A 2011 Session Summary

May 8, 2011

The AZ Senate convened in January with the primary objective of improving AZ’s economic climate and approaching the state’s budget crisis responsibly.    In addition to enacting an economic recovery package and a balanced budget, the Legislature also achieved major reforms in the state’s retirement system and regulatory structure.   These and other key accomplishments are outlined here:
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SB 1593-Interstate Insurance hits National News

May 8, 2011

Governor Brewer has since vetoed the bill.

From Investors Business Daily

Arizona May Promote Health Care Choice For Consumers

By DAVID HOGBERG, INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY Posted 04/19/2011 06:59 PM ET

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, speaking to the media Tuesday in Phoenix, is at the forefront of a shake-up in the state's health insurance market. Her...Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, speaking to the media Tuesday in Phoenix, is at the forefront of a shake-up in the state’s health insurance market. Her… View Enlarged Image

Arizona is poised to shake up the health insurance market with a bill offering more competition and consumer choice and an indirect challenge to ObamaCare — if Gov. Jan Brewer signs it. [Read more]

’11 session a success…mostly

May 8, 2011

Enacting a truly balanced budget (the first in 5 years!) with no gimmicks or new borrowing and enhancing Arizona’s competitive business environment were the main goals of the 50th Legislature – and we achieved both.

These and many other important issues were addressed this session (see A 2011 Session Summary),  but there were some disappointments.

Topping my list were two majority-supported health care reforms that met the Governor’s veto pen.  [Read more]

Mistaken Identity Leads to “Abby’s Law”

May 8, 2011

It was a case of mistaken identity that never should have happened – but it did. 

Senate Bill 1118 is called “Abby’s Law” in honor of Abby Guerra, a 20-year-old Glendale woman who was thought to have died in a July 18 accident that killed two people and injured three others.  All were graduates of Ironwood High School in the Peoria Unified School District.

I had the honor of meeting Abby Guerra, the courageous young woman promoting the bill, and the victim whom authorities had misidentified and assumed had died following a tragic car accident last July – and working with her and her family on a bill Gov. Jan Brewer signed last month that will help prevent mix-ups like the one that rocked two Glendale families.

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