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The Capitol Roundup: July 16, 2018

The Capitol Roundup: July 16, 2018

Taking the Initiative
?At the Statehouse…
Last week brought another big milestone in the 2018 election cycle: signatures on citizen ballot initiatives were due July 5. Though citizens submitted a wide range of ideas, most – including an attempt to legalize all marijuana use and add requirements for companies that perform dialysis – did not collect the necessary signatures.

Only four filed their petitions with the Secretary of State by the deadline (initiative supporters determine the proposals’ titles):

The initiatives could significantly impact Arizona policies, and all will inspire passionate debate until the November election. Elections offices around the state are reviewing the signatures and petitions, and county recorders will verify a random sample to determine whether those sample signatures do belong to registered voters. Once the Secretary of State obtains the results from county recorders on the random samples of signatures, opponents of the initiatives are likely to take legal action to keep proposals off the ballot based on signature fraud or other procedural errors. Such errors can often be highlighted to consider further legal action on, with many looking at these kinds of fraud from a court’s viewpoint. If it is something an individual discovers happens, they can learn more here about their legal options.

While courts are considering challenges to the initiatives, a legal fight is also unfolding about legislative changes to the initiative process itself. It’s safe to say that Arizonans will hear a lot about these issues – and others on the ballot – in the coming months.

In the News

TCR-07-16-18-pic1.jpgThis week, Governor Ducey announcedmore funding that was included in the state budget for the Border Strike Force he created to reduce crimes and increase security at the border and called for more of the state’s occupational licensing boards to waive fees for low-income Arizonans.

Legislators started a new discussion about online sales tax after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states may collect them, and Arizona’s water experts continued their work on a contingency plan in case the Colorado River supply is cut back because of drought – a plan that might lead to legislation.

The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will start its next term with an Arizona case that could impact a wide range of government personnel decisions,

Opioids in the News

As states seek to find policies that balance patient needs with abuse prevention, Arizona is at the forefront of the debate.

On the Bright Side…

The Arizona Department of Economic Security and Arizona Department of Corrections shared some success stories from the more than 1,000 former inmates that have benefited from the agencies’ joint efforts to reduce recidivism and find jobs for those who have been incarcerated, and a grant from UnitedHealthcare will expand dental and vision screeningsto school districts.

On the Federal Front…

Action Alert

?Act Now – Vote Possible Today! Tell the Senate to Delay EVV Implementation

Urge Congress to Pass the EMPOWER Care Act

Major Events Ahead

Senate Vote Expected This Week on Delay of EVV

The Senate is expected to vote as early as today on a bill to delay by one year Electronic Visit Verification (EVV) requirements for tracking when personal care services are provided to people with disabilities. The bill also expresses the sense of Congress that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services should hold at least one public meeting and solicit ongoing stakeholder input on its recently-issued guidance. The House of Representatives passed its version of the bill (H.R.6042) by voice vote last month. Learn more about this billhere. The Arc urges advocates to contact their Senators as soon as possible.

Major Recent Events

Senate Committee Holds Hearing on Paid Family Leave

On July 11, the Senate Finance Committee’s Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy held a hearing on “Examining the Importance of Paid Family Leave for American Working Families.” Witnesses were Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA); Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY); Andrew Biggs, Ph.D., Resident Scholar, American Enterprise Institute; Vicki Shabo, Vice President for Workplace Policies and Strategies, National Partnership for Women & Families; and Carolyn O’Boyle, Managing Director, Deloitte Services, LLP. Visit the Committee web site for more information including opening statements, testimony, and archived video of the hearing.


Oklahoma Opens Qualified ABLE Program

Oklahoma recently opened a new ABLE program, bringing the total number of jurisdictions with ABLE programs to 37. The program is currently only open to Oklahoma residents. It has five investment options. Accounts have a $3.50 monthly maintenance fee and asset-based fees ranging from 0.19% to 0.33% for investment options. The minimum initial deposit is $50. More information about state implementation of the ABLE Act can be found here.


??Prepared by:
Peters, Cannata & Moody, PLC
www.pcmlawaz.comThe Arc of Arizona
www.arcarizona.organdThe Arc of the United States

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