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Arizona Legislative Update – May 6

Posted on | May 6, 2016 | Comments Off on Arizona Legislative Update – May 6

With the FY16-17 budget completed and waiting for Governor Ducey’s signature, the House and Senate were wrapping up work on the remaining bills and expected to adjourn Friday evening, after 117 days of session.

Kids Care Revived

On Thursday, the House revived Kids Care restoration by amending the necessary language on to SB1457, which previously dealt with empowerment scholarships.  It subsequently passed the Senate with bipartisan support.   Notably, there is no cost to the state General Fund to implement it and Arizona is the only state that hasn’t done so yet.

Jones Announces Bid for CD5

After a month of speculation, 2014 gubernatorial candidate and former GoDaddy exec, Christine Jones, announced her candidacy for Congressional District 5.   Jones is joining Senate Pres. Andy Biggs, Representative Justin Olson, and former Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley for the Republican primary in August.

Guns in Public Buildings Bill Fails in Senate

Thursday the Senate killed a bill that would have allowed individuals with a concealed carry permit to bring their weapon into public buildings.  SB1257, sponsored by Senator John Kavanagh (R-Fountain Hills), would have changed statute to say that operators of government buildings would have to have security guards and metal detectors at entrances if they did not want guns in the building.

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