The 2022 Regular AZ Legislative Session began January 10, 2022

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All Medical Freedom & Parental Rights Bills

HB2065; "school immunization; nonattendance; outbreak" Sponsors: Rep Blackman

This bill gets RID OF part C of existing statute (15-873) which removes children from school who lack documentary proof of an immunization during an outbreak. (Currently an outbreak is only 2!)

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HB2064; "DHS; school immunizations; exclusions" Sponsors: Rep Blackman (R)

HB2064 would prohibit an immunization against covid-19 or any variant of covid-19 from being required in order to attend school."

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SB1053; "religious exemption; vaccine; violation; classification" Sponsors: Rep Blackman (R)

Adds to existing statute regarding an employee notifying their employer of a reliigious exemption needed from a covid-19 vaccine that: a person who knowingly violates this section is guilty of a class 2 misdemeanor"

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HB2043; "employer liability; COVID-19 vaccine requirement" Sponsors: Reps: Nguyen, Biasiucci, Blackman, Bolick, Carroll, Carter, Chaplik, Cook, Diaz, Hoffman, Kaiser, Wilmeth

HB2043 states that any employer that denies a person their religious exemption & requires a covid-19 vaccination as a pre-requisite or or requirement for maintaining employment, the employer is liable to the person for damages that result from a significant injury caused by receiving the covid-19 vaccination. 

A claimant who prevails shall be awarded actual damages, court costs and reasonable attorney fees or statutory damages of $500,000 whichever is greater. In addition, may recover exemplary damages. 

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SB1111; Opioids; informed consent; inpatient settings" (Sponsors: Sen. Barto (R)

This bill states a health professional who is authorized to prescribe substances and is prescribing an opioid for short-term use for acute pain is NOT REQUIRED to obtain informed consent from the patient. It also states an opioid risk assessment before administering the opioid is NOT required. 

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SB1077; "AHCCCS; chiropractic care; report" (Sponsors: Sen. Barto (R)

Bill would amend current statute related to covered health and medical services with AHCCCS to include 20 chiropractic services to a person when ordered by their primary care physician or primary care practitioner & can request authorization for additional chiropractic services in that same year if additional services are medically necessary.

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SB1076; "Child placement; relative search; notice" (Sponsors: Sen. Barto (R)

SB1076 places requirements with the Department of Child Safety, "DCS" to have certain requirements to find family members when a child is taken into temporary custody. It also requires a time frame within 30 days for DCS to file information with the court regarding attempts made to identify and notify adult relatives of the child and persons with a significant relationship to the child. (The filing has already been required, BUT there was no required time frame to do so).

It requires DCS to provide information to family of their option to participate in the care or placement of the child.  DCS shall continue to conduct an ongoing search for adult relatives or persons with a significant relationship with the child until the child is placed for adopting or a court order to discontinue. 

In addition, SB1076 would create an order of care for the child such as: 1) with a parent of the child 2) kinship care with an adult relative or persons with a significant relationship with child 3) licensed foster care home 4) group foster home 5) special foster home 6) residential treatment facility

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HB2029; "vaccinations; evidence of immunity; prohibitions" (Sponsors: Rep. Blackman (R)

If passed, this bill would declare that the state of Arizona, its governmental entities & business affiliations cannot require any person to receive a vaccination for covid-19 or any variant of covid-19 OR to possess a covid-19 immunity passport, immunity pass or other evidence certifying vaccination or immunity status. 

In addition, the above mentioned entities may not discriminate against any person based on not receiving a vaccination for covid-19. 

Part B of this bill states that the state of Arizona and its governmental entities may not enter into a contract or give a loan, grant or any other disbursement of taxpayer monies to a business that requires a person to receive a vaccination for covid-19. A business that violates this section is in breach of its contract rendering it voidable.

Part D states this section does not apply to health care institutions that are treating patients who have covid-19. (Click below to read more detail on health care institutions in regard to this bill)

It is important to note that within this section, "Governmental entities" is defined as any unit of the state, or local government including the governor, state agencies, counties, cities, towns, political subdivisions (Which based upon ARS§38-701(4) is defined as a school district), boards, departments, commissions and special districts, including all agents, contractors and employees of any government entity.

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HB2022; "Health Emergencies; treatment; vaccinations; repeal" (Sponsors: Reps Finchem, Burges, Carter, Diaz, Fillmore, Martinez, Payne, & Senator Borrelli [ALL 8 are R] 

 

  This bill would remove the language currently in statute that allows mandatory vaccinations or mandatory treatment of a person during a state of emergency who are diagnosed with an illness from exposure OR are believed to have been exposed or may reasonably be expected to be exposed.  

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HB2025; "Schools; parental classroom visitation policies" Sponsor: Rep. Udall (R)

 

This bill would require a charter school to develop policies that allows parents of enrolled pupils to visit, tour, and observe UNLESS it would 'threaten the health & safety of the pupils & staff. 

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SB1049; "Parents' bill of rights; violation"  - Sponsor: Sen. Townsend (R)

 

  This bill states a parent or legal guardian has legal standing to sue any person who violates the parents rights under the parents bill of rights. If a school district or charter school is alleged to violate the chapter, the attorney general or county attorney may initiate a suit in the superior court. This bill establishes a civil penalty of  no more than $5,000.00 on the school district or charter school where the violation occurred. 

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HB2020; "Vaccination mandates; exemptions" (Sponsor: Rep. Kaiser (R)

 

 This bill states a person is eligible for an exemption from any vaccination requirement for covid-19 or any covid variant that is being enforced in this state if the person can produce documented test results that show the person has one of the following: 1) antibodies 2) a positive test 3) a positive t-cell immune response.

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SB1015; "Medical records; minors; parent access" (Sponsor: Sen. Townsend (R) 

 

  Changes the language of existing law from "the right to access and review all medical records of the minor child unless otherwise prohibited by law" TO "unless the parent is prohibited from having any contact with the minor child by an order of a court"

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SB1016; "Pharmacies; off-label use; refusal prohibition"  (Sponsor: Sen. Townsend (R) 

 

  States during a proclaimed public health state of emergency, a pharmacy may not refuse to fill a prescription order for a prescription-only drug that is being prescribed for an off-label use and is potentially life saving.

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SB1011; "School board associations; membership; payment"  (Sponsor: Sen. Townsend (R) 

 

  States a school district may not use tax monies to pay for membership in a state school board association or a national school board association. 

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SB1010; "School districts' protesting; partisan elections"  (Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R) 

 

  This bill states a school district may not eject from school property, or the vicinity of any other location where a school district governing meeting or any other school-related meeting is taking place or take any other adverse action against a person or a group or people engaging in peaceful protesting after school hours. It states that peaceful protesting at these locations is not violating ARS 13-2911.

 

In addition, it states a school district cannot require a person or a group or people to apply, request a permit or secure any other form of authorization to engage in peaceful protesting at the locations mentioned. It defines peaceful protesting. Lastly, this bill amends the nomination process of a vacant school district governing board seat. to be that similar to countywide or state wide elections. 

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SB1009; "State of emergency; executive powers" (Sen. Ugenti-Rita (R) 

 

  Adds an amendment stating effective January 2, 2023 the governor may issue an initial proclamation to a state of emergency for a public health emergency for a period of not more than 30 days. The gov. may extend the emergency for not more than 120 days but an extension may not be for a period of more than 30 days. The emergency will terminate after 120 days unless the emergency is extended in whole or in part by passage of a concurrent resolution of the legislature. The legislature may extend it as many times as necessary by concurrent resolution but an extension may not be for a period of more than 30 days. If a state of emergency for public health emergency is not extended pursuant to this subsection, the Gov. may NOT proclaim a new state of emergency based on the same conditions without the passage of a concurrent resolution by the legislature consenting. 

On the extension of a state of emergency for a public health emergency, the Gov shall submit a written report to a joint committee of the health committees of the senate and house of reps or their successor committees. After the first 60 days of an emergency the director of the Dept. of Health Services & a rep of the Govs office will provide a briefing to the joint committee & the committee will give the extension of the public health emergency a favorable or unfavorable review. They will provide the recommendation to all members of the legislature and the Gov. 

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HB2009; "Violations of state law; schools"  (Rep. Kaiser (R) 

 

  States a violation by a school district or charter school, the AZ Dept of Ed shall withhold 10% of the monthly classroom site fund monies that the school district or charter school is eligible to receive. It also states that when the funds are withheld, they may not reduce the pay or benefits of an employee who is a teacher, instructional staff or classified staff in any manner during the same fiscal year. 

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HB2008; "schools; academic standards; civics instruction"  (Rep Nguyen (R), Rep. Toma (R) 

  

This bill states academic standards shall include discussion of political ideologies such as communism and totalitarianism that conflict with the principles of freedom and democracy that are essential to the founding principles of the United States. 

It also states to prepare students to be civically responsible & knowledgeable adults and work with the school of civic & economic thought and to develop education standards that the school districts and charter schools must include pursuant to 15-701.01. Must include: The original intent of the founding documents & principles of the United States as found in source documents. 2) Civic minded expectations of an upright & desirable citizenry for preserving and defending the blessings of liberty inherited from prior generations & secured by the United States Constitution 3) Establish & maintain a list of oral history resources to be used along with the civic education standards that provide portraits in patriotism.

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