|ASBA 2016 Legislative Scorecard|
Arizona’s 52nd Legislature, second regular session concluded its business and adjourned Sine Die at 5:45 am on Saturday May 7, 2016. The Arizona Small Business Association had an exceptionally productive session with passage of all its priority legislation. While it didn’t break the all-time record the number of bill introductions came close this session with state lawmakers introducing 1,247 bills and 114 memorials and resolutions. Upon adjournment 388 bills were passed and sent to Governor Ducey for action. He signed 374 into law, all 11 of ASBA’s priority bills became law. In addition to the bills, the legislature passed a $9.6 billion budget, a significant increase from the previous year, it included $380 million in new spending. Governor Ducey noted that "this session was about addressing priorities, keeping promises and solving problems. Together, lawmakers stepped up and worked in a spirit of good faith and good government to keep Arizona on a strong and stable path forward”. All bills not vetoed or passed with emergency clause or delayed effective date become law on August 6, 2016.
The Arizona Small Business Association strongly believes that well-informed policy makers are essential to ensuring the development of necessary and responsible public policy that supports small business.
Although ASBA does not engage in the practice of endorsing candidates for public office, we do track how incumbent state legislators vote with ASBA on Arizona’s top small business issues.
Our 2016 Legislative Scorecard outlines how each member of the legislature voted with us on our priority legislation. Final floor votes are what we track as the most objective way for us to evaluate and score lawmakers. The scorecard provides a summary of each bill that lawmakers were scored on, ASBA’s position and the outcome of the bill.
ASBA’s annual legislative agenda which communicates our top priorities for the year is presented to lawmakers at the beginning of the session. The priority agenda and annual legislative scorecard documents can be found in the Advocacy page of asba.com.
ASBA’s Legislative Scorecard
2016 Voting record of 52nd Legislature 2nd Regular Session Members
2016 PRIORITY BILLS IN DETAIL (ASBA directed bills highlighted in yellow).
HB 2002: Insurance Premium Tax Reduction
Bill Summary: Reduces the insurance premium tax rate for insurance other than fire, disability and health care service annually by .05 percent beginning in 2016 down to 1.70 percent in 2021 and beyond.
Result: HB 2002 Passed the House of Representatives with a 35-22 vote, passed Senate with a 19-11 vote, and was signed into law by Governor Ducey. Chapter 358, Laws 2016
HB 2222: Employment Security; Omnibus
Result: HB 2222 Passed the House of Representatives with a 59-0 vote, passed the Senate with a 28-1 vote, and was signed into law by Governor Ducey, Chapter 185, Laws 2016
HB 2240: Workers Compensation; Modifications
Bill Summary: Entitles any interested party regarding a hearing for a worker’s compensation claim to one administrative law judge change as a matter of right by filing a notice of change. Asserts the employer and the employer’s insurance carrier are considered a single party unless the employer’s and the employer’s insurance company’s interest are in conflict. Requires interest on the payment of benefits be paid at 10% or at the rate that is equal to 1% plus the prime rate as published by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, whichever is less. Specifies only unemployment benefits received during the period of temporary partial disability are considered wages able to be earned and includes translation services as a medical, surgical and hospital benefit and provides parameters for selecting a translator.
Result: HB 2240 Passed the House of Representatives with a 54-0 vote, passed the Senate with a 29-0 vote, and was signed into law by Governor Ducey, Chapter 186, Laws 2016
HB 2302: Securities; Issuers; Website Operators
Bill Summary: Extends the securities transaction exemption relating to the offer or sale of a security to securities that are sold through an internet website that is operated by the issuer of the securities sold.
Result: HB 2302 Passed the House of Representatives with a 58-0 vote, passed the Senate with a 29-0 vote, and was signed into law by Governor Ducey, Chapter 53, Laws 2016
HB 2303: Exempt Transactions; Securities Registration
Bill Summary: Extends the securities transaction exemption for corporations relating to the issuance and delivery of securities from statutory registration requirements to a limited liability company or limited partnership.
Result: HB 2303 Passed the House of Representatives with a 60-0 vote, passed the Senate with a 30-0 vote, and was signed into law by Governor Ducey, Chapter 67, Laws 2016
HB 2666: Governor’s Economic Opportunity Office; Consolidation
Result: HB 2666 Passed House of Representatives 39-21 vote, and the Senate 30-0 vote. It was signed into law by Governor Ducey, Chapter 372, Laws 2016
SB 1003: Securities; Exempt Transactions
Bill Summary: Extends the isolated transaction exemption to securities sold under the crowdfunding law.
SB 1005: Private Fund Advisers; Exemption
Sponsor: Sen. D. Farnsworth (R – District 16)
ASBA’s Position: Support
Bill Summary: Exempts an investment adviser who is a private fund adviser from statutory licensing and notice filing requirements provided:
i. Files with the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) each report that the adviser is required to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in accordance with federal law. The adviser must file electronically with ACC through the Investment Adviser Registration Depository.
Result: SB 1005 passed the House of Representatives with a 59-1 vote, passed the Senate with a 29-0 vote, and was signed into law by Governor Ducey, Chapter 32, Laws 2016
SB 1323: Vexatious Litigants; Workers’ Compensation
Bill Summary: Establishes that on the motion of a party, a Chief ALJ or a designated Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) may label a Pro Se Litigant as a vexatious litigant in a workers’ compensation case before the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA). Defines vexatious conduct as follows: a) repeatedly filing requests for hearing, pleadings, motions or other documents solely or primarily for the purpose of harassment; b) unreasonably expanding or delaying ICA proceedings; c) bringing or defending claims without substantial justification (the claim is groundless and not made in good faith); d) engaging in abuse of discovery or conduct that has resulted in the imposition of sanctions against the pro se litigant; e) a pattern of making unreasonable, repetitive and excessive requests for information; f) repeatedly filing documents or requests for relief that have been the subject of previous rulings by the ICA in the same claim. F. For the purposes of this section, "without substantial justification" means that the claim or defense is groundless and is not made in good faith.
Result: SB 1323 passed the House of Representatives with a 54-4 vote, SB 1446 passed the Senate with a 28-1 vote and Governor Ducey signed it into law, Chapter 26, Laws 2016
SB 1425: Securities; Salesmen; Registration Exemptions
Bill Summary: Exempts offerings of securities of less than $1 million or the limit established under federal regulations from statutory registration requirements provided certain criteria are met. Similar to the intrastate Crowdfunding but this allows for interstate.
Result: SB 1425 passed the House of Representatives with a 31-23 vote, passed the Senate with a 28-0 vote, and was signed into law by Governor Ducey, Chapter 329, Laws 2016
SB 1525: JTED Restoration & Reforms
Sponsor: Sen. D. Shooter (R – District 13)
Bill Summary: Removes the reduction to Joint Technical Education Districts (JTED), school districts and charter schools enacted in the 2015 K-12 Budget Reconciliation Bill, establishes requirements for JTED reporting and administration, establishes the Career and Technical Education (CTE) Task Force and requires a special audit of JTEDs
Result: SB 1525 passed the House of Representatives with a 60-0 vote, passed the Senate with a 29-0 vote, and was signed into law by Governor Ducey, Chapter 4, Laws 2016
The Arizona Small Business Association continues to take a lead role in passage of legislation that supports small business in our state, we thank the members of the Arizona State Legislature for a successful, pro-business legislative session. We are pleased to report that both Democrats and Republicans supported ASBA’s pro-business agenda and voted to support our priority bills a majority of the time. In addition, we wish to thank Governor Doug Ducey for being a champion of small business.
The Arizona Small Business Association is an independent, non-partisan trade association that is privately funded by its members and corporate sponsors. In existence for over 40 years, ASBA is the largest trade association in Arizona exclusively focused on small businesses and one of only two of its kind in the country.
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2016 Voting record of the members of the Arizona Senate
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