AZ Legislators at NCSL

August 20, 2011

Arizona Legislators, including Sen. Majority Leader Andy Biggs, Sen. Rich Crandall, Speaker Andy Tobin, Sr. and Sen. Nancy Barto, addressed their peers from all 50 states during the National Conference of State Legislatures’ annual meeting in San Antonio in August.  They participated in sessions on health reform, the changing role of state government and leadership during tough times.

The session began with lawsuit updates from Bill McCollum, former Florida Attorney General and Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, Associate Professor of Law, University of Georgia followed by state updates by:

  • Representative David Clark, Utah;
  • Senator Judy Lee, North Dakota;
  • Senator Nancy Barto, Arizona
  • Senator Betty Boyd, Colorado
  • Read ABC 15 press.

    Students to ‘Move on When Ready’

    August 20, 2011

    The Center for the Future of Arizona reports about half of Arizona high school graduates require at least one non-credit, developmental math course.  And forty-one percent of incoming community college students require at least one pre-college course in reading or English before they can advance to college-level courses.

    On the other end of the spectrum, a significant number of high achieving students fail to graduate because they’re bored, adding to Arizona’s 30% graduation failure rate. [Read more]

    To ‘Exchange’ or not to ‘exchange’

    August 20, 2011

    Here’s the question:  Should states suing to overturn Obamacare in court be implementing the law at the same time?

    The answer should be obvious – but some states, including Arizona, are “putting out the welcome mat” to the law by enabling a central part of the harmful and unconstitutional law.  In fact Arizona just applied for a $29.8 million establishment grant to accomplish this.    Obviously I oppose these plans and I’m not alone.  Click on the above Goldwater Institute piece by Diane Cohen and this one by John Graham: Health Insurance Exchanges.

    What is an Insurance Exchange?:   Exchanges are the agencies through which half a trillion dollars in  subsidies will flow to eligible consumers and eventually to insurers and health plans which qualify under new Federal rules.   [Read more]

    Just say no to Obamacare Exchange

    August 20, 2011

    Whether to implement Obamacare while fighting the law in court is a hot topic in state legislatures across the country but most legislators attending last summer’s conservative legislative conference in New Orleans (ALEC) agreed that states have plenty of reasons to say “no thanks” to instituting a huge part of the new law in their state statutes:  insurance exchanges.

    They felt so strongly about it, in fact, that Sen. Barto’s resolution against implementing state-run Obamacare exchanges was overwhelmingly approved by the organization’s Health and Human Services Task Force,  which will help legislators rebuff exchange legislation in their states in upcoming sessions.   Watch a two minute video here.  The resolution follows:   [Read more]

    “Legislator of the Year”

    August 20, 2011

    August 9, 2011


    Arizona Senator named Legislator of the Year

    (Phoenix, State Capitol) —- Sen. Nancy Barto has been named a recipient of the American Legislative Exchange Council’s “Legislator of the Year” award.  Sen. Barto was presented the award at the organization’s annual meeting in New Orleans.

    The “Legislator of the Year” Award is given to state legislators who are ALEC members in good standing and have distinguished themselves by taking a leadership role in advancing, introducing and/or enacting policies based on the fundamental Jeffersonian principles of free markets, limited government, federalism and individual liberty.

    “It is such an honor to receive this award from ALEC. It’s good to know the hard work we’re doing here in Arizona fighting for everyone’s health care rights is being recognized by such a respected national organization,” says Sen. Barto, a Republican from Phoenix. [Read more]