February 19, 2017
SB 1437 – Right to Earn a Living Act. The right to earn an honest living is a fundamental right. 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 and how Governor Ducey intervened. Here’s more about the Act from the Goldwater Institute. [Read more]
December 24, 2016
Thank you to all 62,691 voters in our district who voted to return me to the State Senate – by a 63.26% to 36.74% margin. I appreciate your support and confidence and will work diligently on your behalf to preserve liberty and make state government accountable and just.
A “Special Thank You” to those of you who put in some serious sweat equity on my behalf – especially during the summer months – by walking your precincts and making sure your neighbors were registered to vote, informed, and actually made it to the polls and voted – (you know who you are, Pyramid Peak PCs, under the leadership of Jerry Licata! You are so appreciated!) Thanks to so many who contributed financially, displayed my yard signs and donated your time and alents in other ways. It all helped and the final numbers reflect it. [Read more]
October 29, 2016
It’s been a long, troubling election season – and we’re anxious to see it end. But HOW will it end? That depends on who shows up to vote and who sits home. [Read more]
July 8, 2016
Governor Ducey signed 17 Barto-sponsored bills into law this session – second only to two Legislators sporting 22 each. Frankly, I am proud of the accomplishment, but ultimate success is not the number of bills passed, but that they uphold the Constitution – empower citizens and hold government accountable. [Read more]
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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May 25, 2016
April 22, 2016
Oft repeated by radio talk host Dennis Prager, the phrase describes well where we are today in America.
We’ve lost our way. The limited government our founders and early Americans envisioned is nothing like what we see today where Washington wields unquenchable control over our lives – usually in the name of the public’s welfare or safety. Its redistributionist ways not only crowd out spending for government’s fundamental purposes, like defense, education and infrastructure, but stifle Americans’ freedoms and ability to innovate. [Read more]
January 4, 2016
Anosognosia – “lack of insight” or “lack of awareness” – is believed to be the single largest reason why individuals with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder do not take their medications”. It frustrates their families – and is often devastating to the mentally ill.
Once a person is stabilized and released from 24 hour supervision, he/she often does not have enough insight into his/her own condition to recognize the need to stay on the medication – and out of trouble, homeless or in prison. So they often refuse treatment*, leaving families to fight with the system to get them the care they need.
This is a big problem. But it isn’t the only problem. [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]