The Capitol Roundup

The Arc of Arizona's regular recap of State & Federal legislative happenings

May 18, 2018

Catch Your Breath

​At the Statehouse...

Governor Ducey completed action on the remaining bills passed during the 2018 legislative session, signing a total of 346 and vetoing 23. The laws enacted this week and last include new authority for dental therapists and delivery robots, more notification requirements on the risks associated with interscholastic activities, and a law enforcement partnership that will expand AMBER alerts to tribal lands in Arizona.

Though the legislative session ended without action on the Governor’s plans for school safety and water policies, there are no immediate plans for a special legislative session to address these or other priorities. Current and hopeful legislators are already focused on the upcoming primary and general elections, and an election cycle that is already stirring up policy debates and political differences.
2018 Election Timeline
  • May 30, 2018 - Last day for candidates to register to run for office
  • July 5, 2018 - Last day to file signatures for citizen initiatives
  • July 30, 2018 - Last day to register to vote in the primary election
  • August 28, 2018 - Primary election
  • October 9, 2018 - Last day to register to vote in the general election
  • November 6, 2018 - General election
Priority Bills
  • SB 1162 (silver alert notification; developmental disability) expands the state’s Silver Alert notification system to include missing individuals of any age who have a developmental disability. Governor Ducey signed the bill into law (Chapter 39).
  • SB 1218 (developmental homes; licensure; investigations) provides statutory protections for vulnerable children and adults who receive services through the Department of Economic Security’s Division of Developmental Disabilities in developmental home residential settings. Governor Ducey signed the bill into law (Chapter 251).
  • HB 2087 (family caregiver income tax credit) creates an individual income tax credit for up to $1,000 and up to 50% of the costs incurred caring for a qualifying family member. The bill was discussed in the Senate Appropriations Committee but did not receive a vote and was not included in the state budget.
On the Bright Side…

This scientist is testing a vaccine that may cure cancer in dogs and advance the fight against cancer in humans.​

On the Federal Front...

Major Recent Events

House Committee Holds Hearing on Securing Americans' Identities: The Future of the Social Security Number

On May 17, the House Committee on Ways and Means Subcommittee on Social Security will hold a hearing on Securing Americans' Identities: The Future of the Social Security Number. As stated in the Committee's announcement, the hearing will examine "[t]he dangers of the use of the Social Security number (SSN) as both an identifier and authenticator and examine policy considerations and possible solutions to mitigate the consequences of SSN loss or theft." Visit the Committee web site for more information or to access live video on the day of the hearing.

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Holds Public Briefing on Hate Crimes; The Arc's Director of Rights Policy Testifies

On May 11, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights held a public briefing titled "In the Name of Hate: Examining the Federal Government's Role in Responding to Hate Crimes". Nicole Jorwic, Director of Rights Policy at The Arc of the United States, testified about hate crimes against people with disabilities. She discussed the many barriers to the reporting and prosecution of hate crimes, including untrained officers believing that victims with disabilities are not credible, lack of standardized protocols for handling complaints from victims with disabilities, lack of training for prosecutors and other court officials, hate crimes being minimized and viewed as pranks or bullying, and people with disabilities being afraid to report someone they know. Watch Nicole's testimony here.

​​Prepared by:
Peters, Cannata & Moody, PLC

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