Thank you, Veterans!

November 10, 2017

One of my priorities next session is passing a bill (because it takes legislation to do so) to install a new monument at Wesley Bolin Plaza commemorating the 22 Veterans who suicide every day in America. The plans include an incredible bronze silhouette of Adam Hill Gibson, the son of a dear friend, Annette Hill – whose son lost his battle with PTSD in 2009 after serving in Iraq.

Monuments are not enough, though.  [Read more]

Plastic Bags?

October 28, 2017

What’s up with the Plastic Bags?  Are Legislators ‘out of touch extremists’, working for ‘shadow special interests’ and ‘engaged in a ‘reckless assault’ on local governments? Are we violating the Constitution?  So say 4 city councilpersons this week in the AZ Republic.  [Read more]

Physicians for Freedom

October 20, 2017

Once you’ve tasted freedom and lost it – your perspective changes.  Physicians (not to mention millions of patients) have tasted the effects of overbearing Obamacare mandates: lost practice autonomy, forced into narrow networks, forced into electronic health records systems and all its “box-checking”, practice consolidations – oh – and the low reimbursement rates under the Medicare and Medicaid programs. But many are not taking the losses lying down.  [Read more]

Legislature Announces Ad Hoc Committee on Juvenile Justice

September 11, 2017

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard (R-17) and Senate President Steve Yarbrough (R-17) today announced the creation of an Ad Hoc Study Committee on juvenile justice policies.

Speaker Mesnard has appointed House Majority Leader John Allen (R-15) and Representatives Heather Carter (R-15) and Tony Navarrete (D-30) to the committee, and President Yarbrough has appointed Senators Karen Fann (R-1), Nancy Barto (R-15), and Lupe Contreras (D-19). [Read more]

Scalia and Article V

September 11, 2017

Arizona’s State Capitol in Phoenix is the place and September 12th is the time.  Officially Commissioned delegates from around the country will gather to formalize the rules by which future amendments convention(s) dealing with Congressional Term Limits or a Balanced Budget Amendment will abide (BTW, we add $1 Billion to our national debt EVERY DAY).   The convention is open to the public.

Fears of a ‘runaway’ convention and half-truths persist, however, and a particularly egregious one is the late Justice Antonin Scalia’s opinion on states proposing amendments.  This piece from the Article V Caucus Newsletter  is worth a read.  Here’s an excerpt: [Read more]

Business at the Capitol & Beyond

September 11, 2017

Arizona ‘Steps Up’ on Mental Health

August 21, 2017

You’re invited!  Join me at this week’s David’s Hope Mental Health Criminal Justice Summit.  Friday morning I will provide an update on the Legislature’s response to the needs of the mentally ill involved in the criminal justice system – and the wider community.  Be better informed – The entire conference will be great!

If you must miss the Summit, don’t miss this article: When the Mental Health System Refuses to Listen.

Court ruling picks politics over common sense

July 17, 2017

The Court chooses politics over common sense – more Medicaid money crowds out education & other needs .

Ariz. Supreme Court deals blow to taxpayer rights – “Classic case of taxation without authorization.” Christina Sandefur.

Four Questions about Alexander-Murray – is it “regular order”? Abortion coverage?

Arizona is Ready for Repeal and Replace – my recent editorial piece.

Would the Senate bill have threatened the ‘Safety Net’? – au contraire says conservative Grace-Marie Turner! [Read more]

Community Steps Up on Adobe Mt.

July 15, 2017

A little over a year ago North Phoenix residents found out – after the fact – that the Adobe Mountain Juvenile Detention Center would serve other purposes, some presenting very real potential safety risks to surrounding neighborhoods and businesses.  Many thanks to Julie Reed and Ann O’Brien for sounding the alarm and working with Reps. John Allen, Heather Carter, myself and state officials to find solutions.  Mirror Legislation was introduced in the House and Senate and Gov. Ducey signed HB 2133 into law this Spring.

Statutes now ensure meaningful community notification BEFORE there is a change in Corrections facility use.   Ann & Julie did a great job involving the community and keeping everyone informed along the way – as well as providing serious testimony on the bills throughout the process.  Read more here.

Morning Scoop features Sen. Barto

July 15, 2017

Obamacare Repeal: What do Arizona health care leaders think? Join me July 25th for a panel discussion at Alexi’s on Central for The Morning Scoop.  Check out event details and RSVP today here. [Read more]

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