The Arizona Legislature has passed and Gov. Jan Brewer has signed into law 158 pieces of legislation so far this session.
On Monday, she put her signature on nearly three-dozen bills, including two that deal with guns and House Bill 2262, which requires scrap-metal dealers to register with the state Department of Public Safety. HB 2455 prohibits local governments from destroying forfeited firearms and instead requires them to sell the weapons. Another measure, HB 2326, prevents cities from keeping records that identify the owners of certain firearms, such as if the firearm was purchased from a federally licensed dealer.
Most of the laws go into effect 90 days after the session ends. There is no end date yet scheduled, so the exact effective date is still unknown. A few of the laws included emergency clauses and went into effect as soon as they were signed.
Here are some of the new laws:
Elections: Prohibits state and local governments, schools, commissions and committees from using public money or resources to influence an election. They can use public resources to present neutral and factual information. Creates a civil penalty of up to $5,000 for violators.
Telecommunications records: Prohibits a city, town or county from disclosing any records containing telecommunications construction information or the location of telecommunications lines, equipment and plants.
Tampering with utilities: Makes it a crime to tamper with utility property, including defacing any utility property or connecting any wire to a utility property without authorization.
Marijuana cultivation: Allows county zoning ordinances to apply to the cultivation of marijuana.
Victim compensation fund: Removes the requirement that a county’s victim compensation fund can only be used to assist victims with medical, counseling or funeral expenses, or lost wages.
Homeowners-association restrictions: HOAs created after Dec. 31, 2014, cannot regulate public roads in the HOA.
Adoption requirements: A fingerprint clearance card satisfies the requirement for the state and federal criminal-records check required as part of the adoption certification process.
Aquatic poisons: Requires the Arizona Game and Fish Department to conduct a study of the potential impacts before putting antimycin A or rotenone in any water.
DUI penalties: A person can no longer join a continuous alcohol monitoring program in lieu of getting an ignition interlock device and prohibits someone required to use an interlock device to drive an employer’s vehicle without a device.
Orthodontics: Excludes the sale of orthodontic devices by a licensed dental professional from state and city sales taxes, retroactive to Sept. 30, 2007.
Bankruptcy: Several changes to bankruptcy regulations, including increasing the value limit of personal items that are exempt from the bankruptcy process and adding a computer to the list of exempted personal items.
Service animals: Exempts disabled individuals from having to pay county or city licensing fees for service animals or search-and-rescue dogs; updates the definition of service animal to clarify that the providing of emotional support or companionship do not constitute service work and that a service animal can be a dog or a miniature horse but no other type of animal.
Telemedicine: Requires health-insurance companies after Jan. 1, 2015, to cover services provided through telemedicine in rural areas if those services would be covered during an in-person visit; allows companies to impose deductibles and co-pays for telemedicine services as long as they are equal to an in-person fee.