As the Legislative Session in Phoenix came to a close we wanted to
provide you all with some of the important legislation that was
Laser Pointer/Aircraft: It is now a class one misdemeanor to knowingly
or intentionally aim a laser at an occupied aircraft.
National Instant Criminal Background Checks: The State is working on
getting all law enforcement personnel the ability to know when a
person is a prohibited possessor for mental health reasons. We’ll
update you as details become available on how that information will be
Silver Alert System: DPS will add missing/vulnerable adults to their
State-wide alert system.
Blue Alert System: DPS will also add active/ongoing law enforcement
incidents and suspect information to their State-wide alert system.
Human Trafficking and Prostitution: Adds child prostitution and sex
trafficking to the definition of racketeering.
CPS: The state allocated $80 million to try and revamp our Child
Welfare system. This may lead to to the way we interact with the
Agency and we’ll provide you all more details as they become
There are a few pending federal items that CLEAA members spoke to
elected officials about during Police Week in Washington, DC.
The first is “Smarter Sentencing” which is legislation that would set
a large number of federal prisoners free earlier than their original
sentences. The legislation is attempting to target non-violent drug
offenses. Obviously, we are wary of any legislation that sets
convicted felons free, so we are monitoring the details of this
legislation as it is changed/amended.
Several Arizona federal Representatives and Senators are also
considering additional grants for Arizona Law Enforcement Agencies to
hire more personnel. One idea being considered is a grant for school
resource Officers. We will keep you updated as details develop.