​​Arizona Police Association

HB 2089: Appropriations; corrections officers; salary increases; (APA lobbied in support)

This bill was introduced to get Arizona Correction Officers a much deserved and long over due pay raise. The issue was transferred to the budget process. Arizona Department of Corrections Officers will receive a 10% pay raise. Although we are very thankful for this raise, next session will still require addition increases to place the compensation for correction officers at a market rate in order to attract and retain employees. Without it, it will be impossible to alleviate the significant and dangerous staffing shortages at ADOC.

HB 2671: law enforcement integrity database; appeal; (bill died, used as a strike everything amendment)

This bill was initially introduced by AZCOPS. APA opposed this bill as it was poorly written and had multiple issues. The APA, FOP, and AZCOPS will have stakeholder meetings with all relevant parties to explore a mutually acceptable bill next year.  

Would have allowed officer placed on the “Brady list” to appeal to AZPOST

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HB 2190:  CORP; accidental disability; definition; (APA lobbied in support)

This bill changes the definition of what circumstances a CORP member (primarily corrections) can receive a disability pension. This bill was introduced by the FOP.

Redefines accidental disability as a physical or mental condition that the local board finds totally and permanently prevents an employee from performing a reasonable range of duties within the employee's department and was incurred in the performance of the employee's duties.
 

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SB 1317: Bodily fluids exposure; testing

This bill allows officers exposed to bodily fluids in the course of their duties to obtain a court order for testing. This is not restricted to cases of assault on the officer, just the fact that you are exposed.

Requires a court order for testing


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HB 2553: DPS; employee pay; (APA lobbied in support)

This bill was introduced to get DPS officers and employees a much deserved and long over due raise. The issue has been transferred to the budget process. DPS officers will receive a 10% pay increase while civilian employees receive a 5% pay increase.  

There were another 40 bills the APA was engaged with to one degree or another but the above are some of the most relevant.

Year after year, it is the mission of the Arizona Police Association to always look out for the interest of Arizona’s law enforcement professionals at the legislature. Overall, it was a successful year! 

SB 1231: Public safety; residency requirements; prohibition; (APA lobbied in support)

This bill was introduced by PFFA (Firefighters) initially; they invited us to join the bill.

The bill prohibits most public entities from enacting residency requirements for police and fire.

Exempts executive level management from prohibition
For police, cities of 5000 population or less are exempt from prohibition


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SB 1146: PRPRS; EORP; CORP; modifications (APA lobbied in support)

This bill was introduced by PSPRS and rolls back the last unconstitutional provisions of the 2012 SB 1609;

 EORP (Retroactive to July 20, 2011) 1. Requires an elected official who became a member of EORP before July 20, 2011, to contribute seven percent of the member's gross salary by payroll deduction. 2. Allows an elected official who became a member of EORP before January 1, 2012, to redeem any amount of eligible prior service without having to have accrued any minimum amount of credited service in EORP. FACT SHEET S.B. 1146 Page 2 3. Allows an elected official who became a member of EORP before January 1, 2012, to receive credited service for eligible prior active military service without having to have accrued any minimum amount of credited service with EORP. PSPRS (Retroactive to July 20, 2011) 4. Requires that all Deferred Retirement Option Plan (DROP) participation accounts shall be credited with an amount, credited monthly, that represents interest on the amount credited at a rate equal to the assumed rate of return determined by the PSPRS Board of Directors (PSPRS Board). Previously, participants who had less than 20 years of credited service on or after January 1, 2012, were credited at a rate equal to the actuarially smoothed rate, but not to exceed the assumed rate of return. 5. Removes the requirement that DROP participants with fewer than 20 years of service on January 1, 2012, make employee contributions to EORP. 6. Allows an active member who became a member of PSPRS before January 1, 2012, to redeem any amount of eligible prior service or eligible prior active military service without having to have accrued any minimum amount of credited service. CORP (Retroactive to July 20, 2011) 7. Allows a CORP member who became a member before January 1, 2012, to redeem eligible prior service or eligible prior military service without having to have accrued any minimum amount of credited service. Discount Rate for Service Purchases (Retroactive to July 1, 2017) 8. Sets the discount rate for EORP members at an amount equal to the assumed rate of return that is prescribed by the PSPRS Board, rather than the lesser of the assumed rate of return that is prescribed by the PSPRS Board or an amount equal to the yield on a 10-year treasury note as of March 1 that is published by the Federal Reserve Board plus two percent. 9. Sets the discount rate for PSPRS members at the assumed rate of return that is prescribed by the PSPRS Board for members enrolled before July 1, 2017. 10. Sets the discount rate for CORP members at the assumed rate of return that is prescribed by the PSPRS Board for members enrolled before July 1, 2017. Miscellaneous 11. Allows the PSPRS Board of Trustees, on or before June 30, 2019, to choose to require interest to be paid on monies returned to members of a retirement plan or system, for the period of time between the transaction under the applicable section until a date to be determined by the PSPRS Board, but not later than the effective date of this act. 12. Becomes effective on signature of the Governor, if the emergency clause is enacted, with retroactive provisions as noted.

 

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HB2421: Animal cruelty; working animal; harassment

This bill makes it a misdemeanor to harass a police K9 while stowed in a vehicle;

Defines harassmentClass 1 misdemeanor


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HB 2318: Hands free-distracted driving (APA lobbied in support)

This bill prohibits the use of a cell phone unless operated hands free with limited exceptions. The APA insisted on a public safety exemption due to the nature of our work. Fines are not levied until 2020.

 

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SB 1223: Written vehicle accident reports; threshold;


This bill raises the minimum monetary damage amount required for a mandatory traffic accident report from $1000 to $2000.

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SB 1037 S/E: Parole eligibility; (Bill transferred to Governor on the 23rd, has not signed as of this posting)

This was a strike everything bill introduced by Senator Brophy-McGee. It would have made parole hearings for certain inmates convicted of select serious crimes eligible every 5 years instead of yearly. The impetus for this Bill was the recent parole hearing for the murders of Phoenix Police Officer Fike. Year after year the victims’ families are forced to have to relive the painful loss of their loved ones at parole hearings when there is virtually no chance of parole being granted due to the severity of the crime and the sentence.

 

HB 2634: Peace Officers; discipline; hearings; discovery

This bill expands and clarifies several provisions in ARS 38-1100, officers’ due process. This bill was introduced by the APA and worked on in conjunction with the FOP and the ACOP. The changes include;

Tightened the definition of “Disciplinary action” to include ANY suspension.
Provide officers with an NOI prior to interview, officer may retain NOI throughout interview
Requires officers be provided with relevant and available materials, including complaints, before interview. Material can be written, audio, or video.
Allows officer to tape record his interview, must declare your intent to record.
Requires written explanation to officer if investigation is to exceed 180 days PRIOR to the 180 days.

There are other minor clarifications

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SB 1475: Rapid DNA testing; (APA lobbied in opposition- bill died)

 As originally introduced this bill would have required every employee of a law enforcement agency to surrender their DNA. The bill would have also required the same of anyone who holds a professional license or is subject to a fingerprint background check.



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