Protecting First Amendment Rights.
Affordable Health Care and Patient Freedom.
Health boards shouldn’t be able to punish…licensed health care providers for appropriately treating their patients with lawful off-label medications, especially during a public health emergency like the COVID-19 pandemic. This bill is a win for patients’ rights!
Chronically and terminally ill patients deserve access to life-saving medications but specialized compound pharmacies providing them are targets for extinction. This bill allows continued use of specialized, custom medications as long as they are created with FDA-approved ingredients.
An important pharmaceutical reform that stops pharmaceutical middlemen (PBMs) from lining their own pockets by levying unfair fees on certain pharmacies within their networks.
Step Therapy Reform – Insurance bureaucracy should not play doctor. SB 1270 ensures step therapy protocols, used to manage costs, first ‘do no harm’, and that they act within timeframes to avoid potential harm for patients waiting ad nauseum for endless approvals and more information. This bill establishes criteria for clinical review and exemptions that insurance companies must observe and stops the potential harm that wrongful step therapy processes can cause.
Arizona was facing a shortage of physicians while qualified medical school graduates were sidelined by a shortage of residencies. I worked with stakeholders on a bill to help fill the gap. This bill will pair medical school graduates unable to secure limited residency openings with licensed physicians by allowing Arizona medical boards to grant transitional training permits.
This bill will help reduce drug overdoses and diseases spread by drug use by permitting local and non-governmental organizations to employ drug-use prevention programs that educate the public on bloodborne diseases and needle-stick injuries, encourage drug-users to seek treatment, and educate on how to properly dispose of syringes.
Our Prescription Medication Donation Program was obsolete and literally unusable, so I wrote this bill to establish new guidelines that would ensure the safety of patients.
Property tax reform achieved! Homeowners with large lots were being taxed 60% more than the residential rate under a “vacant” land rate that was applied to their property over one acre, even though it was all zoned for residential use. My bill, HB2130, fixed that and ensures homeowners are no longer taxed off their land by this unfair tax policy.
Defending the Second Amendment.
Supporting our Active Duty Servicemembers and Veterans.
Leading on Education Options.
The bill enabled a task force to meet last Fall to put a laser focus on the problems special ed students, teachers – and their families – encounter because of arbitrary federal limits under which eligible students actually can take a more appropriate alternative assessment. The committee came up with practical recommendations that should help everyone going forward.
Radical progressive curriculum, like Critical Race Theory, is invading our classrooms and parents have been rendered powerless to stop it. That’s why I ran this bill to require public and charter schools to publish curriculum in advance for parental review to ensure transparency.
This bill would require school boards to notify parents in advance before teaching about sexuality and gender, and bans this education in public schools completely for students in 6th grade or below.
One doctor used his own sperm multiple times impregnating his own clients who were under his care for IVF treatments – all without their knowledge! There was no law against this. Mothers and their spouses should have a legal pathway to sue a healthcare provider who uses their own reproductive material without previous, informed, written consent. This should be common-sense and thankfully it’s now law.
Women should NEVER be subject to an invasive pelvic exam, especially while unconscious, without previous, informed written consent. Now law, this bill establishes that it’s unprofessional conduct for a physician, nurse, or assistant to perform or supervise unwanted pelvic exams.
Serving The Vulnerable
Every child, born or preborn, deserves a chance at life, especially those with genetic abnormalities such as Down Syndrome and cleft palate. Under this law, abortions abased on non-threatening genetic abnormalities would be prohibited. The bill also accomplishes other key reforms, including ending chemical abortions by mail and giving women the opportunity to choose burial for the fetal remains after an abortion.
As a pro-life legislator, one of my priorities has always been to promote abortion alternatives and support , not blame, women in need. This bill provides the public with information about pregnancy and childbirth services, local adoption agencies, and where to find free ultrasounds. Advertisement of abortion services or entities that refer for them is not permitted.
Being pro-life means protecting our most vulnerable at all stages, including foster kids. This law makes it easier to find missing foster children by requiring they have identification licenses and quick and common-sense reporting to the appropriate law enforcement databases, so these kids have a fighting chance to be found -not absconded by human traffickers.
Children in foster care achieve forever homes more quicky in states where they have legal representation. It’s a best practice Arizona kids now have.
This important reform requires the Department of Child Safety and the Health Care Cost Containment System to …to find appropriate treatments for adopted foster children with complex trauma needs so families are not faced with the dilemma of having to return the child to the system in order to obtain it.
This law removes barriers that inappropriately swept in respite care providers – and restore important respite services for children and families.
This bill outlines the way the Psychiatric Security Review Board is to carry out its critically important duties for individuals adjudicated Guilty Except Insane (GEI) to be safely released back into the community until the board is eliminated in 2023 and its duties transferred to the courts.
This law clarifies who qualifies for court-ordered evaluations and treatment at the urgent psychiatric centers so individuals needing care are not kicked out.
Our seriously mentally ill and those with special needs deserve the same opportunities to participate in society. This bill sought to provide tax credits to employers who hire these individuals.
One thing that the COVID-19 pandemic taught us is that our elderly deserve better care and are all-too-often neglected. This bill targets assisted living/skilled nursing homes’ “no touch” policies, where staff automatically calls 911 first responders rather than attending to the need immediately when it is appropriate when a patient has a fall or is in distress. Addressing the need on the spot will save lives – and ensure our first responders can respond faster to other emergencies.
Individuals with developmental disabilities deserve better representation, and the agencies that are supposed to serve them need better oversight. This bill requires the Developmental Disabilities Advisory Council to be informed of new policies planned by the Division of Developmental Disabilities and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) before they go out for public comment.
Safe Criminal Justice Reform
(Law, Signed 04/05) Arizona’s prison transition program works! It reduces recidivism and helps released felons reintegrate into the community safely. SB 1067 expands this program exponentially so more are helped and we can start closing prisons!
More than a third of Arizona’s inmates suffer from serious mental health conditions and flounder when released from prison, when they are at their most vulnerable to recidivate and return to prison for even longer. SB 1786 focuses on these releasees to stem this destructive cycle.
During the 2020 elections we learned how outside private monies could be used to influence how elections are conducted, but we’re onto them! HB 2569 prevents private donors from influencing how the government conducts elections and providing biased election services.
Expresses opposition to federal attempts to control the state’s elections and rallied legislators to oppose the federal government usurping our constitutional responsibility to conduct elections.
Protecting Our Elections
Ensuring Arizona citizens can make sure their vote counts.
Our voter registration laws are not up to the task of ensuring solely legitimate votes to be cast in Arizona elections. This bill will require proof of citizenship to vote, provides concrete rules for county recorders and election officials concerning citizenship requirements, and mandates election officials to notify voters whose registration is invalid within 10 days so the voter may correct their registration.
This bill rectified the partisan obstruction regarding petition signature gathering during the 2020 Arizona redistricting process. Initially, candidates were required to gather and file signatures even while districts were changing without clear guidance. This bill cleared up the confusion by setting concrete rules for how, where, and the number of signatures were to be collected by congressional and legislative candidates.
The Arizonans for Voter ID Act will give Arizonans the opportunity to approve an amendment to require voter identification before early and in-person voting, and a voter identification number in an affidavit for mail-in voting.
This bill requires Arizona to offer an accessible vote by U.S. mail option for people who are blind or have a visual impairment.