2010 Legislation Primer

January 19, 2010 by  

First, a short primer on sponsorship of legislation.

What’s the difference between a prime sponsor of a bill and a co-sponsor?

When legislators say they “sponsored” a bill, it usually means they are the prime prime sponsor, which entails shepherding the bill from start to finish through the process in one or both Legislative chambers.  It can become confusing because sometimes legislators check off the box as ‘prime’ sponsor, when they are really not the ‘prime prime’ sponsor, but a co-sponsor.  One can find out who is the ‘prime prime’ sponsor, by going to the bill version itself.  The first name listed on the bill is the ‘prime prime’ sponsor. 

Confused?  Don’t be.  When you click on a bill I co-sponsored, such as HB 2148 – Adoption, a bill which gives adoption preference for married couples, you will see an option to click on sponsors.  Rep. Warde Nichols is listed first and is the prime sponsor.  Everyone else, including me, is actually a co-sponsor.

When legislators “co-sponsor” a bill, it means they are generally supportive of the measure, but do not have the primary responsibility of garnering the necessary votes for it or getting it through the process. 

So far this session these are some of the more notable bills I sponsored and am shepherding through the process:

HOA public streets bill (HB 2153) clarifying  in statue that HOAs may not regulate publicly owned streets within their communities, fining residents for “violating” CC&Rs passed by over-reaching HOA boards.                                                                                                                                                                      Foster Parents Bill of Rights (HB 2224) – ensuring foster parents may “parent” their foster child (children) without undue state interference.                                                                                                                                                                                       Federal reimbursement for medical expenses provided to illegal aliens in Arizona (HCM 2005). A “postcard” reminding Congress of their responsibilities regarding this unfunded mandate.                                                                                                                                                                       More prime sponsored bills this session include:  bio-ethics issues, human cloning and divorce reform


For a more comprehensive list of sponsored and co-sponsored bills check out my members page and scroll down.



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