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Arizona Legislature: For weekly updates on Arizona legislative bills related to disability go to www.azdes.gov/ADDPC/Legislation

Arizona Legislature:

Go to the online Arizona Legislative Information System website at www.azleg.gov to find:

  • Your legislator contact information and bills they have sponsored or co-sponsored
  • Legislative committee information
  • The process a bill has to go through to become law
  • Proposed legislation – bill content, overview and summary
  • Legislative committee members and committee schedules
  • Ability to testify on bills at committee hearings online through the “Request to Speak” (RTS) system**
  • Personalized tracking system called “ALIS” that allows you to register and track bills that are important to you

** To use this personalized bill tracking system or testify online, you need to first get signed up in the electronic system, which must be done in person at the state Capitol. Kiosks for signing up are located in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.

53rd Arizona Legislature, First Regular Session

Monday, January 9, 2017 is the start of the next session. In case you’ve missed this information, below are the names of those holding leadership roles.

House of Representatives: Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard, House Majority Leader John Allen, House Majority Whip Kelly Townsend; House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios, House Assistant Minority Leader Randy Friese, and House Minority Whip Charlene Fernandez.

Senate: Senate President Steve Yarbrough, Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee, Senate Majority Whip Gail Griffin, President pro tempore Debbie Lesko; Senate Minority Leader Katie Hobbs, Senate Assistant Minority Leader Steve Farley, and Senate Minority Co-Whips Martin Quezada and Lupe Contreras.

Committee Members are listed on the Arizona State Legislature’s website at:


Senate Deadlines: http://www.azleg.gov/alispdfs/senatedeadlines.pdf

House Deadlines: http://www.azleg.gov/alispdfs/housedeadlines.pdf


Check out the new look of the Arizona State Legislature website: www.azleg.gov

Need to learn more about the legislative process? See Arizona Bill or Bill to Law.

Find and review bill information HERE.

Learn about the budget process HERE.

Research the State Constitution HERE.

Learn more at Frequently Asked Questions linked HERE.


Fiscal News

Joint Legislative Budget Committee

JLBC – Monthly Fiscal Highlights December 2016 HERE reports “Year-to-date, … General Fund revenues are 3.3% above the prior year and are $65.5 million above the enacted forecast.”

Arizona Economic Trends – December 2016 HERE

Estimated Impacts of Changes to the Affordable Care Act HERE

To find United States Congressional Representatives, go to:


To find Congressional bills:


Other Alerts and Information:

Latest on Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) Ratification:

On December 4th, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities came to a vote on the floor of the U.S. Senate. Despite bipartisan leadership on the issue and the support of the disability and veteran community, the Senate failed to achieve the super-majority vote it needed to ratify the treaty by a mere 5 votes.

Assisted Suicide Statements

In states which have legalized assisted suicide, according to data from Oregon, over a third of those who request assistance to die do so because of “feelings of being a burden” and over 90% cite “loss of autonomy” as a factor.

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Arizonans with Disability Profile Fact Sheet

Arizonans with disabilities seek to live as independently as possible, work and contribute to their community to their fullest capacity.

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