Feb 23, 2024 - News

Illegal immigration ballot measure and more happening at the Arizona Capitol

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Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Arizona House and Senate had jam-packed schedules this week as they dealt with the flood of bills that survived a key committee deadline last Thursday.

Here's what legislation we're watching:

👀 A measure that would require state and local governments to use E-Verify for all public benefits recipients took a step toward the November ballot after House Republicans passed it on a party-line vote. The online system verifies whether someone is legally eligible to work in the U.S.

  • Because it's a ballot referral it wouldn't need Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs' signature if the Senate passes it.
  • It would also apply to all licenses issued by government agencies and be required of employers verifying contractors.

⛔ Bills making it a state crime to enter the country illegally were approved by Republicans in the House and Senate, even though Hobbs has threatened to veto them.

🗳 Another proposed ballot measure would require a 60% threshold in bond elections for school districts and other political entities. It received preliminary approval in the House and still needs a full chamber vote.

📱 A bill to make it a felony to secretly record phone calls is awaiting a full House vote.

🚗 Electric vehicle owners would pay a new annual $135 fee to cover road funding — since they aren't subject to the gas tax — under a bill moving through the state House.

  • Per the Arizona Constitution, the new tax must receive a two-thirds vote.

🐌 A bill that would impose a $250 fine for driving "less than the normal speed of traffic" in the left lane was narrowly defeated in the Senate.

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