Weekly Legislative Update
House and Senate committees have until the end of March to consider bills that have passed into the second half of the legislative process. Things continue to move at a slow but deliberate pace.
UPDATES ON BILLS WE’RE WATCHING
Here are some highlights and an opportunity to take action.
Child Care Assistance: HB 2125 authorizes the Arizona Department of Economic Security ($48.4 million) and the Arizona Department of Child Safety ($7.4 million) to use the $56 million in federal funding for child care assistance. The bill has already passed out of the House and will be heard by the Senate Health and Human Services committee next week. Expect More Arizona supports this bill.
FY2020 Budget: Conversations continue to take place about the FY20 budget. This presents a great opportunity to remind your legislators and the Governor to make education a top priority and encourage them to focus on the short-term investments outlined in the Roadmap for P-20 Education Funding. Use our easy online action center to send an email to your elected leaders today.
ADDITIONAL BILLS TO WATCH
Education Sales Tax Increase: SCR 1001 and SB 1080 would ask Arizona voters to increase the sales tax for education programs and make changes to how the funds are distributed among K-12, community colleges and public universities. The bills are likely to move to a final vote in the Senate. Expect More Arizona remains neutral on these bills.
English Language Learners: HCR 2026 (House Concurrent Resolution) is new to the list of bills we’re watching. The legislation was introduced by Rep. John Fillmore (R – Apache Junction) and would refer to the ballot a measure to repeal requirements of Structured English Immersion and allow dual-language instruction for native and nonnative English speakers. This bill has passed out of the House and will be heard by the Senate Education committee next week. If this bill passes out of the Senate the measure will be referred to Arizona voters in November 2020. Expect More Arizona has not taken a position on this bill.