The Committee created a list of principles in a number of subject areas, then established related positions to be used as the foundation of the Council’s public policy efforts in 2024. In some cases, the positions will advance through development and advocacy of legislation that will be introduced during the Arizona Legislature’s 2024 session. In other instances, the positions will be used on an ongoing basis as regulators or legislators add new regulations, legislation or changes to pertinent existing regulations or laws. At all stages, the Committee will be engaged in various efforts to advance the position of Arizona’s technology companies. The following principles and positions will aid elected officials and other stakeholders at all levels of government and business as they craft legislation and policies that will affect Arizonans and the Arizona economy for years to come.
ARIZONA TECHNOLOGY COUNCIL STATE LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES 2024
- Support the reauthorization of the Arizona Commerce Authority.
- Support economic development programs that have proven to work for Arizona. Maintain and fund programs that support manufacturing; encourage research and development; support high-quality, high-paying jobs; and incentivize innovation. Ensure these programs are continued and additional restrictions are not applied that would hamper the economic growth and success Arizona has experienced. During the past several years, the Council has been successful in helping extend and expand these programs. Some economic development tools may need to be modernized to ensure the most effective utilization of tools that continue to spur economic growth.
- Develop a phased-in option for students to enroll in a computer science course offered by their school or an online course approved by the Arizona Department of Education. For high school ages, the course should be a standalone computer science course, and for younger grades, computer science principles should be incorporated into a general education course. Support funding for the computer science courses and accompanying teacher development to support this program.
- Seek opportunities and measure their progress to positively impact the diversity, equity and
inclusion of the workforce and its leadership, and grant equitable access to essential services (e.g., broadband, transportation, employment, education opportunities).
- Work collaboratively with both the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) and the Legislature to advance energy policy that encourages demand-side adoption of energy efficiency, prioritizes clean and renewable energy use, invests in electric vehicle infrastructure development, and supports innovation in the industry. Protect against attempts to undercut the authority of the ACC to promulgate and implement clean energy policies.
- Look for opportunities to expand Arizona’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, including computer sciences and coding opportunities for students. Focus on long-term, shared, sustainable and flexible STEM missions that bridge, integrate and strengthen the learning opportunities offered by organizations across sectors instead of isolated, independent entities. STEM education helps prepare our students for the jobs of not only today but of the future and will build a strong, diverse talent pipeline to meet the state’s continued growth.