February Capitol update

February 18, 2013 by  

What’s happening at the Capitol?  One thing is sure – since it is the final week for committees to hear Senate bills in the Senate, it will be a busy week for committees!

  • The call for Medicaid expansion.  Read Arizona should refuse Obamacare Medicaid bribe.
  • HOA bill:  SB 1278 unanimously passed Senate Public Safety Committee. Rather than falling short of success again, this bill clarifies authority over parking on public streets for new HOAs only – which Legislators seem to be good with.  Progress!!
  • Foster care:  My bill aimed at improving counseling treatment for children in foster care, SB 1375, passed the Sen. Health & Human Services Committee on Wednesday 4-3.
  • Board of Behavioral Health Examiners:  SB 1374 -the bill significantly reforming this incredibly dysfunctional board, passed its first committee hurdle 7-0!  Many thanks to all who attended this long hearing and sent e-mails in support of both SB 1374 & 1375.   video testimony available here for both bills.
  • AZ Medical Board update:  Last year the AMB agreed to a multitude of reforms, mainly involving physician discipline.  Now, the Board’s license approval practices are in question.  View ABC 15 Joe Ducey’s upcoming investigative report.
  • Pro-life/Pro-family/School Choice issues:  The challenge of progress with slimmer majorities.  Check out Center for AZ Policy’s blog & new website for updates.

Arizona Alliance of Community Health Centers names Sen. Barto “Legislator of the Year” for work on behavioral health integration.

For more on Obamacare Medicaid expansion: Read Galen Institute

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