Issues: CAP-Supported Bills

Since 1995, 123 Center for Arizona Policy (CAP)-supported bills have become law. To access a printable copy of this overview of CAP-supported legislation, click here

Life

Abortion
  • Requiring parental consent for abortion (1996)
  • Banning partial-birth abortion (1997)
  • Regulating safety standards in abortion clinics (1999)
  • Revising parental consent for abortion laws following court decision (2000) 
  • Revising abortion clinic safety standards following court decision (2000)
  • Prohibiting physician assistants from performing surgical abortions (2002) 
  • Banning partial-birth abortion (2009)
  • Abortion Consent Act – requiring informed consent, enhancing parental consent, and expanding rights of conscience protections for healthcare workers (2009)
  • Prohibiting all non-doctors from performing surgical abortions (2009)
  • Ending taxpayer-funded insurance coverage for government employees’ abortions (2010)
  • Improving abortion reporting requirements (2010)
  • Requiring an ultrasound before an abortion, banning telemedicine abortions, and improving safety standards for abortion clinics (2011)
  • Ending taxpayer-funded abortion training and disqualifying abortion providers from charitable tax credit (2011)
  • Clarifying that the board of nursing does not have authority to allow nurses to perform surgical abortions (2011)
  • Prohibiting physician assistants from prescribing medication abortions (2011)
  • Prohibiting race-selection and sex-selection abortions (2011)
  • Prohibiting abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy; strengthening informed consent requirements; requiring FDA compliance for medication abortions (2012) **
  • Denying abortion providers federal tax dollars that pass through the state (2012) *
  • Disqualifying abortion providers from charitable tax credits (2012) 
  • Ensuring that abortion providers must disclose internal audit results in court proceedings (2013)
Bioethics
  • Banning taxpayer funding of human cloning (2005)
  • Promoting umbilical cord blood donations (2006)
  • Funding for an adult stem cell research and tissue bank (2007)
  • Requiring informed consent for human egg donation and banning the sale of eggs for cloning (2010)
  • Banning human cloning, destructive human embryonic stem cell research, sale of human embryos, and human-animal hybrids (2010)
Patient Care
  • Providing for reinstatement of food/fluid if improperly removed (2008)
  • Protecting incapacitated patients from having food/fluid removed without a court order or written health care directive (2009)
Humanity of Preborn Children
  • Defining “live birth” in vital statistics statutes (2004)
  • Protecting preborn children from crime through fetal homicide statutes (2005)
  • Prohibiting wrongful life/wrongful birth lawsuits (2012)
Promoting Alternatives to Abortion
  • Funding for alternatives to abortion (2006)
  • Funding for alternatives to abortion (2007)
  • Making Choose Life license plates available on Service Arizona’s website (2009)
  • Simplifying the charitable tax credit (2009)
  • Recognizing the work of pregnancy care centers (2011) ***
  • Requiring school presentations to present childbirth and adoption as preferred options over abortion (2012)
  • Allowing taxpayers who do not itemize to qualify for the state's charitable tax credit (2013)
* This bill passed the Arizona Legislature but was later overturned in court.
** Lawsuit pending
*** A resolution is an expression of the Legislature's opinion or intent and has no legal effect.

Marriage and Family

Protecting and Strengthening Marriage
  • Prohibiting same-sex “marriage” in statute (1996)
  • Eliminating marriage tax penalty (1997)
  • Creating covenant marriage (1998)
  • Revising covenant marriage (1999)
  • Funding community-based marriage classes (2000)
  • Expressing support for Congress to pass Marriage Protection Amendment to the U.S. Constitution (2005) ***
  • Eliminating marriage penalty in tax credits (2005)
  • Funding for marriage education (2005)
  • Funding for marriage education (2006)
  • Funding for marriage education (2007)
  • Establishing a preference for adoption placement with a married man and woman (2011)
  • Recognizing the Boy Scouts of America and expressing support for its values and policies (2013) ***

Divorce Reform

  • Allowing judge to consider criminal conviction of abuse by a spouse when dividing property in a divorce (2004)
  • Enhancing parenting education class and allowing for additional time to reconcile before divorce is finalized (2011)

Parents’ Rights

  • Protecting parents’ rights in Child Protective Services proceedings (2003)
  • Prohibiting schools from requiring students to receive the HPV vaccine (2007)
  • Protecting fundamental rights of parents to direct education and upbringing of their children (2010)
  • Protecting parents’ rights in charter schools and requiring permission from parents in all public schools for audio, video, or electronic material that is not age-appropriate (2011)
  • Prohibiting pharmacists from administering immunizations to minors without parental consent (2011)

Sexual Decency and Pornography

  • Authorizing counties to license and regulate sexually-oriented businesses (1996)
  • Strengthening child pornography laws (1996)
  • Funding for obscenity prosecutions (1997)
  • Protecting children from news rack pornography (1997)
  • Closing sex businesses during overnight hours (1998) **
  • Protecting children in public schools/libraries from Internet pornography (1999)
  • Prohibiting state employees from accessing Internet pornography at work (2003)
  • Regulating unsolicited spam e-mail (2003)
  • Preventing use of film industry tax incentives for making pornography (2005)
  • Regulating the distance between sexually-oriented businesses and schools, churches (2006)
  • Requiring sex offenders to register their online identities in addition to their street addresses (2007)
  • Prohibiting sexual predators from misrepresenting their ages on the Internet (2008)
  • Removing defense for predators who engage in child prostitution (2010)
  • Strengthening child prostitution laws to allow harsher punishment for predators (2011)
  • Requiring computers in public schools and libraries to have online filters (2012)
  • Ensuring that arts funding is not spent on obscenity or material that disgraces the U.S. or Arizona flag (2012)

School Choice/Education

  • Allowing homeschooled students to participate in interscholastic activities (1999)
  • Ensuring homeschooled students are eligible for Regent Scholarships from state universities (1999)
  • Requiring daily recitation of a portion of the Declaration of Independence in 4th-6th grades (2000)
  • Providing access to school services for home-schooled students with special needs (2001)
  • Ensuring homeschooled students are eligible for guaranteed admission to state universities (2004)
  • Funding for abstinence until marriage education (2005)
  • Increasing funding for abstinence until marriage education (2006)
  • Funding for abstinence until marriage education (2007)
  • Offering a corporate tax credit for donations to provide scholarships for low-income students (2006)
  • Increasing amount of corporate tax credit for donations to provide scholarships for low-income students (2006)
  • Providing education and training scholarships for older teens who are wards of the state (2006)
  • Creating a postsecondary education grant program for Arizona residents (2006)
  • Providing grants for foster children to attend private schools chosen by their parents (2006) *
  • Providing grants for children with special needs to attend private schools chosen by their parents (2006) *
  • Continuing the corporate scholarship tax credit (2009)
  • Streamlining scholarship tax credit program through withholding tax reduction (2009)
  • Creating new corporate tax credit for donations to provide scholarships for students with special needs to attend private schools chosen by their parents (2009)
  • Increasing accountability and transparency for individual scholarship tax credit (2010)
  • Increasing accountability and transparency for corporate scholarship tax credits (2010)
  • Extending deadline to April 15 for individual scholarship tax credit donations (2010)
  • Reporting requirement for equity in university scholarships (2010)
  • Establishing Empowerment Scholarship Accounts for special needs students to use toward education expenses (2011) ** 
  • Defining a homeschool as a nonpublic school (2011)
  • Creating a new tax credit designated for children switching from public to private school (2012)
  • Expanding Empowerment Scholarship Accounts for children at failing schools, children of active duty military, and foster children that have been adopted (2012)
  • Allowing kindergarteners to participate in the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program and increasing the funding formula for the program (2013)
  • Protecting the Empowerment Scholarship Accounts program from abuse, while ensuring families still have access to the program (2013)

Gambling

  • Raising the minimum age for gambling to 21 (2000)
  • Placing restrictions on Indian gambling compacts (2000)
  • Tightening lottery restrictions (2000)
Government Accountability

  • Providing easier access to public records (2002)
  • Requiring Secretary of State to publicize the yes/no language that will appear on the ballot in a timely manner to ensure fairness and impartiality (2010)
* This bill passed the Arizona Legislature but was later overturned in court.
** Lawsuit pending
*** A resolution is an expression of the Legislature's opinion or intent and has no legal effect.

Religious Liberty

  • Allowing government to contract with private charities for goods and services without discriminating against religious organizations (1999)
  • Exempting clergy from behavioral health licensing (2003)
  • Providing equal access for religious groups to rental of school facilities (2003)
  • Ensuring equal access to school facilities for middle school students’ religious clubs (2001)
  • Recognizing and protecting public school students’ religious liberties (2009)
  • Prohibiting discrimination against churches in how they use their own property (2010)
  • Recognizing and protecting university students’ religious liberties and freedom of speech (2011)
  • Exempting churches from being forced to file as political campaigns when they speak out on ballot measures (2011)
  • Protecting licensed professionals from having their licenses threatened because of the free exercise of their religious beliefs (2012)
  • Protecting professors from being denied tenure because of their political or religious beliefs (2012)
  • Exempting religiously-affiliated employers from being forced to provide insurance coverage for abortion-inducing drugs or contraception (2012)
  • Ensuring university student fees are not used for political campaigns (2013)
  • Placing in statute previous state policy to enable church-run preschools to be exempt from unemployment insurance regulation (2013)
* This bill passed the Arizona Legislature but was later overturned in court.
** Lawsuit pending
*** A resolution is an expression of the Legislature's opinion or intent and has no legal effect.

Judicial Reform

  • Publishing online biographical information and constitutional decisions by appellate court judges on the retention election ballot (2011)
  • Requiring online publication of all decisions for appellate court judges on the retention election ballot (2011)
  • Granting proponents of a ballot measure legal standing to defend a proposition in court (2012)
  • Preventing additional legal protections for campaign committees that use felons to collect signatures for petitions (2013)
  • Increasing the number of judicial candidates sent to the governor for consideration from three to five (2013) *

CAP-Supported Bills Referred to the Ballot

  • Defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman in the Arizona Constitution (2008) - PASSED
  • Reforming judicial selection process by reducing the influence of appointed commissions and the State Bar and eliminating party considerations (2011)

CAP-Supported Bills Passed by the Legislature, Vetoed by the Governor

  • Increasing the minimum age for gambling to 21 (1999-Hull)
  • Funding for abstinence until marriage education (2003-Napolitano)
  • Exempting religious organizations from being forced to provide contraception (2003-Napolitano)
  • Requiring informed consent for abortion (2004-Napolitano)
  • Protecting rights of conscience of healthcare workers (2005-Napolitano)
  • Requiring public schools to provide information to parents (2005-Napolitano)
  • Allowing a judge to consider marital misconduct when dividing property in divorce (2005-Napolitano)
  • Providing scholarship grants for low-income students (2005-Napolitano)
  • Offering corporate tax credit for donations for scholarships for low-income students (2005-Napolitano)
  • Offering corporate tax credit for donations for scholarships for low-income students (2006-Napolitano)
  • Streamlining scholarship tax credit program through withholding tax reduction (2006-Napolitano)
  • Amending the corporate scholarship tax credit for tuitions scholarships (2006 -Napolitano)
  • Requiring fetal pain information be given to mothers for abortions past 20 weeks (2006-Napolitano)
  • Requiring notarized parental consent requirement for minor’s abortion (2006-Napolitano)
  • Establishing guidelines for judges in cases where minors seek abortion without parental consent (2006-Napolitano)
  • Ending taxpayer-funded insurance coverage for government employees’ abortions (2006-Napolitano)
  • Banning the sale of human eggs for cloning (2006-Napolitano)
  • Requiring informed consent for human egg donation (2006-Napolitano)
  • Protecting the First Amendment rights of university student organizations (2006-Napolitano)
  • Banning partial-birth abortion (2008-Napolitano)
  • Establishing guidelines for judges in cases where minors seek abortion without parental consent (2008-Napolitano)
  • Expanding current scholarship tax credits and clarifying statutes governing school tuition organizations (2011-Brewer)
  • Protecting professionals from losing their state license for exercising their religious beliefs (2011-Brewer)
  • Expanding individual scholarship tax credit to provide scholarships for low-income students or students with special needs (2011-Brewer)
  • Expanding Empowerment Scholarship Accounts for gifted children (2012-Brewer)
  • Expanding the corporate scholarship tax credit to limited liability companies and S-Corporations (2013-Brewer)
  • Clarifying and updating Arizona's Religious Freedom Restoration Act to strengthen religious liberty protections (2013-Brewer)
  • Clarifying property tax exemptions to ensure churches are protected from being unfairly assessed the tax (2013-Brewer)