Arizona transparency legislation
Here you will find a collection of transparency legislation in Arizona.
We do not currently have any legislation from Arizona in 2011. To add some, please see WikiProject Proposed state sunshine legislation.
After two years of development, in January 2011 the state of Arizona finally launched Arizona Open Books.
Here is a list of transparency legislation for Arizona in 2010:
|House Bill 2003||Current Status:(Signed 5/11/2010)|
House Bill 2003 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by Rep. Michele Reagan which would require the announcement of a public hearing prior to the creation of a special tax district. In addition to the public hearing, the municipality would be required to post the minutes of the public hearing within three days of the conclusion of the hearing. The bill also requires all districts created by municipalities to comply with the Arizona Public Records Law and the Arizona Open Meetings Act.
|House Bill 2115||Current Status:(3/8/2010 Rules Committee, Arizona Senate)|
House Bill 2115 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by Rep. Bill Konopnicki which would require all counties which maintain a website to post the minutes of all open meetings on the website.
|House Bill 2209||Current Status:(Signed 4/19/2010)|
House Bill 2209 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by Rep. Michele Reagan which would require all public bodies to post open meetings materials and information about the law on their website and require all elected officials to attend open meetings training sessions prior to taking office. The bill also requires that all public bodies post notices of their meetings on their websites, but still retains all other notification requirements. Finally the bill requires that notices of executive sessions include the law under which the exemption is being used. 
|House Bill 2276||Current Status: (Rules Committee)|
House Bill 2276 would make public the records of names of individuals enrolled in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System and the Arizona Long-Term Care System and make this information available free of charge to the legislature. In addition, legislators may request statistical information which is typically exempt so long as the information does not reveal the personal information of any specific taxpayer. 
|House Bill 2282||Current Status: (05/10/2010)|
HB 2282 is a bill within the Arizona House of Representatives which would expand the affirmative disclosure requirements within the state of Arizona. The bill includes a requirement for the release of electronic versions of contracts related to the state expenditure of funds to be posted on department websites containing other affirmative spending disclosure. The bill also requires all local government offices of municipalities with populations of 2,500 persons or more to create a website for the affirmative disclosure of public information including records of the receipt and expenditure of funds in any amounts over $5,000 on their website. The Department of Revenue is also required to post a website of local government debt which must be reported to the department by the municipalities.  Template:2.default
|House Bill 2387||Current Status: (Rules Committee)|
House Bill 2387 permits records custodians to redact the name, address, telephone number and e‑mail address of the sender of an email before disclosing the email as a public records request. 
|House Bill 2413||Current Status:(2/22/2010, Education Committee, Arizona House of Representatives)|
House Bill 2413 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by Rep. Rich Crandall which would require the creation of a website in order to disclose the results of the investigations conducted by the newly founded Digital Curriculum Institute, which would investigate online courses and curriculum for kindergarten through twelfth grade state schools for compliance with the state board of educations guidelines for these curriculums.
|House Bill 2506||Current Status:(1/19/2010, Ways and Means Committee)|
House Bill 2506 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by Rep. Rick Murphy which sets out the guidlines for the creation and powers of fire district boards. The bill explicitly states that all fire districts within the state are subject to the Arizona Public Records Law.
|House Bill 2529||Current Status:(3/15/2010, Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt Committee, Arizona Senate)|
House Bill 2529 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by David Gowan which would prevent the Department of Transportation from charging fees to individuals who request online copies of records relating to themselves.
|House Bill 2545||Current Status:(Compliance date, 1/1/2012)|
House Bill 2545 establishes a number of rules for the records which can and cannot be displayed on both health and non-health government regulatory board websites. The bill states that dismissed complaint and non-disciplinary actions or orders are public records and available to public inspection, but cannot be placed on the board's website. In addition, any "advisory letter or letter of concern" or practice limitation actions can be displayed on the boards website, whether disciplinary in nature or not. Finally, all regulatory board websites must display a statement announcing that records of dismissed complaints and non-disciplinary actions and other requests are available to the public through direct contact with the board. 
|House Bill 2619||Current Status:(3/2/2010, Natural Resources, Infrastructure and Public Debt Committee, Arizona Senate)|
House Bill 2619 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by Rep. Jim Weiers which would require the governor to release all applications for the position of commissioner on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission within five days of the close of application deadline.
|House Bill 2631||Current Status:(2/2/2010 Held in Committee on the Whole)|
House Bill 2631 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by Rep. David Gowan and others which would allow municipalities to form districts under the State Capitol Centennial Restoration and Economic Recapture Project. The districts would require an open hearing prior to formation. In addition, the act explicitly states that the open records laws apply to the newly formed district.
|House Bill 2674||Current Status:(2/8/2010 Government Committee)|
House Bill 2674 is a bill introduced in the Arizona House of Representatives by Kyrsten Sinema and others which would place the same public records requirements on privately operated contracted prisons as those which already exist on publicly operated equivalents. The private contractors would be required to release records relating to "costs, operations, staff and inmates" to the same extent as public facilities would.
|House Bill 2705||Current Status:(2/10/2010, Health and Human Services Committee)|
House Bill 2705 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by Tom Chabin which would require manufacturers of medical supplies, equipment and pharmaceuticals which participate in a state health care program to submit to the Department of Health Services annually a list of gifts they have given to "any physician, hospital, nursing home, pharmacist, health benefit plan administrator, health care practitioner or other person in this state who is authorized to prescribe, dispense or purchase prescription drugs, biologics or medical devices in this state." In addition the manufacturers are required to annually submit a list of expenses related to marketing information, marketing activities and promotions. These lists would become public record and no portion of the lists could be exempted under trade secrets exemptions. 
|House Bill 2725||Current Status:(Signed, 5/11/2010)|
House Bill 2725 is a bill introduced to the Arizona House of Representatives by Rep. Steve Court and others which would require all charter schools to post their budget and an announcement of open budget meetings on the Department of Educations website and their own website. The act also requires all school districts to post on their website and make available to the public upon request a copy of their open enrollment policies.
|Senate Bill 1100||Current Status: (Signed 5/6/2010)|
Senate Bill 1100 exempts the working papers and audit files of any audit conducted on a the accounts or performance of a county officer. The information would only be available to the county attorney or the Attorney General for the purposes of investigation and prosecution of wrongdoing.
|Senate Bill 1190||Current Status:(Signed 4/7/2010)|
Senate Bill 1190 requires the State Board of Dental Examiners to keep a specific records of its deliberations and actions. The portions of the records that are exempted from public scrutiny include complaints which are dismissed or terminated. Records of complaints where a non-disciplinary letter of concern was issued or non-disciplinary continuing education was ordered or non-disciplinary civil penalties were issued are required to be made public and available for a five year period after the determination is made.
|Senate Bill 1243||Current Status:(1/28/2010 Government Institutions Committee)|
Senate Bill 1243 is a bill introduced to the Arizona Senate by Russell Pearce and others which would create the Council on Efficient Government, which would be charged with researching and determining the effectiveness of government privatization efforts. The bill establishes that the Council must hold public meetings and hearings when debating whether certain governmental functions can or should be privatized. In addition, the council must produce a record of governmental services annually, and establish whether each can be privatized or has been privatized already. Finally, the bill contains a clause which would require all future contracts involving the privatization of government services to compel the private agencies to comply with the Arizona Public Records Law to the same degree that a state agency would be required to comply.
|Senate Bill 1304||Current Status: (Signed 4/20/2010)|
Senate Bill 1304 is a bill introduced to the Arizona Senate by Sen. Chuck Gray and others which would require the creation of a statistical analysis of the demographics of abortions recieved and complications due to abortions across the state. The bill would require medical facilities performing abortions to submit a report for every abortion and every complication that resulted from an abortion to a statewide database. The reports and the final analysis would remove any references to individually identifiable persons. Only the final analysis is available by public records requests and all other reports and documents are exempt under the act.
|Senate Bill 1393||Current Status: (Signed 4/28/2010)|
Senate Bill 1393 is a bill introduced to the Arizona Senate by Sen. Jonathan Paton which would require the Secretary of State to post online the expense reports submitted by political parties concerning campaign expenses.
|Senate Bill 1406||Current Status:(Signed 5/7/2010)|
Senate Bill 1406 is a bill introduced to the Arizona Senate by Sen. Jay Tibshraeny which outlines the laws for the government's request and awarding of contracts. The bill explicitly states that prior to awarding the contracts, the only information to be made publicly available is to include only the names of individuals or firms which are applying for the contracts. However, upon the awarding of the contract, the government agency must release all the documents collected in the process of awarding the contract.
- See also: Arizona Public Records Law
- "Authored by Sen. Jay Tibshraeny, R-Chandler, Senate Bill 1305 would require public bodies that keep public records electronically to provide them upon request on CD-ROM or in another format." 
- The Board of Supervisors in Maricopa County in January 2009 passed a resolution that says that when county employees and officials want public documents that are in the custody of the county, the employees/officials are required to go through an internal process rather than using the state's sunshine law to ask for records. This action was taken in response to multiple requests in the last few months from the Maricopa County sheriff and attorney offices for documents relating to:
- A planned criminal court-tower project.
- Communication between county officials and public-relations and consulting firms.
- The Board of Supervisor's decision to hire former County Attorney Rick Romley as a consultant.
Open records advocates in the state have protested the new county-wide law.
- Arizona Senate Bill 1235 (2008) requires the creation of an online database of all state contracts by January 1, 2008.
- ↑ Final Text of HB 2003
- ↑ Final text of HB 2115
- ↑ Final text of HB 2209
- ↑ Text of HB 2276
- ↑ Final Text of HB 2282
- ↑ Text of HB 2387
- ↑ Text of HB 2413 as introduced
- ↑ Text of HB 2506 as introduced
- ↑ Final text of HB 2529
- ↑ Final text of HB 2545
- ↑ Final text of HB 2619
- ↑ Text of HB 2631 as introduced
- ↑ HB 2674 as introduced
- ↑ Text of HB 2705 as introduced
- ↑ Final text of HB 2725
- ↑ Final Text of SB 1100
- ↑ Final Text of SB 1190
- ↑ Text of SB 1243 as introduced
- ↑ Final text of SB 1304
- ↑ Final Text of SB 1393
- ↑ Final text of SB 1406
- ↑ Bill merges records, technology, Arizona Republic, April 21, 2009
- ↑ Arizona Republic, "Supervisors to change records request policy", January 22, 2009
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