Hostile Amendment Added To SB1324 Smart And Safe Fund; Distribution

House – Military Affairs & Public Safety

Richard C. Andrade D- Dist 29
Walter “Walt” Blackman R- Dist 6
Judy M. Burges R- Dist 22
John M. Fillmore R- Dist 16
Mark W. Finchem R- Dist 11
Daniel Hernandez, Jr. D- Dist 2
Melody Hernandez D- Dist 26
Jennifer Jermaine D- Dist 18
John Kavanagh R- Dist 23
Teresa Martinez R- Dist 11
Quang H. Nguyen, Vice-Chairman, R- Dist 1
Kevin Payne Chairman R- Dist 21
Marcelino Quiñonez D- Dist 27
Christian Solorio D-Dist 30
Myron Tsosie D- Dist- 7

Vote 8-6-1


Amends the Arizona Constitution, upon the affirmative vote of at least three-fourths of the members of each house of the Legislature, to permit additional police and fire agencies to receive a portion of money from the Smart and Safe Arizona Fund (Fund).


The Fund consists of money from Proposition 207, which is a 16% excise tax on the sale of recreational marijuana products and license and registration fees. After agencies pay administrative costs, the remaining funds are distributed to community college districts (33%), municipal police and fire departments (31.4%), the Highway User Fund (25.4%), the Justice Reinvestment Fund (10%) and the Attorney General (0.2%) (A.R.S. § 36-2856).

Distribution of the 31.4% of monies for municipal police and fire departments depends on the number of employees enrolled in the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System and the Public Safety Personnel Defined Contribution Retirement Plan (A.R.S. § 36-2856).

The Arizona Board of Regents (ABOR) is responsible for maintaining the courses of study and academic degrees at Northern Arizona University, Arizona State University and the University of Arizona (A.R.S. § 15-1601).


1.Indian reservation police agencies, Indian reservation firefighting agencies, DPS, university police departments under ABOR and joint power authorities to the list of recipients of 31.4% of monies from the Fund. (Sec. 1)

  1. Contains a retroactivity clause from and after December 31, 2020. (Sec. 2)
  2. Specifies that this act is only effective on the affirmative vote of at least three-fourths of the members of each house of the Legislature. (Sec. 2)