Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Things you need to know:
- 2 Bills Passed House Appropriations
- 2 Bills Passed House Judiciary
- 1 Bill Passed Final Read
Passed House Appropriations
SB 1020 s/e northeast Arizona training center; appropriation (Allen) passed as amended 11-0. ASBA is monitoring.
SB 1264 Arizona community schools pilot program (Bradley) passed as amended 6-5. ASBA supports.
Passed House Judiciary
SB 1468 schools; suicide prevention training (Bowie) passed as amended 10-0. ASBA is neutral.
SB 1149 s/e student suspension; admission (Gray) passed as amended 6-4. ASBA is monitoring.
Passed Final Read
SB 1022 hours; seventh and eighth grades (Allen) passed 29-0. ASBA supports.
Oppose SB 1147: Keep Tobacco Products off School Campuses
SB 1147 is subject to a strike-everything amendment that will be considered in House Health and Human Services tomorrow, March 28. SB 1147 is now the tobacco industry’s attempt to regulate itself in terms of e-cigarettes and vaping products. This bill adds e-liquids and alternative nicotine products to the existing definition of “tobacco products” and raises the minimum age to purchase or possess these products from 18 to 21. However, the bill also allows anyone over 21 to possess and use these tobacco products for personal use on school grounds.
This means that parking lots, football games, teacher’s lounges, and the like will now be areas where smoking is allowed.
School campuses are now and should remain tobacco, smoke, and vape free by law.
Further, SB 1147 states that any further regulation of tobacco products is a matter of statewide concern and not subject to further regulation by any other political subdivision – such as cities, towns, and school districts.