Action Alert – Legislative Update – April 21, 2014

Apr 21, 2014 by AFP

AZ ACTION ALERT – Monday, April 21, 2014

Now that the budget has been signed by Governor Brewer (and thanks to her for cutting out a little bit of spending with line-item vetoes), the end of the legislative session is finally in sight!

While it looks like AFP-Arizona’s priority agenda is in pretty good shape, there is still more work yet to be done.

Here’s what we have left to do…

Please Take These Action Steps Now!

  1. HB 2645, sponsored by Rep. Doris Goodale and amended by Sen. Kimberly Yee, would protect student privacy and block school boards and other spending lobbies from using student information to push for spending overrides. Please ask your legislators to support HB 2645 by clicking HERE.
  2. HB 2058, sponsored by Rep. John Kavanagh, would limit the amount of compensation that is counted towards calculating a public employee’s benefits package.  The practice of inflating benefits in this manner, known as “pension spiking,” has contributed to bankrupting cities across the country.  Please click HERE to ask your Senator to support HB 2058!
  3. HB 2328 would help children get into independent schools by lowering the requirements for displaced or disabled students to get school choice scholarships from student tuition organizations.   Please click HERE to ask your Senator to support HB 2328!

Three Victories on AFP-Arizona Priority Bills!

Victory #1: HB 2377, sponsored by Representative Justin Olson, protects Arizonans from falling victim to a hidden “inflation tax.”  Arizona now joins the many other states that index tax brackets for inflation, so now Arizonans will be protected against being bumped into higher tax brackets when they receive a cost of living increase. Governor Jan Brewer signed this bill into law on Friday, April 11.

Victory #2: SB 1413, sponsored by Senator Steve Yarbrough and one of Governor Brewer’s top priorities this session, eliminates the sales tax on energy that manufacturers consume. This broad-based tax relief helps make Arizona an attractive place to bring business and jobs — and will allow our state to compete for the same type of economic growth seen in states like Texas. Governor Brewer signed this bill into law on Friday, April 11.

Victory #3: HCR 2005, sponsored by Representative Phil Lovas, will allow Arizona voters to determine on the November 2014 ballot whether terminally ill patients can have access to investigational medical products that may save their lives. A key victory for healthcare freedom, the bill passed the Senate on Tuesday and has been transmitted to Secretary of State Ken Bennett for placement on the ballot.

These are great victories, and AFP-Arizona is grateful to all of the activists who sent emails and made calls to legislators!

AFP-AZ Priority Bills Waiting on Gov. Brewer’s Signature!

  1. HB 2139, sponsored by Rep. Warren Petersen, would expand the eligibility pool for Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to include the siblings of current or former recipients of the scholarship.
  2. HB 2150, sponsored by Rep. Sonny Borrelli, would allow the children of fallen members of our armed forces to access the Empowerment Scholarship Account program.
  3. HB 2260, sponsored by Rep. Tom Forese, would establish a Small Business Bill of Rights to protect business owners from being bullied by overly aggressive regulatory agencies.
  4. HB 2367, sponsored by Speaker Andy Tobin, would require the director of Arizona’s Medicaid program to request annual waivers from the federal government — including a limit on the amount of total time an able-bodied adult can stay in the system.
  5. HB 2508, sponsored by Rep. Phil Lovas, would ensure that those seeking to be Obamacare “navigators” are properly vetted and undergo criminal background checks before they are allowed access to personal information about Arizona health care consumers.
  6. SB 1048, sponsored by Sen. Steve Yarbrough, would establish an individual income tax credit for the pro-rata amount of contributions businesses make to student tuition organizations (STOs).  This would be a major boon to the school choice movement and allow make it easier for businesses to support student scholarships.

Thank you for all your hard work as citizen lobbyists — your efforts played a crucial role in moving these bills successfully through the Legislature.  With a simple signature from Governor Brewer, these will result in big wins for taxpayers, students, consumers and small businesses.

Help us keep up the fight!
AFP-Arizona needs to continue mobilizing grassroots activists to .  You can help us do that by donating $5, $10, $25, $50, $100, or any amount you can to ensure that we are able to continue our work.  To support AFP-Arizona’s grassroots efforts, you can click HERE to go to our AFP-Arizona Donation Page.

I hope you’ll continue to stand with us as we fight together for the interests of Arizona’s taxpayers, consumers and producers!

For Liberty,

Tom Jenney
Arizona Director
Americans for Prosperity