This month’s update includes information on new state House and Senate committee leadership, a meeting with Governor Ducey’s new Chief of Staff, an update on conformity and information from the Accountancy Board’s December meeting.
House & Senate Leadership Announcements
The Arizona House of Representatives and Senate announced its committees for the 54th Legislature that begins January 14, 2019. Of specific interest to the profession is Ben Toma (R – LD 22), who was named chair of the House Ways & Means Committee. Senator J.D. Mesnard (R – LD 17) was named chair of the Senate Finance Committee.
Governor Ducey’s New Chief of Staff
The Society congratulates Daniel Scarpinato on being named the governor’s new Chief of Staff. Our lobbyist team, DeMenna Public Affairs, recently met with Mr. Scarpinato to discuss matters of importance to the profession. We thank Kirk Adams, former Chief of Staff, for his service to Arizona.
It does not appear that a special legislative session will be convened prior to the start of the regular legislative session. We understand the governor and legislative leaders will make federal income tax conformity a priority, understanding the importance of providing guidance to millions of Arizona taxpayers. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.
At the December Arizona State Board of Accountancy meeting, Monica Petersen, the Board’s executive director, reviewed a few statutory items that require change. These items were discovered by staff while operationalizing the statutory changes related to SB 1443 (certified public accountants). The Board reviewed options and requested the Society assist them in making these changes. The Society’s lobbyists will seek opportunities to pass legislation in 2019. If that doesn’t happen, the Society will work with the Board on legislation for the 2020 session.
The Board discussed the ongoing reviews of PCAOB reports and agreed that only non-administrative enforcement actions would be reviewed by the Board.