News, Legislative Update

Legislative and Accountancy Board Update – April 2020

Published on April 22, 2020

This month’s update includes information about ASCPA’s COVID-19 Resource Center, an update on the legislature, an overview of the governor’s executive orders, the cancellation of this month’s State Board of Accountancy meeting and a PAC update.

 ASCPA COVID-19 Resource Center

To help our members keep abreast of the numerous legislative changes related to the pandemic, the Society created a COVID-19 legislative resource page on our website. The page includes resources from the I.R.S., Arizona Department of Revenue and the Small Business Administration. Members are also encouraged to view the Connect discussion posts. Recent ASCPA courses on the topic may also be of value to members.

Arizona Legislature

As mentioned in last month’s update, the Arizona House and Senate adjourned for several weeks. The legislature had April 13 as a possible date of return, but with the stay-at-home order and CDC guidelines still in effect, they have postponed reconvening. We will monitor any communications from the legislature and keep you updated.

Executive Orders

Governor Doug Ducey has issued several executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Order 2020-12 (prohibiting the closure of essential services) outlined the businesses and services that are essential during the crisis and prohibits counties, cities or towns from requiring the closure of those services, which include accounting and CPAs. Executive Order 2020-17 (continuity of work) stipulated the requirements for state licensing boards to defer renewals or continuing education requirements unless they could be provided through online formats, meaning the State Board of Accountancy is exempt due to the ability of CPAs to access online CPE courses. Executive Order 2020-18 (stay home, stay healthy, stay connected) promotes non-essential individuals to stay at home during the pandemic to limit the spread of the virus. The order also outlines various activities that are permitted such as obtaining medical care, caring for family members and engaging in outdoor exercise. View the full list of executive orders.

Accountancy Board Update

The Board does not typically hold a meeting in April, but after reducing last month’s agenda in response to COVID-19, the Board entertained the notion of having an April 16 meeting. With the stay-at-home order in place, the Board will not meet this month. The Board’s advisory committees have also been canceled.

PAC Update

Once the legislature reconvenes and completes the session, legislators will begin their fundraising campaigns and the Society’s PAC will receive various requests for contributions. We appreciate our members’ assistance and encourage you to invest in the profession with a contribution to our PAC.

For additional information on our advocacy activities, please contact Cindie Hubiak or John Baumer.