Expect performance – Get performance!

June 17, 2014

You might have missed the great reading progress made by Arizona students reported in the Arizona Republic.  It wasn’t painted in the most positive terms by its author.  The news that “Fewer than expected fail 3rd-grade reading” should be cause for celebration.  Why wasn’t it? [Read more]

2014 Session Synopsis

June 3, 2014

SB 1379 – Removing health care red tape:  In addition to their jobs, many physicians & other health care professionals regularly treat those in need of care for free but are unable to access or pay for it – but state licensing restrictions make it more difficult for them to do so within our own country than across the oceans.  SB 1379 streamlines the process for voluntary health professionals wishing to serve in Arizona.  SIGNED by the Governor.

SB 1308 Obamacare Navigator Oversight:  Navigators and (CACs) Certified Application Counselors – those assisting with health insurance sign-ups through the Obamacare Exchanges – have access to a plethora of sensitive financial information.   SB 1308 & HB 2508 – a House version proposed by Rep. Lovas, help hold them accountable and will reduce the likelihood of ID theft and fraud by requiring background checks and licensure.  Read more on this issue here.    SIGNED by the Governor.

SB 1225 Women deserve more than the “happy-gram” – more important, lives will be saved as a result of SB 1225.  Here’s the story: According to the American College of Radiology, about 50% of women have dense breast tissue.  Dense breast tissue makes it harder for doctors to see cancer on mammograms because both dense breast tissue and tumors look white.  Consequently, normal dense breast tissue can hide masses or tumors.  Thanks to SB 1225, women with dense breast tissue will be told this information and be better informed about whether to seek additional diagnostics.  Read Barto press release here.  Learn more at  AreYouDense.org.   SIGNED by the Governor. [Read more]

Barto tops ranking in bills signed into law in 2014

June 2, 2014

Of my 23 Prime Sponsored bills, 15 were signed into law this session.  All passed with overwhelming bi-partisan support, if not unanimously.

At 65%, that is the highest % of bills passed by a lawmaker this session.  Here’s the Arizona Capitol Times piece: Barto, Lovas lead in percentage of bills signed into law.

I am proud of these successes because each of them address concerns that are important to our state – and don’t increase the scope of government.   In fact, in many cases, they reduced regulation, solved a critical issue, expanded consumer information or choice or kept an “out-of-control” board government agency in check.  Here are some examples: [Read more]