AZTC Public Policy Guide: 2014 Legislative Priorities and Aerospace, Aviation & Defense

The Arizona Technology Council is the principal advocate for technology companies in Arizona. It continuously monitors federal, state and local policies that impact the health and growth of Arizona’s technology industry. Through the collective strength of our members, the Council informs and educates policy makers on issues that are important to Arizona's technology-based industries. To download this Guide as a PDF, click here.

From Congress to the Governor’s office, and from legislative committee rooms to city halls across the state, the Council serves as the voice calling for a technology-based, pro-growth, business-focused agenda.

Arizona Technology Council Legislative Priorities 2014

  • Create an Early-Stage Technology Venture Capital Fund
  • Expand the Refundable Research & Development Tax Credit
  • Encourage Uniform Commercial Code Technical Conformance Changes
  • Improve University Intellectual Property/Technology Transfer Outcomes

The Council and its Public Policy Committee hereby submit the 2014 Public Policy Guide. In creating this document, the Committee relied heavily on the Council’s mission by preparing key ideas, goals and legislative initiatives that:

  • Improve the business climate for the technology industry
  • Provide sources of capital that encourage entrepreneurship
  • Create an environment that supports technology-related job retention and creation
  • Train and attract the required talent to compete in a global innovation economy

The Committee created a list of principles in a number of subject areas then established related positions, which will be used as the foundation of the Council’s public policy efforts. In some cases, the positions will advance through the legislative process, including development and advocacy of legislation that will be introduced during the 2014 legislative session. In other cases, the positions will be used on an ongoing basis as regulators introduce new or change existing regulations that are pertinent to Council members. In any case, the public policy committee of the Council will be engaged in various efforts to advance the position of Arizona’s technology companies.

The following principles and positions will aid elected officials at all levels of government as they craft policies that affect Arizonans and Arizona’s economy for years to come.

Aerospace, Aviation & Defense

Principle: This is the future. From the discovery of Pluto to the production of unmanned aerial systems (UAS), Arizona has fostered the pioneering spirit in aerospace, aviation and defense for generations. That passion for innovation lives on in Arizona with a climate and environment best suited for research, development, testing and flight. With major prime contractors such as Raytheon, Honeywell, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman that employ thousands of skilled workers with high-paying jobs, the state and its legislators need to ensure assertive actions to maintain, strengthen and grow these critical industries.

Positions

Protect Arizona’s Military Bases – Shield Arizona’s military bases from development encroachment. Ensure military airspace provides unfettered access from the bases to military test ranges in the state and is not restricted due to overdevelopment.

Defense Spending – Ensure Arizona not only continues to be in the top five states for aerospace and defense but also moves up in the rankings. We have incomparable assets in the state related to aerospace and defense. Encourage education about and appreciation for key assets (e.g., U.S. Air Force training for the F-35 and other military aircraft, the unique environment to allow testing of equipment without extraneous electronic interference in southern Arizona, and the Barry M. Goldwater Range) and their current and future economic impact on the state.

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – Support efforts to assist the state of Arizona in winning one of the half-dozen FAA certified test sites for UAS. These test sites will become economic magnets for UAS development for both the public and private sectors. Work against efforts to restrict the use of UAS as proposed by a number of Arizona legislators in the 2013 session. If such restrictions would become law in a bid to protect privacy, the Council would work to create liability protection for manufacturers that may inadvertently record images during UAS testing. The absence of such restrictions in Arizona provides a competitive advantage over Texas, California and other states that already have them in place.