AZBio Legislative Watch List for 2022
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 2022
AZBio is supported at the State Capitol by our contract lobbyists at Dorn Policy Group.
- Thursday 1/13 – 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 2/4 – House Bill Request Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
- Monday 2/7 – House Bill Introduction Deadline (5:00 p.m.)
- Friday 2/18 – Last Day to Hear SBs in Senate Committees / Last Day to Hear HBs in House Committees
- S-HHS meeting 2/21 with permission of the Senate President
- Appropriations bills have an additional 2 weeks.
- Friday 3/25 Last Day to Hear SBs in House Committees / Last Day to Hear HBs in Senate Committees
- Friday 4/15 Last Day for Conference Committees (By Senate and House Rule)
- Tuesday 4/19 100th Day of Session
Adjournment sine die on Saturday, April 23, 2022– regular sessions shall be adjourned sine die no later than the Saturday of the week in which the 100th day 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.
* 1/17/22 Martin Luther King, Jr./Civil Rights Day
Active Bills at the Second Regular Session, 55th Legislature, 2022
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.
Signed by Governor
HB2086 DHS; school immunizations; exclusions
HB2144 health insurance coverage; biomarker testing
HB2371 Enforcement Prohibition; Vaccinations; Requirements
HB2434 surgical smoke evacuation; requirements
HB2453 governmental entities; mask requirement; prohibition
HB2490 pharmacists; providers; collaborative practice agreements
HB2498 COVID-19; vaccination requirements; prohibition
HB2594 trauma recovery centers; grants
HB2616 mask mandates; minors; parental consent
HB2635 health care workers; assault; prevention
SB1009 state of emergency; executive powers
SB1162 opioid prescriptions; intractable pain; exceptions
SB1163 individualized investigational treatment; availability; prohibitions
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).
Note: The following bills align with AZBio priorities. To view all budget related bills, click here and view ranges beginning with HB2841 in the House and SB 1722 in the Senate.
Bills with statutory provisions by category needed to implement the FY 2023 budget.
HB2017 STEM funding; appropriation
Includes establishing the Behavioral Health Care Provider Loan Repayment Program and the Arizona Health Innovation Trust Fund (AHIT)
Includes changes to the Community College funding formula and establishes the Arizona Veterinary Loan Assistance Program
Updates the per pupil funding formula and adds workforce and adult education programs
Establishes the Department of Revenue Integrated Tax System Project (ITSP) ) consisting of a)Fees assessed to local governments; b) Monies from the 0.6% education sales tax [including TRIF]; and c) Monies from the marijuana excise tax (Sec. 4, 6)
Re-establishes the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority as a separate state agency with a governing board and several committees to assist in reviewing applications for fund monies. Authorizes WIFA to engage in public-private partnerships for water supply development projects. Establishes the Long-Term Water Augmentation Fund to primarily fund projects to import water into Arizona. Amends the criteria for the Water Supply Development Revolving Fund and increases the amount of a single fund grant to $2,000,000. Repeals the Drought Mitigation Board and transfer most of its fund monies to the Water Supply Development Revolving Fund.