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 vote. View IDC video
October 4, 2015
Canary in the coalmine – United Healthcare pulling out of most exchanges.
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.
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]
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]
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]
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]
July 3, 2014
- Americans for Prosperity “Friend of the Taxpayer” 2011 -2014. View Legislative scores.
- National Federation of Independent Business’ Guardian of Small Business – Scored 100%. See NFIB’s 2014 ‘Guardians‘.
- Free Enterprise Club – Perfect Score: “A”
Nancy is also endorsed for the State Senate in 2014 by:
- National Rifle Association of America Political Victory Fund – “A” rating
- Arizona Technology Council
- Arizona Right to Life
- Arizona Multi-Housing Association
- Arizona Realtors Association
- Arizona Society of Practicing Accountants
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]
March 22, 2014