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Posted by: Maricopa Lawyers on Sep 7, 2016

The Arizona Legislature has recently passed a number of bills this past August, and many of the laws going into effect could potentially affect you. More specifically, there are 12 new laws that could impact your daily life and this article will explain how.

New Arizona laws and how they can impact your life

  • How you buy wine: Senate Bill 1381 will allow you to order wine online and have it shipped directly to your home or business. In order for wineries to make shipments they must have a direct-shipping license from Arizona’s liquor department.
  • How you have potlucks: House Bill 2341 will allow you to host potlucks without inspections and licensing by the Arizona Department of Health Services.
  • How you make charitable donations: SB 1216 allows you to double the amount you can claim in tax credits for donations to charities, increasing it to $400. You can also now take a tax credit for donations of up to $500 to a foster-care organization.
  • balance-1300335_640How your city sets speed limits: HB 2032 allows cities and counties to now raise or lower the speed limit on streets adjacent to public parks, not just adjacent to schools.
  • How you use drones: SB 1449 makes it a crime for you to use a drone where it interferes with law enforcement or emergency operations, as well as makes it a crime to intentionally photograph or loiter near a critical facility such as a dam, prison or railroad with the intent to commit another crime.
  • Where donation bins are allowed: SB 1504 requires charity donation bins to have permission from private property owners before being placed on private property. Bins left without permission can be removed by the property owner. Bins must also now clearly display the name and contact number of the owner.
  • How you rent: SB 1350 prevents cities and counties from banning short-term rentals like those offered by companies such as Airbnb. The law allows these companies to collect state lodging taxes on behalf of property owners while also keeping the properties classified as residential for tax purposes.
  • How schools garden: HB 2518 exempts the state Department of Health Services from regulating fruits and vegetables grown in a school garden and cut on-site for immediate consumption.
  • How guns are carried near schools: HB 2338 forbids any school governing board from banning someone from legally possessing a gun on a public right of way adjacent to campus.
  • How sex-offenders are registered: SB 1286 requires the sex-offender registry website to include anyone convicted of rape, child molestation or other crimes of child prostitution or sexual exploitation of a child younger than 12, regardless of the level of offense.
  • How undocumented inmates serve their sentences: HB 2451 requires undocumented inmates to complete 85 percent of their prison sentences, the same as a U.S. citizen, before the Arizona Department of Corrections can release them to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for deportation.
  • How you use service animals: SB 1382 allows a service animal to be excluded from a public place if the animal is out of control or is not housebroken.