*WATCH* Rep. Payne Remove Hostile Amendment (SB1324)

 Finally, after weeks of nothing happening, there was an amendment added to SB1324 in COW. For those that don’t remember, SB1324 deals with money from the Smart and Safe Act of Arizona, Prop. 207. The last time we heard from this bill, it had a hostile amendment added by Rep. Kevin Payne (R-LD-21). However, on Tuesday, May 24th during the Committee of Whole, he withdrew his hostile amendment. The amendment that the House Military Affairs Public Safety committee adopted to add DPS to the list of entities to receive money from the taxes of 207.

HOUSE COW 5-24-22

Overview
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).

History
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).

Provisions
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)

  • Contains a retroactivity clause from and after December 31, 2020. (Sec. 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)