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Click here for my 2014 session sponsored bills.

How did Senator Barto’s 2013 bills do?

SB 111/ HB 2045 - Health Care Price TransparencySIGNED by the Governor.   How much does health care really cost?  The vetoed SB 1115 cracked the door open to more transparent pricing for health care services when patients choose to pay for them directly, without a third party payer.  HB 2045 was amended to include the provisions of SB 1115 and signed into law.  See What’s it Cost?

SB 1374 - AZ Board of Behavioral Health Examiners reformSIGNED by the Governor.  Public testimony at the Board’s sunset hearing last Fall confirmed this Board’s continuing dysfunctional actions affecting current Licensees and individuals seeking licensure to work as licensed Substance Abuse or Marriage & Family Counselors and Social Workers in Arizona.  SB 1374 comprehensively overhauls this Board’s licensure & reciprocity processes and structure.

SB 1375 - Behavioral Health treatment for Foster children -  SIGNED by the Governor.  If you’re a foster parent you know that most children in CPS have experienced trauma caused by neglect and/or some form of serious physical or sexual abuse.  These children very often require counseling at some point in order to deal with that abuse and experience lasting healing and attain permanent homes, as well.  SB 1375 takes a comprehensive, focused look at how the current system is providing mental health treatment to these children  at the levels they need and consider an integrative physical and mental health care system alternative.

SB 1108 - Foster families & immunizations – SIGNED by the Governor.  With over 14,000 children in the CPS system in Arizona, there is a serious shortage of foster parents to lovingly shelter these kiddos.  SB 1108 allows parents who, for whatever reason, choose not to immunize their own children, to become licensed foster parents to children needing homes.

SB 1072 - Relocation reform – passed the Senate  – passed House committee, failed to advance to final floor votes in the House.  When divorced parents share parenting time current law inadequately protects parents when one of them decides to pick up and move without considering how it might affect the child’s circumstances or the other parent’s parenting time.  SB 1072 would have made the system fairer for all parties – especially the child.

SB 1073 - Parenting time hearings  – SIGNED by the Governor.   Cases can now take months for an initial temporary custody hearing, denying the non-custodial parent their rights to participate in their child’s upbringing.  SB 1073 ensures that Judges assigned new child custody cases hold an evidentiary hearing within 60 days of a parent’s filing – just as the current court rules  recommend.  Governor Brewer signed SB 1073 into law on April 3rd, 2013.

SB 1278  - HOA Roadway bill – SIGNED by the Governor.   SB 1278  clarifies that PUBLIC roadways within HOA communities are regulated only by one set of laws: those set forth by their municipality or county. Effective in new HOA communities only beginning in 2015. Passed the Senate 22-7; Passed House Govt. 6-2; awaits House floor votes.  Why is this bill needed? Homeowners within some HOA communities are often fined by their HOA for violating HOA CC&Rs by parking in front of their own home on a public street, where it is legal to park according to their city’s ordinance.  This is confusing and unjust for homeowners who may have nowhere else to park.

For all of Senator Barto’s 2014 sponsored legislation click on my Legislative member page at www.azleg.gov.

See highlights of bills passed in the 2013 Session:  click here.

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