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2014 Legislative Summary

NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona Supported Legislation

AZ SB 1188 Bullying; Sexual Orientation; Gender Identity
Sponsor (s): Sens. Ableser, Dalessandro, Gallardo, Hobbs
Status at Sine Die: Held in Committee

Prescribe and enforce policies and procedures to prohibit pupils from harassing, intimidating and bullying other pupils, including harassing, intimidating and bullying other pupils based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity,on school grounds, on school property, on school buses, at school bus stops, at school‑sponsored events and activities and through the use of electronic technology or electronic communication on school computers, networks, forums and mailing lists that include the following

AZ SB 1259 Emergency Contraception; Pharmacies
Sponsor (s): Sen.s Tovar, Dalessandro, Gallardo, Hobbs, Pancrazi, Ableser, Farley, Meza
Status at Sine Die: Held in Committee
A pharmacy that is licensed pursuant to this chapter must properly fill valid prescription orders presented to the pharmacy by or a customer. If the pharmacy is unable to fulfill the valid prescription the pharmacist must make every effort to either obtain a timely order, transfer the prescription to another local pharmacy of the customer’s choice, or return the unfilled prescription AND refer the customer to another local pharmacy with timely access to the drug or device prescribed. A pharmacist must treat each customer with respect and dignity, making good faith efforts to ensure seamless delivery of the prescription. Additionally, a health professional who provides care to a victim of rape must provide the patient with information about emergency contraception and must provide a prescription at the patient’s request.

AZ SB 1261 Sex Education; Parental Opt-Out
Sponsor (s): Sen.s Ableser, Dalessandro, Farley, Gallardo, Pancrazi, Hobbs, Meza, Gallego
Status at Sine Die:
Held in Committee
The right to opt out of a sex education curriculum if one is provided by the school district. If a school district offers any sex education curricula pursuant to section 15‑711 or 15‑716 or pursuant to any rules adopted by the state board of education, procedures to allowa school district to provide sex education instruction to a pupil unless the pupil's parent providesAwritten objection to the child participatingin the sex education curricula.

AZ HCM 2006 Extension; Ratification Deadline; ERA
Sponsor (s): Reps. Steele, Alston, Campbell, Cardenas, Gabaldon, Gallego, Hernandez, Quezada, Hobbs, Pancrazi, Fann, McCune-Davis, Mendez, Meyer, Saldate, Townsend, Wheeler, Begay, Tovar
Status at Sine Die: Second House Read
That the United States Congress remove the Equal Rights Amendment ratification deadline on the national level by enacting Senate Joint Resolution 15 and House Joint Resolution 43 as introduced in the 113thCongress.

AZ HB 2371 Abortion; Permitted Practices
Sponsor (s): Reps. Gonzales, Steele, Gallardo, Cardenas, Gabaldon
Status at Sine Die: Not Assigned
Adopt rules establishing those acts that may be performed by a registered nurse practitioner in collaboration with a licensed physician (removes the narrowed scope of practice and relating to abortion).

AZ HB 2493 Abortion; Informed Consent
Sponsor (s):
Reps. Otondo, Alston, Escamilla, Gabaldon, Mendez, Sherwood, Steele, Farley, Gallardo, Hobbs, Campbell, Gallego, Gonzales, Larkin, Mach, Meyer, Wheeler, Bradley, Cajero-Bedford, Pancrazi, Tovar
Status at Sine Die: Not Assigned
At least twenty‑four hours before the abortion, the physician who is to perform the abortion or the referring physician has informed the woman, orally and in person, has been informed of the physician, the nature of the procedure, the immediate and long-term risks, alternatives to the procedure, probable anatomical characteristics, probable gestational age, and medical risks for carrying a pregnancy to term (removes the requirement that the practicing physician provide this information in person 24 hours prior to the procedure).

AZ HB 2494 Board of Nursing; Rules; Abortion
Sponsor (s): Reps. Otondo, Alston, Escamilla, Gabaldon, Gallego, Gonzales, Mendez, Sherwood, Steele, Farley, Gallardo, Hobbs, Campbell, Larkin, Meyer, Wheeler, Bradley, Cajero-Bedford, Pancrazi, Tovar
Status at Sine Die: Not Assigned
Adopt rules establishing those acts that may be performed by a registered nurse practitioner in collaboration with a licensed physician (removes the narrowed scope of practice and relating to abortion and board discretion).

AZ HB 2495 Telemedicine; Abortion; Repeal Prohibition
Sponsor (s):
Rep.s Otondo, Alston, Escamilla, Gabaldon, Gallego, Gonzales, Mendez, Sherwood, Steele, Farley, Gallardo, Status at Sine Die: Not Assigned
Hobbs, Campbell, Larkin, Meyer, Wheeler, Bradley, Cajero-Bedford, Pancrazi, Tovar
Repealing section 36-3604, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to telemedicine.

AZ HB 2574 abortion; criminal classifications; civil actions
Sponsor (s):
Rep.s Meyer, Mendez, Steele, Gallardo, Alston, Quezada
Status at Sine Die: Not Assigned

A physician shall not knowingly perform a partial‑birth abortion and there by kill a human fetus. A person shall not knowingly perform an abortion knowing that the abortion is sought based on the sex or race of the child or the race of a parent of that child (removes the criminal/felony injunctive relief against the physician and patient).


NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona Opposed Legislation

AZ SB 1062 / HB 2153 Exercise of Religion; State Action
Sponsor (s): Rep.s Yarbrough, Barto, Worsley; Sen.s Farnsworth, Allen, Boyer, Coleman, Gowan, Gray, Kavanaugh, Kwasman, Lesko, Livingston, Montenegro, Petersen,, Pierce, Smith, Thorpe, Tobin, Townsend, Barton, Mesnard, Mitchell
Status at Sine Die: Vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer on February 26, 2014
Modifies the definition of exercise of religion and allows a person to assert a free exercise claim or defense in a judicial proceeding regardless of whether the government is a party to the proceeding. Redefines "Person” to include any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church, estate, trust, foundation or other legal entity.

AZ SB 1379 Health Professionals; State Regulation; Exemption
Sponsor (s): Sen.s Barto, Ward
Status at Sine Die: 
Signed by Gov. Jan Brewer April 30, 2014
A health professional who provides services at a free medical clinic that does not provide abortions may do so without being licensed or otherwise authorized to provide care.

AZ HB 2159 Technical Correction; Abortion; Informed Consent
Sponsor (s): Rep. Lesko
Status at Sine Die: Not Assigned
The department of health services shall establish a website and shall annually update the website. (Removes the 90 day effective date and likely to be used as a "strike all” bill later in session).

AZ HB 2196 Election Law Amendments; Repeal
Sponsor (s): Rep. Farnsworth
Status at Sine Die: Second House Read
Requires a political committee that files petitions with the Secretary of State (SOS) to organize and group the signature sheets. It authorized the SOS to return as unfiled any signature sheets not organized and grouped and provided the ability of a political committee to increase the standard for challenging the validity of petition circulators by contracting for background checks by a private entity. Amendments added strict compliance to requirements for initiatives, referenda and recalls, prohibited the collection of early ballots by a political committee or volunteer and assessed a criminal penalty for a violation, removed registrants from the Permanent Early Voting List under certain circumstances, amended the number of signatures required for nomination petitions, defined terms and made other changes relating to elections.

AZ HB 2284 Abortion Clinics; Inspections; Minors; Reporting
Sponsor (s): Rep.s Lesko, Allen, Borelli, Mesnard, Smith, Thorpe, Barto, Burges, Farnsworth, Murphy, Ward, Yarbough, Yee, Forese, Gray, Livingston, Montenegro, Crandell, Griffin, Melvin
Status at Sine Die: Signed by Gov. Jan Brewer April 15, 2014

Regulations regarding licensure of abortion clinics, makes it a Class 1 misdemeanor to assist a minor in obtaining an abortion in violation of state statute and adds to the abortion reporting requirements. On determination by the Director that there is reasonable cause to believe a health care institution is not adhering to the licensing provisions, the Director and any duly designated employee or agent, including county health representatives and county or municipal fire inspectors may enter on and into the premises to determine the state of compliance with this chapter, the adopted rules and local fire ordinances or rules.

 
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