes the proposed legislation
511R
HCR2021
state expenditure limit
8
8
Puts firm expenditure limit on state government.
Helps limit the burden of government from excessively burdening taxpayers.
511R
SB1004
unlawful termination; family emergency
-7
-7
Interferes with employers termination policies
Tells employers they may not terminate an employee for certain absences
511R
SB1005
green technology and manufacturing incentives
-7
-7
Establishes state environmental superstructure
government intrusion into economy, diversion of tax dollars, uneven playing field
511R
SB1006
appropriation; adult education programs
-6
-6
Appropriates money from General Fund
Gives additional $4.6m to education industry outside the appropriations process
511R
SB1008
psychologists; prescription authority
-9
-9
Establishes medication prescribing auth. To psychologists
Allows Board to establish rules, fees, etc. outside of legislative oversight
511R
SB1012
residential mortgages; mortgage broker duties
-6
-6
Creates additional onerous regulations on brokers
Unnecessary government regulation; increase consumer costs
511R
SB1013
energy conservation; public buildings
-9
-9
Requires renewable energy in all government buildings
Will increase taxpayer costs to fix a non-problem
511R
SB1014
discrimination; enforcement; damages
-8
-8
Establishes punitive damage awards
Increase cost of doing business; reduce or prohibit economic recovery
511R
SB1019
green public schools task force
-9
-9
Establishes Green Energy Task Force
Will increase taxpayer costs to fix a non-problem
511R
SB1020
energy conservation; school buildings
-9
-9
Requires District AND Charter Schools to use Green Tech
Will increase taxpayer costs to fix a non-problem
511R
SB1033
voter registration; youth registrants
-7
-7
Allows voter registration beginning at age 16
Increase possible voter fraud; allow for inappropriate pressure on students
511R
SB1040
towing; motor vehicles
-10
-10
Overregulates tow operators; allows agency to set fees
We automatically rate bills that let executive agencies rather than the legislature set fees a negative 10 since we consider it an abrogation of legislative responsibility and a way to bypass restrictions on revenue increases. Also, it will drive out small
511R
SB1041
civil unions
-8
-8
Establishes civil unions rights
Civil unions are just marriage by another name and should be prohibited as a state sponsored legal entity.
511R
SB1042
interstate agreement; national popular vote
-9
-9
Directs steps to establishment of national popular vote
Will destroy foundation of representative republic
511R
SB1045
professionals; claim of specialty status.
2
2
Prohibits false claim of specialty status
Protects patients from being defrauded by false information
511R
SB1049
firearms; prohibition; postsecondary institutions
-8
-8
Expands restriction of gun ban to post-secondary
Restricts Second Amendment rights
511R
SB1050
prohibited weapon; large capacity magazine
-8
-8
Prohibits guns with large capacity ammo devices and applies to already owned magazines and firearms.
Further restricts Second Amendment rights
511R
SB1090
dependent children; placement; grandparents; stipend
4
4
Reinstates stipend to grandparents providing foster care
Helps provide stable economic status for foster care with family members at a lower cost than with standard foster care.
511R
SB1101
procurement code; fraud; attorney general
8
8
Establishes guidelines and penalties for procurement fraud
Protects taxpayers and requires full disclosure by education personnel to prevent fraud
511R
SB1103
charter schools; zoning procedures
6
6
Establishes Charter School zoning guidelines
Helps level playing field between District and Charter schools
511R
SB1104
charter school pupils; JTEDs
3
3
Establishes payment limits for Charter/JTED students
Helps level playing field, however, it would be a +9 if it reduced both to 1.25
511R
SB1106
emergency contraception
-9
-9
Requires filling of contraception products
Violates First Amendment religious freedom rights
511R
SB1107
agricultural districts; public notice; website
3
3
Posting requirements for Agricultural Districts
Allows electronic posting of notice - saves taxpayer dollars
511R
SB1108
foster home licensure; immunizations
3
3
Prohibits DES from excluding families from providing foster care because the parents do not get their own children vaccinations.
As long as the child being placed in foster care has a vaccination, there should be no reason for DES to be concerned about the other children in the house.
511R
SB1109
legislative report; airport authority
3
3
Allows electronic filing of report
Saves dollars for applicable board and citizens
511R
SB1110
schools; U.S. history requirement
4
4
Requires teaching/knowledge of United States History
Both teachers and students need grounding in United States History, but it should require passing a proficiency exam rather than just sitting in a classroom.
511R
SB1112
Arizona firearms; prohibited enforcement...
10
10
Prohibits federal regulation on certain firearms in AZ
Codifies Tenth Amendment states rights re:firearms
511R
SB1115
direct pay prices; health care
-8
-8
Requires Medically Facility to post/distribute cash prices
Like many things that sound good, this isn't. It imposes a regulatory burden on medical providers and fails to take into account that there may be special conditions of a particular patient that could affect costs. It also imposes a rigid pricing system t
511R
SB1117
Cesar Chavez holiday
-6
-6
Establishes Cesar Chavez legal holiday
We can't afford the cost to honor Washington, Lincoln or Statehood Day  'enough said
511R
SB1119
AHCCCS; eligibility
-6
-6
Increases eligibility criteria for AHCCCS
Taxpayer costs - advances Cloward/Pivin Agenda
511R
SB1120
immigration; law enforcement; repeal
-8
-8
Repeals immigration statutes
We need stronger sovereignty protections, not less
511R
SB1123
noncertificated school employees; due process
-6
-6
Expands teacher protections to other personnel
Increase taxpayer costs, risk of harm to students,
511R
SB1124
public employees; collective bargaining.
-9
-9
Establishes public employee collective bargaining
Increases public employee union influence with direct and indirect costs
511R
SB1125
labor organizations; nonunion employees; representation.
-8
-8
Mandates payments to unions
Increases public employee union authority
511R
SB1126
labor representative; employee; privilege
-8
-8
Establishes lawyer/client privilege to union representatives
Increases public employee union authority
511R
SB1142
paycheck deductions; employee authorization.
-5
-5
Amends payroll deduction rules
looks good at first, but eliminates rules re: funds being used in political activity
511R
SB1158
driver licenses; authorized presence proof....
-10
-10
Allows federal documents use as proof of legal presence
Furthers erosion of state sovereignty
511R
SB1159
driver licenses; legal presence repeal.
-10
-10
Repeals prohibition on giving drivers licenses to illegal aliens.
Illegal aliens should not be issued drivers licenses.
511R
SB1160
driver licenses; authorized presence proof
-10
-10
Allows federal illegal alien ID documents use as proof of legal presence
If someone is here illegally, he should not be issued a drivers license.
511R
SB1162
sales tax; reduced reporting requirements
3
3
Reduces tax reporting requirements
Reduces small business reporting requirements and costs
511R
SB1165
marriage; qualifications.
-9
-9
Legalizes gay marriage if constitutional prohibition is repealed.
Attack on traditional marriage which has historically been the best way to raise children.
511R
SB1172
qualifying charitable credit; itemizing deductions
4
4
Allows tax credit for contributions to working poor to be taken even if taxpayer does not itemize income tax deductions.
This allows those who do not itemize on income tax returns to direct their tax dollars to these programs as well. Putting the money in the hands of private charities is more likely to benefit those truly in need than letting the state have the money.
511R
SB1182
paycheck deductions; public employers.
7
7
Same as HB2438
NULL
511R
SB1208
pilot; foster care tuition waiver
-4
-4
Creates special post secondary tuition waivers for foster children.
There should not be special categories of students getting tuition waivers. If this were part of a voucher plan to allow any Arizona  student (or a student meeting a testing threshhold) to get a voucher for use at any public or private educational institution in Arizona, that would be more reasonable. This bill will burden state taxpayers or other students with the cost of the tuition waivers.
511R
SB1211
property tax delinquency; interest rate
3
3
Reduce interest rate on tax liens from 16 to 10 percent.
Makes interest rate less oppressive. It should probably be linked to a market rate to be kept current as interest rates change in the future.
511R
SB1223
license classifications; fees
-10
-10
Abolishes legislated fees for Fish and Wildlife licenses and allows a commission to set the fees. The purpose of this bill is to avoid restrictions on how the legislature can raise taxes and fees.
Our policy is to give a (-10) weight to bills that delegate tax and fee setting authority to other parts of the government other than the legislature.
511R
SB1228
destruction; forfeited or unclaimed firearms
-6
-6
Allows governments to destroy rather than sell firearms as its disposal method.
Selling firearms can help defray the cost of government. Destroying them increases the cost of government.
511R
SB1229
large capacity magazine; prohibited weapon
-6
-6
Prohibits guns with large capacity ammo devices but does not apply to already owned magazines and firearms.
Further restricts Second Amendment rights
511R
SB1241
teenage drivers; communication devices prohibited
-9
-9
Limits right of drivers with permits and new licenses to use handheld electronic devices.
This is just a way to break down the barriers to eliminating use of electronic devices while driving for all drivers. Distracted driving is already illegal. These laws never apply to police officers who are using many electronic devices while driving at h
511R
SB1244
homeopathic board; fees
-8
-8
Increases fees for Homeopathic Board.
There is no good reason to increase these fees. It would make more sense to eliminate the board and its related regulations than to increase any fees. The only good point of this is that it is being done as a Prop 108 tax increase law which requires a two thirds vote to pass instead of being hidden by allowing the board to set its own fees.
511R
SB1248
voter registration; same day
-7
-7
Senate version of House bill HB2146
NULL
511R
SB1253
nutritional information; chain restaurants.
-5
-5
Requires chain restaurants to post nutrition information.
This should not be a government requirement and, if it is, should apply to all restaurants equally.
511R
SB1261
permanent early voting lists; amendments
5
5
Requires those not voting in 2 straight even numbered election years to reaffirm their desire to be early voters or remove them from the list.
This will help clean up the permanent early voter list and help prevent voter fraud.
511R
SB1263
paid circulators; statewide measures; recall
6
6
Requires paid petition signature collectors to register with Secretary of State
This will help control fraud with petition signatures.
511R
SB1264
initiative, referendum and recall
6
6
Tightens standards for accepting petitions for referenda and recalls
Tightening up the standards will help ensure voters know what they are signing and reduce the likelihood of fraud.
511R
SB1266
illegal dumping; penalties
2
2
Establishes penalties for illegal dumping and requires proof of legal disposal for those required to remove trash or garbage.
Protects innocent homeowners from slobs a little more effectively.
511R
SB1268
class G licensees; communication devices
-9
-9
Similar to SB1241
NULL
511R
SB1272
airports; nonprofit corporation lessees; liability
2
2
Allows private airport operators on leased govt land to assume full liability.
This allows municipal governments to sell the risk of lawsuits from operating an airport on government land leased to a private company. It allows the risk to be allocated and financed more efficiently and can protect taxpayers from liability.
511R
SB1274
elections; early ballots; return deadline
4
4
Requires early ballots to be turned in one week before election day.
This makes the process of examining and counting early ballots more manageable and reduces the ability to commit election fraud by overwhelming the county recorders.
511R
SB1276
elections; postings; mail balloting; amendments
3
3
Makes it easier for counties to do elections by mail for small precincts.
Improves efficiency of election process and reduces costs to taxpayers.
511R
SB1278
homeowners' associations; public roadways
6
6
Eliminates HOA control of government owned roads for future developments.
HOAs or other private organizations should not control government owned roads. They should be controlled by the government that actually owns them.
511R
SB1282
countywide fire districts
-4
-4
Roll up all fire districts in a county into one county fire district.
This would result in inefficiency and lack of responsiveness to local concerns. It would add another layer of bureaucracy that is not needed.
511R
SB1284
county general excise tax rate
-8
-8
Allows county supervisors to refer sales taxes of up to 20% instead of 10% to voters.
Sales tax rates of 10% should be high enough. Current law protects people in counties from being abused by their neighbors with respect to sales taxes.
511R
SB1285
handbook; educational options
4
4
Requires Education Department to produce a handbook of schooling options and mail it to parents.
Promotes school choice by informing parents of the options available to them through state school choice options.
511R
SB1316
state board of appraisal
-3
-3
Adds requirements and fees to being a licensed appraiser in the state.
Regulation of appraisers should not be a government matter. Mortgage companies can set up whatever certification they need and it will not establish a government enforced guild system.
511R
SB1325
concealed firearms; schools; authorization requirements
5
5
Allows school boards to authorize certain staff to possess firearms on school grounds.
It is a step in the right direction to protect children in schools. There should also be an option for school boards to allow anyone with a concealed carry permit who has a legitimate reason to be at the school to possess a concealed weapon on school grounds as well.
511R
SB1326
disclosures; campaign finance; lobbying; enforcement
-5
-5
Changes the name of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission and assigns it duties related to campaign finance and lobbyist disclosure enforcement.
It takes an organization that has basically outlived its usefulness and has not always been very responsible its own independent funding and enforcement powers and takes them away from elected officials. It expands the scope of the organization to campaigns not participating in clean elections and regulates lobbyist reporting for which it has no particular qualifications.
511R
SB1347
JTEDs; per pupil funding calculation.
-4
-4
Increases state funding for JTED students.
JTEDs already are over funded. This simply increases the problem.
511R
SB1348
public employees; activities; unions; compensation
8
8
Prohibits state government units from paying employees for union activities.
Unions should pay for union activities. Taxpayers should not.
511R
SB1349
paycheck deductions; employee authorization
8
8
Prohibits automatic deduction for union dues from government employee paychecks without explicit permission from employee.
Helps protect government employees from paying union dues as the default unless they take action to stop the deductions. With any luck, this will reduce union funding once employees start enjoying the money formerly spent on union dues.
511R
SB1350
government contract workers; strike prohibition
3
3
Prohibits government contract workers from participating in a strike.
They can always quit if they do not like the job. Striking by those under government contract undermines the ability of the government to function without being held hostage by potential strikers.
511R
SB1352
school leases; nonprofit corporations
-4
-4
Allows School Districts to lease property to non-profit education organizations.
If school districts don't need the property, they should sell it and let taxpayers benefit from the sale. School districts should not be in the property rental business. There is too much opportunity for squandering taxpayer money on pet projects. If school districts need flexibility in amount of property available to them, they should rent property as needed rather than have extra property to lease out when they don't need it.
511R
SB1363
empowerment scholarship accounts; expansion; funding
5
5
Expands Empowerment Scholarships.
Improves school choice options for selected students.
511R
SB1364
DOR audits; three-year limit
7
7
Reduces time for DOR audits from 4 to 3 years.
This is more taxpayer friendly. It protects taxpayers from harassing audits. Most problems should be detected by the DOR with 2 years anyway.
511R
SB1365
planned communities; zoning; prohibitions
8
8
Prohibits municipalities from requiring a developer to set up an HOA as a condition for getting zoning variances and building permits.
Prevents cities from forcing HOAs on housing developments. The builders may establish them if they want, but it cannot be required of them by a government in the state.
511R
SB1368
minimum wage; employee; definition
2
2
Narrows definition of employee regarding minimum wage to employees working for wages.
It is difficult to have a minimum wage for people who do not get hourly compensation.
511R
SB1369
unemployment insurance; reimbursable employers
4
4
Protects employers from being financially harmed by illegitimate UI claims.
This is fair protection for employers and creates a better business climate in the state.
511R
SB1377
postsecondary institutions; information publication
3
3
Requires public universities to report information.
It is good that this applies only to public universities and colleges. It gives students information about graduation rates, student-faculty ratios, and other useful information for deciding on a college.
511R
SB1383
property tax limits; local districts
3
3
Limits special tax district tax increases.
Protects taxpayers from excessive property tax increases.
511R
SB1384
taxis; prearranged ground transportation service
6
6
Reduces regulations on taxi service.
Reduces regulations on taxi service to allow fixed fees without metering and reduced licensing and other requirements. This should improve competition and reduce costs.
511R
SB1385
aggravated assault; school grounds
3
3
Makes assault on school grounds aggravated assault under certain conditions.
Increases penalties for non-students committing assault against students on school grounds is a good step to help keep those criminals in prison longer.
511R
SB1388
online candidate petition filing
5
5
Allows electronic signing of candidate petitions.
This makes it easier for candidates to gather signatures and reduces the amount of paper involved.
511R
SB1389
JLBC; economic impact
6
6
Requires analysis of impact of laws on private sector finances as well as the state's.
The total cost to taxpayers includes costs incurred by the private sector as well as taxpayer financed government expenditures.
511R
SB1405
adoption petitions
4
4
Requires judges to approve adoptions even if birth parents are appealing the adoption.
If a child has been out of parental custody for 15 months and has been in a caring adoptive family for 6 months, it is hard to see how the child will benefit from going back to the birth parents.
511R
SB1406
parental rights; termination; determinations
4
4
Makes it easier to terminate parental rights of neglectful or abusive parents.
The first priority should be the benefit of the child rather than the needs of the parents. However, great care must be exercised to prevent incorrect determinations by CPS to break up families for no good reason.
511R
SB1407
juvenile referrals; commitments; expenses; liability
4
4
Protects adoptive parents from paying for Juvenile Detention.
This removes a financial disincentive for responsible people adopting a child who is a ward of the state.
511R
SB1410
nonemergency ambulance service; regulation
4
4
Removes needing to prove need to get a certificate of necessity for scheduled ambulance services.
Reduces regulation of non-emergency ambulance services by requiring the state to grant a certificate of need. It would be better if the certificate were not required, but this is an improvement.
511R
SB1412
delinquent debt; agencies; attorney general
2
2
Requires state agencies to report debts owed to them to the AG for collection action.
Helps the state collect what it is due which protects taxpayers who pay their obligations.
511R
SB1414
attorney licensing; rules
4
4
Makes the state supreme court the decider of who can practice law without the Bar association being involved.
This is one of the few cases where a government organization is better at licensure than a private organization. Since the judiciary is a legitimate function of government, it makes more sense that the courts would determine who can practice law than a private organization.
511R
SB1415
admission; practice of law
5
5
Does not allow graduation from law school to be a requirement for being licensed to practice law.
Removes a regulatory requirement and removes the stranglehold of traditional law schools on the education of lawyers.
511R
SB1420
state employees; backfilling; reward incentives
3
3
Allows money saved from open positions to be used as incentive pay.
This could encourage reduced staffing in state agencies by providing incentives to workers to do the work of the open positions in addition to their own.
511R
SB1437
music therapists; licensure
-5
-6
Requires state licensing for music therapists.
The state should not requiring licensing for additional professions. Ideally, licensing requirements should be phased out rather than increased.
511R
SB1439
legal tender
8
8
Allows legal tender other than US Currency
Allows use of gold and silver as currency if all parties agree.
511R
SB1444
schools; performance funding
-2
-2
Uses Performance Funding for public and charter schools.
Charter schools should not be subject to performance funding administered by the Education Dept. Their performance funding is determined by satisfying the parents of the enrolled students. The point of charter schools is to remove bureaucracy and let parents be the decision makers about whether the school is good.
511R
SB1445
school and school district accountability
4
4
Requires Education Dept. to publish report on failing public schools.
Provides information to parents that is valuable before enrolling students in public schools.
511R
SB1483
2013-2014; general appropriations
-9
0
Budget Bill.
Way too much pork barrel  spending.
511R
SB1484
2013-2014; capital outlay
-4
0
Budget bill.
Raises spending unnecessarily.
511R
SB1485
2013-2014; budget procedures
-4
0
Budget bill.
Raises spending unnecessarily.
511R
SB1486
2013‑2014; revenue; budget reconciliation
-4
0
Budget bill.
Raises spending unnecessarily.
511R
SB1487
2013-2014; K-12 education; budget reconciliation
-10
-10
Contains funding for Common Core.
We strongly oppose Common Core which will nationalize K-12 education as well as mandate content that does not reinforce traditional American values.
511R
SB1488
2013-2014; higher education; budget reconciliation
-4
0
Budget bill.
Raises spending unnecessarily.
511R
SB1489
2013-2014; government; budget reconciliation
-4
0
Budget bill.
Raises spending unnecessarily.
511R
SB1490
2013-2014; criminal justice; budget reconciliation
-4
0
Budget bill.
Raises spending unnecessarily.
511R
SB1491
2013‑2014; environment; budget reconciliation
-4
0
Budget bill.
Raises spending unnecessarily.
511R
SB1492
2013‑2014; health; welfare; budget reconciliation
-10
-10
Provides funding for Medicaid expansion in support of ObamaCare.
We strongly object to cooperating with the Federal government to help implement ObamaCare in any area. We also do not think that the low funding per patient and per procedure will actually benefit Arizona's economy. It will encourage more dependency and lead to long term problems in exchange for what is touted as a short term benefit of getting more money from the Federal government.  These things rarely work out well for taxpayers - even Arizona taxpayers after Federal dollars are received - as can be seen with projects like light rail.
511R
SCR1001
death penalty; prohibition
-5
-5
Sends death penalty prohibition to voters.
The death penalty is just punishment in some murder cases.
511R
SCR1002
health care; direct pay prices
-9
-9
Sends proposed law to voters requiring health care providers to provide prices for standard procedures on request. (SB1115)
Like many things that sound good, this isn't. It imposes a regulatory burden on medical providers. Price competition already exists where people pay for their own care without any government regulation. As more people pay for their own care, this regulation will have even less benefit than its supporters claim it will have. With amendments, it will probably have adverse effects on pricing and be an added regulatory burden rather than actually be beneficial to patients.amendments, it will probably have adverse effects on pricing and be an added regulatory burden rather than actually be beneficial to patients.
511S
HB2001
2013-2014; general appropriations.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
HB2002
2013-2014; government; budget reconciliation.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
HB2003
2013-2014; K-12 education; budget reconciliation.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
HB2004
2013-2014; environment; budget reconciliation.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
HB2005
2013-2014; criminal justice; budget reconciliation.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
HB2006
2013-2014; budget procedures.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
HB2007
2013-2014; higher education; budget reconciliation.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
HB2008
2013-2014; capital outlay.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
HB2009
2013-2014; revenue; budget reconciliation.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
HB2010
2013-2014; health; welfare; budget reconciliation.
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1001
2013-2014; revenue; budget reconciliation
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1002
2013-2014; capital outlay
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1003
2013-2014; higher education; budget reconciliation
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1004
2013-2014; budget procedures
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1005
2013-2014; criminal justice; budget reconciliation
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1006
2013-2014; environment; budget reconciliation
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1007
2013-2014; K-12 education; budget reconciliation
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1008
2013-2014; government; budget reconciliation
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1009
2013-2014; health; welfare; budget reconciliation
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review
511S
SB1010
2013-2014; general appropriations
-10
-10
Pork Laden Budget Bill
Spending too high and done without sufficient review


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