Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Rep. Reginald Bolding's HB 2575, which waives identification liscensing fees for veterans without a permanent residence address, passed the Senate Transportation and Technology Committee. To read a summary of the bill click here.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Rep. Diego Espinoza's HCM 2003, which requests that Congress provide benefits for all veterans, passed the House. To read a summary of the bill click here.

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Rep. Gabaldón Selected to Serve on Citizens Forum Board in Southeast Arizona

Mar. 6, 2018
Contact: Robbie Sherwood

PHOENIX, State Capitol –  The International Boundary and Water Commission have re-appointed Rep. Rosanna Gabaldón to serve on the Southeast Arizona Citizens Forum Board.

Commissioner Edward Drusina of USIBWC has appointed Gabaldón, D-Sahuarita (District 2), as one of 12 members to serve on the volunteer board. She will serve a two-year term. Gabaldón has been a longtime elected official, public servant and community leader in Southeastern Arizona.

“It is an honor and privilege to be appointed to serve on the Citizens Forum Board," Gabaldón said. "This will be my third term serving on the board. My time on the board has given me an opportunity to better serve my constituents and to be involved in significant dialogue regarding the issues impacting Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz counties, all of which are counties I proudly represent at the State Capitol."  

The Citizens Forum promotes the exchange of information between the USIBWC and the community about Commission projects and related activities in Santa Cruz, Cochise and Pima counties.

The next public meeting will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 15 at the Pima County Water and Energy Sustainability Center, Radon Conference Room, 2955 W. Calle Agua Nueva, Tucson.

"I look forward to productive discussions about boundary and water topics that are important for Arizona’s border communities," Gabaldón said. "Arizona’s strong relationship with Mexico brings the opportunity to increase economic benefits by strengthening infrastructure and getting the community to share their ideas and thoughts."

Members of the public who would like more information about the meeting may call 520-281-1832, extension 103 or e-mail lori.kuczmanski@ibwc.gov.

Monday, March 05, 2018

Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee passed HB 2421

Rep. Richard Andrade's HB 2421, which extends absence from employment protection to National Guard Members, passed the Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee. To read the bill click here.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

LGTBQ Caucus applauds Supreme Court ruling: "All families shall be treated fairly under the law.”

LGBTQ Caucus
Rep. Cesar Chavez, D-Phoenix (District 29)
Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr., D-Tucson (District 2)
Sen. Robert Mesa, D-Phoenix (District 30)
Rep. Tony Navarrete, D-Phoenix (District 30)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 27, 2018                                                                   
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval

PHOENIX, State Capitol – Even after the historic United States Supreme Court ruling allowing same-sex marriage in 2015, gay couples still face hurdles at almost every step when it comes to achieving equality.

However, on Monday the United States Supreme Court refused to overturn a ruling that says gay couples are entitled to the same parenting rights as heterosexual
couples when they get divorced. For now, all marriage unions are considered equal in matters of marriage, divorce and custody under a 2017 Arizona Supreme Court ruling. The Arizona LGBTQ Caucus issued the following statement regarding the ruling:

"This is a historic moment in American history.” said Representative Cesar Chavez, D-Phoenix (District 29). “By refusing to overturn a lower court ruling the Supreme Court reaffirmed that all parents regardless of gender have the same rights and responsibilities. All families shall be treated fairly under the law.”

This is a small but crucial step concerning parenting rights for gay couples and is affecting people across the country, including people in Arizona.


Senate Transportation and Technology Committee approves HB 2027

Rep. Randy Friese's House Bill 2027, allowing the Arizona Department of Transportation to issue an alternative fuel vehicle sticker to individuals who own a vehicle with a veteran special plate, passed the Senate Transportation and Technology Committee. To read the bill click here.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The House passed HB 2575

Rep. Reginald Bolding's House Bill 2575, which allows homeless veterans to apply and receive an ID if they do not have a residence address or their address is a shelter that provides services to the homeless, passed the House. To read the bill click here.