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Keep track of the Arizona State Legislature through the PCMS website  

Pima County Medical Society is a founding member of the Arizona Healthcare Advocacy Coalition. The Arizona State Legislature will be considering several bills that will affect our members. The latest Arizona Medical Association bill tracking list is available below.

The ArMA legislature bill tracking list will be updated on a weekly basis and posted to the PCMS website. PCMS will do its best to update as quickly as possible.

You can make your voice heard through the Legislature’s Request to Speak System. Applications to sign up for the Legislature Request to Speak System are available by clicking here.

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July 9, 2022

This week’s updated bill tracking list, broken up into various categories such as AHAC’s top priorities, scope of practice, and COVID vaccines and mandates. If you have any questions or would like additional information about any of the bills, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the advocacy team. Additionally, as bills move through the legislative process, please remember to make your voice heard through the Legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system. It’s an easy and effective way to advocate for your profession. You can now sign up from the comfort of your own home, but if you need help getting signed up, let us know.

You’re Invited: Fundraising Open House at ArMA HQ for Dr. Shah

ArMA is proudly hosting a fundraising reception in honor of our very own legislative champion, Representative Amish Shah, MD, next Wednesday, July 13th, from 5-7 pm. Dr. Shah has worked tirelessly at the State Capitol to champion legislation that protects and promotes the practice of medicine.  ArMA needs a champion like him in the legislature. We’d love to see you in person, and you can register here, but if your busy schedule does not permit, please support Dr. Shah’s campaign by donating here.

Legislative Report: Coming Soon

As a reminder, AHAC staff publishes an annual legislative report that summarizes our organization’s efforts at the State Capitol. This report will highlight bills AHAC supported and opposed, detail the budget package, and report on other events that occurred during the 2022 session. Details are being finalized and the report will be distributed shortly. In the meantime, as this legislative session has wrapped up, we will no longer be distributing weekly reports and will keep you up to date on current events as needed.

Weekly Recap: Election Edition

The 2022 primary election officially kicked off on Wednesday, July 6th, when mail-in ballots were sent out to those that had previously elected the vote by mail option.  If you did not request a mail-in ballot, but wish to vote by mail, you can make a one-time ballot by mail request for this primary election until 5 pm on July 22nd.  A few polling stations are now open early for individuals who want to vote in person. Currently, ten polling locations are open to the public, and more will open as we get closer to election day on August 2nd. Voters can find their nearest polling location by clicking here. For more information about voting in the primary election, please visit Arizona.vote.

ArMPAC Endorses 2022 Primary Candidates

The Arizona Medical Political Action Committee (ArMPAC) has officially announced its 2022 primary candidate endorsements for the Arizona State House of Representatives and State Senate. The ArMPAC Board of Directors carefully reviewed the positions of several candidates, including examining their voting records on critical issues and receiving feedback on candidate interviews when applicable. Each endorsed candidate shows a willingness to listen and support the issues important to Arizona’s physicians and patients. Therefore, ArMPAC considers these candidates to be our partners in ensuring the best possible healthcare for all Arizonans.

ArMPAC has officially endorsed the following 2022 primary candidates:

  • -Selina Bliss – LD1
  • -Representative Amish Shah, MD – LD5
  • -Senator Tyler Pace – LD9
  • -House Speaker Russell “Rusty” Bowers – LD10
  • -Representative Chris Mathis – LD18
  • -Representative Joel John – LD25
  • -Representative Joanne Osborne – LD29

 Governor Ducey Endorses Karrin Taylor Robson for AZ Governor

Governor Doug Ducey announced his endorsement of Karrin Taylor Robson as the next Governor of Arizona on Thursday, July 7th.  Robson’s campaign has already earned notable endorsements from high profile Republicans including former Congressman Matt Salmon, Senate President Karen Fann, former Governor Jan Brewer, and others. Though Paola Tulliani-Zen and Scott Neely remain in the race, Robson is in a tight competition with Kari Lake to clinch the Republican nomination for Governor. Earlier this year, and reiterated this week, Lake received an endorsement from former President Donald Trump. With less than a month until primary election day, there is no clear front runner between the two candidates.

Abortion Rights Ballot Initiative Doesn’t Secure Enough Signatures

An initiative to codify Roe v. Wade in Arizona’s Constitution was filed with the Arizona’s Secretary of State’s Office shortly after the leaked draft of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization became public in May.  The Right to Reproductive Freedom Initiative needed 356,467 signatures from registered Arizona voters by July 6th to qualify for the 2022 general election ballot. The initiative’s committee announced today that they fell short of that goal and were only able to collect about 175,000 signatures. While the measure will not appear on the November ballot, supporters have shared that they plan to pursue a similar effort for the 2024 ballot.

By the Numbers

  • Days of Session: 166
  • Bills Introduced: 1,851
  • Bills Passed: 398
  • Bills Signed: 388
  • Bills Vetoed: 4

Key Dates and Deadlines

  • There are no key dates and deadlines currently.

Upcoming Hearings

  • There are no upcoming hearings currently.

Upcoming Events

  • Fundraising Open House for Representative Amish Shah
    • When: July 13th from 5 – 7 pm
    • Where: 2401 W Peoria Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85029
    • How: Register by clicking here, or donate directly to his campaign by clicking here.
  • Primary Elections: August 2nd
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