‘Cash for Compliance’ – tort reforms shut down bad actors

June 7, 2017

SB 1406 – Cashing in on ADA Compliance. Businesses shouldn’t ignore the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but neither should legal “advocates” for individuals with disabilities file lawsuits for gain and no intention of actually aiding those with disabilities by achieving ADA compliance.  Gen. Brnovich successfully shut down one such lawyer in Arizona who had filed more than 1,700 ADA parking lot lawsuits in one year.   [Read more]

COS: Arizona’s on the map!

May 20, 2017

Check out this map!  After a number of prior attempts, Arizona’s finally gone green – joining other states calling for an Article V Convention of States (COS) to move forward.

Why? What is the problem?  Michael Farris says it best in this video.   Here are the four major problems only state-driven amendments to the Constitution can solve: [Read more]

‘End-of-Life’ Conscience Protections

April 3, 2017

Getting to the bottom of the opposition to SB 1439 – has unwittingly revealed the obvious need for SB 1439.  Opponents weren’t against SB 1439 as much as they were opposed to the conscience protections already in law!

The bill ensures physicians who choose not to participate in a treatment intended to end the life of a patient – are not fired or discriminated against in the workplace (i.e. euthanasia or administering a death row lethal injection).  A number of myths have been spread attempting to confuse the fact that the bill adds an enforcement mechanism to current law.  Laws would be meaningless if there weren’t penalties for breaking them. What good is a speed limit if there is no penalty for exceeding it?  Yet employers may terminate these conscience objectors without any recourse.

Importantly – SB 1439 does not prevent patients from receiving their preferred end-of-life care; it simply protects health providers who exercise their legal rights.  Read my editorial, Myths, misunderstanding about end-of-life legislation – answering editorial criticisms by Robert Robb and Linda Valdez.

Thankfully, Governor Ducey understood the need for the bill and signed it into law.

Updated: Right to Earn a Living…other bills Signed!

March 26, 2017

SB 1437 – SIGNED!  The right to earn an honest living is fundamental to preserving liberty. Take a listen here.  SB 1437 places the burden on the government rather than citizens to prove the necessity of certain rules & policies. Is this a problem? Check this out[Read more]

Sen. Barto’s Top 2017 Bills

February 19, 2017

SB 1437 – Right to Earn a Living Act.  The right to earn an honest living is a fundamental right.  SB 1437 places the burden on the government rather than citizens to prove the necessity of certain rules & policies. Is this a problem? Check this out and how Governor Ducey intervened. Here’s more about the Act from the Goldwater Institute. [Read more]

Arizona Legislators: vote NO on Prop 205

October 22, 2016

Read online here: Why Arizona Legislators Urge No to Legal Marijuana

As state legislators, public safety is one of our highest priorities. An initiative legalizing marijuana for recreational use is on the November ballot – Proposition 205. If approved by voters, this would be a dangerous and costly disaster for our state and we are making this public statement to let you know why. [Read more]

2nd Amendment Action

April 22, 2016

Unsurprisingly, a slew of restrictive gun rights bills were sponsored this session…but these are not the only threats to the 2nd Amendment in Arizona.  The Feds and local governments are on the gun control march, too.  Thus, legislators are working to strengthen Arizona’s weapons laws against preemptive action from either direction – including these (courtesy of Arizona Citizens Defense League): [Read more]

Victory for Free the Grapes

October 3, 2015

Arizona’s laws are strangling our homegrown wineries, but that is soon to change as SB 1381 was signed into law – Read Victory for Arizona’s Wineries  – And why I sponsored the legislation this year to set the grapes free:

Currently, a “small” winery located in-state or out-of-state that produces
less than 8,412 cases (20,000 gallons) of wine per year may ship an
unlimited amount of wine directly to Arizona consumers.

But…there are at least 1,000 wineries in the U.S. that have successfully
grown their business beyond 20,000 gallons, including some in Arizona.

However, the only way a wine connoisseur in Arizona can purchase wines from these medium-to-large
wineries is to actually visit the winery first!  And then he or she is limited to
receive only 2 cases of wine from that winery each year.  These 1,000
wineries produce more than 90% of the wine in the U.S.

These are unconstitutional restrictions according to the Arizona Free Enterprise Club.  See “Uncorking Consumer Choice: A case for direct wine sales”.

For nearly 10 years, wine shipments have been made directly to Arizona
consumers from hundreds of out-of-state small wineries.  But it’s time to give real
choice to Arizona consumers. Forty-two states and the District of Columbia
(soon to be 43 states) allow some winery-direct shipments; only Arkansas,
Rhode Island and Arizona require the consumer to visit the winery first,
and only four states have a “production cap,” including Arizona.

The time for replacing Arizona’s outdated and limited wine
shipping law is now.   
Read the recent AZ Republic article: Do you get wine shipped from out-of-state? That may be about to end. Here’s why.

On Obamacare and Marriage

July 7, 2015

Obamacare & Marriage: What the Court got Wrong – Next question: Will those who disagree be free to openly say so?   This debate is far from over… Next steps?  Protect the rights of all citizens, churches, and faith-based and affiliated organizations to live and act according to their beliefs about marriage without government coercion, discrimination, or penalty.

A warning from Canada: same-sex marriage erodes fundamental rights – is this what America can expect?

Justice Scalia Warns that SCOTUS Majority Worse than the 1776 Brits – I say it’s time for Constitutional reform

One State Leads the Fight for Health Freedom – Arizona – yes, we can – beat Obamacare!

Seven Reasons why ‘Getting Government out of the Marriage Business’ won’t work – Sounds like a solution, but think again. [Read more]

Dear Speaker Boehner

June 16, 2015

As the eyes of the nation await the Supreme Court’s imminent ruling, 36 members of the Arizona Legislature, including myself, took time to sign the following letter, encouraging Speaker Boehner and Majority Leader McConnell not to bail out the flawed and harmful law that is Obamacare, but to enact health care policies that benefit all Americans.

April 17, 2015

Dear Mr. Boehner and Mr. McConnell:

The state of Arizona, and the entire nation, is awaiting the Supreme Court’s decision on the King v. Burwell case challenging the legality of taxpayer-funded subsidies for enrollees in federally-run health insurance exchanges established through the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.

Arizona declined to establish and fund a state-run exchange. We were unwilling to subject Arizonans to the high operating costs, expanded bureaucracy, additional employer mandates, narrower provider networks, and greater Internal Revenue Service intrusion that would result from creating such an exchange.

Our position has not changed, and it will not change. [Read more]

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