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Campaign Finance / Political Corruption 

SB 1516 - Campaign finance amendments(Driggs) – AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Re-writes AZ campaign finance and makes it easier to hide contributions, illegally coordinate and puts enforcement and oversight into partisan hands.
    • STATUS: Assigned to Government Committee, Judiciary, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 2/2/16, 2/3/16
    • UPDATE (2/8): referred to Senate Gov, Jud
    • UPDATE(2/18): Senate jud amended; report awaited. From Senate gov do pass
    • UPDATE(2/22): From Senate jud with amend #4411
    • UPDATE(2/23): From Senate rules okay 

SCR 1015 - Clean elections; Superior court judges(Dial) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • The 2016 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend state statute to limit the scope of the Citizens Clean Elections Act to judges of the superior court in counties with a population of less than 250,000 persons(all but Maricopa, Pima and Pinal)
    • STATUS: Assigned to Government Committee, Judiciary, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 2/1/16, 2/2/16 

SCR 1016 - Surcharges; clean elections; education funding(Dial) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Takes money away from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission, defunding it
    • STATUS: Assigned to Government Committee, Education, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 2/1/16, 2/2/16
    • UPDATE(2/11): Scheduled in Government Committee for 2/17
    • UPDATE(2/17): Senate gov held

HCR 2035 - Clean elections; lobbying; rulemaking(Petersen) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Takes the Citizens Clean Elections Commissions ability away to hire lobbyists-which they need, since they are constantly attacked. Requires the Secretary of State to submit this proposition to the voters at the next general election.STATUS: Assigned Government and Higher Education, Rules

    • STATUS: Assigned Government and Higher Education, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/21/16, 1/25/16
    • UPDATE (2/11): from House gov-higher ed with amend #4212
    • UPDATE(2/22): from House rules okay
    • UPDATE(2/25): House COW approved with amend #4212
    • UPDATE(2/29): Third calendar reading
    • UPDATE(3/2): passed House 35-23; ready for Senate.

HCR 2013 - Clean elections act; repeal (Ugenti-Rita) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Repeals the voter approved Citizens Clean Elections Act
    • STATUS: Assigned to House Elections Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/21/16, 1/25/16
    • UPDATE (2/11): Scheduled in Elections Committee for 2/15 at 10:00am
    • UPDATE (2/15): House elect held

HB 2121 - Clean elections; voter education(Petersen - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Allows the CE Commission include federal and judicial candidate statements in their voter education pamphlet. Authorizes the Citizens Clean Elections Commission to spend monies on voter education
    • STATUS: Assigned to House Elections Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/13/16, 1/14/16
    • UPDATE(2/16): referred to Senate gov
    • UPDATE(2/22): Scheduled in Government committee for 2/24 at 2:00pm
    • UPDATE(2/24): Senate gov held

HB 2296 - Charitable organizations; campaign finance disclosure(Mesnard, Leach) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • More unaccountable dark money in our elections
    • STATUS: Assigned to House Elections Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/21/16, 1/25/16
    • UPDATE(2/12): Scheduled in House Elections Committee for 2/15 10:00am
    • UPDATE(2/15): from House elect do pass.
    • UPDATE(2/22): from House rules okay
    • UPDATE(2/24): House COW approved
    • UPDATE(2/25): passed House 36-24; ready for Senate.
    • UPDATE(3/3): Scheduled in Government committee for 3/9 2:00pm

HB 2351 - Elected official;contempt; jury trial (Finchem, Borrelli, Lawrence, Barton, Thorpe)

  • If an elected official is allegedly in contempt, the elected official cannot be sentenced to imprisonment without a trial. The trial may be by the court unless the elected official demands a jury trial.
    • STATUS: Assigned to Judiciary Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/25/16, 1/26/16

Elections/ Voting Rights

HCR 2009 - Independent redistricting commission;elected membership(Townsend, Farnsworth) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

    • STATUS: Assigned to Government Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/21/16. 1/25/16
    • UPDATE(2/23): referred to Senate gov
    • UPDATE(3/3): Scheduled in Government committee for 3/9 2:00pm

HCR 2043 - Initiative, referendum; vote percentage requirements (Mansard) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Modifies the Legislatures power to amend, divert funds or supersede (revise) a voter-approved ballot initiative or referendum measure. Infringes on voter protection. Would allow the legislature to modify voter initiatives.
    • STATUS: Assigned to Government Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 2/8/16. 2/9/16
    • UPDATE(2/15): from house elections do pass
    • UPDATE(2/22): from house rules okay
    • UPDATE(2/24): retained on house COW calendar
    • UPDATE(3/1): House COW approved

SB 1519 - Early ballots; collection; receipt (Dial) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • A person who collects a voted early ballot from another person is required to provide the voter with a receipt for the early ballot which includes the collectors name and address. Some exceptions
    • STATUS: Assigned to House Elections, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 2/2/16, 2/3/16
    • UPDATE(2/18): from Senate gov do pass
    • UPDATE(2/22): to senate consent calendar
    • UPDATE(2/23): Stricken from Senate consent calendar by Dial
    • UPDATE(2/25): Senate COW approved with floor amend #4594.
    • UPDATE(2/29): Third reading calendar
    • UPDATE(2/29): passed senate 18-12; ready for House

HB 2010 - Collection; voted early ballots; limitation (Kern) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Limits voters right to have their early ballot delivered by a trusted person; makes a felon of civic volunteers
    • STATUS: Assigned to Judiciary, Elections Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read:1/13/16, 1/14/16
    • UPDATE (2/8): House elect held

HB 2023 - Delivery; early ballots; limitation(Ugenti-Rita) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Limits voters rights to have their early ballot delivered by a trusted person; makes a felon of civic volunteers, prohibits the collection of voted or unvoted early ballots from another person.
    • STATUS: Assigned to Elections Committee, House Rules Committee
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/11/16, 1/12/16
    • UPDATE (2/16): referred to Senate gov
    • UPDATE (2/22): Scheduled in government committee for 2/24 at 2:00pm
    • UPDATE(2/25):from Senate gov do pass.

HB 2048 - Voter registration records; ADOT records(Stevens) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Requires MVD to provide monthly name/address changes to Secretary of State, but requires no corrective action on behalf of voter
    • STATUS: Assigned to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/11/16, 1/12/16
    • UPDATE (2/11): Scheduled in Rules Committee for 2/15 at 1:00pm
    • UPDATE(2/15): To house consent calendar
    • UPDATE(2/18): Passed house 58-0; ready for Senate
    • UPDATE(2/23): referred to Senate trans, gov
    • UPDATE(2/25): Scheduled in Transportation Committee for 3/1 at 2:00pm
    • UPDATE(3/1): FAILED Senate trans 1-4

HB 2015 - Publicity pamphlets;counties;municipalities (Stevens) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Requires any contract for publicity pamphlet production or mailing in a local initiative or referendum election to include penalties for contractors who mail pamphlets after early balloting begins.
    • STATUS: Assigned to Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/11/16, 1/12/16
    • UPDATE (2/16):referred to Senate gov
    • UPDATE(2/24): Senate gov do pass, report awaited
    • UPDATE(2/25): from Senate gov do pass.

HCR 2047 - Initiatives; referendums; signature requirements; counties (Thorpe Barton, Fann, Mitchell, Ackerley) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Makes it more difficult to get signatures for initiatives by requiring 25% of signatures to be gathered from rural areas
    • STATUS: Assigned to House Government and Higher Education, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 2/8/16, 2/9/16
    • UPDATE(2/18): from House gov-higher ed do pass

HB 2039 - Election of judges; terms; salary(Stevens) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Undermines merit selection of judges, requires all judges and justices be elected, shortens term from six to four years
    • STATUS: Assigned to Judiciary Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/12/16, 1/13/16

HCR 2028 - Election of judges; terms(Finchem, Cobb, Thorpe, Townsend) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Takes nomination of IRC members away from the Commission on Appellate Courts and gives it to the Legislature; requires election of all judges and state supreme court justices
    • STATUS: Assigned to Judiciary Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 1/25/16, 1/26/16
    • UPDATE(2/22): Withdrawn from house jud and additionally referred to appro.
    • UPDATE(2/22): Scheduled in Appropriations Committee for 2/24 at 2:00pm
    • UPDATE (2/25): from House appro do pass.
    • UPDATE(3/1): Caucus calendar
    • UPDATE(3/2): retained on House COW calendar

SCR 1020 - Judicial elections; term of office(Shooter) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • The 2016 general election ballot is to carry the question of whether to amend the state constitution to eliminate the merit selection of justices and judges and provide instead for their election
    • STATUS: Assigned to Judiciary Committee,Government, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 2/2/16, 2/3/16
    • UPDATE(2/2): referred to Senate jud, gov

SB 1453 - Judicial elections; term; requirements(Shooter) - AZAN STRONGLY OPPOSES

  • Various changes relating to eliminating the merit selection of justices and judges and providing instead for their election. The term of office of a Supreme Court Justice and a judge of the court of appeals is reduced to two years, from six. Judges of the court of appeals are elected instead of appointed by the Governor, and the names of all candidates for judge of the court of appeals must be placed on the regular ballot with partisan or other designation and the court and the title of the office.
    • STATUS: Assigned to Government Committee, Rules
    • First Read, Second Read: 2/2/16, 2/3/16
    • UPDATE(2/2): referred to Senate gov.