Tuesday, February 21, 2017

House Democrats outline budget for sustainable AZ economy based on community values

In a report delivered to House Republicans this week, the House Democratic Caucus outlined a vision for Arizona that is based on community values.  The report included budget priorities that would realize this vision while being fiscally responsible.  For too long, Republican leaders have avoided real solutions to some of the most pressing issues in our state by using budget gimmicks. That must stop now. 

House Democrats have a plan that will move the state in right direction, while forcing legislators to finally focus on long-term solutions for economic stability.

A copy of the report and a summary of the budget priorities are below:

Thursday, February 16, 2017

House Government Committee approves HB 2055

Rep. Ken Clark, D-Phoenix (District 24), introduced HB 2055, a bill that requires the county recorder to establish a method for notifying early ballot voters if there is a defect in their ballot materials that will result in it being rejected. To read the bill click here.

Feb. 16, 2017

UPDATE: House approved HB 2426

Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma (District 4), introduced HB 2426, a bill that requires the ADHS to establish a voluntary process for certification of community health workers. To read the bill click here.

Feb. 21, 2017

Feb. 16, 2017

House Health Committee unanimously passed HB 2323

Rep. Rosanna Gabaldon, D-Sahuarita (District 2), introduced HB 2323, a bill that would establish a program to provide first responders with critical health information. To read the bill click here.

Feb. 16, 2017

House Health Committee unanimously approved HB 2442

Rep. Kelly Butler, D-Paradise Valley (District 28), introduced HB 2442, a bill that requires the AHCCCS to cover dental services for pregnant women who are at least 21 years of age.  To read the bill click here.

Feb. 16, 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

House Ways and Means Committee passes HB 2418

Rep. Daniel Hernandez Jr., D-Tucson (District 2), introduced HB 2418, a bill that exempts necessities such as feminine hygiene products, baby formula, and diapers from the TPT and use tax. To read the full bill click here.

Feb. 15, 2017

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Communities, families and environment must remain focus of NGS transition plan

Feb. 14, 2017

Communities, families and environment must remain focus of NGS transition plan

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX –  The legislators from District 7 issued the following statements regarding the announcement from the Navajo Generating Station owners that they will continue operating the plant until 2019, pending the approval of the Navajo Nation:

Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron (District 7)
"NGS opened in 1976 and was expected to operate for 68 years until 2044. The current plan is to close the plant 25 years earlier than expected.  The southwest, the nation and the world have benefited from the Navajo Generating Station, but the communities surrounding the plant remain underdeveloped, and now the owners are planning an exit.  The reality is we cannot allow what the mining industry did to our tribal nations after the Cold War to be repeated. I am looking forward to working with everyone on this transition, the length of which depends on the leaders of the Navajo Nation.  I hope the recent announcement is sincere and not a stunt to renegotiate a new lease, which would further undervalue natural resources and undercuts revenues going to tribal nations. We must seize this opportunity to develop an industry that can carry on for centuries in the renewable energy sector.”

Rep. Wenona Benally, D-Window Rock (District 7)
"With yesterday's announcement on the closure of NGS, we must now focus our attention on ensuring that the transition is done in a responsible manner. The economic security of the communities impacted is paramount, and I look forward to working on creating opportunities for workers to receive significant job and skills training in other sectors, including the renewable energy industry. Additionally, I look forward to having further discussions about the plans for clean-up and restoration."  

Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle (District 7)
"My heart goes out to the working women and men who are directly impacted by this issue. All those who are stakeholders in NGS need to commit publicly now how they plan to ensure our families have every opportunity to transition from these unearned circumstances. By that, I mean leaders created the dire circumstance we have before us. Leaders created this, not our families doing their best to make an honest living. I implore leaders to chart a new path, one that is responsive to traditional knowledge and environmental sustainability, in addition to economics. Anything less is unacceptable."