AZBio 2018 Legislative Watch List

As Arizona’s Statewide Bioscience Industry Association, AZBio works with our elected leaders to educate and inform on the key issues that will help to make Arizona a Top-Tier Bioscience State and works across our community to support our members, our industry, our healthcare partners, and patient advocacy organizations.

Each year, AZBio publishes its Policy Initiatives as approved by the AZBio Board of Directors.

Click the link to view the AZBio Government Affairs Policy 2018

AZBio is supported at the State Capitol by our contract lobbyists at Dorn Policy Group

The 2018 AZBio Watch List

The following bills and budget items are being monitored by the AZBio Government Affairs Team during Arizona’s  53rd Legislature – 2nd Regular Session in 2018.

Legislative Deadlines:

Friday, February 16, 2018 – Last Day to Hear SBs in Senate and HBs in House

Friday, March 23, 2018 – Last Day to Hear SBs in House Committees and HBs in Senate Committees

Friday, April 13, 2018 – Last day for consideration of bills in Conference Committees – 

Saturday, April 21, 2018 – Adjournment sine die – regular sessions shall be adjourned sine die no later than the Saturday of the week in which the 100th day (April 17) of session falls. (The Speaker and the President may extend the session for a period not to exceed seven additional days. Thereafter, the session can be extended only by a majority vote of the Members.

Active Bills at the  53rd Legislature – 2nd Regular Session (2018)

The list below highlights bills that pertain to our areas of focus.   As these bills progress, our positions to support, monitor, or oppose will be added.    All AZBio Members have the option to add bills to the Watch List.  To do so, email AZBio.

Sent to the Governor for Signature

HB2042    insurance coverage; telemedicine; urology – Signed

HB2085   schools; emergency epinephrine administration –  Signed

HB2086    schools; diabetes management policies; pharmacists – Signed

HB2088   pupils; concussions; parental notification – Support – Transmitted on 5/4

HB2107     prescription drug costs; patient notification – Signed

HB2158    Passed as SB1390 –  TPT; additional rate; education  – Signed

HB2167     Arizona Commerce Authority Reauthorization  – Signed

HB2323     schools; inhalers; contracted nurses – Signed

HB2513     hyperbaric oxygen therapy; veterans; fund  – Signed

HB2558    drug disposal; education – Signed

SB1247      health insurance; mandated provision prohibited – Signed

SB1353      limited liability company act; revisions – Signed

SB1389      HIV; needs assessment; prevention – Signed


Bills that did not progress 

Bills must be heard in the originating chamber by February 16,2018 and in the second chamber by March 23rd.  Additional time is given to appropriations bills and for rules.

  • HB2084    indoor tanning; minors; restricted use – Support – Not heard in Senate
  •  HB2087   family caregiver income tax credit. – Support – Not heard in Senate
  • HB2127     children’s health insurance program – Support – Not heard in Senate 
  • HB2202    pharmacy benefits managers; pharmacies; practices – Monitor – Not heard in H. Health
  • HB2252    schools; concussions; health care provider
  • HB2280     universities; lease-back financing  Oppose – Not heard in Senate
  • teachers’ school supplies; tax credit – Support – Pending Senate 
  • HB2350    JTEDs; 9th grade; workforce need  Monitor – Not heard in H. Education
  • HB2377     teachers’ school supplies; tax credit Support – Not heard S. Fin 
  • HB2443    medical services purchase; premiums – Monitor – Not heard in H. Health
  • HB2448   appropriation; drug research and development Not Heard in Approps
  • HB2479    TPT; digital goods and services –  Monitor – Not assigned in Senate
  • HB2494   appropriation; Maricopa community colleges; STEM Support – Not Heard in Approps
  • HB2525    JTEDs; fourth year funding Monitor – Not heard in H. Education
  • HB2541    health insurance; contraceptives – Monitor – Not heard in H. Banking and Insurance
  • HB2450    genetic testing information; confidentiality; exceptions Monitor  Retained on House calendar
  • HB2646   appropriation; STEM internships – Support – Not scheduled in H. Approps
  • SB1013    laetrile; prohibition – Monitor – Not Heard in S. HHS
  • SB1019    tax credits; sunset – Monitor – Not heard in S. Finance
  • SB1026    JTEDs; ninth graders; funding. – Monitor – Not heard in S. Education
  • SB1027    JTEDs; entrepreneurship programs; review exemption – Monitor – Not heard in S. Education
  • SB1115    insurance coverage; abuse-deterrent opioids – Not heard in S. HHS
  • SB1184    state compact; temporary professional licenses – Monitor – Held in S. Gov
  • SB1269   JTEDs; ninth graders; funding; programs  Support – Did Not Progress
  • SB1270   CTE certifications; incentive bonus program Support – Did not Progress
  • SB1330    appropriations; STEM and workforce programs Not heard in S. Education
  • SB1369    large electronics; recycling – Monitor – Not heard in S. NREW
  • SB1390    TPT; additional rate; education – Support – Not heard in S. Finance
  • SB1391     schools; suicide prevention training – Support – Not heard in S. Education
  • SB1414    terminally ill; care choices – Monitor – Not heard is S. HHS
  • SB1491    JTEDs; funding; ninth graders – Monitor – Not heard in S. Education
  • SCR1028 STEM careers; education; supporting  Support