AZBio Legislative Watch List – 2021

AZBio Legislative Watch List for 2021

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 here to view the AZBio Government Affairs Policy for 2021

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

Legislative Deadlines: 

January 2021

  • Monday 1/11  – Session Begins
  • Thursday 1/14 – House 7-bill Introduction Limit Begins at 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday 1/19* – Senate Bill Request Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday 1/25 – Senate Bill Intro Set Preparation Deadline (5:00 p.m.)


  • Monday 2/1 – Senate Bill Introduction Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday 2/5**  – House Bill Request Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Monday 2/8 – House Bill Introduction Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
  • Friday 2/19 – Last Day to Hear SBs in Senate Committees / Last Day to Hear HBs in House Committees 

MARCH 2021

  • Friday 3/26 Last Day to Hear SBs in House Committees / Last Day to Hear HBs in Senate Committees

APRIL 2021

  • Friday 4/16 Last Day for Conference Committees (By Senate and House Rule)
  • Tuesday 4/20 100th Day of Session

Saturday, April 24, 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.

* 1/18/21 Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day
** Extended by the Speaker pursuant to Legislative Council Rule 28

Governor Ducey’s Budget released January 15, 2021

Active Bills at the First Regular Session, 55th Legislature, 2021

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.

Transmitted to Governor

HB2069  genetic testing; private property – NOW: genetic testing; requirements; data; enforcement” SIGNED

HB2119  health care insurance; amendments (Sub SB1075) SIGNED

HB2311  laboratory procedures; chiropractors SIGNED

HB2438  commerce authority; career landscape information SIGNED

HB2454  telehealth; health care providers; requirements SIGNED

HB2615  epinephrine injections; first responders immunity  SIGNED

HB2621  prior authorization; uniform request forms SIGNED

SB1001  breast implant surgery; informed consent SIGNED

SB1011  maternal mental health; advisory committee SIGNED

SB1092  deaf; hard of hearing; deafblind SIGNED

SB1096  commercial driver licenses; third parties – STRIKER  supplemental appropriations; AHCCCS administration (KidsCare) SIGNED w/EMERGENCY

SB1113  unused tax credit; termination; time – SIGNED

SB1219  donated medicine; requirements  SIGNED

SB1250  overdose; disease prevention; programs – SIGNED

SB1278  health professionals; preceptorships SIGNED

SB1310  support cancer victims special plates SIGNED

SB1353  anti-rabies vaccination; rabies titer     (NOW: terminally ill patients; compounding; pharmacy) SIGNED

SB1505  health information; disclosures; prohibition SIGNED


NOTE: After a Bill is received by Governor having been passed by both House and Senate, the Governor may sign the Bill or allow the Bill to become law without his signature if he takes no action during next five days (or ten days after adjournment). 

The Governor may veto a Bill, but must return Bill to House stating his reasons. The House and Senate may override the Governor’s veto by a two thirds vote (or three-fourths, if an emergency measure).


House Bills

HB2017 appropriation; STEM; learning; workforce development

Passed H-ED, Passed Rules, Transmitted to SENATE

Passed S-ED, Passed S-APPROP Pending RulesWatch Budget Bills

HB2024 CTEDs; internships; funding – Support  

Passed H-ED, Passed H-RULES, Transmitted to SENATE

Passed S-ED, Pending RulesWatch Budget Bills

HB2124 CTEDs; average daily membership – Support

Passed H-ED,  APPROP (W/D), Passed RULES, Transmitted to SENATE

Passed S-ED, Pending RULES – Watch Budget Bills

HB2190 criminal justice case information; reporting
    (NOW: reporting; criminal justice case information) Opposed to Strike Everything : H.B. 2190, relating to vaccines; governments;
businesses 5/20 FAILED in Senate on 3rd Read – Motion to reconsider carried on 5/24
HB2427 unused tax credit; termination; time. NOW: attendance boundaries; schools; open enrollment

Passed H-WM, Passed RULES, Transmitted to SENATE

Passed S-FIN -Passed Rules, Pending Floor

HB2538 supported decision-making; supporter obligations

Passed H-JUD, Passed RULES, Transmitted to SENATE

Passed S-JUD, Passed Rules, 5/26 Failed 3rd read 15-14-1

HB2562 tax credit; affordable housing. – Watch for potential amendment


Senate Bills

SB1078 medical student loan program

Passed S-APPROP, Passed RULES, Transmitted to HOUSE 

Passed S-APPROP, Pending RULES

SB1270 insurance; prescription drugs; step therapy – Support

Passed S-HHS, Passed RULES , Transmitted to HOUSE

Passed H-HHS, Passed RULES, Pending Floor 

SB1295 advanced placement courses; exams; appropriations – Support

Passed S-ED, Passed S-APPROP, Passed RULES, Transmitted to HOUSE

Passed H-ED, Passed H-APPROP, Pending RULES



newborn screening program; testing – Support

Passed S-HHS, Passed S-RULES – Transmitted to HOUSE

Passed H-HHS, Passed H-APPROP, Pending Rules

See BUDGET Bill page 12 

Bills that did not progress 

Bills must be heard in the originating chamber by February 19, 2021 and in the second chamber by March 26, 2021.  Additional time is given to appropriations bills and for rules.


HB2061  CTEDs; nonprofits; postsecondary institutions; agreements

HB2062  student apprenticeship program; tax credits 

HB2065  medical freedom; parental rights 

HB2102  AHCCCS; pregnant women; dental care 

HB2103  nursing shortage; workforce preparation; plan

HB2123  CTEDs; fourth-year funding – Strike everything amendment to H.B. 2123, relating to pupil suspensions and expulsions; schools – S/E Failed on Concurrence

HB2254  end-of-life decisions; terminally ill patients

HB2255  commerce authority; qualified investors; report

HB2352  tax credits; grants; reporting; repeals

HB2353  tax expenditures; review; sunset

HB2422  patients’ bill of rights

HB2423  immunizations; exemption; requirements

HB2487  conversion therapy; prohibition; sexual orientation

HB2500  youth entrepreneurship; pilot program; appropriation

HB2512  medical services; purchase; premiums

HB2514  smoking regulation; electronic smoking devices

HB2515 electronic smoking devices; tobacco sales

HB2540  developmental disabilities; spina bifida.

HB2564  children’s health insurance; waiting period 

HB2625  overdose; disease prevention; programs 

HB2630 maternal mental health; advisory committee. 

HB2637  appropriation; STEM internships. – SEE SB1174

HB2644  school health program; appropriation. 

HB2653  government contracts; antidiscrimination; civil rights

HB2687  medical products; condition of employment. 

HB2695  HIV medication; prior authorization; prohibition 

HB2761  essential drugs; price increases; limits

HB2865 personal data; processing; security standards

HB2890  prescription drugs; upper payment limit.


SB1075  health care insurance; amendments. 

SB1103  lieutenant governor; duties; ballot – STRIKER tobacco, vaping

SB1108  tax omnibus

SB1109  individual income tax; rate adjustment

SB1190  price gouging; abnormal market disruptions

SB1093  developmental disabilities; spina bifida 

SB1145  telemedicine; physicians 

SB1174  appropriation; STEM internships

SB1179  CTEDs; fourth-year funding.

SB1206  health care insurance; hearing aids

SB1289  fourth-year funding; CTEDs 

SB1302  CTEDs; average daily membership.

SB1320  health insurance; surprise out-of-network bills

SB1418  pharmacy; compounding; terminally ill patients See SB1353

SB1421  appropriations; STEM internships.- See SB1174

SB1430highly fatal; definition

SB1523  health insurance; requirements; essential benefits.

SB1528  Maricopa; STEM workforce programs; appropriation

SB1537  Alzheimer’s; dementias; advisory council

SB1578  large electronics; recycling

SB1648  COVID-19 vaccine; condition of employment

SB1682  health care providers; telemedicine

SB1725  insulin drugs; cost sharing limit

SB1732  prescription drugs; importation program

SB1749  prescription drugs; upper payment limit.

SB1771  adult immunizations; reporting system.

SB1728  children’s health insurance program; eligibility