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.
May 20, 2022
Arizona’s 55th Legislature has completed the nineteenth week of its second legislative session. The House and Senate resumed regular floor schedules this week, moving more bills through the process. Although budget negotiations continue, summer is approaching quickly, and the Legislature has been starting to face attendance issues among its members. The pressure is on for the Legislature to find the votes to pass the FY2023 state budget before legislators leave for planned summer vacations. The Senate will reconvene next Monday, while the House will come back to the floor on Tuesday.
The Senate passed HB2431 (emergency medical services; patient transport), sponsored by Representative Amish Shah. This bill will prohibit emergency medical technicians from providing a diagnosis and counseling patients out of being transported to emergency rooms. The Senate adopted a clarifying amendment, and HB2431 now heads back to the House for a final vote. The ArMA advocacy team is optimistic about the passage of this bill and hopes it will see the Governor’s desk soon.
In strictly party line votes, legislation prohibiting vaccines and masks has advanced out of the Senate. If signed by Governor Ducey, ArMA opposed HB2086 will prohibit the Department of Health Services from requiring students to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend public school. Likewise, HB2371 would prohibit a government entity from requiring a minor to be vaccinated without the consent of a parent or guardian. Lastly, HB2453, which awaits final action in the House, would prohibit the government from requiring masks in public buildings unless it is for a long-standing workplace safety or infection control measure that is unrelated to COVID-19.
A coalition of advocates and health care professionals submitted an application on Monday the 16th for a constitutional amendment that would codify Roe v. Wade abortion rights in Arizona. Arizonans for Reproductive Freedom will have to submit 356,467 valid signatures by July 7th and survive legal challenges in order to qualify for the November 2022 ballot.
On Monday, May 16th, the Senate voted to begin an ethics investigation looking into Senator Wendy Rogers from Legislative District 6. Last weekend Senator Rogers posted on Twitter: “Fed boy summer has started in Buffalo,” allegedly implying that the tragedy in Buffalo, NY was carried out by a federal agent. The Senate had already censured Senator Rogers on March 1st in response to her social media posts encouraging violence against American citizens who are in opposition to her views, voicing her support for white nationalist groups, and repeated antisemitic remarks.
Senator T.J. Shope (R) of Legislative District 8 also filed an ethics inquiry to explore and recommend statutory changes regarding legislative vacancies due to excessive absences. In a press release published by the Senate Republicans on Thursday, May 19th, Senator Shope points out that Senator Juan Mendez (D – LD26) has missed 63 days of the legislative session while collecting his legislative salary. Senator Mendez has excused absences for parental leave and concerns over inadequate COVID-19 precautions at the Legislature.
There is currently no agenda posted for the Senate Ethics Committee to meet on either subject, but it is expected to be posted soon.
By the Numbers
- Days of Session: 131
- Bills Introduced: 1,780
- Bills Passed: 255
- Bills Signed: 229
- Bills Vetoed: 0
Key Dates and Deadlines
- There are no key dates and deadlines currently.
- There are no upcoming hearings currently.