May 27, 2015
In the next few days the Supreme Court could rule most O-Care subsidies illegal– if King prevails vs. Burwell – making an already worried Democratic party doubly apoplectic, because the world as we know it just might end.
After all 7.7 million Americans who qualified for subsidies may lose them and the chorus will chant the only way forward will be for Republicans to bail them out by having red states (like Arizona) which had rejected state exchanges to implement one OR for Congress to keep the status quo & save the law. Hold on! Let’s remember what patients will GAIN if they don’t. [Read more]
April 20, 2015
We’re Movin’ Up! The respected Rich States Poor States report recently ranked Arizona #5 for economic outlook. Here’s how the Legislature pushed regulations back this session:
SB 1241 Stopping excessive government regulation – it’s about more than plastic bags. Some localities are contemplating – and some have already implemented – ordinances that mandate energy usage reporting and dictate which containers and bags are acceptable. SB 1241 reins in intrusive jurisdictional mandates before they become major job-killers in Arizona. While responsible energy use is obviously a worthy goal, mandatory energy reporting in the name of energy consumption benchmarking is problematic on many levels and unnecessary as businesses are already highly incentivized to reduce their energy costs and do not need additional regulations. Piecemeal mandates are not only labor intensive, but difficult to comply with. Read the Arizona Chamber’s informative piece on SB 1241 – Overregulation: Local Edition.
HB 2603 Tort Reform – Ending Asbestos Litigation “Double Dipping”. This measure increases necessary transparency in Arizona’s legal system ensuring that, while victims are still entitled to compensation, the tort process is fair for all parties involved, and double dipping recovery is curtailed. Read more about the issue here.
HB 2645 Laboratory Testing Without Order – will bring competition & patient access to market. The lab industry will never be the same thanks to some serious free market interventions in Arizona: Less regulation a-la HB 2645, which was just signed into law by Governor Ducey, and an innovative company named Theranos which offers patients more value for less cost and less blood. If you haven’t heard of Theranos’ Founder & CEO Elizabeth Holmes, you soon will! Many Arizonans are already benefiting from the Theranos/Walgreens partnership at 40 locations across the state – the Grand Opening of which was at 64th St. and Greenway Rd. in 2013.
April 20, 2015
HB 2517 Rescuing children from internet sex crimes – There are 15,000 known active internet addresses identified in Arizona – but not nearly enough investigators to track down & save these child victims. There are only 4 fulltime investigators working these horrific torture, rape and molestation cases – the same number since the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force was formed in 2001! HB 2517 allocates $900,000 a year in lottery revenue to the Internet Crimes Against Children Enforcement Fund, and $100,000 to the Victims’ Rights Enforcement Fund. What is the scope of these crimes? Watch the compelling committee testimony. View Rep. Paul Boyer’s piece here.
HB 2519 Parent moves and the best interest of kids – After numerous attempts to pass legislation curbing devastating abuse of current (post divorce) relocation statutes, HB 2519 made significant headway protecting both parents and the child. Although in the end the 100 mile rule was restored, the most important part of the bill was left intact – that relocation issues are to be written into final orders rather than post decree orders. Also supervised parenting time can no longer be used against the non-moving party with no penalty.
HB 2024 Child Safety Oversight Committee – Some legislatively created committees may be of little use – especially over time, but the CSOC was instituted at a time when CPS (now the Dept. of Child Safety) was – and continues to be – desperately in need of accountability and oversight. HB 2024 continues the CSOC for another two years.
HB 2047 Supervisor review & approval a must before child removal – Considering the numbers of children in state care, frankly we’re wondering if children are removed from the home too often and without supporting legal cause. HB 2047 specifies that DCS may not remove a child from the custody of the child’s parent, guardian or custodian unless the child safety worker submits the reasons for removal and supporting documentation to their supervisor and supervisor approves the removal. [Read more]
October 25, 2014
Gilbert’s aren’t – but will be soon now that the Gilbert School Board voted to have their science/biology books come into compliance (Read Townhall news coverage).
Some may remember that in 2012 Arizona passed a law I sponsored (SB1009) that gives preference, encouragement & support to childbirth & adoption over elective abortion in our public schools. Nonetheless, efforts to openly flout the law continue. Last January, for instance, the Tempe Unified School District ALMOST adopted a Planned Parenthood sex education curriculum that did not adhere to the law, but when 240 concerned parents showed up to support the law, they backed off somewhat and only adopted part of it. Alliance Defending Freedom and other groups got involved, as well.
Here’s what’s happening in Gilbert: Recently I learned from an involved parent that five out of the seven BIOLOGY and SCIENCE textbooks used in Gilbert Public School District are not law-abiding either. [Read more]
October 1, 2014
Candidates run for office for many reasons – not just to replace Common Core. Consider these candidates and their views on a host of issues before you vote:
October 1, 2014
Ready for some good news about our economy?
Bio-science industries are thriving in Arizona – spurring economic growth and helping patients. For starters, here are the Bioscience companies and organizations just within DISTRICT 15:
Chromosomal Laboratories, Inc.; DNA Consultants; ErrorTec; John C. Lincoln Deer Valley Hospital; Mayo Clinic Hospital; Noraxon; Pinnacle Transplant Technologies; PsyPharma Global; Science Care
And for a difference slice of the picture, check out these numbers RE venture capital and job creation in Arizona:
$182 million in NIH funding in 2013;
NIH grants awarded: 414
to obtain research and venture-capital for start-ups: 43 from Arizona’s 3 universities from 2010-2013;
Arizona is home to 1219 bioscience business establishments
- NIH awarded $48 million to AZ companies from 2004-2009
- Venture capital firms invested additional $289 million during that period
- Annual wages averaging $71,277 compared to avg private sector of $35,702
- Clinical trials leading to breakthroughs for patients: colorectal cancer, heart disease, alzheimer’s (‘brain pacemaker’), valley Fever and infant pneumonia
June 17, 2014
You might have missed the great reading progress made by Arizona students reported in the Arizona Republic. It wasn’t painted in the most positive terms by its author. The news that “Fewer than expected fail 3rd-grade reading” should be cause for celebration. Why wasn’t it? [Read more]
April 21, 2014
April 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Governor signs bill that could save lives of many Arizona women
(Phoenix, State Capitol)–Governor Jan Brewer has signed SB 1225 into law. This bill, sponsored by Senator Nancy Barto of Phoenix, would require health care providers to tell women if they have dense breast tissue. This, according to Senator Barto, will allow women to make the most informed decision possible when screening for breast cancer, and likely save many lives. [Read more]
October 24, 2013
As a patient you ASSUME your doctor was properly vetted before he began practicing medicine in Arizona and treating your family. That may not be the case. A recently released 192 page Ombudsman investigative report substantiated that the AMB’s Executive Director Lisa Wynn and Deputy Director Amanda Diehl knowingly disregarded 28 licensing rules and statutes resulting in 2,041 physicians’ licenses granted in Arizona over an 18 month period without proper vetting of their credentials – and thousands more renewing their licenses. Credentials like physicians’ medical education, hospital employment, if they had any disciplinary actions pending and more.
You can thank the whistleblowers. [Read more]
August 19, 2013
Why sign the petition to repeal the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion in Arizona?
- Expanding Medicaid in the states is the largest piece of Obamacare.
- Qualifying the petition effort puts the new taxes and Medicaid expansion ON HOLD until voters decide in Nov. 2014
- In last summer’s ruling, the Supreme Court gave states the choice whether to expand Medicaid to the levels the Obamacare law prescribes. Like every other Republican-controlled state, Arizona should choose not to entrench the harmful law in our state.
- This expansion will increase abortions in Arizona. Read how here.
- This expansion of Government health care benefits the hospitals who stand to make BILLIONS from our tax dollars. [Read more]