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Bill Tracking: Legislation to Watch at the State Capitol in 2020



Legislation to Watch at the State Capitol in 2020 – updated 5/26/20

The legislature adjourned sine die on May 26, 2020 without taking any further action on any of the pending bills listed.

Top of the List:

HB2752 and SB1489 (cap on state revenue growth)  AZCenter opposes this legislation which places limits on state revenue growth based on inflation and population growth and directs the Arizona Department of Revenue to cut income tax rates when revenue growth exceeds the defined limits. Automatically reducing state revenues in good economic times will make it virtually impossible to restore cuts that are made during economic downturns. This will keep many things that most Arizonans care about perpetually underfunded like public education, community colleges and universities, healthcare, housing and transportation. Sponsored by Senator Mesnard and Representative Roberts (status: SB1489 failed in the Senate 15-15; HB2752 passed House Ways and Means; awaiting action by full House)

SB1398 (tax cuts omnibus bill) AZCenter opposes this legislation which would cut taxes for the wealthiest Arizonans and corporations and reduce state revenues by $166 million annually. Sponsored by Senator Mesnard (status: passed full Senate 17-12-1; awaiting House action)

HB2778 (tax cuts omnibus bill) AZCenter opposes this legislation which will reduce state revenues by more than $160 million annually, including special capital gains tax cuts for the wealthiest Arizonans. Sponsored by Representative Toma (status: passed full house 31-29; awaiting action by Senate)

SB1224 (vouchers for out-of-state private schools) AZCenter opposes this legislation which expands private school vouchers for use at out-of-state private schools in New Mexico, California, Utah, Colorado and Nevada. No Arizona student should have to leave the state to get a great education, and no Arizona taxpayer should have to subsidize private schools in other states while Arizona’s own education funding is among the lowest in the nation. Sponsored by Senator Allen (status: passed Senate Education; awaiting action by full Senate)

HB2355 (growing last year’s tax deduction for charitable contributions) AZCenter opposes this legislation. Last year, legislation was passed to allow taxpayers who take the standard deduction on state income tax to claim 25% of the amount of charitable deductions that would have been allowed if the taxpayer elected to claim itemized deductions. That tax cut last year is reducing state revenues by $25 million annually. This legislation would allow the 25% permitted deduction to be adjusted for inflation each year and to eventually grow to a 100% deduction.  Arizona’s tax code already has among the most generous tax incentives for charitable giving of any state in the nation, including two separate tax credits for individuals who make contributions to charitable organizations.  Reducing state tax collections by further expanding a new tax deduction for charitable contributions will hurt the populations that many Arizona charitable organizations serve because it will reduce the resources to invest in P-20 public education, child care, affordable housing, health coverage and services for people with disabilities. Sponsored by Representative Toma (status: passed House 39-20-1; awaiting Senate action)

HB2356 (expanding last year’s tax deduction for charitable contributions) AZCenter opposes this legislation. Last year, legislation was passed to allow taxpayers who take the standard deduction on state income tax to claim 25% of the amount of charitable deductions that would have been allowed if the taxpayer elected to claim itemized deductions. That tax cut last year is reducing state revenues by $25 million annually. This legislation would allow the 25% permitted deduction to double to 50%.  Arizona’s tax code already has among the most generous tax incentives for charitable giving of any state in the nation, including two separate tax credits for individuals who make contributions to charitable organizations.  Reducing state tax collections by further expanding a new tax deduction for charitable contributions will hurt the populations that many Arizona charitable organizations serve because it will reduce the resources to invest in P-20 public education, child care, affordable housing, health coverage and services for people with disabilities. Sponsored by Representative Toma (status: passed House 39-21; awaiting Senate action)

HB2676 and SB1237 (tax cut for military retirees) AZCenter opposes this legislation which exempts income from military pensions from the state income tax. Only military veterans who served for 20 years or more qualify for a military pension. Therefore, 90% of Arizona veterans would not qualify for this tax cut. Those veterans with pensions were often officers in the military with stronger skills and training that enable them to have greater earnings prospects in second careers after leaving the military.  Veterans with a pension and financial stability will want to pay their fair share of state income taxes to support public schools, public health, and public safety.  Reducing revenues from the state income tax will place more reliance on state sales tax revenues to fund state government. The sales tax is regressive and shifts more of a burden on low- and middle-income Arizonans to fund state government as a percentage of their income. That means the other 90 percent of military veterans who do not receive this tax cut will actually be asked to pay more. Sponsored by Senator Gowan and Representative Griffin (status: SB1237 failed in the Senate 11-18-1; HB2676 passed House Ways and Means; awaiting action by full House)

HB2732 (tax credit; affordable housing) AZCenter opposes this legislation which establishes a state tax credit for developers and bankers to incentivize the building of more low-income housing in Arizona. This tax break is estimated to grow to $72 million per year. We support more effective and immediate solutions for building low income housing in Arizona like significant new annual investments in the affordable Housing Trust Fund which has seen deep funding cuts over the past decade. Sponsored by Representative Weninger (status: passed House 45-15; awaiting Senate action)

SCR1007 (restrictions prohibited; immigration laws; enforcement) AZCenter opposes this anti-immigrant legislation which would be referred to the ballot and harm Arizona’s economy. Sponsored by Sylvia Allen (status: passed Senate Judiciary committee; awaiting action by full Senate)

HB2504; HB2583; SB1320 and SB1394 (new investments into housing trust fund) AZCenter supports all of these bills which would provide important new, sustainable funding in the Housing Trust Fund for the building of more affordable housing throughout Arizona.  We believe new investments into the Housing Trust Fund is an effective strategy for addressing Arizona’s immediate affordable housing crisis. Sponsored by Representatives Salman/HB2504 and Powers Hannley/HB2583; and Senators Alston/SB1320 and Carter/SB1394 (status: SB1394 passed Senate Appropriations; the remaining bills have not yet received consideration)

SB1234 (restoring public school additional assistance funding) AZCenter supports this legislation which would restore the public school funding that was cut beginning in 2009 for items such as textbooks, technology, curriculum materials and school buses. Until recently, the Governor and some lawmakers wanted Arizona’s public schools to wait until 2023 for this funding to be fully restored. This legislation would fully restore the funding for next school year.  Sponsored by Senator Allen (status: passed Senate 30-0; awaiting action in House)

Arizona Center for Economic Progress supports these bills:

HB2029 (STOs; administrative expenses; limit) sponsored by Representative Fillmore (status: no action)

HB2094 (teachers academy; counselors; social workers) sponsored by Representative Pawlik (status: no action)

HB2104 (childcare assistance; education training) sponsored by Representative Udall  (status: held in committee)

HB2123 (appropriation; heritage fund) sponsored by Rep. Osborne (status: no action)

HB2205 (Indian tribes; TPT) sponsored by Rep. Teller (status: no action)

HB2211 (Indian education; grant program; appropriation) sponsored by Rep. Teller (status: no action)

HB2329 (STO; administrative costs; allocation) sponsored by Rep. Friese (status: no action)

HB2488 (administrative costs; limit; STOs) sponsored by Rep. Fernandez (status: no action)

HB2504 (appropriations; affordable housing) sponsored by Rep. Salman (status: no action)

HB2511 (appropriation; financial aid trust fund) sponsored by Rep. Salman (status: no action)

HB2521 (administrative costs; limit; STOs) sponsored by Rep. Lieberman (status: no action)

HB2525 (appropriation; childcare assistance) sponsored by Rep. Lieberman (status: no action)

HB2534 (childcare assistance; eligibility) sponsored by Rep. Shah (status: no action)

HB2535 (AHCCCS; preventative dental care) sponsored by Rep Shah (status: no action)

HB2551 (appropriation; state parks; heritage fund) sponsored by Rep. Osborne (status: passed House LAG committee)

HB2555 (financial aid trust fund; appropriation) sponsored by Rep Engel (status: no action)

HB2572 (appropriation; Navajo veterans housing) sponsored by Rep Tsosie (status: no action)

HB2578 (appropriations; state employee salary increases) sponsored by Rep Blanc (status: no action)

HB2583 (housing trust fund; unclaimed property) sponsored by Rep. Powers Hannley (status: no action)

HB2733 (appropriations; community colleges) sponsored by Rep. Cano (status: no action)

HB2757 (income tax; credits; subtraction) sponsored by Rep. Rodriguez (status: no action)

HB2780 (appropriations; hunger services; food banks) sponsored by Rep. Cano (status: no action)

HB2857 (paid family leave) sponsored by Rep. Teran (status: no action)

HCR2002 (ratification; equal rights amendment) sponsored by Rep. Powers Hannley (status: no action)

HCR2034 (vaping; feminine hygiene; tax exemption) sponsored by Rep. Teller (status: no action)

SB1071 (immigration; law enforcement; repeal) sponsored by Senator Quezada (status: no action)

SB1085 (appropriation; heritage fund) sponsored by Senator Brophy McGee (status: no action)

SB1098 (unused tax credit; termination; time) sponsored by Senator Mesnard (status: passed Senate 29-0-1; passed House Ways and Means 10-0; awaiting action by full House)

SB1134 (tax credit review; evaluation standard) sponsored by Senator Gray (status: passed full Senate 29-0-1; awaiting House action)

SB1139 (tax credits; performance measures; reporting) sponsored by Senator Mesnard (status: passed full Senate 30-0; awaiting House action)

SB1188 (Native American tribes; TPT revenues) sponsored by Senator Peshlakai (status: no action)

SB1189 (TPT revenues; Native American Tribes) sponsored by Senator Peshlakai (status: no action)

SB1214 (administrative costs; limit; STOs) sponsored by Senator Bowie (status: no action)

SB1215 (teachers academy; counselors; social workers) sponsored by Senator Bowie (status: no action)

SB1221 (SNAP; benefit match; appropriation) sponsored by Senator Kerr (status: passed Senate Appropriations committee)

SB1234 (additional assistance; restoration) sponsored by Senator Allen (status: passed Senate 30-0; awaiting action in House)

SB1277 (appropriation; child care waiting list) sponsored by Senator Boyer (status: no action)

SB1283 (appropriation; emergency shelter beds; seniors) sponsored by Senator Livingston (status: passed Senate Appropriations committee)

SB1284 (students; community college grants) sponsored by Senator Bowie (status: passed Senate Higher Education committee)

SB1320 (housing trust fund; unclaimed property) sponsored by Senator Alston (status: no action)

SB1343 (affordable housing tax assessment) sponsored by Senator Mendez (status: no action)

SB1350 (state parks; lottery; heritage fund) sponsored by Senator Brophy McGee (status: no action)

SB1363 (racial impact; analysis; legislative council) sponsored by Senator Mendez (status: no action)

SB1364 (corporate income tax; minimum) sponsored by Senator Mendez (status: no action)

SB1394 (unclaimed property; housing trust fund) sponsored by Senator Carter (status: no action)

SB1453 (appropriation; Maricopa community college district) sponsored by Senator Navarrete (status: no action)

SB1480 (local planning; residential housing; prohibitions) sponsored by Senator Mendez (status: no action)

SB1483 (development subsidies; recapture; rescission) sponsored by Senator Mendez (status: no action)

SB1516 (minimum wage increase) sponsored by Senator Quezada (status: no action)

SB1536 (immigration enforcement; limits; state policy) sponsored by Senator Quezada (status: no action)

SB1537 (drivers licenses; authorized presence repeal) sponsored by Senator Quezada (status: no action)

SB1541 (appropriation; census; complete count committee) sponsored by Senator Quezada (status: no action)

SB1562 (appropriations; tribal colleges) sponsored by Senator Gonzales (status: no action)

SB1564 (immigration; law enforcement; repeal) sponsored by Senator Gonzales (status: no action)

SB1603 (employers; paid family leave) sponsored by Senator Bowie (status: no action)

SB1628 (state finance review; task force) sponsored by Senator Bowie (status: no action)

SB1629 (tax credit review; committee; repeal) sponsored by Senator Navarrete (status: no action)

SCR1001 (ratification; equal rights amendment) sponsored by Senator Steele (status: no action)

Arizona Center for Economic Progress opposes these bills:

HB2002 (student apprenticeship program; tax credits) sponsored by Rep. Fillmore (status: passed House Ways and Means committee)

HB2009 (tax credit; teachers; school supplies) sponsored by Rep. Fillmore (status: no action)

HB2220 (property tax exemption; veterans’ organizations) sponsored by Rep. Griffin (status: no action)

HB2290 (renewable energy production; tax credits) sponsored by Rep. Dunn (status: passed House Ways and Means; awaiting House Appropriations action)

HB2345 (tax credit; public schools; increase) sponsored by Rep. Fillmore (status: no action)

HB2355 (charitable contribution; deduction; inflation adjustment) sponsored by Rep. Toma (status: passed full House 39-20-1; awaiting action by Senate)

HB2356 (charitable contributions; deduction; increase) sponsored by Rep. Toma (status: passed full House 39-21; awaiting action by Senate)

HB2374 (TPT; diapers; feminine hygiene; exemption) sponsored by Rep. Hernandez (status: no action)

HB2385 (TPT; reimbursement; motion picture production) sponsored by Rep. Blackman (status: held in committee)

HB2409 (small business investment credit; extension) sponsored by Rep. Cobb (status: passed House Ways and Means committee; awaiting action by full House)

HB2481 (property tax omnibus) sponsored by Rep. Thorpe (status: no action)

HB2598 (sanctuary jurisdiction; liability; civil action) sponsored by Rep. Roberts (status: no action)

HB2621 (tax credit; water conservation) sponsored by Rep. Dunn (status: passed House 45-15; awaiting action by Senate)

HB2655 (enforcement; immigration laws; employer sanctions) sponsored by Rep. Thorpe (status: no action)

HB2676 (veterans; income tax subtraction; increase) sponsored by Rep. Griffin (status: passed House Ways and Means)

HB2732 (tax credit; affordable housing) sponsored by Rep. Weninger (status: passed full house; awaiting action in Senate)

HB2752 (individual income tax; rate adjustment) sponsored by Rep. Roberts (status: passed House Ways and Means 5-4; awaiting action by full House)

HB2771 (tax credits; qualified facilities; extension) sponsored by Rep. Toma (status: passed House 44-16; awaiting action by Senate Finance committee)

HB2778 (taxation; omnibus) sponsored by Rep. Toma (status: passed House 31-29; awaiting action by Senate)

HB2837 (income tax credits; employment) sponsored by Rep. Osborne (status: passed House Ways and Means 5-4-0-1; awaiting action by full House)

HCR 2016 (article V convention; term limits) sponsored by Rep. Townsend (status: no action)

SB1116 (TPT; exemption; public safety equipment) sponsored by Senator Borrelli (status: no action)

SB1124 (commerce authority; data center equipment) sponsored by Senator Mesnard (status: no action)

SB1224 (empowerment scholarships; qualified schools; reservations) sponsored by Senator Allen (status: passed Senate committees; awaiting action by full Senate)

SB1237 (veterans; income tax subtraction; increase) sponsored by Senator Gowan (status: SB1237 failed in the Senate 11-18-1)

SB1436 (TPT; exemption; public safety equipment) sponsored by Senator Gowan (status: no action)

SB1489 (individual income tax; rate adjustment) sponsored by Senator Mesnard (status: failed in the Senate 15-15)

SCR1003 (personal property tax; exemption) sponsored by Senator Mesnard (status: passed Senate 18-12; awaiting action by House)

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Contact

The Arizona Center for Economic Progress
3030 N. 3rd St., Suite 650
Phoenix, AZ 85012
602.266.0707
AZEconCenter.org


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