SCR 1012 | 31st Legislature, Second Regular Session (1974)
A Concurrent Resolution proposing an amendment to the constitution of Arizona limiting state appropriations to a percentage of state personal income
Role of Senator O'Connor: Prime sponsor
Signed into law: May 16, 1974
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SENATE CONCURRENT RESOLUTION 1012 - A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO THE CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA RELATING TO PUBLIC DEBT, REVENUE AND TAXATION: LIMITING STATE APPROPRIATIONS TO A PERCENTAGE OF STATE PERSONAL INCOME: ESTABLISHING AN ECONOMIC ESTIMATES COMMISSION; PRESCRIBING POWERS AND DUTIES. AND AMENDING ARTICLE 9 CONSTITUTION OF ARIZONA. BY ADDING SECTION 17.
Be it resolved by the Senate of the State of Arizona, the House of Representatives concurring.
The following amendment of article C), Constitution of Arizona, by adding section 17, is proposed, to become valid when approved by a majority of the qualified electors voting thereon and upon proclamation of the governor:17. Appropriation limitation: economic estimates commission: powers and duties
SECTION 17. THE LEGlSLATURE SHALL NOT, BY APPROPRIATION FOR ANY FISCAL YEAR, CAUSE THE EXPENDITURE OF STATE TAX REVENUES FOR THAT FISCAL YEAR TO EXCEED EIGHT AND FOUR-TENTHS PER CENT OF THE TOTAL PERSONAL INCOME OF THE STATE FOR THE FISCAL YEAR AS DETERMINED BY THE ECONOMJC ESTIMATES COMMISSION, EXCEPT UPON AFFIRMATIVE VOTE ON EACI-1 SUCH APPROPRIATION OF TWO-THIRDS OF THE MEMBERSHIP OF EACH HOUSE OF THE LEGISLATURE.TI-IE ECONOMIC ESTIMATES COMMlSSION SHALL BE EST A BUSHED AS PRESCRIBED BY LAW, WITH A MEMBERSHIP OF NOT TO EXCEED THREE MEMBERS, AND SHALL DETERMINE AND PUBLISH PRIOR TOLAWS OF ARIZONAFEBRUARY 1 OF EACH YEAR A PREUM!NA!ff ESTIMATE OF THE TOTAL PERSONAL !NCOi\U Fotz TIIE FOLLOWING FISCAL YEAR. BY APRIL l OF LAC'l-1 YEAR TUE ECONOMIC ESTIMATIS COMMISSION Sl-J 4 LL DFTERMlNE AND PUBLISH A FINAL ESTIMATE OF TUE TOTAL PERSONAL \NCOMI FOR THE FOLLOWING FISCAL YEAR. WHICH ESTIMATE SHALL BF USED COMPUTING THE APPROPRIATIONS LlMIT FOR THE LEGISLATURE. FOR THE PURPOSES OF THIS SECTiC:rJ.·'TOTAL PERSONAL INCOME'' MEANS THE DOU.AR AMOUNT THAT WILL BE REPORTED AS TOTAL lNCO!\H BY PERSONS FOR THE STATE OF ARIZONA BY THEUS. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE OR ITS SUCCESSOR AGENCY. FOR PURPOSES OF THlS SECTION STATE TAX REVENUES SHALL BE DEFINED AS PROVIDED BY LAW.IN ORDER TO PERM IT T!IE TRANSFERENCE OF GOVERNlvlENT AL FUNCTIONS BETWEEN TfJE FEDERAL ANDSTATEGOVERNMENTSANDBETWEENTHESTATE GOVERNMENT AND !TS POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS WITHOUT ABRIDG!l'IG THE PURPOSE OF THIS SECTlOl'i TO UMJT STATE SPENDiNG TO /-\ PERCENTAGE OF TOTAL PERSONAL INCOME, THE LFC.lSLATURE SHALL PROVIDE FOR ADJUSTMENTS BY THE ECONCJ!vl!C ESTIMATES COMM!SSIOI'-1 OF THE APPROPRIATION PERCENTAGE LIMITATION Of TOTAL PERSONAL INCOME CONSISTENT W1Tll THE FOLLOWINC PRINCIPLES:I. !F, BY ORDER OF NY COURT OR BY LEGJSLATiVE ENACTMENT. HIE COSTS OF A PROGRAM ARE TRANSFERRED FROM A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION OF THE STATE TO THE STATE. THE APPROPRIATION PERCENTAGE LIMITATION MA'/ BE COMMENSURATELY INCREASED PROVIDED T!IE TAX REVENUES OF THE AFFECTED POL.IT!CAL SU13DIV!SIONS ARE COMMEN")URATELY DECREASED.
IF, BY ORDER OF ANY COURT, OR BY LEGISLATIVE ENACTMENT, THE COSTS OF A PROGRAM ARE TRANSFERRED FROM THE STATE GOVERNMENT TO A POLITICAL SUBDIVISION IN THE STATE, THE APPROPRIATION PERCENTAGE LIMITATION SHALL BE COMMENSURATELY DECREASED, AND THE TAX RATES OF THE POLITICAL SUBDIVISION MAY BE COMMENSURATELY INCREASED.
IF FEDERAL TAXES ARE REDUCED ON CONDITION THAT THE STATE INCREASE EXPENDITURES BY AN AMOUNT EQUIVALENT TO THE FEDERAL REDUCTION, THE APPROPRIATION PERCENTAGE LIMITATION MAY BE INCREASED BY SUCH AMOUNT.
THE ADJUSTMENT PROVIDED FOR HEREIN SHALL BE MADE IN THE FIRST FISCAL YEAR OF TRANSFER OR OPERATION. SUCH ADJUSTMENT SHALL REMAIN IN EFFECT FOR EACH SUBSEQUENT FISCAL YEAR.
2. The proposed amendment (approved by a majority of the members elected to each house of the legislature, and entered upon the respective journals thereof, together with the ayes and nays thereon) shall be by the secretary of state submitted to the qualified electors at the next regular general election (or at a special election called for that purpose), as provided by article 21, Constitution of Arizona.
Passed the House May 10, 1974 by the following vote: 34 Ayes, 18 Nays, 8 Not Voting.
Passed the Senate May 10, 197 4 by the following vote: 18 Ayes, 10 Nays, 2 Not Voting.
Approved by the Governor-May 16, 1974
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