Christianna Silva / Arizona Sonora News Service
PHOENIX – This past week at the Arizona Legislature was the final week committees met to hear and discuss bills, which fueled long hearings and late nights. As of March 20, there were 103 House bills and 79 Aenate bills awaiting hearings – and as of the end of the day on March 23, they were all heard. When does the session end? Officially, the end of April. But folks are still placing their bets.
What’s Up, Gov?
Gov. Doug Ducey got busy this week signing bills. On Monday, he signed House Bill 2268, introduced by Rep. Maria Syms, R-Phoenix, which requires all rape kits to be tested. The bill passed both the House and Senate unanimously.
Ducey also signed HB2092, HB2326, HB2371, HB2483, HB2536, SB1091 and SB1211, among other bills, this week. Possibly the most noteworthy of these bills is HB2092, which made wulfenite the state mineral of Arizona.
Wulfenite, Arizona’s new state mineral
Show Me the Money
Gov. Ducey called for a minuscule proposed teacher pay raise in his budget a few weeks ago, and Republican lawmakers have continued to point toward Proposition 123, which passed in November, as a source for salary increases, saying that adding another pay raise would be redundant.
Amid this discussion, a bill was introduced to have Senate track how schools spend the funds they receive from Prop 123. Senate Bill 1178 was introduced by Sen. Debbie Lesko, R-Peoria, and made it through the House committees on Monday.
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