State Seal2 copy            Bill Number: S.B. 1825

            Fann Floor Amendment

            Reference to: printed bill

            Amendment drafted by: Leg Council





1.   Prohibits the Arizona Board of Regents, public universities and community colleges from:

a) requiring students to obtain or show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination; or

b) placing any conditions on attendance or participation in classes or academic activities, including testing or face coverings, if the student chooses not to obtain or disclose receiving the COVID-19 vaccination, unless otherwise required.

2.   Specifies that a public university may require testing only upon a significant COVID-19 outbreak in a shared student housing setting that poses a risk to students or staff.

3.   Requires a university to receive approval from the Department of Health Services prior to implementing a testing requirement.

4.   Exempts students engaged in research or testing involving the live COVID-19 virus from vaccination and testing restrictions.

5.   Allows a specified health care institution to require a student participating in a clinical setting to:

a) provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 vaccination; and

b) be subject to regular health screenings and testing.

6.   Modifies eligibility and retention requirements for the Arizona Promise Program to:

a) require students to maintain full-time status, rather than half-time status;

b) remove the requirement to establish financial need under the National School Lunch and Child Nutrition Acts; and

c) remove the requirement that a student meet the retention and completion criteria established by the postsecondary institution.

7.   Allows an Arizona Promise Program award to be used for courses or units taken in excess of the degree completion requirements.

8.   Modifies the Community College Enrollment Incentive Program (Incentive Program) eligibility requirements as follows:

a) requires an eligible worker to be receiving or have filed for unemployment benefits on or before May 15, 2021, rather than May 13, 2021;

b) deems individuals filing initial unemployment benefit claims after May 15, 2021 ineligible;

c) requires an eligible worker to be receiving benefits for benefit week ending May 8, 2021, or May 15, 2021;

d) prohibits an eligible worker from receiving unemployment at the time of application, rather than requiring them to be working an average of 20 hours per week; and

e) requires an eligible worker to demonstrate financial need, rather than meet specific income requirements. 

9.   Directs the Department of Economic Security, rather than the community colleges, to establish a process to determine Incentive Program eligibility and a data sharing agreement schedule.

10.  Repeals session law relating to the allocation of bond proceeds for the construction of the University of Arizona Phoenix Biomedical Campus.

11.  Makes conforming changes.


Fifty-fifth Legislature                                                      Fann

First Regular Session                                                   S.B. 1825




(Reference to printed bill)


Page 3, line 1, after the semicolon strike remainder of line insert "face covering; testing; mandate prohibition; exceptions"

Strike lines 2 through 5, insert:

"A. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the Arizona board of regents, a public university or a community college may not require that a student obtain a COVID-19 vaccination or show proof of receiving a COVID-19 vaccination or place any conditions on attendance or participation in classes or academic activities, including mandatory testing or face covering usage, if the person chooses not to obtain a COVID-19 vaccination or disclose whether the person has been vaccinated against COVID-19, unless the vaccination or other mandate is required by the laws of this state.

B. A health care institution may require a student who participates in a clinical setting at the health care institution to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination and be subject to regular health screenings and testing as determined by the health care institution.  For the purposes of this subsection, "health care institution" includes a hospital, a nursing care institution, a residential care institution, an intermediate care facility for individuals with intellectual DISABILITIES and a group home or other medical facility licensed pursuant to title 36.

C. A public university may require testing only if a significant COVID-19 outbreak occurs in a shared student housing setting that poses a risk to the students or staff.  The university must receive approval from the department of health services before implementing the testing requirement.

D. This section does not apply to students who are engaged in research or testing that involves a live COVID-19 virus."END_STATUTE

Page 6, strike lines 3 through 7

Renumber to conform

Line 16, strike "half-time" insert "full-time"

Strike lines 21 through 23

Renumber to conform

Line 28, strike "half-time" insert "full-time"

Strike lines 39 through 41

Reletter to conform

Page 8, between lines 17 and 18, insert:

"Sec. 6. Title 15, chapter 13, article 11, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended by adding section 15-1781.01, to read:

START_STATUTE15-1781.01. Definition of commission for postsecondary education

In this article, unless the context otherwise requires, "commission for postsecondary education" means the Arizona board of regents." END_STATUTE

Renumber to conform

Page 9, between lines 9 and 10, insert:

"Sec. 10. Repeal

Laws 2008, chapter 287, section 39, as amended by Laws 2009, first special session, chapter 6, section 3, is repealed."

Renumber to conform

Page 10, line 5, after "program" insert "for reimbursement of community colleges"

Strike line 11, insert:

"1. Receiving unemployment benefits on May 15, 2021 or has filed for unemployment benefits in this state on or before May 15, 2021.  In determining whether an individual meets this requirement:

(a) An individual who files an initial unemployment benefits claim after May 15, 2021 is not eligible for the scholarship reimbursement even if the person files for weeks before the benefit week that ends on May 15, 2021.

(b) An individual must receive benefits for the benefit week that ends May 8, 2021 or May 15, 2021, although the individual's benefit payment may be issued in a later week."

Page 10, line 12, strike "Working an average of at least twenty hours per week" insert "Not receiving unemployment benefits"

Strike line 15, insert:

"3. Able to demonstrate financial need as determined by the free application for federal student aid."

Strike lines 24 through 28, insert:

"D. The department shall establish a process for community colleges to verify student eligibility for the scholarship.  The department shall allocate monies for reimbursement of scholarships on a first-come, first-served basis."

Line 34, after "scholarship" insert "on a schedule determined by the department"

Page 11, line 12, strike "Section" insert "Sections 15-1781.01 and"

Line 13, strike "is" insert "are"

Amend title to conform







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