July 5, 2016
The interim lends itself to a different kind of Legislative “busy-ness”. Last month – family & 2016 re-election campaigning. For July – read on!
- July 11-14 – Nominated for the Emerging Leaders Program at the University of Virginia Darden School of Business this year, I completed the intensive graduate level course last week.
- July 19 – Attending the Child Abuse Prevention Conference at the Renaissance in Glendale in mid-July? Join in the “Armchair Discussion” noontime public policy panel on child abuse and neglect – focusing on Arizona’s Dept. of Child Safety and how 2016 reforms like Jacob’s Law and Privatizing the Backlog can help children in care.
- July 21 – A.S.U.’s 17th Annual Summer Institute on Applied Behavioral Health in Sedona offers a full week of exciting breakouts. On the 21st I will be on a panel discussing SB 1442, my 2016 legislation updating Arizona’s HIPAA law, and how providers may lawfully connect with families and caregivers of those with mental illness.
- July 27 – The National Pro-Life Women’s Caucus (a project of the Susan B. Anthony List) will network in Indianapolis to promote a culture of life and discuss the Supreme Court’s horrendous decision last week – striking down BASIC abortion clinic protections women should expect at every other health care facility. (See Former Planned Parenthood Director Abby Johnson Demands Inspections of filthy Abortion Clinics.)
- July 29 – I plan to sponsor four model bills for the Health & Human Services Task Force‘s consideration at the American Legislative Exchange Council meeting in Indianapolis – including SB 1445, the Medical Speech and Practice Protection Act – signed into law in Arizona this Spring (check out the video testimony here).
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April 24, 2016
Yes, Prop. 123 will pump $3.5 Billion into Arizona’s schools immediately without busting the state budget. But beyond that, I’d like to explain my support for Prop. 123:
Some critics of Prop. 123 balk at giving K-12 any more money – period. The trust level on how it will be spent – evidenced in how few bond & override questions have passed recently – is near zero in some parts. Voters blame schools for hiring too many administrators & not paying teachers enough. For blaming lack of funding for poor student performance. For saying there is never enough funding. They want to see education reforms, too.
Okay – but what are we really dealing with? [Read more]
December 28, 2015
Today Senator Kelli Ward announced her first round of endorsements for her 2016 run for the U.S. Senate. I am proud to be among them. Here’s why:
Over the last two years I have had the honor of working closely with Dr. Kelli Ward on the Senate Health and Human Services Committee. In addition to chairing her own Committee – Senate Education – Kelli Ward was an exemplary Vice Chair of the Sen. HHS Committee, using her extensive expertise as an Osteopathic Physician in that capacity – promoting and supporting free market health care reforms, protections for the unborn and opposing the effects of Obamacare in Arizona.
We made progress in Arizona because of Dr. Kelli Ward. Patients have more freedoms and choice today in Arizona because of her support and leadership. Arizona’s Medicaid system will have more accountability measures to protect taxpayers and to fight opioid addiction and doctor-shopping. These are just a few ways Kelli Ward has made a difference in Arizona.
This is what we need in Washington D.C. – Strong, fearless leadership. Leadership that goes to the mat for health care freedom and that protects the vulnerable at every stage of life.
Let’s shake up Washington! Join me in supporting Kelli Ward for U.S. Senate.
October 4, 2015
What are you doing for breakfast next Tuesday, October 13th? Join the HEALTH CARE discussion at Alexi’s Grill (3550 N. Central Ave)! I will join Rep. Randall Friese and Greg Vigdor, Pres/CEO of the Arizona Health Care and Hospital Association on the panel for this special ‘Morning Scoop’.
If you plan to attend, reserve your spot pronto. The full buffet breakfast is free, but seating is limited.
Here’s the ‘scoop’: [Read more]
September 23, 2015
July 7, 2015
Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has bent over backwards to rule in favor of the Obama administration and keep “Obamacare” alive in Thursday’s decision regarding the latest challenge to the health-care law, King vs. Burwell. Since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2010, leaders from around the country have tried to work with the feds to improve and mitigate the law’s impact on their citizens.
Unfortunately, many felt they couldn’t get the improvements they needed and have gone to court over the law, but the sad truth is that the court has regularly and consistently focused on a political agenda rather than following the law. [Read more]
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. [Read more]
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. [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]