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2014 Legislative Update

NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona Supported Legislation

Bill No.s:

AZ SB 1188 bullying; sexual orientation; gender identity

Sponsor (s):

Sens. Ableser, Dalessandro, Gallardo, Hobbs

Summary:

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

Status:

Senate Rules: (01/27/2014)


Bill No.s:

AZ SB 1259 emergency contraception; pharmacies

Sponsor (s):

Sen.s Tovar, Dalessandro, Gallardo, Hobbs, Pancrazi, Ableser, Farley, Meza

Summary:

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.

Status:

Senate Rules: (01/29/2014)


Bill No.s:

AZ SB 1261 sex education; parental opt-out

Sponsor (s):

Sen.s Ableser, Dalessandro, Farley, Gallardo, Pancrazi, Hobbs, Meza, Gallego

Summary:

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.

Status:

Senate Rules: (01/29/2014)


Bill No.s:

AZ HCM 2006 urging 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

Summary:

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.

Status:

House Second Read: (01/29/2014)


Bill No.s:

AZ HB 2371 abortion; permitted practices

Sponsor (s):

Reps. Gonzales, Steele, Gallardo, Cardenas, Gabaldon

Summary:

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).

Status:

Not assigned


Bill No.s:

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

Summary:

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).

Status:

Not assigned


Bill No.s:

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

Summary:

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).

Status:

Not assigned


Bill No.s:

AZ HB 2495 telemedicine; abortion; repeal prohibition

Sponsor (s):

Rep.s Otondo, Alston, Escamilla, Gabaldon, Gallego, Gonzales, Mendez, Sherwood, Steele, Farley, Gallardo, Hobbs, Campbell, Larkin, Meyer, Wheeler, Bradley, Cajero-Bedford, Pancrazi, Tovar

Summary:

Repealing section 36-3604, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to telemedicine.

Status:

Not assigned


Bill No.s:

AZ HB 2574 abortion; criminal classifications; civil actions

Sponsor (s):

Rep.s Meyer, Mendez, Steele, Gallardo, Alston, Quezada

Summary:

Aphysicianshall not knowinglyperform a partial‑birth abortion and therebykill 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).

Status:

Not assigned

NARAL Pro-Choice Arizona Opposed Legislation

Bill No.s:

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

Summary:

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.

Status:

Governor Jan Brewer Veto: (02/26/2014)


Bill No.s:

AZ SB 1379 health professionals; state regulation; exemption

Sponsor (s):

Sen.s Barto, Ward

Summary:

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.

Status:

First COW Read: (04/02/2014)


Bill No.s:

AZ HB 2159 technical correction; abortion; informed consent

Sponsor (s):

Rep. Lesko

Summary:

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).

Status:

Not assigned


Bill No.s:

AZ HB 2196 election law amendments; repeal...

Sponsor (s):

Rep. Farnsworth

Summary:

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.

Status:

House Second Read (01/30/2014)


Bill No.s:

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

Summary:

HB 2284 includes 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.

Status:

Signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer (April 15, 2014)

 
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