The bill HB2581 seeks to amend Arizona law by establishing a new definition of residency. Under this bill, a resident is defined as an individual who has an actual physical presence in Arizona for at least 181 days with the intent to remain. This definition of residency would apply specifically to property tax purposes, vehicle registration, and voter registration.

The bill also allows for exceptions to the 181-day physical presence requirement. The county assessor, the director of the department of transportation, and the county recorder may establish a shorter physical presence requirement if the individual can demonstrate an intent to remain in Arizona by providing evidence such as employment, purchase or rental of residential property, enrollment of children in school, or active duty military service member identification. The bill also mandates the legislative council staff to prepare proposed legislation to conform the Arizona Revised Statutes to the provisions of this act for consideration in the next legislative session.