Gov. Jan Brewer still has a slew of bills on her desk. She has until May 15 to take action. As of this week, she has signed 155 bills into law.
Unless lawmakers set a special date, new laws go into effect in early August.
Here are some of the state’s new laws:
Lead batteries: House Bill 2087 outlines requirements surrounding the purchase and sale of lead acid batteries; it also prohibits scrap-metal dealers from selling used catalytic converters.
Home-equity lines of credit: HB 2323 requires the lender of a home-equity line of credit to close the line and release the security interest as soon as it receives full payment or a written request from the escrow agent or borrower.
Real-estate brokers: HB 2357 increases the number of education hours a real-estate broker must complete and modifies the course requirements.
Health-information organizations: HB 2369 makes a variety of changes to health-information-organizations statutes, including allowing doctors to write prescriptions electronically for certain controlled substances.
Veterinarians: Senate Bill 1342 establishes a treatment and rehabilitation plan for veterinarians and veterinary technicians who are impaired by alcohol or drug abuse.
Taxi maintenance: SB 1480 requires taxis and limos to get routine brake and tire inspections performed by a qualified or professional mechanic.
HOA regulations: HB 2471 makes various changes to HOA laws, including allowing HOAs to prohibit the display of political signs earlier than 71 days before an election and later than three days after an election; allows an HOA to ban handmade signs; forbids an HOA from charging a fee to allow for-rent signs.
Rentals: HB 2513 allows condo owners to use their unit as a rental property unless it’s prohibited in the condo unit’s declaration.
E911 tax: HB 2094 creates an E911 tax of eight-tenths of 1 percent of the gross proceeds of sales from prepaid wireless-telecommunications services.
Background checks: SB 1136 requires the Department of Economic Security to conduct Central Registry background checks on all individuals that provide direct services to children or vulnerable adults. DES’s Central Registry is a confidential database of child-abuse allegations.
Fire/sanitary districts: HB 2460 allows non-contiguous pieces of land to be included in a fire or sanitary district if the land is in an unincorporated area and within 2,640 feet of an adjacent district. This is allowed until Aug. 1, 2014, and applies only to land in a county with more than 2 million people.
Boating fees: HB 2322 creates a new fee for non-Arizona residents boating on Arizona waters.
Ranch dogs: HB 2780 forbids cities, towns or counties from prohibiting or restricting how someone may treat a dog if the activity is directly related to shepherding or herding livestock and the activity is necessary for the safety of a human.
Adoptive parents: SB 1100 expands the rights of prospective adoptive parents during the probationary period, including establishing right to refuse visitation between the child and birth parent if the birth parent’s rights have been terminated.
Military-family help: SB 1190 extends the individual income-tax credit for donations made to the Military Family Relief Fund through the end of 2018.
Wrongful-life lawsuit: SB 1359 protects a doctor from legal damages based on the claim that a child should never have been.
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