Legislative To-Do List

April 24, 2016

It’s nearing the end of session.  Here’s where we are on some major issues:

  • Pension Reform almost there! Prop. 124 – if approved by voters May 17th, will provide solvency & stability to our Public Safety Retirement System.
  • Funding K-12 Education almost there! If Prop. 123  is approved by voters.  See Prop. 123 – Beyond the Talking Points .
  • Foster Care Signed! Jacob’s Law – children with urgent mental health needs can now get them from private providers.
  • Privatizing the Backlog – Needs a final floor vote. Relieves DCS case managers with outrageous caseloads, increasing permanency for kids.
  • Pro-Life Bills Signed! Preserving the dignity of the preborn, trafficking their body parts is now prohibited in Arizona, and others.
  • Healthcare & Mental Health – 1 or 2 final votes.  Barto bills aid patients & families navigating the mental health system – medical free speech – health board transparency.
  • Free Speech final floor vote next. HB 2615 – the 1st amendment doesn’t take a break when students attend college.
  • Parents & Education Rights HB 2544 – Provides Districts a menu of testing options – not just the AZMerit – Signed!  Consent for student surveys – HB 2088  – final floor vote next.
  • Protect 2nd Amendment –  Signed!HB 2224– protects private transactions from fees.  See the important bills remaining in the queue and gun control bills defeated this session.
  • Reining in Regulators – HB 2130 Signed!  Also HB 2613  (yes, we really do license yoga instructors!), SB 1524, SB 1388 – final floor votes next.
  • Christian Genocide speaking out for persecuted minorities in the Middle East – SM 1001 Done! & SB 1367 & SB 2691 final floor voteView IDC video

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Tracking Obamacare

October 4, 2015

Canary in the coalmine – United Healthcare pulling out of most exchanges.

In 5 Charts: How Obamacare Has Worked the Past Six Years  [Read more]

Politics Unplugged hi-lights Pro-Life Law

July 7, 2015

Abortion Pill Reversal – Senators Barto and Hobbs debate the merits of recent legislation ensuring women are informed it may be possible to reverse the effects of the abortion pill and have a second chance to save the life of her unborn child  – not be kept in the dark regarding the option.  View the piece on Politics Unplugged here.

Also see my ‘Women should not be lied to’ post.

NFIB Senator of the Year

June 11, 2015

June 10, 2015

Sen. Barto named Senator of the Year by Small Business Group 

(Phoenix, State Capitol)—-Senator Nancy Barto received the Senator of the Year Award today from the National Federation of Independent Business/Arizona. NFIB honors two legislators each year for their efforts in assisting small business in our state.

The Arizona state director for NFIB says Senator Barto has been one of the staunchest champions of small business at the Arizona Legislature for almost a decade. “During the 2015 legislative session, Senator Barto took the lead to ensure that small businesses providing home support services for many of our most vulnerable Arizonans would continue free of unnecessary and destructive state government interference,” said Farrell Quinlan. “It is because of Nancy Barto’s leadership and faith in Arizona’s small business owners that countless thousands will continue to receive the care they need, especially as their services become more and more crucial with the Baby Boom Generation reaching retirement age.” [Read more]

Focus on Children & Internet Sex Crimes

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]

Education: Should the State pay up?

September 29, 2014

If you’ve been tuning in to the election campaigns, you may wonder at claims that Republicans are guilty of “illegal” cuts to education and should PAY UP immediately!  Well – a little historical perspective might be helpful before you buy that line. [Read more]

How successful has Obamacare really been?

July 28, 2014

Obamacare Costs & Cover-Up – How successful has the law really been?  From the Obamacare News Roundup by Jane Orient, M.D.

The AZ Republic asks Sen. Barto and Blue Cross Blue Shield to weigh in on the question, What if the Supreme Court rules Obamacare subsidies can’t be used in federal exchanges?  Why the latest court decision challenging the IRS runaround the law may be the greatest threat to the law & the linchpin that drives Congress to open up the law to reforms that Americans need and want – alternatives based on a strategy of Freedom. [Read more]

Business groups give Barto high marks

July 3, 2014

Nancy is also endorsed for the State Senate in 2014 by:

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Disclosure beyond the “Happy-gram”

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]

Health Care Costs: Ask and you shall receive

March 22, 2014

Thanks to HB 2045 – Arizona hospitals and other health professionals must now disclose their cash prices to patients – helping them compare prices when paying out of pocket. 

How will transparency impact prices?  Read what Forbes’ just wrote about Sen. Barto’s efforts and this link from AFP.

To find out who is complying with the law – Check this list.   How is the health care industry responding? With plans for more disclosure.  

View press release:

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