The Arizona State Legislature officially opened its 55th Legislative Session on January 11, 2021. Check back often for updates on bills we're tracking that are important to Arizona's developmental disability community.
HB2046: Disability License Plates for Minors
Allows disability license plates for a person who is the parent or legal guardian of a minor with permanent physical disabilities. That person may only use a designated and marked accessible parking space when the person is transporting the minor with permanent physical disabilities.
HB2062: STUDENT APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM; TAX CREDITS
Establishes the Arizona Student Apprenticeship Pilot Program in the Arizona Department of Education to provide job training and economic opportunity to high school students in Arizona. Participating employees are required to designate at least 10 percent of wages to a separate interest-bearing account opened on behalf of the employee by the participating employer. Gives $400,000 from the general fund in FY2021-22 for the program.
HB2065: MEDICAL FREEDOM; PARENTAL RIGHTS
Students can attend school without submitting proof of required immunizations to the school administrator and can't be penalized for not receiving them. A student who lacks proof of immunization may be excluded from school only if the student lacks an immunization for which there is an active case of a disease that the immunization is intended to prevent in that student's school and if the Department of Health Services or a local health department has declared an outbreak of that disease for an area that includes the student's school.
SB1017: Informed Consent; Pelvic Examinations
Proposes that pelvic examinations conducted without the consent of an anesthetized or unconscious patient's consent will be considered unprofessional conduct of licensed doctors, physician's assistants and nurse practitioners, unless a medical emergency occurs that requires a pelvic examination.
SB1059: MENTAL DISORDERS; CONSIDERATIONS; INVOLUNTARY TREATMENT
The definition of “mental disorder” in statutes is modified to remove language distinguishing a mental disorder from conditions that are primarily those of drug abuse, alcoholism, or intellectual disability and from character and personality disorders.
SB1063: Administrative Review of Agency Decisions
Nursing care institution administrators, assisted living facilities managers, midwives, hearing aid dispensers, audiologists and speech-language pathologists are required to be receive a trial de novo if trial de novo is demanded in the notice of appeal or motion of an appellee other than the agency during a review of final administrative decisions.
SB1085: NURSING-SUPPORTED GROUP HOMES; LICENSURE
A "nursing supported group home" that is operated in Arizona by a service provider under contract with the Arizona Department of Economic Security is required to be licensed as a health care institution by July 1, 2022.
SB1092: DEAF; HARD OF HEARING; DEAFBLIND
The duties of the Arizona Commission for the Deaf and the Hard of Hearing are expanded to include issues and services relating to their community, and to include making recommendations to the Legislature on issues regarding deaf and hard of hearing.
SB1093: DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES; SPINA BIFIDA
The definition of "developmental disability" is expanded to include a severe chronic disability that is attributable to spina bifida.