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Nutty bills at the Arizona Capitol: bills that die in a drawer

HB 2043—Regulations for adoption of pet buzzards/dreamstime

By Phil Riske | Senior Reporter/Writer

Bills pertaining to voting rights and attempts to weaken if not kill the Prop 208 tax on higher-income residents have dominated the news at the Arizona Capitol. When the session ends late spring (or early summer), only a small percentage of the measures will be enacted into law. A sizeable number were DOA and others — some of them nutty measures — grow mold in the desk drawers of the Senate president and Speaker of the House.

Following are examples of measures ignored by leadership. We’ve not listed the sponsors so as not to get them laughed out of the Capitol.

  • HB 2012—Appropriations: Light Rail Tombstone to Bisbee
  • HB 2333—Licensing requirements for operators of fast-food malt and shake makers
  • HB 2043—Regulations for adoption of pet buzzards
  • HB 2400—Committee attendance by drone disallowed.
  • HB 2205— Appropriations: House pickle ball court
  • SCR 1001—Resolution to Congress stating “Don’t screw with Arizona, you nitwits.”
  • SB 2111—Defining what “is” is
  • SB 2335—Giving attorney general authority to prosecute killer bees
  • SB 2004—Legalizing use of bath salts for actual bathtub useSB 2005—Creating Arizona’s own Daylight Savings Time to be 19 minutes ahead of EST year-round.
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