ARIZONA CATHOLIC CONFERENCE
Legislative Update (05/03/19)
Governor Ducey Signs Three ACC Supported Bills!
Legislators are devoting more of their time now to negotiating the budget and related issues. While these discussions are occurring there has also been positive movement on several matters, including the fact that Governor Ducey has recently signed the following three ACC supported bills into law!
HB 2122 is also known as “Simon’s Law” in recognition of a Missouri boy whose parents found out only after his death that a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order had been secretly placed on the child. This new law will require parental notification when a hospital places a DNR order on a minor child.
Additionally, HB 2061 is a measure that will now help children who either were in foster care or adopted from foster care at 14 years of age by providing them with college tuition waiver scholarships at public universities and community colleges.
Finally, the ACC is pleased that SB 1314 has now been signed into law and will slightly narrow the scope of the death penalty in Arizona by removing three aggravating factors. While the ACC is opposed to the death penalty in today’s society, the incremental progress on this issue is applauded.
It should be noted that even in today’s world of partisan politics, all three of these pieces of legislation received significant bipartisan support from legislators, for which we are grateful.
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