HB 2527: NOW: ticket surcharge; public safety equipment

PRIME SPONSOR: Representative Clodfelter, LD 10

BILL STATUS: Chaptered


ACJC-Arizona Criminal Justice Commission
ADPS-Arizona Department of Public Safety
Fund-Peace Officer Training Equipment Fund
JLBC-Joint Legislative Budget Committee
Amendments – BOLD and Stricken (Committee)



☐ Prop 105 (45 votes)	     ☐ Prop 108 (40 votes)      ☐ Emergency (40 votes)	☐ Fiscal NoteRelating to an assessment on civil and criminal traffic violations for peace officer equipment.


1.       Increases the assessment for attending a court-authorized diversion program for traffic offenses (including defensive driving programs) from $5 to $9.  

a.       Outlines the collection and remittance process.

b.       Deposits these monies in the Fund. (Sec 1)

2.       Establishes a $4 assessment on all civil or criminal traffic offenses.

a.       Outlines the collection and remittance process.

b.       Deposits these monies in the Fund.

c.        Allows the court to mitigate the $4 assessment as outlined in law. (Sec 2)

3.       Establishes the Fund. Permits monies in the Fund to only be used for peace officer equipment.

a.       Monies are subject to legislative appropriations.

b.       The State Treasurer administers the Fund and invests/divests monies.  Investment earnings are credited back to the Fund.

c.        Monies do not lapse or revert at the end of the FY. (Sec 5)

4.       Requires JLBC to report by December 1 each year on:

a.       The amount of each surcharge and assessment authorized on specified violations.

b.       The items that the collected surcharge or assessment monies are used. (Sec 4)

5.       Establishes the Peace Officer Training Equipment Fund Advisory Commission.  (Sec 5)

6.       Outlines Commission membership. (Sec 5)

7.       Designates which members are:

a.       Eligible for reimbursement of expenses.

b.       Voting members.

c.        Serve three-year terms. (Sec 5)

8.       Permits the commission to use the staff and facilities of the ACJC. (Sec 5)

9.       Allows the commission to enter into inter-agency agreements with ACJC and other agencies. (Sec 5)

10.   Requires the commission to submit written recommendations to the legislature on the allocation of fund monies by December 1, 2019 and every 7 years after. (Sec 5)

11.   Sunsets the commission on July 1, 2026. (Sec 5)

12.   Appropriates the first $2.3 M deposited into the Fund in FY 2019 to ADPS to purchase:

a.       Ten virtual firing ranges that meet specified criteria;

b.       Three virtual training simulators that meet specified criteria (one each for Tucson P.D. and the Pinal and Yuma County Sheriff's Offices); and

c.        Software used with the ranges and simulators. (Sec 5)

13.   Appropriates the next $203,000 from the Fund in FY 2019 to ADPS to maintain and service the existing virtual training simulators in Arizona (7).  (Sec 6)

14.   Appropriates the next $50,000 from the Fund in FY 2019 to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety for public service announcements to educate drivers on how to act during a traffic stop. (Sec 6)

15.   Appropriates the next $20,000 from the fund in FY 2019 to the Supreme Court for automation expenses. (Sec 6)

16.   Appropriates the next $500,000 from the fund in FY 2019 to ADPS for employee overtime pay. (Sec 6)

17.   Becomes effective on January 1, 2019. (Sec 7)

Current Law

Surcharges are imposed through various statutes on any:

·         Criminal fine, penalty or forfeiture;

·         Civil penalty for traffic violations; or

·         Violation of the Game and Fish Statutes.

Surcharges equal 83% of the base fine and are added to the total amount due. Additionally, flat assessments may be attached to specific offenses.

Surcharge / Assessment

Statutory Citation

% Base Fine

Flat Amount


Statutory Citation for Fund

Criminal Justice Enhancement Fund

A.R.S. § 12-116.01(A)



Various Criminal Justice Purposes

A.R.S. § 41-2401

State Aid

A.R.S. § 12-116.01(B)



County Attorney Fund; Public Defender Fund; Courts Fund

A.R.S. § 41-2421(J)

ADPS Forensics Fund

A.R.S. § 12-116.01(C)



Forensics equipment, education, operations

A.R.S. § 41-1730

Medical Services Enhancement Fund

A.R.S. § 12-116.02(A)



Substance abuse, spinal injuries, emergency medical services, general fund

A.R.S. § 36-2219.01

Public Safety Equipment Fund

A.R.S. § 12-116.04(C)



ADPS vehicles, public safety equipment

A.R.S. § 41-1723

GIITEM Subaccount

A.R.S. § 12-116.04(C)



County sheriffs

A.R.S. § 41-1724

Local Officer Equipment

A.R.S. § 12-116.04(D)



Local officer safety equipment


Justice Court Assessment

A.R.S. § 12-116.04(E)



JP courts to improve collections and automation


Clean Elections Fund

A.R.S. § 16-954



Clean Elections funding


Probation Assessment

A.R.S. § 12-114.01



Probation officer salaries


Victims' Rights Enforcement

A.R.S. § 12-116.09



Victim services

A.R.S. § 41-1727

*Assessment for family offenses

A.R.S. § 12-116.06



Domestic Violence Services Fund

A.R.S. § 36-3002

*Assessment for dangerous crimes against children

A.R.S. § 12-116.07



Forensic or medical investigations for victims

A.R.S. § 13-1414

*Address confidentiality assessment

A.R.S. § 12-116.05



Address Confidentiality Program Fund

A.R.S. § 41-169

*Assessed for specific offenses, does not include driving/operating under the influence assessments or diversion assessments.

A.R.S. §§ 12-116.01 and 12-116.02 allow a judge to waive all or part of the civil penalty, fine, forfeiture and surcharge, except for civil penalties and fines that are mandatory. If the fine is mandatory, all or part of the surcharge may be waived.




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Fifty-third Legislature                  HB 2527

Second Regular Session                               Version 6: Chaptered


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