New Laws & Implementation Guidelines

New Laws Report

Every year the Arizona State Legislature passes hundreds of bills and sends them to the Governor. If a bill is not vetoed by the Governor, the bill is enacted into law. The League of Arizona Cities and Towns reviews all of the new laws passed during the legislative session and checks each law for potential impact to municipalities. The laws identified as having a potential impact to local governments are summarized and compiled into an annual publication, the New Laws Report.

This report is designed to assist municipal officials and staff with the myriad of new laws enacted each year by providing a brief summary of each law, as well as any other information specified in the bill. Although every attempt is made to ensure the accuracy of the summaries, we suggest a review of the full law before enforcement or implementation.


Implementation Guidelines

House Bill (HB) 2318 - texting while driving; prohibition; enforcement (Laws 2019, Chapter 112)

HB 2318 established a statewide hands-fee law that prohibits the use of wireless devices while driving. This memo provides a summary of the new state law and a brief explanation of next steps to comply.

View the document (PDF).

HB 2371 - Mobile food vending model ordinance (Laws 2018, Chapter 286)

HB 2371 established a statewide food and health safety licensing standards for mobile food vending operations, intended specifically for food trucks. Of interest to cities and towns are the provisions of the new law that standardize the local regulation of food truck operations, including provisions related to use of public parking spaces, required fire and safety inspections, operations on private property and required spacing distances from existing bricks-and-mortar restaurants, among others.

View the document (PDF).

HB 2365 - Wireless facilities in the right-of-way (Laws 2017, Chapter 124)

The legislature enacted HB 2365 wireless facilities; rights-of-way that allows wireless providers to install and operate small cells and related equipment in city and town rights-of-way and public easements, excluding deployment in areas outside of the right-of-way, on private easements or on electric distribution poles. This document provides a summary and information for cities and towns to implement this new state law.

View the document (PDF).

Summary of changes made by HB 2593 (Chapter 98, Laws of 2013)

The 2013 legislature passed HB 2593 which makes changes to the amount of money that candidates for office can receive from individuals and political groups. The changes that apply to municipal elections are summarized in this memo.

View the document (PDF).

Supplemental Benefit Program for Public Safety Employees

As required by HB 2643 from the 2012 Legislative Session

View the document (PDF).

Senate Bill (SB)1525 (Development Impact Fees) Implementation Tools

View a Model Development Impact Fee Ordinance (PDF).

View: Model Development Impact Fee Staff Report; Queen Creek, 2014 (PDF)

Uniform Video Service License

In 2018, the Legislature adopted SB1140 which required cities and towns to issue a uniform video services license to video service providers. By July 1, 2019, cities and towns are required to have a uniform application/affidavit and agreement.

Following are links to:

  1. Application and Affidavit for Uniform Video Service License (DOC)
  2. Model Uniform Video Service License Agreement (DOC)
  3. The chaptered version of SB1140

Please note that these forms closely track with the statutory requirements in SB1140 and have been reviewed and accepted by the cable industry and the larger Telecommunications work-group. These forms also take into account the recently passed HB2229 and the anticipated enactment of HB2179. See links below for these bills.

HB2229 (Laws 2019, Chapter 76)

HB2179 (pending final vote in the Senate)

Please consider these only as a suggested framework for your own city or town and feel free to customize them as necessary.