AZBio 2019 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 for 2019

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

The 2019 AZBio Watch List

The following bills and budget items are being monitored by the AZBio Government Affairs Team during Arizona’s  54rd Legislature – 1st Regular Session in 2019.

Legislative Deadlines:

  • Monday 1/14 Session Begins 
  • Tuesday 1/22* Senate Bill Request Deadline (5:00 p.m.) 
  • Monday 1/28 Senate Bill Intro Set Preparation Deadline (5:00 p.m.) 
  • Monday 2/4 Senate Bill Introduction Deadline (5:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday 2/8** House Bill Request Deadline (5:00 p.m.) 
  • Monday 2/11 House Bill Introduction Deadline (5:00 p.m.) 
  • Friday 2/22 Last Day to Hear SBs in Senate Committees/Last Day to Hear HBs in House Committees 
  • Friday 3/29 Last Day to Hear SBs in House Committees/Last Day to Hear HBs in Senate Committees 
  • Friday 4/19 Last Day for Conference Committees (By Senate and House Rule) 
  • Tuesday 4/23 100th Day of Session

Saturday, April 27, 2019 – Adjournment sine die – regular sessions shall be adjourned sine die no later than the Saturday of the week in which the 100th day (April 23) 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  54th Legislature – 1st Regular Session (2019)

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.

House Bills


HB2003 university employees; tenure; retirement eligibility
HB2025 animal cruelty; domestic animals; classification
HB2028 laetrile; prohibition
HB2040 community colleges; baccalaureate degrees
HB2064 CTEDs; 9th grade; workforce need – Support
HB2121  investigational stem cell treatment  
HB2148 syringe service programs; authorization – Support
HB2159 prescription drugs; municipal tax exemption
HB2162 schools; immunizations; personal exemption; elimination – Support
HB2166 unfair claims practices; cost sharing – S/E: health plans; cost sharing; calculation – Support – In H HHS on Thurs, 2/21 – Begins 8 AM
HB2167 insurer responsibility; pharmacy benefits – Held/HHS
HB2168 pharmacies; fees; prohibition
HB2172 rear-facing car seats – Support
HB2218 appropriations; primary care loan repayment
HB2223 youth entrepreneurship; pilot program; appropriation – Support
HB2285 pharmacy benefit managers; pharmacy benefits – Passed House  60-0-0
HB2350 appropriations; children’s health insurance program – Support
HB2351 medical services; purchase; study committee 
HB2399 tax expenditures; review; sunset
HB2408 end-of-life decisions; terminally ill patients
HB2413 appropriation; drug research and development – Support
HB2470 schools; immunization; religious exemption – Oppose –  In H HHS on Thurs, 2/21 – Begins 8 AM
HB2471 informed consent; vaccinations. – Oppose – In H HHS on Thurs, 2/21 – Begins 8 AM
HB2472 vaccinations; antibody titer testing; notification – Oppose

In H HHS on Thurs, 2/21 – Begins 8 AM

 HB2478 biological characteristics; biometric identifiers Passed H. TECH  – Pending Rules
HB2488 veteran suicides; annual report – Support – H Military & Veterans Monday 2/18 2 PM
HB2505 school immunizations; religious exemption
HB2512 terminally ill patients; care choices
HB2513 children’s health insurance program; appropriations. – Support
HB2563  /HCR 2024 education funding; use tax; TPT – Support – H Education, Monday 2/18 2 PM

Senate Bills 


SCR1001 education; TPT; use tax – Opposed – Passed ED/Withdrawn from Approps/Rules
  TPT and use tax; education – Support – S Education Tuesday 2/19, 2 PM
SB1026 school pupils; emergency medication administration – Support – Passed Senate
SB1027 tax credit; charitable organizations; eligibility – Support – Passed Senate
SB1037 TPT; distribution; community college districts – Support – Passed Senate
SB1065 CTEDs; fourth-year funding – Support – Passed Senate
SB1080 TPT; use tax; education  – Oppose – Passed  ED – Pending Rules
SB1085 association health plans – Support – S HHS Wednesday 2/20 8:30 AM
SB1089 insurance; telemedicine – Support – Passed HHS – Rules- D Caucus
SB1100 insurance; living organ donors – Support – Passed Senate
SB1106 appropriation; STEM internships – Support
SB1107 appropriations; area agencies on aging
SB1114 schools; immunization; religious exemption. – Oppose – S Education Tuesday 2/19, 2 PM
SB1115 informed consent; vaccinations- Oppose
SB1116 vaccinations; antibody titer testing; notification.- Oppose
SB1119 indoor tanning; restricted use – Support – Failed Senate COM
SB1134 children’s health insurance program; appropriations – Support – Pending APPROP
SB1201 schools; immunization rate; website posting – Support
SB1345 education funding; TPT; use tax – Support – S Education Tuesday 2/19, 2 PM
SB1527 smoking devices; tax; medical research – Support – S HHS Wednesday 2/20 8:30 AM
SB1533 Alzheimer’s disease research special plates – Support – Passed S. Transportation, Pending Rules

Bills that did not progress 

Bills must be heard in the originating chamber by February 22, 2019 and in the second chamber by March 29, 2019.  Additional time is given to appropriations bills and for rules.