Barto tops ranking in bills signed into law in 2014
June 2, 2014 by nancy_barto
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:
SB 1379 – Volunteer health services: Many physicians and other health care professionals love to give freely of their services overseas on missions, but here in Arizona licensure laws have been a barrier. SB 1379 streamlines the process so they can participate more easily in short term missions – such as on tribal lands or inner city areas. Stan Brock, founder of Remote Area Medical (RAM), brought this issue to my attention in 2012 and we finally got it done!
SB 1135 – Immunity; non-profit clinics: This is a tort reform ensuring health professionals who provide optometric services, in addition to medical or dental treatment for no cost, are not liable for medical malpractice lawsuits – unless they are grossly negligent.
Solved Critical Issues:
SB 1061 – Paternity: The adoption world was thrown into chaos a couple years ago when an Ariz. judge cited a conflicting (more general) family law statute other than one that had been working well in Arizona and across the country for over 20 years – making permanency for an adoption an uncertainty. SB 1061 corrected the inconsistency in the narrow circumstances when an unmarried mother decides to place her child for adoption. It also strengthened the potential father’s process rights to claim paternity.
SB 1040 – Auxiliary; Leave of Absence: The Civil Air Patrol, trained U.S. Air Force civilians, provide hundreds of volunteer hours each year on weekends & other times to help with search & rescue, disaster relief and countless other missions, saving lives and the State of Arizona millions of dollars each year. They even use their own planes and equipment. SB 1040 corrected a policy that a 2012 bill inadvertently added – disallowing CAP members from having up to 30 days unpaid leave within a two year period in order to participate in authorized missions. Applies only to public employers. Learn more about these valued civil servants here.
Informed Consumers / Expanded Consumer Choice:
SB 1225 – Mammography results; Report to Patient: When undergoing breast cancer screening, women ought to know the whole picture – not just the ‘happy-gram’. Because some tumors don’t show up in women with heterogeneously dense breasts, SB 1225 ensures that these women RECEIVE that information so they can, in consultation with their doctor, decide whether further testing may be recommended. Arizona joins 14 other states in helping better inform women and saving lives through earlier detection. www.AreYouDense.org has the whole story.
SB 1362 – Optometry; Pharmaceutical Agents (AKA HB 2380): This bill actually falls under this & the reduced regulation category, as patients may now have greater and more timely access to appropriate health care treatment in certain circumstances by removing barriers to that treatment by allowing Optometrists to deliver this care in addition to an Ophthalmologists. Arizona was way behind the curve in allowing this change in scope of practice for Optometrists.
SB 1380 – Medical Board; fingerprinting: You may recall the fiasco over improperly vetted physicians brought on by the former Executive Director of the Arizona Medical Board – resulting in the 192 page investigation substantiating her failure to follow state licensing laws. SB 1380 codifies those practices and brings accountability and transparency to the AMB. Three additional bills also signed into law this year also improved Medical Board oversight and streamlined its practices: SB 1051, SB 1345 and SB 1381.