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Gov. Brewer's vetoes and approvals list for Thursday

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School tax credits: Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill allowing partnerships, LLCs and some corporations get tax credits for contributing to school tuition organizations.
The governor said in a letter explaining Thursday's veto of House Bill 2617 that she is concerned about extra burdens the law as now written places on the state revenue department. She says she "is committed" to having her administration work with sponsor Rep. Justin Olson to fix the problems in the next legislative session.
School tuition organizations accept donations from individuals who get tax credits. They then assign the money to private school students to help pay for tuition.

Expanded school voucher system: Gov. Jan Brewer has signed off on an expansion of a school voucher program that lets students use public funds to attend a private school.
The program established in 2011 was also expanded last year. Only students with a disability, whose parents are in the military or who attend very low-performing schools qualify.
Senate Bill 1363 adds kindergartners and increases funding for all students who qualify for the so-called Empowerment Scholarship Accounts. The program is being challenged in court.
Just 130 students got the vouchers in 2012 but with the expansions thousands more could qualify. The new law limits growth to 5,400 new students a year following Brewer's approval Thursday. That growth cap will expire in six years.
The legality of the voucher program is being challenged in court.

Embalmer intern bill: Arizona's 51 crematories and 163 funeral homes will be able to hire intern trainees with just 16 hours of training now that Gov. Jan Brewer has signed off on the proposal.

Brewer vetoed House Bill 2271 last month and said the 8 hours of training it required wasn't enough. She worried about the consequences if funeral homes employed intern trainees with inadequate training and minimal classroom work.

Republican Rep. Tom Forese of Chandler revived the bill by adding it to Senate Bill 1342 and doubling the training. Brewer signed it Thursday.

The trainee can help prepare human remains, help with embalming bodies and perform any task a licensed intern is currently allowed to do.

Forese says people need to work in the industry before attending a mortuary science college.

Payment plan for small district: The superintendent of a three-school district about 50 miles west of Phoenix says teacher layoffs and larger class sizes are likely now that Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that extended the time it has to pay back overspending by six years.
Brewer said in a letter explaining Thursday's veto of House Bill 2018 that Saddle Mountain Unified School District in Tonopah has already received three extensions after overspending by about $4.4 million between 2004 and 2007. She says she feels for the students but the debt would be paid by now if the original schedule had been followed.
Superintendent Mark Joraanstad was hired in 2008 and says the people who created the problem are long gone. He says students will suffer because of the veto.

Community association bill: Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a sweeping bill that overhauls campaign finance laws and how homeowner associations conduct business.
Brewer signed Senate Bill 1454 late Thursday without comment. The bill became a catch-all vehicle in the final days of the session as lawmakers desperate to revive stalled legislation added their pet projects to it. It moved forward during the final hours of the 2013 legislative session that ended Friday with little debate or public notice.
The bill defines the use of company logos, trademarks and trade names as in-kind contributions to candidates.  It also prohibits local governments from requiring developers to establish a homeowner association and prohibits homeowner associations from performing background checks on tenants.
Homeowner association officials opposed the rental property provision backed by real estate organizations.

Tax exemptions: A bill that began its life as a small tax break for companies that rent ignition interlock devices for people with DUI convictions but ended up as a catch-all for tax breaks lawmakers could find no other place to stash in the Legislature's final hours is now law.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1179 on Thursday. It exempts interlock companies from the state's transaction tax on rentals. State auditors required the companies to begin paying tax several years ago, and they went to the Legislature to get an exemption.
A company that sells energy drinks and destination management companies that broker travel arrangements also got tax breaks.
Another provision allows people who don't itemize to take charitable deductions and greatly increases deductions for college savings accounts.

School CPR, allergy drugs: Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed bills allowing schools to offer CPR classes and requiring them to stock injectable drugs for use if a student has a severe allergic reaction.

Senate Bill 1421 signed Thursday requires regular and charter schools to stock two juvenile doses and two adult doses of injectable epinephrine at each school if the Legislature provides the money. Policies and training for staff also are required.

Backers argued schools need to stock the drugs in case a child who has an undiagnosed allergy has a reaction.

Senate Bill 1337 encourages schools to provide CPR training to students in grades 7 through 12. An earlier version of the bill made the training mandatory but it was amended to allow voluntary compliance. Backers argued it would save lives.

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