Business at the Capitol & Beyond

August 5, 2017

Where did July go? Between tracking the Senate’s Obamacare repeal failures, serving as a panelist in local and national health care events, interim committee meetings, and connecting with constituents, the month has flown by.  Hope to see you at event in August or September! [Read more]

Make Insurance Affordable Again

July 17, 2017

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

Morning Scoop panel spars over Medicaid – nearly 1 out of 4 Arizonans is on AHCCCS… & growing!

Obamacare mandated better Mental Health care coverage – it hasn’t happened.

The Republicaid Party? – Will GOP Governors make ACA Medicaid expansion untouchable?

Welfare reform to get able-bodied adults back to work..an economic boon – including AHCCCS work requirements ala SB 1092! [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]

Independence Day-How do you Celebrate?

July 4, 2017

Happy Independence Day!!

Everyone looks forward to getting away – (from the heat!) – or spending time with family & friends on the Fourth of July.  And fireworks.  But the Fourth means so much more when its historical context and meaning comes to life.  For me, tuning into radio programs like Dennis Prager & Michael Medved on this holiday helps me better appreciate our country and how blessed I am to be an American.  Check these out, too: [Read more]

Focus on Dept. of Child Safety

June 8, 2017

The Dept. of Child Safety announced it has nearly cleared the 16,000 backlogged cases – only about 300 to go – (read details here) and for the first time in seven years, more kids are leaving state care than are entering it. Progress?  Absolutely —  but 17,000 children in the system is still a troubling number.  Add to this stubbornly high caseloads and it’s easy to see why reducing the number of kids in foster care is paramount as is ensuring that children in care are safe.  At this point – that’s not a given – and why the Legislature took these actions this session: [Read more]

Empowering More Students!

June 7, 2017

ESAs have made a huge difference in students’ lives since 2011 when Empowerment Scholarship Accounts were first introduced in Arizona.  That doesn’t seem to matter to critics, though.  Since SB 1431 opened up the program to more students, claims that it will doom public education tried to drown out the facts.  In addition, they are even working to doom ESAs on the 2018 ballot, which would be a shame  – so please beware of any initiative petitions circulating right now.  Here’s why ESA critics are wrong: [Read more]

‘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]

Adobe Mountain – Notification Bill Signed!

May 19, 2017

When the Dept. of Corrections began housing released homeless sexual offenders at the Adobe Mountain Juvenile Corrections facility in North Phoenix last summer, it didn’t take long for the  neighbors in the area to catch wind of them.  The problem was, with little or no warning before the facility had been repurposed (from a secured to an unsecured facility), there was nothing for the community to do but voice their safety concerns after the fact.  And they did!  Parents Julie Read and Ann O’Brien organized hundreds of parents and business owners in the area to stop the DOC’s actions and have them reversed.  After a time their coordinated efforts paid off.

But the community didn’t stop there.  [Read more]

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]

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