3-16-2016 Legislative Update

SB1381 WINE; DIRECT SHIPMENT
Issue:
Compromise between the wholesalers and the direct wine people created new reporting requirements and severe civil penalties for common carriers that deliver wine directly to customers.

Status: Removed additional requirements and penalties on Senate floor (Sen. Worsley) and continue to fight in the House to keep additional language from being re-amended onto the bill. Waiting for full vote by House.

Position: Neutral

HB2114 INDEPENDENT BUSINESS STATUS; DECLARATION
Summary:
Establishes a optional rebuttable presumption of an independent contractor relationship if certain criteria are met. Criteria include a Signed Declaration Form/Contract and the contract acknowledges that they meet at least six of the 10 factors listed.

Status: Passed House. Amended in Senate Committee – Waiting approval by full Senate.

Position: Support

HB2652 INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS; CRITERIA
Summary:
A “qualified marketplace contractor” is required to be treated as an independent contractor for all purposes under state and local laws, regulations and ordinances, including employment security laws and workers’ compensation laws, if a list of specified conditions applies.

Issues: Unintended Consequences, Two IC models.

Status: Passed House. Passed Senate Commerce Committee, we are working to amend in Senate.

Position: Oppose

SB1490 TRANSPORTATION FUNDING; TASK FORCE
Summary:
Establishes a 9-member Surface Transportation Funding Task Force to review transportation needs and revenue sources in Arizona and recommend specific revenue proposals for dedicated funding sources for specified transportation-related items.

Status: Passed Senate, Passed House Transportation with ATA Amendment, Awaiting House Floor Vote

Position: Support

HB2251 COMMERCIAL MOTOR VEHICLES
Summary:
Various changes relating to commercial motor vehicle regulations. Including: CDL license disqualification & suspension, increase bus single axle weight limit, gives natural gas vehicles 2,000lbs increase in GVW, auto-transporters allows to back-haul, allows DPS to regulate interstate movement of household goods, and reduced temporary IRP from 90 days to 60 days.

Status: Passed House, Awaiting Final Senate Vote

Position: Neutral

HB2613 REGULATORY BOARDS; LICENSING; REVISIONS
Issue:
Eliminates state licensing for professional driver training school instructors and various other state issued professional licenses.

Status: Passed House, Passed Commerce spoke with Governor’s office about our concerns, Working on Senate Floor Amendment.

Position: Neutral

HB2493 USE FUEL TAXES; ADJUSTMENT
Issue:
Eliminated the two-tier diesel system (18¢ under 26,000 GVW/26¢ over 26,000 GVW) and gave a one time of vehicle registration to collect a use fuel tax adjustment of $70 per registration year per light class vehicle.

Status: Stuck in House. (Supposed to turn into a study committee.)

Position: Opposed