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Keeping You Informed

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    Posted on: March 31st, 2014

    Fellow Members,

    In an effort to keep you continuously informed, we wanted to provide you with a “run down” of pending bills before the Arizona State Legislature. We are now more than halfway through the session so here are some important issues:

    HB 2164:
    A person commits aiming a laser pointer at an occupied aircraft if the person intentionally or knowingly directs the beam of light from a “laser pointer or laser emitting device” (defined) at an aircraft and the person knows or reasonably should know that the aircraft is occupied. Aiming a laser pointer at an occupied aircraft is a class 5 Felony. This bill is almost through the State Senate and will head back to the House for final approval.

    HB 2563:
    Various changes relating to law enforcement officers and probation officers. Statutes governing discipline of law enforcement officers and probation officers, including time limitations, internal investigations, polygraph examinations and appeals, and statutes governing law enforcement or probation officers as witnesses are repealed and replaced.

    HB 2199:
    A tail lamp is added to the list of vehicle lamps that must be maintained at all times in good working condition, in addition to a stop lamp or other signal lamps.

    HB 2249:
    Security officers employed by a private prison contractor must be certified by the AZ Peace officer Standards and Training Board. Private prison contractors security guards have no authority or jurisdiction outside the grounds of a private prison facility. A person who exercises the authority or performs the duties of a peace officer without being AZPOST certified is guilty of a class 1 misdemeanor.

    HB 2318:
    Before arresting both parties for domestic violence, a peace officer is required to evaluate each alleged act of domestic violence to determine if either party was the predominant aggressor based on specified factors. If the officer determines that one party is the predominant aggressor, the officer may choose not to arrest the other party.

    HB 2376:
    It is a nonmoving civil traffic violation to use a handheld wireless communication device to manually write, send or read a written message while operating a motor vehicle. Some exceptions. Violations are subject to a civil penalty of $50 or $200 if the person is involved in a motor vehicle accident. Establishes a warning period from January 1, 2015 through January 31, 2015. Effective January 1, 2015.

    HB 2461:
    Statute allowing probation officers to serve warrants, make arrests and bring persons before the court apply in all counties, instead of only in counties with a population of more than 2 million (Maricopa County).
    ARS Titles Affected: 12
    First sponsor: Rep. E. Farnsworth

    HB 2476:
    The state, counties, municipalities, school districts and other political subdivisions are prohibited from diverting any portion of an employee’s wages to pay for labor organization dues unless the employer has a prior written authorization from the employee dated in the same tax year as the date of withholding.

    HB 2590:
    It is a class 1 misdemeanor for a minor to possess a “graffiti implement” (defined) while on public or private property without the express consent of the owner or responsible agent of the property. Some exceptions. It is a class 1 misdemeanor for a minor to misrepresent their age with intent to induce another person to sell or furnish a graffiti implement to the minor. It is a class 3 misdemeanor for a minor to solicit another person to purchase, sell or furnish the minor with a graffiti implement. It is unlawful for any person who owns or operates a business where graffiti implements are sold to store or display them in an area accessible to the public without employee assistance. Violations are subject to a civil penalty of at least $500.

    SB 1094:
    School boards and school district superintendents are prohibited from deducting any third party payment from an employee’s paycheck unless the employee annually provides advance express written or electronic authorization. Some exceptions. Violations are subject to a civil penalty of at least $10,000, to be deposited in the state general fund. Severability clause. Emergency clause.

    SB 1284:
    Various changes relating to public safety officers. Peace officers are authorized to request that the general public be prohibited from accessing the officer’s personal identifying information contained in any record maintained by the clerk of the superior court by filing an affidavit with specified information. The redaction of the officer’s information, if granted by the court, is in effect for five years. The Cancer Insurance Policy Program administered by the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System for participating employers that employ firefighters and peace officers is expanded to include corrections officers and detention officers. Eliminates the repeal date of October 1, 2014 for the Public Safety Supplemental Benefits Plan.

    SB 1450:
    A beneficiary designated by a deceased member of the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System must be paid a surviving spouse’s pension only if it does not result in an abrogation of a deceased member’s community property obligations.

    HB 2418:

    This is the bill that was changed by the Senate Government committee to prevent our associations from deducting dues. Due to our efforts, this bill was almost defeated in that committee. We continue our fight against this legislation.

    We are asking all of our members to please email Representative Stevens at dstevens@azleg.gov and inform him you are a registered voter and against this legislation.