The following bills have been introduced and are identified as priority legislation for the AHPA.  Please note that efforts involving the budget are ongoing through the course of the session.  Also, we are working with ASRS and Representative Marian McClure on developing the legislation creating a DROP program for ASRS, but it has not yet been introduced to receive a bill number.

H2339: DPS; DIRECTOR; INDUSTRIAL INJURY LEAVE

Bill amends Title 41-1713, relating to the powers and duties of the Director of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, offering minor statutory cleanup changes to existing language within the current form of its three pages.

H2476: STATE RETIREES; HEALTH INSURANCE PAYMENTS

A provision is deleted from 38-651.01 that states public funds shall not be expended to pay the insurance premium for a retired state employee except as authorized from a state retirement plan.

H2615: SCHOOL CROSSINGS; TRAFFIC VIOLATION

A person found responisble for a civil traffic violation in a school crossing is subject to a civil penalty. The penalty is doubled if the violation occurs during school hours or while children are going to or leaving school.

H2616: FALLEN POLICE OFFICERS; SPECIAL PLATES

If the Dept of Motor Vehicles receives a targeted $32,000 donation by the end of this year, it shall issue Families of Fallen Police Officers special license plates. Of the $25 annual fee, $17 goes to a fund administered by the director of the Dept of Transportation used for helping in th healing of family survivors of police officers who died in the line of duty.

H2661: STATE EMPLOYEES; PAY INCREASE

A Legislative Intent section states that state employees be granted a 6% pay increase consisting of a lump-sum amount of $750, a 1.75% increase in base salary and 2.5% in performance pay. Each agency must establish a list of performance measures designed to result in cost reductions, increased productivity and/or improved quality. For meeting or exceeding the performance measures, performance pay may be granted to the entire unit, a department, division, unit or individual. List of duties of the Performance Based Incentives Program Oversight Committee is expanded by adding a review of performance measures submitted by agency heads and monitoring the effectiveness of agencies in meeting the goals. An appropriation of $55,944,000 in current fiscal year and $159,839,700 in fiscal 06-07, approximately 73% of which shall come from the general fund and the remainder from other appropriated funds. Retroactive to July 1, 2006. Emergency clause.

S1139: DPS; OFFICER ORGANIZATIONS

The Department of Public Safety must recognize an employee organization that is elected by a majority of votes cast by department employees in a representation election participated in by a majority of eligible employees.

S1165: LAW ENFORCEMENT MERIT SYSTEM; FEES

If a law enforcement officer is suspended for more than 16 hours and is exonerated, the court may award reasonable costs and attorney fees that were incurred by the officer. New language adds costs incurred on behalf of the officer.

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