Dozens of bills vetoed by Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs: here's a list of her vetoes

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Governor Katie Hobbs' office has announced that the governor has vetoed more bills that were approved by members of the Arizona State Legislature.

The bills cover a variety of topics, some of which are related to elections.

Here's what you should know.

What are the bills that Gov. Hobbs vetoed?

From May 9 to June 5, Gov. Hobbs' office announced the following vetoes:

June 5

  • SB1146, Divestment; K-12; Abortion; Explicit Material - Gov. Hobbs stated, "It is the State Treasurer's responsibility to protect the best interest of taxpayer dollars and the state's strategic investments. SB1146 needlessly politicizes decisions best made by the professional portfolio managers at the Treasurer's office."
  • SB1201, Early Ballots; Signatures; Electronic Pollbooks - "Arizona's current signature review requirements ensure that ballot affidavit signatures are reviewed by trained staff who compare the signature to signatures in the voter's record. Limiting which signatures may be reviewed without a legitimate security or accuracy concern only harms Arizona's voters. Therefore, I am vetoing S.B. 1201. As with many others, this bill is a solution in search of a problem and would create real challenges for Arizona's elections," stated Hobbs in a letter to Sen. Warren Petersen.
  • SB1265, Voting; Elections; Tally; Prohibition - for this bill, Hobbs said it contains the same provisions as HB2552, which she had previously vetoed.
  • SB1268, Annexation; Notice; Approval - Hobbs says annexation is important for successful development of Arizona's communities, but "This bill undermines that and the voices of property owners, when in a majority, wish to be annexed into the communities that surround them."
  • SB1277, Unmanned Aircraft; Photography; Private Place - Hobbs said this bill would negatively affect and restrict the work of broadcasters, newspapers, telecommunications and insurance providers in Arizona. 
  • SB1413, Homeless Encampment; Removal - According to the state legislature factsheet, a city or town will notify an owner after receiving a report about the existence of a homeless encampment. If the removal doesn't happen within 24 hours, the city or town shall claim the property and retain it for 14 days; people living at the encampment located on private property are guilty of trespassing. Hobbs says people become and remain unsheltered for a variety of reasons and the legislation "addresses none of those root causes, offers no pathways to assistance, and effectively criminalizes experiencing homelessness."
  • SB1696, Sexually Explicit Materials; Government; Prohibition - Hobbs says she agrees that not all content is appropriate for minors, but the bill was "written in such a vague manner that it serves as little more than a thinly veiled effort to ban books."

May 26

  • SB1066, a bill that will require "any nongovernmental person or entity that mails an election-related document or a document that resembles an official election-related document from the county recorder or county officer in charge of elections or the Secretary of State, including a voter registration application or an early ballot request," to include the words "Not From A Government Agency" on the outside of the envelope.
  • SB1105, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State legislature, will require county recorders to "provide for a method for an elector to have the elector's completed early ballot tabulated on site at a polling place or voting center," in accordance to outlined requirements.
  • SB1135, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State legislature, bans the state, as well as any political subdivisions within the state, from being a member of any "multistate voter registration or voter registration list maintenance organization." The bill also prescribes modifications to inactive voter lists, instructions on the head of a ballot and ballot requirements for certain active management areas, and will allow early ballots "not delivered or mailed to the county recorder or other officer in charge of elections to be exchanged by the voter at a polling place or voting center by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day."
  • SB1180, a bill that bans people from paying or receiving "money or any other things of value," based on the number of voter registrations or voter registration forms that were "collected, completed or submitted."
  • SB1234, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State legislature, bans local authorities from "using a photo enforcement system to identify violators of laws or ordinances relating to excessive speed or failure to obey a traffic control device."

May 22

  • HB2560, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State Legislature, directs the County Recorder to transmit to the Secretary of State for posting on a secure website, a list of all registered voters before an election, a list of all persons who voted in the election, the unaltered images of ballots used to tabulate election results, and the cast vote record in a sortable format.
  • HB2108, a bill that, among other things, requires a person to conduct at least five work search actions per week in order to qualify for unemployment benefits. This represents a change from the current requirement of one job contact per day on four different days of the week.
  • HB2441, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State Legislature, contains a that requires a city or town that provides water service in a country with a population of over 1.5 million to "execute a treat and transport agreement with one or more third parties for a period of at least three years, treat and transport water to a standpipe and allow use of the standpipe for water to be hauled to residences that are outside the city's or town's water service area if outlined conditions are met." This bill is related to the ongoing Rio Verde water crisis.
  • SB1001, a bill that bans "an employee or independent contractor of a school district or charter school" from "knowingly address, identify or refer to a student who is under eighteen years of age by a pronoun that differs from the pronoun that aligns with the student's biological sex, unless the school district or charter school receives written permission from the student's parent."
  • SB1011, a bill that allows a city or town to hold partisan elections for elected municipal positions.
  • SB1025, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State Legislature, bans municipally-designated, commercial tourism, commercial resort and hotel sign free zone from exceeding 10% of the total area of the city.
  • SB1048, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State Legislature, increases the aggregate amount of contributions from an in-state individual that a committee campaign finance report must include, as well as requiring contributions from individuals registered as lobbyists for compensation to be included in finance reports.
  • SB1100, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State Legislature, changes the definition of an all-terrain vehicle for vehicle license tax requirements by increasing the maximum unladen weight of such vehicles from 2,500 lbs to 3,500 lbs.

May 17

  • HB2444, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State Legislature, would establish a Natural Resource Conservation District Fund and a Natural Resource Conservation District Fund Commission.
  • HB2312, a bill that would make a facility whose "sole purpose is to provide a safe and stable shelter to women or women with minor children" not liable for gender discrimination if they do not allow a biologically male employee to be in the presence of a woman or the woman's minor children who are living in the facility.
  • HB2428, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State Legislature, would authorize a degree-granting private postsecondary education institution to implement an Arizona Teachers Academy, with a cap on an individual's scholarship.
  • HB2667, a bill that would ban the governing board of a university, college or community from enacting or enforcing any policy or rule that "prohibits the possession of a concealed weapon by a person who possesses a valid permit."
  • HB2544, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State Legislature, exempts a personal firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition that is modified in Arizona and remains within the state's borders from federal law or federal regulation. "Modified" is defined in the bill as a modification that is made to a firearm, a firearm accessory or ammunition by a qualified gunsmith.
  • HB2613, a bill that, starting on New Year's Day 2028, bans the state's Secretary of State from certifying vote recording and vote tabulation machines unless 100% of the machine's parts and components are sourced from the U.S., and 100% of the machine's manufacturing and Assembly is performed in the U.S.

May 9

  • SB1255, a bill that requires the Legislature to ratify any proposed rule that is estimated to increase regulatory costs in the state by more than $500,000 within five years after the rule is implemented.
  • SB1252, a bill that, according to a factsheet published by the State Legislature, would establish an independent oversight committee to "review fatalities and near fatalities resulting from abuse and neglect."

Why were these bills vetoed?

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs (From Archive)

As with other bills vetoed by Gov. Hobbs (as listed later on in this article), the governor sent a letter to leaders of the Arizona State Legislature to explaining her reasons behind the veto.

May 26

  • SB1066: "While I am generally supportive of disclosure in this context, I believe that the specific requirements around text size within this bill create an unreasonable burden on those who are trying to improve voting access in Arizona."
  • SB1105: "The requirements of this bill would be very difficult for election officials to implement, creating logistical challenges to the administration of free and fair elections in Arizona."
  • SB1135: "This bill would prohibit Arizona from remaining a part of the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), which is an essential tool in ensuring accurate voter registration rolls in Arizona and across the country. It is unfortunate that many Republicans in the Legislature continue to fan the flames of false allegations of voter fraud, yet send to my desk a bill that would prevent Arizona from joining organizations that actually help improve the integrity of our elections."
  • SB1180: "It's clear to me that this bill is an effort by the sponsor to make what he believes are necessary changes to law. I disagree, however, and do not believe that this bill is the right solution."
  • SB1234: "The bill's ban of photo radar would eliminate an important tool for law enforcement that allows for a more efficient allocation of limited police resources."

May 22

  • HB2560: "…this bill threatens anonymity and privacy - core tenants of free and fair voting in our democracy." Gov. Hobbs also wrote that the bill "places a burdensome, unfunded mandate on our election officials."
  • HB2108: "This legislation creates additional barriers for workers and unnecessary costs for the State."
  • HB2441: "This bill fails to provide an immediate solution, as it passed without an emergency clause on the eve of a month-long adjournment which will only cause continued delay." In the same letter, Gov. Hobbs urged lawmakers to pass a bill that she calls "a bipartisan solution that was voted out of the House with supermajority support": HB2561. She said HB2561 contains an emergency clause with immediate effect.
  • SB1001: "I have a clear message to the people of Arizona: I will veto every bill that aims to attack and harm children."
  • SB1011: "…Arizona's communities are simply not asking for their local elections to be partisan affairs."
  • SB1025: "It is unclear what problem this bill aims to solve - Arizonans are not asking for more campaign signs in their communities."
  • SB1048: "While I appreciate the provision aimed at adding transparency to donations from lobbyists, other provisions in the bill would reduce transparency in campaign finance and would likely apply to far more donors."
  • SB1100: "I encourage the Legislature to work with my administration to explore current challenges with Off-Highway Vehicles (OHVs) and recommend mitigation strategies to minimize the impact and destruction of off-trails before increasing the weight limits."

May 17

  • HB2444: "…this bill would create a new Commission, requiring substantial administrative support from the State Land Department, without providing any funding to this agency."
  • HB2312: "Instead of improving or facilitating access to the resources that victims need, this misguided and unnecessary legislation merely allows providers to discriminate on the basis of sex."
  • HB2428: "…this bill did not include an appropriation to support its implementation."
  • HB2667: "This bill would allow concealed weapons to be carried or stored on campus, which could lead to greater anxiety among students, staff and faculty. It may also lead to increased risk of campus and other unintended consequences."
  • HB2544: "Not only does this limit the ability of federal law makers and federal law enforcement agencies from enacting regulations that promote public safety, it could lead to ambiguity and confusion when state and federal laws diverge."
  • HB2613: "This bill could create a situation where Arizona's election administrators are no longer able to procure certifiable voting and tabulating equipment."

May 9

  • SB1255: "The rulemaking process that state agencies follow is rigorous, transparent, and essential to allowing the State government to function at its best for the people of Arizona. If the Legislature disagrees with the rules implemented by the state, it can produce legislation to change them."
  • SB1252: "…the creation of an additional review committee inefficiently duplicates the work of existing oversight bodies, unnecessarily furthers mistrust of caseworkers, and may regrettably place additional burdens of traumatized or grieving families."

How many bills have Gov. Hobbs vetoed so far this year?

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs (From Archive)

Not counting the bills mentioned above, Gov. Hobbs has also vetoed a number of other bills, including:

April 18

  • SB1455, a bill that makes minor changes to existing laws regarding when a political office is deemed to be vacant. "I do not believe that the changes proposed by this bill are needed at this time," read a portion of Gov. Hobb's veto letter.
  • SB1565, an election-related bill that, among other things, bans artificial intelligence from machines, devices, firmware or software used in an election. "This bill…attempts to solve challenges that do not currently face our State," read a portion of the veto letter.
  • HB2394, a bill that adds to an existing ban on the Arizona State Government from "using any personnel or financial resources to enforce, administer or cooperate with any action, law, treaty, order, rule or regulation of the United States government that is inconsistent with any law of this state regarding the regulation of firearms," to include "any tax, levy, fee or stamp imposed on firearms, firearm accessories or ammunition not common to other goods and services." In her veto letter, Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "exempts the firearm industry from the same basic regulation to which all other industries are accustomed."
  • HB2691, an election-related bill that requires a county's board of supervisors to provide a chain of custody record for every ballot printed, beginning at the printing location. "As I have stated previously, I am eager to work with the Legislature to advance legislation that strengthens our elections. This bill, unfortunately, does not advance that goal," read a portion of the veto letter.
  • HB2474, a bill that adds to a list of immunizations not required for school attendance by including "immunization for which a United States Food and Drug Administration Emergency Use Authorization has been issued." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "will undermine public true in vaccines approved by the Federal Drug Administration."
  • SB1101, a bill that makes an amendment to current law regarding authorized third-party driver license providers in Arizona. "Allowing [Authorized Third Parties] to print these security-enhanced certificates of title and registration tab stocks, outside of ADOT's central distribution model, poses a significant public safety risk," read a portion of the veto letter.
  • SB1091, a bill that allows non-contracted private or non-profit entities to provide eligible prison inmates with transition services. "This bill would result in less transparency and oversight of services provided to incarcerated people returning to society," read a portion of the veto letter.
  • HB2379, a bill that bans cities or towns in Arizona from requiring a hotel or motel to take part in "any program that houses homeless individuals or families in an unoccupied hotel or motel guest room through the use of a housing voucher." In her veto letter, Gov. Hobbs wrote that "hotels and motels in Arizona have never been required to accept a voucher to house someone, and no proposal to do so is under consideration here."
  • SB1262, a bill that allows a court, when requested by the state or the probation department, to issue an arrest warrant without delay in order to re-arrest a person who is "charged by indictment or information with a felony offense that was committed while the defendant is on probation." Gov. Hobbs stated in her veto letter that the bill "raises due process concerns," and encourages the proponents of the bill to work with stakeholders and "bring back a consensus proposal next session."
  • HB2509, a bill that deals with the sale of cottage food. "This bill would significantly increase the risk of food-borne illness by expanding the ability of cottage food vendors to sell high-risk foods," read a portion of the veto letter. An attempt to override Gov. Hobbs' veto of this bill ultimately failed.

April 17

  • HB2332, which requires school districts and charter schools to provide students from grades six to 12 with age-appropriate training sessions in firearms safety.
  • SB1331, which bans the governing board of an educational institution from adopting or enforcing any policy or rule that "restricts of prohibits the parent or legal guardian of a student of the educational institution from carrying or transporting a firearm on the property of, and in an educational institution if the parent or legal guardian possess a valid concealed weapons permit." for both SB1331 and HB2332, Gov. Hobbs wrote, in a veto letter that covers both bills, that mandatory firearm safety training in schools :is not the solution to gun violence prevention," and that it is not prudent "to allow parents to carry concealed weapons on school campuses."
  • HB2297, which amends an existing law on fraudulent schemes and artifices by stating that those who are prosecuting others for violating the crime will no longer need to establish that all violating acts occurred within the state, or within a single city, town, county, or local jurisdiction of Arizona. "The bill will lead to confusion where none currently exists," read a portion of the veto letter.
  • HB2319, a bill that amends an existing law on elections by adding a legislative intent to "provide the people of this state with a transparent system for conducting elections," and states that in the event of competing interpretations over the provisions within the existing law, an interpretation that provides greater transparency will be in favor. "The bill adds unnecessary language into statute and does not solve any of the real challenges facing election administration," read a portion of the veto letter.

April 12

  • HB2552, which bans any government entities in Arizona from using a method of voting known as "Ranked Choice Voting." The bill does not mention Ranked Choice Voting by name, but bans the use of voting methods that allows voters to "rank, designate or otherwise indicate approval of or preference for more candidates than are eligible to be declared elected for any office." Gov. Hobbs wrote that Ranked Choice Voting, while used successfully elsewhere in the country, is not used in Arizona, thus making the bill unnecessary.
  • HB2675, which designates drug cartels as terrorist organizations. Gov. Hobs wrote that "labeling drug cartels as terrorist organizations to deploy state resources is not a real solution, and is not a state function," as current state law defines terrorist organizations as "any organization that is designated by the United States Department of State as a foreign terrorist organization."
  • HB2754, which, according to a factsheet for the bill, adds nongovernmental organizations in the definition of an enterprise, for the purpose of "determining criminal liability for an enterprise and subjects an enterprise to criminal liability for the offense of participating in a human smuggling organization or operation." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill could have "unintended consequences for organizations that support immigrants."
  • SB1236, which bans cities and towns from imposing a tax or fee for any person or entity that is running a node on blockchain technology in a residence. Gov. Hobbs wrote that "blockchain technology" is broadly defined in the bill, and "prevents local policymaking concerning an emergent and potentially energy-intensive economic activity."
  • SB1251, which bans cities and towns from "enacting any ordinance, resolution or policy that prohibits or unduly restricts a person from using a working animal in lawful commerce for an animal enterprise." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill is "a solution in search of a problem," and that no Arizona city, town or county restricts rodeos or the use of working animals for agricultural or ranching operations, nor are there "pending policy proposals to do so anywhere in Arizona."

April 11

  • SB1005, which, according to a factsheet for the bill, bans a court from "granting attorney fees, expenses or damages to a governmental entity or official for a claim or defense asserted pursuant to a parent's ability to bring suit against the governmental entity or official on the grounds that the entity or official interfered with their right to direct the upbringing of their child." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "merely encourages litigation - no matter how frivolous - without consequence," as a time when schools and teachers have been "maligned by bad actors who spread baseless theories, seeking to create conflict with teachers, school boards, and administrators."
  • SB1027, which, according to a factsheet for the bill, classifies the manufacturing of carfentanil, fentanyl, or kinetic substances under circumstances that cause physical injury to a minor under 15 as a class 2 felony and punishable as a dangerous crime against children. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill might undermine Arizona's "Good Samaritan Law," which was signed into law a week prior to this bill's vetoing.
  • SB1109, which, according to a factsheet for the bill, removes a device that is designed, made or adapted to muffle the report, or sound, of a firearm from the definition of a prohibited weapon. Gov. Hobbs wrote that legalizing silencers, or any other weapons currently on the list of prohibited weapons, will make Arizonans less safe.
  • HB2212, which makes a crime to interfere with or "otherwise preventing the performance of a normal function of any utility infrastructure or property or the intended course or path of any utility service." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "will do little to deter threats to our critical facilities,"
  • HB2442, which, according to a factsheet for the bill, deals with issues related to groundwater. Gov. Hobbs' veto letter states that the bill "purports to address rural groundwater depletion through the establishment of ‘temporary non-expansion areas.’ She wrote that the bill "would do very little to preserve the groundwater supplies that Arizonans rely upon."

April 7

  • SB1166, which bans public employers from rejecting a job applicant solely for not having a postsecondary degree, with certain exceptions. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill creates more problems than it solves. "Ultimately, due to its unnecessary and unworkable administrative burden, I am forced to veto this bill," Gov. Hobbs wrote.

April 6

  • SB1009, which makes defacing, damaging or tampering with a public or private monument, memorial or statue a crime. Gov. Hobbs wrote that state law "already provides adequate tools to prosecute criminal damage to the items contemplated in this bill, including confederate monuments."
  • SB1074, which requires, among other things, that the source codes for electronic equipment used to tabulate votes in Arizona be submitted to the state's Auditor General for inspection by the State Legislature, a county's board of supervisors, or other election officials by request. Gov. Hobbs wrote that "the election equipment required by the bill, as well as the problem it purports to solve, does not exist."
  • SB1253, which requires a registered sex offender who is also the legal guardian of a student at a public or private school to notify the school of their status as a registered sex offender on an annual basis. Gov. Hobbs wrote that current state law "already outlines requirements for the registration of sex offenders with the Department of Public Safety and compliance with various ongoing notification requirements, including notifying school districts in which a sex offender lives."
  • SB1257, which would set up an assistant director for the Arizona Department of Water Resources. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "creates an unnecessary statutory mandate for the Arizona Department of Water Resources to hire for a role that can already be satisfied by existing ADWR staff."
  • SB1428, which bans any local government within Arizona from banning a gun show from taking place within their boundaries, or "enact or enforce any ordinance, rule or policy that primarily affects gun shows and effectively prohibits a gun shot from occurring." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "needlessly restricts the authority of cities and towns to make decisions about how to keep their communities safe."
  • SB1600, which deals with infants who were born alive during the course of an abortion. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "is uniformly opposed by the medical community, and interferes with the relationship between a patient and doctor."
  • HB2322, which deals with signature verification on early ballot envelopes. Gov. Hobbs wrote that "the standards in the bill are already several years old, and are more appropriately included as part of the Election Procedures Manual."
  • HB2415, which would purge voters from the Active Early Voting List if they did not cast an early ballot in all elections for one election cycle. Gov. Hobbs wrote that while she "stands ready to sign bills that make voting more accessible, accurate, and secure," the bill "accomplishes none of these goals."

April 5

  • HB2437, which, according to a factsheet on the bill, exempts a transmission line and its associated right-of-way from filing with the Arizona Corporation Commission for a Certificate of Environmental Compatibility, provided they are located on land that is owned by the owner of the transmission line. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "diminishes the authority and statutorily-give purpose" of a committee that was set up to provide a public forum for expeditious review of proposed electric transmission siting plans, while having "an uncertain impact on electric generation or Arizona's overall power grid."
  • HB2477, which affirms "the importance of the Electoral College for presidential elections in this country." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "solely expresses legislative opinion," and that it is better served as a House Resolution because it "does not make or change substantive policy."
  • HB2535, which exempts a well "drilled with the consent of the well owner on private property in an unincorporated area" from municipal regulation, if the area in question is annexed by a city or town after the well has been drilled. Gov. Hobbs wrote that prohibiting a municipality from "requiring even the most basic of safety standards and regulations for groundwater wells threatens the safety and quality of drinking water that public utilities provide to residents and businesses throughout Arizona."
  • HB2586, which would require ADOT to display "only messages that are directly related to transportation or highway public safety" on their dynamic message signs, with the exception of displaying Amber Alerts, Silver Alerts, Blue Alerts, and reminders to vote. Gov. Hobbs wrote that ADOT already abides by standards listed in Federal laws regarding traffic control devices installed on any street, highway, or private road open to public travel. "The current standards allow State and local highway agencies the flexibility to display safety messages, transportaion-related messages, emergency homeland security messages, and more," read a portion of the veto letter.

April 4

  • SB1162, which, according to a factsheet on the bill, would require a county or municipality to allow a home-based business as a use by right, provided certain conditions are met. Use by right is defined in a law dictionary as generally meaning that a use is a ‘permitted’ use, not subject to any conditions, including a conditional use permit. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill has a far too broad approach, and would "create challenges for public safety and code enforcement in neighborhood."

April 3

  • HB2427, which makes assaulting a person while "knowing or having reason to know" that the victim is pregnant a crime of aggravated assault. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill, according to advocates for victims of domestic violence, will "do nothing to deter domestic violence or support pregnant victims."
  • HB2440, which requires public power utilities in the state to prioritize grid reliability and affordability when making decisions regarding "planning investment, procurement and operation of electric generation, transmission, and distribution resources." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill is "unnecessary and creates regulatory uncertainty in instances where affordability and reliability may be at odds."
  • HB2472, which bans the state from requiring a bank or financial institution to "use a social credit score when the bank or financial institution evaluates whether to lend money to a customer." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill is "overly vague," does not define "social credit scores," and that these systems do not exist anywhere in the United States. She also wrote that the bill is redundant with federal law.
  • HB2056, which deals with water quality control. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "creates regulatory confusion and uncertainty" by forcing unnecessary conflict between state law and federal law.

March 30

  • SB1024, which would have stopped anyone from erecting makeshift shelters on sidewalks, alleyways, streets, parkways and other public rights-of-way. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill only makes Arizona's homeless crisis less visible.
  • SB1250, which dealt with matters related to religious exemptions from vaccination. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill is unnecessary, as legal protections for an employee's religious beliefs already exist in federal employment law.

March 28

  • SB1063, which would have banned cities and municipalities from taxing groceries. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill would have a negative budgetary impact on municipalities, and could result in service cuts, including public safety, and possibly increased property taxes.
  • SB1096, which bans a public entity from entering into a contract worth $100,000 or more with a company, unless the contract includes a written certification that the company "does not currently, and agrees for the duration of the contract that it will not discriminate against a firearm entity or firearm trade association." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill is "unnecessary and, if enacted, could result in banks leaving Arizona's market," thus limiting competition and increase cost for local governments.

March 9

  • SB1305, which bans public schools, school district, state agency, or their employees from teaching a number of concepts that some believe constitute "critical race theory." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill only serves to "divide and antagonize," and that "it's time to stop pushing students and teachers into culture wars rooted in fear mongering and evidence-free accusation."

March 3

  • SB1248, which, according to a factsheet on the bill, repeals a requirement for state-regulated health professions that seek an expanded scope of practice to go through what is known as a "statutory sunrise review." Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill repealing the provision without replacement with a better mechanism "poses a threat to the health and safety od Arizonans."

February 23

  • SB1184, which, according to an analysis, removes the ability for cities and towns in the state to impose a tax or fee on the business of renting or leasing real property, as well as requiring savings to be passed on to tenants. Gov. Hobbs wrote that the bill "lacks any enforceable mechanism to ensure relief will be provided to renters," and that approving an appropriation of "roughly 270 million dollars over the next eighteen months," outside of a comprehensive budget agreement, would be irresponsible.

February 16

  • SB1523 to SB1535. The 13 bills, according to Gov. Hobbs' veto letter, all deal with the state's budget for Fiscal Year 2024. "I am confident that we can work together on a budget that addresses our state's housing crisis, lowers costs, prepares our workforce, and invests in public education," Gov. Hobbs wrote in her veto letter. A $17 billion budget was ultimately passed and signed into law by Gov. Hobbs in May.

Can the legislature override the vetoes?

Under Arizona's constitution, a two-thirds vote of the members elected to each of the state's legislative chambers is needed to override a veto.

There are 60 members in the State House, and 30 members in the State Senate. This means 40 members of the State House and 20 members of the State Senate need to vote to override a veto.

Neither Republicans or Democrats have the votes needed to override a veto on their own.

Are vetoes common in Arizona?

Doug Ducey

Former Governor Doug Ducey (From Archive)

In recent years, Arizona's governors have issued vetoes on a number of bills.

During Doug Ducey's time as governor, he vetoed a number of bills, including, in 2022, a bill sponsored by a Scottsdale GOP lawmaker that that would require county recorders to launch an investigation anytime someone claims that a person’s voter registration is invalid.

Ducey said that bill could allow for subjective decisions and lead to people’s voter registrations being canceled "based on fiction rather than fact."

In 2021, Ducey vetoed a bill backed by social conservative groups that would have, among other things, barred all discussions about gender identity, sexual orientation or HIV/AIDS in sex education classes unless parents are notified in advance. Ducey called the bill "overly broad and vague," and said it would lead to unintended consequences.

The Associated Press (AP) contributed to this report.