AZBio Legislative Watch List for 2020

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 2020

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

Legislative Deadlines:

January 2020

  • Monday 1/13  – Session Begins
  • Thursday 1/16 – House 7-bill Introduction Limit Begins at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 1/21* – Senate Bill Request Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday 1/27 – Senate Bill Intro Set Preparation Deadline (5:00 p.m.)


  • Monday 2/3 – Senate Bill Introduction Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday 2/7**  – House Bill Request Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday 2/10 – House Bill Introduction Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday 2/21 – Last Day to Hear SBs in Senate Committees / Last Day to Hear HBs in House Committees

MARCH 2020

  • Friday 3/27 Last Day to Hear SBs in House Committees / Last Day to Hear HBs in Senate Committees

APRIL 2020

  • Saturday 4/18 Last Day for Conference Committees (By Senate and House Rule)
  • Tuesday 4/21 100th Day of Session

* 1/20/20 Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day
** Extended by the Speaker pursuant to Legislative Council Rule 28

Saturday, April 25, 2020 – Adjournment sine die – regular sessions shall be adjourned sine die no later than the Saturday of the week in which the 100th day (April 21) 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 – 2nd Regular Session (2020)

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.

This list will be updated as new bills are introduced.

House Bills

HCR2013 consumer data; privacy; federal standard – SUPPORT

HB2002 student apprenticeship program; tax credits – SUPPORT

HB2019 CTEDs; nonprofits; postsecondary institutions; agreements – SUPPORT

HB2020 ABOR; tuition; actual cost; deduction

HB2050 schools; immunizations; parental control – OPPOSED

HB2071 Lyme disease treatment

HB2072 mental health professionals; loan repayment – SUPPORT

HB2083 electronic smoking devices; restrictions; use – SUPPORT

HB2091 indoor tanning; minors; restricted use – SUPPORT

HB2269 donated medicine; requirements

HB2420 insurance; prescription drugs; step therapy – SUPPORT

HB2432 newborn screenings; report – Support

HB2486 immunizations; requirements; exemption – OPPOSE

HB2489 CTEDs; nonprofits; postsecondary institutions; agreements. – SUPPORT

HB2532 prior authorization; uniform request form – SUPPORT

HB2536 telemedicine; health care providers – SUPPORT

HB2629 TPT; exemption; pacemakers

HB2667 appropriation; Washington D.C. internships – SUPPORT

Senate Bills

SB1057 Lyme; vector-borne diseases; treatment

SCR1002 education; TPT; use tax – SUPPORT

SB1059   TPT; use tax; education – SUPPORT

SB1152 medical student loan program – SUPPORT

SB1166 appropriation; STEM internships – SUPPORT

Bills that did not progress 

Bills must be heard in the originating chamber by February 21, 2020 and in the second chamber by March 27, 2020.  Additional time is given to appropriations bills and for rules.