FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

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Legislator Questions:

How can I obtain a list of all legislators' e-mail addresses?

Click the Members link located in the middle of the homepage

How can I determine my district and legislator?

  1. If you know your legislators, click here.
  2. If you do not know your legislators:
    • Click here to find the legislative district you live in by entering your address and digit zip code located at the top right corner, then
    • Return to the ALIS Homepage and click the Members link located in the middle of the ALIS Online homepage.

How can I find out what committee a member has been assigned to?

  1. Click the Members link located in the middle of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click the member name from the list.
  3. Scroll past the personal biography to view the committee assignments.

Where can I obtain a voting record of my member? Is it online?

The information is not available online. You can receive that information through:

  • House Chief Clerk's office - (602)926-3032
  • Senate Secretary's office - (602)926-4231

Bill Questions

How do I find the status of a bill?

  1. Make sure the correct session is selected
  2. If you know the bill number, type the bill number in the Bill # Search box (ex: SB1001) and press enter.
  3. Click the Bill Status link for a bill's status.

I have already registered with the Request to Speak program. Where do I go to register my opinion on a bill or request to speak in a committee?

  1. Click on Request to Speak from the ALIS home page.
  2. Click on Sign On
  3. Click on Request to Speak
  4. Click on New Request
  5. Find the bill on which you wish to speak
  6. Click on New Request

Who do I contact if I need assistance interpreting the status of a bill?

If you need assistance interpreting the status of a bill, you may call:

  • Senate information desk - (602)926-3559
  • House information desk - (602)926-4221

How can I view the text of a bill?

  1. Make sure the correct session is selected.
  2. If you need to change the session, click the Change Session button to select the session you want to view.
  3. If you know the bill number, type the bill number in the Bill Number Search box (ex: SB1001) and press enter
  4. Click the bill version link (i.e. Introduced version, Senate Engrossed version, etc.) either HTML or PDF format

Where can I perform text searches to locate a bill?

  1. Click the Bills link located on the blue navigation bar on the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click on the Bill Info link in the drop down list
  3. Type in a keyword in the Search Phrase box and click Search.

OR

  1. Click the Full Text Searching link located in the menu on the left side of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Select the database you want to search.
  3. Type a keyword in the Search Phrase box and click Search.

How can I find bills from previous sessions? For example, the forty-fifth legislature?

The site is "session" driven. You must change the session to view bills from a previous session.

  1. Click the Change Session link and select a session.
  2. There are three ways to locate bills:
    • Type the bill number in the Bill Number Search box and press enter.
    • Click the Bills link, select a range of bills and click on the bill of interest.
    • Click the Full Text Searching link located in the menu on the left side of the ALIS Online homepage, enter a keyword(s) and click Search. Select a bill in the result list.

How can I be notified when a bill will take action on the floor?

Click the Bill Tracking link (now referred to as Bill Status Inquiry) located in the middle of the ALIS Online homepage and create an account. Once you create a list of bills to track, you will be able to click on the Alerts tab. For more information on this program, see the Bill Status Inquiry manual.

What do the committee action abbreviations mean when viewing the status overview of a bill?

You have two options. If you are in Bill Overview, you can click on one of the abbreviations found there such as

Vote Detail 01/13/03 ED 01/29/03 (11-1-0-0-0) DPA/SE
Vote Detail 01/13/03 WM 02/04/03 (12-0-0-0-0) DPA/SE
Vote Detail 01/13/03 RULES 02/12/03 (12-0-0-0-0) C&P

OR
You can click on the Abbreviations link located on the ALIS Online homepage under General Information on the left side.

What does "strike everything" mean and where can I find a list of all the strike everything amendments to bills?

A "strike everything after the enacting clause" amendment (also referred to as a "strike everything" amendment or simply a "striker") proposes to delete the entire text of the existing bill and substitute new language, essentially making it a completely different bill, possibly on an entirely different subject. These amendments are sometimes used to allow legislators to circumvent the deadlines on introduction of new legislation, deal with an issue that arises after the deadline or revive a bill that has previously been defeated.

Click the Strike Everything Bills link located on the blue navigation bar to the left of the ALIS Online homepage.

Where can I find the bills that have been transmitted to the Governor, transmitted to the Secretary of State, bills the Governor has vetoed and signed, as well as bills that have been chaptered?

  1. Click the Bills link located on the blue navigation bar to the left of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click Final Disposition

OR

  1. Click the Bills link located on the blue navigation bar to the top of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click Disposition located at the top of the page.

How do I get a list of the general effective dates for current and past legislation?

Click the General Effective Dates link located on the navigation bar on the left of the ALIS Online homepage.

What are the bill summaries?

Under the direction of the Arizona Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives, the summaries are prepared by research staff which includes summaries of all legislation signed into law during the regular legislative session and any special sessions that have occurred since the publication of the previous year's Legislative Summary.

The Summary is not intended to be an exhaustive analysis of each bill, but rather an overview that will provide the reader with the main purpose of the bill. Additional information and details about the legislation can be obtained from bill summaries (Senate Fact Sheets and House Summaries) prepared by the Senate and House Research Staff.

Can I listen to what happened in a committee on a particular bill?

Yes. Click on Click to visit our Streaming Video Archive in the center of the ALIS online home page.

Standing Committee and Interim Committee Questions:

Standing Committees:

Where do I find the House and Senate Live Proceedings?

Click the Live Proceedings links on the navigation bar on the left of the ALIS Online homepage. Select the hearing room you want.

How can I find out who the members are of a particular committee?

  1. Click the Standing Committees link on the navigation bar to the left of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click the committee name under the appropriate body (House or Senate).

How do I find out what day the committees are scheduled to meet?

Click the links for Committee Agendas link on the navigation bar to the left of the ALIS Online homepage.

Where do I find the committee agendas?

Click the links for Committee Agendas link on the navigation bar to the left of the ALIS Online homepage.

Where do I find the minutes of a committee meeting?

  1. Click on the Committees on the top navigation bar of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click on Standing Committee Minutes.
  3. Click on the Committee you want.
  4. Select the HTML or PDF version of the minutes for which you are looking.

How do I sign up to speak on a bill in committee?

Click the Request To Speak link located in the center of the ALIS Online homepage. For information on how to use this program, refer to the Request To Speak online manual.

The Request To Speak in Committee system replaces sign in slips used by those wishing to testify in committees. Committee chairpersons will have electronic access to listings of everyone signed up to speak and will know in advance who is for or against a particular bill.

To use this application, you must have registered with a user name and password at any one of the kiosks positioned outside the committee rooms on the 1st floor of the Arizona Senate (1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007). After registering here onsite at the capitol, you can request to speak or register your position on a bill from home.

Is there a way to check and see if a bill I am interested has been posted to a committee agenda?

Click the link Bill Tracking (Bill Status Inquiry) located just below the picture of the inside of the capitol dome and create an account for Bill Status Inquiry. Once you have an account, you can create Personal Progress list. With Personal Progress lists, you will receive alerts in the Bill Status Inquiry program. For more information on this program, see the Bill Status Inquiry Manual.

Interim Committees:

Is there a complete listing of all interim committees?

  1. Click on Committees on the blue navigation bar at the top of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click on Interim Committees.
  3. Click on Listing.

Where do I find the interim committee agendas?

  1. Click on Committees on the blue navigation bar at the top of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click on Interim Committees.
  3. Click on AGENDAS.

Where do I find the interim committee minutes?

  1. Click on Committees on the blue navigation bar at the top of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click on Interim Committees.

How can I check to see which members have been assigned to an interim committee?

  1. Click on Committees on the blue navigation bar at the top of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click on Interim Committees.
  3. Click on the committee in which you are interested.

How can I view interim committee agendas, listings and minutes from previous sessions?

  1. Make sure the correct session is selected. Click the Change Session button and select a session.
  2. Click on Committees on the blue navigation bar at the top of the ALIS Online homepage.
  3. Click on Interim Committees.
  4. Click on the committee in which you are interested.

Floor Calendar Questions:

Is there a way to find out what action took place on a floor calendar?

Click on the Posting Sheets link in the side bar on the ALIS Online homepage.

Arizona Revised Statutes Questions:

When are Arizona Revised Statutes updated?

The statute updates are usually completed in early fall. For more information contact Legislative Council at (602)926-4236

How can I find out if a bill is amending a particular statute?

  1. Using the new Bill Status Inquiry
  2. Find the bill in which you have interest
  3. Click on the tab for Sponsor/Keyword/Sections

I don't have a statute number. How do I find a particular law on the website?

  1. Click the Legislative Council link on the blue navigation bar.
  2. Click on the Arizona Revised Statutes link.
  3. Type a word or phrase in the search box
  4. Click on Search

Constitution Questions:

How can I perform a search within the constitution?

  1. Click the Legislative Council link on the blue navigation bar.
  2. Click on the Arizona State Constitution link.
  3. Type a word or phrase in the search box
  4. Click on Search

Session Laws (Chaptered Bills) Questions:

How can I search within session laws?

  1. Click on Bills on the Blue navigation bar at the top of the ALIS Online homepage.
  2. Click on Session Law
  3. Type a phrase in the search box.
  4. Click on Search

How can I tell when a session law (Chaptered Bill) becomes effective?

The general effective date for bills is 91 days after session is over. It is unpredictable in determining the date for session to end. Although the rules allow for a 100-day session, there are provisions for extending it. For information on general effective dates, click the General Effective Dates link located on the navigation to the left of the ALIS Online homepage.

However, if a bill contains an Emergency clause or Requirements For Enactment (RFE or RFEIR) clause, it becomes effective immediately upon signature of the Governor. General Effective Dates and Delayed Effective Dates can also determine a bill's effective date.

New Bill Status Inquiry (formerly referred to as Alis Tracking) Questions:

I forgot my password. Who do I contact?

Use the link on the new Bill Status Inquiry sign in web page to change your password.

How do I set up the program to alert me when a bill has been posted to a floor calendar or committee agenda?

  1. Create an account for Bill Status Inquiry
  2. Create a Personal Progress list
  3. Click on the Alerts tab at the top of the Personal Progress list page
  4. Refer to the Bill Status Inquiry manual

How do I update my personal information?

  1. Log into Bill Status Inquiry
  2. Click on your name
  3. Click on Account Management

Request to Speak Questions:

Why can't I create an account from home for the Request To Speak program?

You can create an account at home, however, you must come to the capitol the first time you want to use the Request To Speak program and log into one of the Kiosks here to activate your account.

The Request To Speak in Committee system replaces sign in slips used by those wishing to testify in committees. Committee chairpersons will have electronic access to listings of everyone signed up to speak and will know in advance who is for or against a particular bill.

To use this application, you must sign in at any one of the kiosks positioned outside the committee rooms on the first floor of either the House or the Senate (1700 W. Washington, Phoenix, AZ 85007) the first time you use the Request To Speak program. After that you will be able to sign in from home and register a position on any bill shown on an Agenda (whether or not you wish to speak).

I forgot my password. Who do I contact?

Use the link on the new Request to Speak sign in web page to change your password.

How do I update my personal information?

  1. Log into Request To Speak
  2. Click on your name
  3. Click on Account Management

How do I request permission to speak about a bill in a committee?

The new online Request to Speak application is available for you to sign up to speak without having to be at the capitol. HOWEVER, THE FIRST TIME YOU SIGN UP you must come to the capitol and register. After that you can register from home. Click here for the Request to Speak website.

I've created an account on the Request to Speak website but I am not able to sign in to speak. I cannot get past the login screen.

To register to speak you must come to the capitol THE FIRST TIME TO ACTIVATE YOUR ACCOUNT. After that you will be able to sign in at home.

I do not want to speak on a bill, but I would like the committee members to know my position on the bill. How do I do that without coming to the capitol to speak?

The Request to Speak application allows you to sign in, register your opinion and leave a comment for the committee members. You do not have to speak to give your opinion to the committee

I am having trouble using the Request to Speak program. Is there an online manual?

Yes, click here for an online manual.

How do I delete a Request to Speak?

  1. Log in to your Request To Speak account and click the My Requests link.
  2. Select a bill and choose Delete Request.

Other questions:

When does session begin?

Pursuant to statute section 41-1101, the legislature shall assemble at the seat of government at twelve o'clock noon on the second Monday of January each year.

I'm not familiar with the legislative process. Are there any resources on your website?

  1. Refer to the Bill Drafting Manual or the Legislative Manual
  2. Look at the Bill Process or Bill To Law documents

Where do I find budget information on the website?

You can find budget information on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee (JLBC) website. The link to JLBC is found on the blue navigation bar at the top of the ALIS Online homepage.

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Change the margins in page setup to 0.25. On most documents, click the Printer Friendly button located at the top of the page.

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