Arizona’s 53rd Legislature, 1st Regular Session adjourned sine die on May 10 after 122 days of session. The 2017 session was outstanding for the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce and the overall business community. Governor Doug Ducey signed 37 Chamber-supported bills into law.

We thank all of the elected officials for their hard work in making 2017 a success.

Highlights of this session for the business community include the passage and enactment of numerous bills championed by the Chamber including SB 1406, which provides common sense solutions for businesses striving to reach compliance with the Arizonans with Disabilities Act. House Bills 2244 and 2404 ensure Arizona’s initiative process remains a process driven by Arizonans for Arizonans and is not hijacked by well-financed out-of-state interests, as we saw in the 2016 election cycle. In addition, the Chamber supported proudly targeted tax reform such as HB 2191 and SB 1416, which continue to spur economic development, specifically in manufacturing and start-up entrepreneurship.

The largest accomplishment of the 2017 session was the continued implementation of a structurally balanced state budget that invests in areas of critical need. After the passage of Proposition 123, the FY 2018 budget continues to provide additional needed resources to K-12 education. GPCC looks forward to helping address future needs.

Probably the most significant outcome of this year’s budget discussion was providing needed infrastructure improvements to our state universities. The budget authorizes a $1 billion bonding package that will result in significant economic development and allow the universities to continue their role as world-class institutions.

Significant strides were taken during this session in making Arizona the most business friendly state in the nation. Special thanks to the leadership of our Public Affairs and Issue Committees for all your hard work in making sure the Chamber takes a leading role in supporting legislation that benefits Arizona and the business community that fuels its economic engine.

Posted by Josh Coddington