Governor Ducey Takes Action On 25 Bills

News Release

April 20, 2021

PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey took action on 25 pieces of legislation today, including bills that celebrate cultural tradition in schools and expand opportunities for those who served their time and want to advance their careers. 

“In Arizona, we focus on smart policy that benefits people of all backgrounds and from all areas,” said Governor Ducey. “Today’s bills are good for Arizonans, including legislation to strengthen Arizona’s responsible approach to criminal justice reform. My thanks goes to all the lawmakers for their continued work to serve our great state.”

House Bill (HB) 2705, sponsored by Representative Arlando Teller, ensures students may wear traditional tribal regalia or objects of cultural significance at a graduation ceremony. The legislation builds on current law that states a school board may not prohibit a student from wearing a religious or cultural accessory or a hairpiece while participating in an extracurricular or athletic activity unless the item is determined to jeopardize the health or safety of participants.

H.B. 2787 builds upon a previous bill, Senate Bill (SB) 1436 signed in 2018, that helps Arizonans with criminal convictions seek and receive a state credential such as a license or certificate. H.B. 2787 balances public safety by helping to ensure individuals are not in a position to reoffend by virtue of being licensed, while also strengthening measures that prohibit state agencies from negatively considering an applicant’s past. 

The legislation also defines the term “moral turpitude” that is widely seen throughout Arizona Revised Statutes, but has remained ambiguous and up for interpretation by individual state agencies and boards. This bill will continue to open doors and provide Arizonans with second chances. H.B. 2787 and H.B. 1436 were sponsored by Representative Judy Burges. 

H.B. 2310 supports state autonomy by allowing the Executive Director of the Legislative Council to review an executive order issued by the U.S. President that has not been approved by Congressional vote and signed into law, at the request of at least one state legislator. The bill also allows a legislator to request that the Attorney General examine the legality of an executive order and allows the Attorney General to file a declaratory judgement action in federal district court if the order is deemed illegal.

The legislation only applies to executive orders issued after the bill’s general effective date. It was sponsored by Representative Bret Roberts.

Below is a list of all the bills the Governor signed today: 

S.B. 1353 terminally ill patients; compounding; pharmacy (Barto)
S.B. 1366 remediated groundwater use; date; extension (Kerr)
S.B. 1412 probation; prisoners; protective orders (Kerr)
S.B. 1447 military installation fund; property conveyance (Kerr)
S.B. 1645 publication of notice (Shope)
H.B. 2019 CTEDs; district governing boards; elections (Udall)
H.B. 2031 education and community enrichment plates (Kavanagh)
H.B. 2069 genetic testing; requirements; data; enforcement (Roberts)
H.B. 2129 rodeo special plates (Chaplik)
H.B. 2130 intensive probation; requirements; modification (Blackman)
H.B. 2144 transportation revisions (Pratt)
H.B. 2158 protective orders; central repository; notification (Kavanagh)
H.B. 2266 medical assistants; training requirements (Grantham)
H.B. 2268 schools; total compensation statements (Grantham)
H.B. 2310 executive orders; review; attorney general (Roberts)
H.B. 2388 water supply development fund (Griffin)
H.B. 2508 money transmitters; exemptions; authorized delegates (Bolick)
H.B. 2541 patient utilization report; definition (Wilmeth)
H.B. 2633 long-term care services; allowed practitioner (Shah)
H.B. 2649 computer data centers; tax incentives (Toma)
H.B. 2692 right-hand driving; transfer notice; education (Griffin)
H.B. 2705 schools; dress codes; graduation ceremonies (Teller)
H.B. 2787 occupational regulation; good character; definition (Burges)
H.B. 2816 children and families special plates (Wilmeth) 

The Governor vetoed the following bill: 

S.B. 1456 sex education instruction; parental rights (Barto)

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