House of Representatives

HB 2701

national guard mobilization; border; appropriation

Sponsors: Representatives Allen J, Gorman, O'Halleran, Pearce, et al



Committee on Federal Mandates and Property Rights


Committee on Appropriations (P)


Caucus and COW


As Engrossed and As Passed the House

This bill as introduced contains an Appropriation clause.

HB 2701 allows the Governor to call on the National Guard in the case of a declaration of a state of emergency resulting from increased unauthorized border crossing and appropriates $5,000,000 million dollars to the cause.



The Department of Emergency and Military Affairs (DEMA) consists of the Army and the Air National Guard, the Division of Emergency Management, and the Joint Programs Division. DEMA provides unique capabilities and services to the citizens of Arizona in three distinct roles: community, state and federal.


The Arizona Division of Emergency Managementís mission is to coordinate emergency services and the efforts of governmental agencies to reduce the impact of disasters on persons and property in Arizona. The Division is capable of activating the State Emergency Operations Center within 45 minutes.† It maintains a Certified Response Team consisting of a Duty Officer and a five person Support Team available 24 hours-a-day to receive emergency alerts, and issue warnings and instructions to the public and to coordinate initial state response with local emergency officials.


The Arizona Army National Guard maintains 45 armories, and is present in 22 communities. The major units of the Arizona Army National Guard are:

          State Area Command

          98th Troop Command

          385th Aviation Regiment

          153rd Field Artillery Brigade


DEMA manages 19,909.76 acres of state land and 39,245.36 acres of federal land.† There are 12 training sites throughout the state for use by the Air and Army National Guard.† The largest of these sites is Camp Navajo, near Flagstaff, with the Florence Military Reservation being the second largest. Some other sites include the Buckeye Preserve, Saguaro Lake area and Rittenhouse Training area. The Arizona Army National Guard is made up of nearly 4,000 men and women.







          Specifies that if the Governor declares a state of emergency for the protection of the lives and property of citizens of this state resulting from an increase in unauthorized border crossings and the related increase in deaths, crime and property damage, the Governor shall mobilize the National Guard to address the emergency. †


          Appropriates $5,000,000 from the State General Fund in fiscal year 2006-2007 to the Department of Emergency and Military Affairs for payment of expenses incurred by the National Guard in relation to any mobilization due to a state of emergency declaration by the Governor that results from an increase in unauthorized border crossings including an declaration issued on or after August 15, 2005.


          Exempts appropriation from lapsing.


          Makes technical and conforming changes.





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Forty-seventh Legislature

Second Regular Session††††††††† 2††††††††† February 15, 2006


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