Criminal Conviction Fee for First Responder Death Financial Benefit

Key Facts

Type Legislatively referred state statute (LRSS)

Summary

If passed, this ballot measure would establish a $20 fee on criminal convictions in Arizona. The money generated from this fee would be directed toward a state supplemental benefit fund and serve families of first responders who have been killed in the line of duty. Specifically, if a police officer, fire fighter, or emergency medical personnel were to be killed in the line of duty, their family would receive a benefit of $250,000 from the fund. Fees would be collected in courts and submitted to the state treasurer, who would place them in the benefit fund. If the benefit fund collects over $2 million, the state legislature may allocate funds to officer training, equipment, and other uses [1] [3]. 
Arizona State Senator David Gowan introduced Senate Concurrent Resolution 1006 (SCR 1006) on January 19, 2023. By March 7, 2023, the Arizona State Senate and House of Representatives had both passed SCR 1006 with a majority [2].

Stances

In Favor

David Gowan, Arizona State Senator; Sal DiCiccio, Phoenix City Councilmember

Against

Lela Alston, Arizona State Senator; ACLU of Arizona

Sources

1 Ballotpedia 
2 CriminalLawAZ
3 AZleg.gov