ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE
Legislative Update (3/29/19)
Important Parental Notification Bill Advances
A bill to require parental notification when a hospital places a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order on a minor child was unanimously approved by the Senate Health and Human Services Committee this week. This legislation (HB 2122) is also referred to as “Simon’s Law” in recognition of a Missouri boy whose parents found out only after his death that a DNR order had been secretly placed on the child.
HB 2122 is expected to receive a floor vote in the Senate soon, after which it will need to go to the House for a final read vote.
The Senate Health and Human Services Committee this week also approved a strike-everything amendment to HB 2186 that would, among other things, provide a college tuition break for undocumented immigrants graduating from Arizona high schools. The new rate would remain higher than in-state tuition, as required by Arizona law, but be lower than out-of-state tuition. HB 2186 keeps this issue alive as the previous bill on this topic (SB 1217) is stalled in the House.
Other important legislation moving this week included a bill (HB 2061) approved by the full Senate to expand college tuition waiver scholarships for children in foster care at age 14 as well as those who were adopted. Additionally, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed a resolution (HCR 2009) renouncing pornography as a public health crisis.
Finally, the Senate Finance Committee approved a measure (HB 2359) to help churches and charities by allowing all taxpayers the opportunity to claim a deduction on their state income taxes for such donations. This proposal must now be negotiated as part of the ongoing budget negotiations.
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