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ASBA 2016 Legislative Scorecard
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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


SENATORS

NAME
Party/District
Voting Record
Sylvia Tenney Allen  Republican 6 100% (see chart for others)
Nancy Barto Republican 15 100%
Carlyle Begay
Democrat 7
100%
Andy Biggs Republican 12 100%
David Bradley Democrat 10 90%
Judy Burges Republican 22 100%
Olivia Cajero Bedford Democrat 3 90%
Lupe Contreras Democrat 19 90%
Andrea Dalessandro Democrat 2 90%
Jeff Dial Republican 18 100%
Sue Donahue Republican 5 100%
Adam Driggs Republican 28 100%
Steve Farley Democrat 9 90%
David Farnsworth Republican 16 100%
Gail Griffin Republican 14 100%
Katie Hobbs Democrat 24 80%
John Kavanagh Republican 23 100%
Debbie Lesko Republican 21 100%
Barbara McGuire Democrat 8 90%
Robert Meza Democrat 30 90%
Catherine Miranda Democrat 27 90%
Lynne Pancrazi Democrat 4 100%
Steve Pierce Republican 1 100%
Martin Quezada Democrat 29 80%
Andrew Sherwood Democrat 26 90%
Don Shooter Republican 13 100%
Steve Smith Republican 11 100%
Bob Worsley Republican 25 100%
Steve Yarbrough Republican 17 100%
Kimberly Yee Republican 20 100%


REPRESENTATIVES

NAME
Party/District
Voting Record
John Ackerley            Republican 2 100% (see chart for others) 
John Allen         Republican 15 100%
 Lela Alston Democrat 24 50%
Richard Andrade Democrat 29 60%
Brenda Barton Republican 6 100%
Jennifer Benally Democrat 7 70%
Reginald Bolding Democrat 27 60%
Sonny Borrelli Republican 5 100%
Rusty Bowers Republican 25 100%
Paul Boyer Republican 20
100%
Kate Brophy McGee Republican 28
90%
Noel Campbell Republican 1
100%
Mark A. Cardenas Democrat 19 70%
Heather Carter Republican 15
100%
Ken Clark Democrat 24
50%
Regina Cobb Republican 5
100%
Doug Coleman Republican 16
100%
Diego Espinoza Democrat 19
80%
Karen Fann Republican 1
100%
Eddie Farnsworth Republican 12
100%
Charlene Fernandez Democrat 4
50%
Mark Finchem Republican 11
100%
Randall Friese Democrat 9
60%
Rosanna Gabaldón Democrat 2
70%
Sally Ann Gonzales Democrat 3
50%
David M. Gowan Sr. Republican 14
100%
Rick Gray Republican 21
100%
Albert Hale Democrat 7
90%
Anthony Kern Republican 20
100%
Matt Kopec Democrat 9
60%
Johnathan Larkin Democrat 30
70%
Jay Lawrence Republican 23
100%
Vince Leach Republican 11
100%
David Livingstone Republican 22
90%
Phil Lovas Republican 22
100%
Stefanie Mach Democrat 10
60%
Debbie McCune Davis Democrat 30
70%
Juan Mendez Democrat 26
70%
J.D. Mesnard Republican 17
100%
Eric Meyer Democrat 28
70%
Darin Mitchell Republican 13
100%
Steve Montenegro Republican 13
100%
Jill Norgaard Republican 18
100%
Justin Olson Republican 25
100%
Lisa Otondo Democrat 4
70%
Warren Petersen Republican 12
100%
Celeste Plumlee Democrat 26 70%
Frank Pratt Republican 8
100%
Rebecca Rios Democrat 27
70%
Tony Rivero Republican 21
100%
Bob Robson Republican 18
100%
Macario Saldate Democrat 3
70%
T.J. Shope Republican 8
100%
David Stevens Republican 14
100%
Bob Thorpe Republican 6
100%
 Kelly Townsend Republican 16
100%
Michelle Ugenti-Rita Republican 23
100%
Ceci Velasquez Democrat 29
60%
Jeff Weninger Republican 17
100%
Bruce Wheeler Republican 10
100%

 

2016 PRIORITY BILLS IN DETAIL (ASBA directed bills highlighted in yellow).

 

HB 2002: Insurance Premium Tax Reduction
Sponsor: Rep. David Livingston (R – District 22)
ASBA’s Position:
Support

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
Sponsor: Rep. Karen Fann (R – District 1)
ASBA’s Position:
Support


Bill Summary
: Modifies the appeals process for Unemployment Insurance (UI), repeals the surtax for the Shared Work Program, clarifies the requirements for unemployment benefits, restores the exemption for unemployment insurance contributions and transfers the State Apprenticeship Program from the Arizona Commerce Authority to the Department of Economic Security (DES).

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
Sponsor: Rep. Karen Fann (R – District 1)
ASBA’s Position:
Support

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
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Weninger (R – District 17)
ASBA’s Position:
Support

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
Sponsor: Rep. Jeff Weninger (R – District 17)
ASBA Position:
Support

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
Sponsor: Rep. Karen Fann (R – District 1)
ASBA’s Position:
Support

Bill Summary: Establishes the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO). Modifies existing agency programs, policies and funds for OEO to monitor Arizona’s tax structure, assess monetary incentives and serve as the workforce, employment, economic development, data and labor market information office.

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
Sponsor: Sen. D. Farnsworth (R – District 16)
ASBA’s Position:
Support

Bill Summary: Extends the isolated transaction exemption to securities sold under the crowdfunding law.

Result: SB 1003 passed the House of Representatives with a 60-0 vote, passed the Senate with a 27-0 vote, and was signed into law by Governor Ducey, Chapter 31, Laws 2016




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:

  • a. The adviser, or its affiliates, is not subject to an event that would disqualify an issuer under federal law.
  • b. The adviser to a qualifying private fund that is not a venture capital company:

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
Sponsor: Sen. K. Yee  (R – District 20)
ASBA’s Position:
Support

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
Sponsor: Sen. D. Farnsworth (R- District 16)  & Rep J. Weninger (R – District 17)
ASBA’s Position:
Support

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)
ASBA’s Position:
Support

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

Summary

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.

 



 

About ASBA

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.

The Mission of the Arizona Small Business Association is to be THE statewide resource for small business.

Business owners have joined ASBA for the convenience and efficiency of our products and services, for the ability to engage and advocate for public policy that ignites small business growth, and for fostering a positive economic direction for Arizona powered by entrepreneurism.

Your Business. Our Expertise. Together, a prosperous Arizona.

 

D - Democrat | R - Republican | Y - Yes | N - No | NV - No Vote

2016 Voting record of the members of the Arizona Senate

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