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Each week during the Legislative Session the Arizona Department of Veterans Services (AZDVS) publishes an updated digest of all Bills, Memorials, and Resolutions pertaining to veterans or military affairs which have been introduced and are pending in the Arizona Legislature.

This digest is reproduced here verbatim, with only minor formatting changes for legibility, and without comment beyond that of the AZDVS writer. Analyzing and commenting on each piece of legislation as it moves through the process is beyond the constraints of the time available for the task, but it is hoped that interested persons will present questions and answers in the comments below.

The purpose of this digest is to inform interested Arizonans and others, particularly veterans residing within and without Arizona, of the course of legislative action in this admittedly narrow field as well as create an easily locatable archive on Daily Kos under the unique Tag AZDVS Legislative Digest.

You are invited to pore over these entrails, make of them what you will, and present your questions, answers, and opinions in the comments.

ADVS State Veterans/Military Legislation Update
Friday, 1 February 2013

Inclusion of any legislation in this report does not constitute endorsement of that legislation by the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.

(Notations in Bold represent new information or final action.)

SB = Senate Bill                HB = House Bill
SCM = Senate Concurrent Memorial        HCM = House Concurrent Memorial   
SCR = Senate Concurrent Resolution        HCR = House Concurrent Resolution
SR = Senate Resolution            HJR= House Joint Resolution
HR = House Resolution
PSRMA=Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs Committee

To view bills go to:  http://www.azleg.gov/...

Senate Bills

SB 1036- technical correction; firefighters; military duty

Modifies A.R.S. 48-831 relating to the exemption of firefighters in fire districts or towns under 1000 population from military duty in time of peace. Probably a vehicle bill.

Original Sponsor: Sen. Chester Crandell, R-Dist. 6

Major Actions:  15 Jan 2013-First Read and assigned to Senate Rules Committee. 16 Jan 2013-Second Read.

SB 1116- disabled veteran special plates

Would create a special disabled veteran license plate.  

Original Sponsors: Sen. David Bradley, D-Dist. 10; Sen. Al Melvin, R-Dist. 11; Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Dist. 27  

Major Actions:  23 Jan 2013-First Read and assigned to Senate Transportation Committee and Senate Rules Committee.  24 Jan 2013-Second Read.

SB 1133- technical correction; national guard

Amends A.R.S. 26-177 relating to the National Guard.  A vehicle bill.

Original Sponsor: Sen. Al Melvin, R-Dist. 11

Major Actions:  23 Jan 2013-First Read. 24 Jan 2013- Second Read and assigned to Senate Rules Committee.


SB 1243
- insurance regulation; exemption

Would exempt from some insurance regulations associations and orders organized before 1880 whose members are officers or enlisted, Regular or Reserve, Active, retired, or honorably discharged members of the armed forces or sea services of the United States, and a principal purpose of which is to provide insurance or other benefits to its members.

Original Sponsor: Sen. Al Melvin, R-Dist. 11

Major Actions:  29 Jan 2013-First Read.  30 Jan 2013- Second Read and assigned to the Senate Finance Committee and Senate Rules Committee.

SB 1286- nursing facility provider assessments

Would exempt the Arizona State Veteran Homes and the Arizona Pioneer Home from a nursing facility “assessment” that was passed last year.  Basically, other states with such assessments have exempted their veteran homes to prevent them from paying a costly assessment to the State when they are a part of the State.

Original Sponsor: Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Dist. 14

Major Actions:  30 Jan 2013-First Read and assigned to the Senate Health and Human Services Committee and Senate Rules Committee.  Weds, 6 Feb 2012-Hearing scheduled in Senate Health and Human Services Committee, 2 pm, SHR 1.

SB 1287- military retiree; pension exclusion amount

Would raise the current $2,500 military retirement and pensions exemption from Arizona income tax exemption to $5,000.

Original Sponsor: Sen. Judy Burges, R-Dist. 22

Major Actions:  30 Jan 2013-First Read and assigned to the Senate Finance Committee, Senate Commerce, Energy and Military Committee, and Senate Rules Committee. Weds, 6 Feb 2012-Hearing scheduled in Senate Commerce, Energy and Military Committee, 9 am, SHR 1.

SCR 1010- Tuskegee airmen commemoration day

Would designate 28 March 2013 as Tuskegee Airmen Commemoration Day in Arizona.

Original Sponsor: Sen. Al Melvin, R-Dist. 11

Major Actions:  

SCR 1014- Vietnam war; commemorative partner

Would support efforts for the State of Arizona to be recognized as a partner in the official Department of Defense 50th Anniversary Commemoration of the Vietnam War. To be recognized as such, there has to be at least two events a year that that recognize Vietnam veterans and thank them for their service.  Arizona already meets that requirement.

Original Sponsor: Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Dist. 14

Major Actions: 30 Jan 2013-First Read and assigned to the Senate Commerce, Energy and Military Committee, and Senate Rules Committee.  Weds, 6 Feb 2012-Hearing scheduled in Senate Commerce, Energy and Military Committee, 9 am, SHR 1.

House Bills

HB 2025- fallen hero special plates (Pat Tillman Legacy Plate Act)

Would create a “Fallen Hero” special license plate in honor of Pat Tillman with monies raised going to the Pat Tillman Foundation for a scholarship program to aid all veterans especially veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Original Sponsor: Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Dist. 8

Major Actions:  15 Jan 2013-First Read and assigned to House Transportation Committee and House Rules Committee. 16 Jan 2013-Second read.  24 Jan 2013 - Given a “Do Pass” recommendation in House Transportation Committee, 6-0.

HB 2064- training permits; military health professionals

Would require the State to issue training permits to qualified military dentists, allopathic doctors, and physician assistants who are licensed in a U.S. jurisdiction and who are participating in a clinical training program at a civilian hospital affiliated with the U. S. Department of Defense.  

The applying dentist, allopathic doctor, and physician assistant may not practice outside of the civilian hospital affiliated with the U. S. Department of Defense.  

Basically, the Department of Defense trains certain military professionals at Scottsdale Healthcare.  The State Medical Board only recognizes professionals training in federal facilities.  This will recognize those being trained at private Arizona facilities.

Original Sponsors: Rep. Heather Carter, R-Dist. 15; Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Dist. 27, et al

Major Actions:  16 Jan 2013-First Read and assigned to House PSRMA Committee and House Rules Committee. Weds, 23 Jan 2013-Hearing scheduled in House PSRMA Committee, 9 a.m., HHR 3.  23 Jan 2013-Given a “Do Pass” recommendation in House PSRMA Committee 8-0. 28 Jan 2013-Out of House Rules Committee, 7-0-2 absent. 31 Jan 2013-Given a “Do Pass Amended” recommendation in House Committee of the Whole.

HB 2076- separating service members; licensure

Would give credit for military education, training or experience in meeting the requirements of a license, certificate or registration issued in Arizona.  Example:  a combat medic would not have to go through a civilian training regimen to be licensed in Arizona as an EMT.

Original Sponsors: Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Dist. 5;  Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Dist. 27, et al

Major Actions:  17 Jan 2013-First Read and assigned to House PSRMA Committee and House Rules Committee. Weds, 6 Feb 2013-Hearing scheduled in House PSRMA Committee, 9 a.m., HHR 3.

HB 2094- technical correction; national guard

Amends A.R.S. 26-117 relating to the National Guard.  A vehicle bill.

Original Sponsor: Rep. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Dist. 28

Major Actions:  

HB 2243- technical correction; armed forces; taxes NOW: small scale computing systems

Amends A.R.S. 43-568 relating to income taxes of members of the Armed Forces upon death.  A vehicle bill.

Original Sponsor: Rep. David Stevens, R-Dist. 14

Major Actions:  31 Jan 2013-Strike Everything amendment adopted on House Transportation Committee changing this bill into a bill requiring the Arizona Department of Administration to conduct a study of small-scale computing systems and the number of public documents available on the internet.

HB 2391- income tax exemption; veterans' pensions

Would exempt a honorably discharged veteran’s military retirement pay from Arizona State income tax.

Original Sponsors: Rep. Justin Pierce, R-Dist. 25; Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Dist. 27, et al

Major Actions:  23 Jan 2013- First Read and assigned to House Ways and Means Committee, House Appropriations Committee, and House Rules Committee.

HB 2420- G.I. bill tuition gap program

Would require the Commission for Postsecondary Education to create a program to assist qualified military veterans in completing an associate or bachelor’s degree if their federal benefits for such purpose runs out.

Original Sponsors: Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Dist. 5;  Rep. Jonathan Larkin, D-Dist. 30

Major Actions:  23 Jan 2013- First Read and assigned to House PSRMA Committee, House Appropriations Committee, and House Rules Committee.

HB 2431- state guard; firearm; equipment

Would permit persons eligible for service in the Arizona State Guard, in accordance with all other laws, to purchase semiautomatic handguns, semiautomatic rifles and pump shotguns with standard military or law enforcement magazine capacities.  Would also allow those weapons to be configured with flash suppressors, pistol grips, vertical foregrips, detachable magazines, bayonet lugs, bayonets, collapsible or folding stocks, carrying slings, aiming systems, lights and any other firearm mounted equipment in use by the Armed Forces of the United States or any Arizona law enforcement agency.

Original Sponsor: Rep. Carl Seel, R-Dist. 20

Major Actions:

HB 2433- Arizona state guard; age

Would remove the upper age limit of 45 years of age for service in the Arizona State militia.

Original Sponsor: Rep. Carl Seel, R-Dist. 20

Major Actions:  23 Jan 2013- First Read and assigned to House PSRMA Committee, and House Rules Committee.

HB 2448- technical correction; military affairs

Amends A.R.S. 26-117 relating to military affairs.  A vehicle bill.

Original Sponsor: Rep. Justin Olsen, R-Dist. 25

Major Actions:  

HB 2451- military justice; technical correction

Amends A.R.S. 26-1003 relating to the uniform code of military justice.  A vehicle bill.

Original Sponsor: Rep. Justin Olsen, R-Dist. 25

Major Actions:

HB 2466- posttraumatic stress; training; police; judges

Would require specific training for all justices, judges, justices of the peace, magistrates and law enforcement officers to recognize and understand posttraumatic stress disorder including specific information on active and non-active duty military personnel suffering from PTSD.

Original Sponsor: Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Dist. 6

Major Actions:  23 Jan 2013- First Read and assigned to House PSRMA Committee, and House Rules Committee.

HB 2468- discounted hunting licenses; veterans; soldiers

Allows for a reduced fee Class G general hunting license for honorably discharged veterans resident, including Guard and Reserve, for at least a year before application.  Fee reduction based on years of service.

Original Sponsor: Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Dist. 6

Major Actions:  23 Jan 2013- First Read and assigned to House PSRMA Committee, and House Rules Committee.

HB 2470- veterans; job opportunities; award

Would require the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services to “develop and implement a hiring our heroes award” recognizing Arizona businesses that provide job opportunities to veterans and hold an annual awards diner to recognize Arizona businesses.

Original Sponsor: Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Dist. 6, et al

Major Actions:  23 Jan 2013- First Read and assigned to House PSRMA Committee, and House Rules Committee.

HB 2484- veterans; hiring preference; tax credit

Would require the Arizona Department of Administration and the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services to “coordinate to develop and implement procedures that provide veterans with access to an employment announcement 72 hours before public dissemination of the employment announcement.

Further, it would establish a tax credit up to four thousand dollars for taxpayers who hire an honorably discharged veteran.

Original Sponsors: Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Dist. 19; Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Dist. 5; et al

Major Actions:  29 Jan 2013- First Read and assigned to House PSRMA Committee, House Ways and Means Committee, and House Rules Committee.

HCM 2001- PFC Sylvestre Herrera; military service

Urges the Congress of the United States to introduce and enact into law the portions of what is known as the DREAM Act relating to military service.

Original Sponsors: Rep. Catherine Miranda, D-Dist. 27; Rep. Sonny Borrelli, R-Dist. 5; et al

Major Actions:  

HCR 2009- unmanned aircraft systems

Supporting the aggressive pursuit of Arizona being selected as one or more national test ranges for unmanned aircraft systems in shared national airspace as authorized under the 2012 National Defense Authorization Act and begin range operations in 2013.

Original Sponsors: Rep. Thomas Forese, R-Dist. 17

Major Actions:  29 Jan 2013- First Read and assigned to House PSRMA Committee and House Rules Committee. Weds, 6 Feb 2013-Hearing scheduled in House PSRMA Committee, 9 a.m., HHR 4.

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Comment Preferences

  •  Last week a sharp eyed Richard Cranium (4+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Azazello, rasbobbo, GANJA, drnatrl

    noticed that HB 2431 and HB 2433, when read together are essentially a pre-emptive nullification of any assault weapon ban that might come out of Sen. Feinstein's S.150. The purpose and impact of HB 2431 & 2433 are explored in greater length here.

    “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

    by DaNang65 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 05:11:52 PM PST

    •  Yeah, those two really got my attention. (1+ / 0-)
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      DaNang65

      "For people who profess to revere the Constitution, it is strange that they so caustically denigrate the very federal government that is the material expression of the principles embodied in that document." Mike Lofgren

      by GANJA on Fri Feb 01, 2013 at 10:29:59 PM PST

      [ Parent ]

  •  2431 bothers me (1+ / 0-)
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    DaNang65

    i keep thinking  of people like JT Ready, let alone vets who are suffering from PTSD or who would serve as strawman buyers..

    •  I'm a veteran with service-connected PTSD. (0+ / 0-)

      I know a whole lot of veterans with PTSD. May I urge you to better inform yourself about what PTSD is and isn't before throwing the diagnosis around like that.

      I know of no evidence that veterans with PTSD are any more or less dangerous, or likely to abuse firearms, than any other segment of society. My extensive anecdotal experience suggests that the opposite is true.

      It's trendy, I know, to jump on the "crazy veteran with a gun" bandwagon. It's also incredibly damaging and unfair to the vast majority of us to perpetuate the stereotype.

      Thanks.

      “Perhaps the most 'spiritual' thing any of us can do is simply to look through our own eyes, see with eyes of wholeness, and act with integrity and kindness.” Jon Kabat-Zinn

      by DaNang65 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 at 11:32:01 AM PST

      [ Parent ]

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