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 54th Legislature – 1st Regular Session in 2019.
- 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
- Tuesday. 5/28 Adjourned Sine Die
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.
Signed By The Governor
HB2166 unfair claims practices; cost sharing – S/E: health plans; cost sharing; calculation – Signed 4/11/2019
HB2285 pharmacy benefit managers; pharmacy benefits – Support – Signed 4/30/2019
HB2488 veteran suicides; annual report – Support – Signed 4/17/2019
SB1089 insurance; telemedicine – Support – Signed 4/18/2019
SB1533 Alzheimer’s disease research special plates – Support – Signed 5/27/2019
Remaining Senate Bills
SB1037 TPT; distribution; community college districts – Support – Sent to the Governor on 5/23
SB1354 GME Appropriation – Support $18.9M added to Budget!
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.
SCR1011 TPT and use tax; education – Support (Follow SCR 1001)
SB1080 TPT; use tax; education — Support – Senate COW DPA
SCR1001 education; TPT; use tax – Support – Senate COW DPA
SB1106 appropriation; STEM internships – Support
SB1201 schools; immunization rate; website posting – Support
SB1345 education funding; TPT; use tax – Support
HB2003 university employees; tenure; retirement eligibility
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
HB2167 insurer responsibility; pharmacy benefits
HB2168 pharmacies; fees; prohibition
HB2172 rear-facing car seats – Support
HB2218 appropriations; primary care loan repayment
HB2223 youth entrepreneurship; pilot program; appropriation – Support
HB2359 income tax; charitable deductions – Support
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
HB2471 informed consent; vaccinations. – Oppose
HB2472 vaccinations; antibody titer testing; notification – Oppose
HB2478 biological characteristics; biometric identifiers Pending House 3rd Read – Needs amendment for Medical Research to match federal laws and regulations
HB2512 terminally ill patients; care choices
HB2513 children’s health insurance program; appropriations. –Support
SB1527 smoking devices; tax; medical research – Support