Friday, November 30, 2012

Quezada to serve on three legislative committees in new session


 Quezada to serve on three legislative committees in new session

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIXRep. Martín Quezada, D-Phoenix (District 13), will serve on a total of three committees and as the ranking member of two of those committees during the Arizona House of Representatives’ 51st legislative session.  Quezada will represent the new Legislative District 29, which includes West Phoenix, Glendale and a portion of Litchfield Park.

Quezada will be the ranking member, or the member serving as the Democratic leader, of the Judiciary Committee. This committee handles bills that relate to criminal justice, court procedures and elections.

He also will be the ranking member of the Government Committee. This committee deals with bills that affect the different levels of government jurisdiction. The committee often focuses on issues of government responsibility, accountability and transparency. 

Additionally, he will serve on the Rules Committee. This committee reviews every bill that comes out of the other committees in the House of Representatives. The Rules Committee evaluates the bills for constitutional issues, including federal preemption, as well as proper formatting and grammar.

“This new session brings new opportunities for us,” Quezada said. “I am honored to be able to serve the people of the West Valley for another term. We’ll do everything we can to put a stop to the Republicans’ extremist agenda while we promote issues that will move Arizona forward.”

Quezada is a native of Phoenix and was born and spent his early childhood in Maryvale where he attended St. Vincent de Paul Elementary School. He is also a graduate of Peoria Centennial High School (1995), Glendale Community College (1998), Arizona State University West (2001) and the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University (2008). He spent five years working as a Research Analyst/Policy Advisor to the Democrat Caucus in the Arizona State Senate (2001) and the Arizona State House of Representatives (2002-2005) before being accepted into law school at ASU.  Quezada has been a community activist for several years and serves on numerous boards and commissions in the community including the ASU Los Diablos Latino Alumni Association, the Maryvale Village Planning Committee, the West Phoenix Revitalization Community Advisory Board and the Los Abogados Hispanic Bar Association Board of Directors. He was named as one of the Univision Radio/Arizona  Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Top 40 Hispanic Leaders under Age 40 in 2009.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Governor’s health exchange decision will damage the economy


 Governor’s health exchange decision will damage the economy

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona House Democrats are lambasting Gov. Jan Brewer’s decision to prevent the creation of a state-based health exchange. Instead, the state will participate in a federally-operated exchange.

“The governor has made an irresponsible decision,” House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), said. “The state has already spent millions of dollars developing the infrastructure to support the exchange. The governor is going to throw that all away so she can push an extremist agenda.  We’ve come to expect political grandstanding from her, but this is a whole new level.

“A state-run exchange would be better for consumers – it would allow Arizonans to make more decisions about their own health care.  This exchange is one of the key areas in the Affordable Care Act that provides local people the flexibility to make decisions about what is best for local communities. The governor just signed over a lot of power to the federal government.”

House Minority Whip Anna Tovar, D-Tolleson (District 13), also is concerned about the financial impact the governor’s decision will have on the state.

“The governor is limiting our options and this will damage the economy,” Tovar said. “Even if state-owned insurance companies are permitted to operate under a federally-run exchange, they will be subject to dual regulation in one marketplace. Smaller companies may not have adequate resources to compete and may be driven out of business.”

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Committee assignments for Arizona House Democrats

Committee assignments for Arizona House Democrats

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Below is a list of committee assignments for Arizona House Democrats in the upcoming legislative session.  The list also denotes ranking members, who will serve as the Democratic leader on the committee.


Agriculture and Water 
  • Juan Carlos “J.C.” Escamilla
  • Rosanna Gabaldon
  • Catherine Miranda (Ranking)
Appropriations
  • Lela Alston
  • Chad Campbell (Ranking)
  • Stefanie Mach
  • Andrew Sherwood
Commerce
  • Stefanie Mach
  • Debbie McCune Davis (Ranking)
  • Catherine Miranda
Education
  • Eric Meyer (Ranking)
  • Catherine Miranda
  • Lisa Otondo
Energy, Environment and Natural Resources
  • Albert Hale (Ranking)
  • Jamescita Peshlakai
  • Macario Saldate

Federalism and Fiscal Responsibility
  • Lupe Contreras
  • Jonathan Larkin
  • Bruce Wheeler (Ranking)
Financial Institutions
  • Lela Alston (Ranking)
  • Rosanna Gabaldon
  • Lydia Hernandez
Government
  • Andrea Dalessandro
  • Lydia Hernandez
  • Martin Quezada (Ranking)
Health
  • Sally Gonzales
  • Eric Meyer (Ranking)
  • Victoria Steele
Higher Education and Workforce Development
  • Lela Alston
  • Jonathan Larkin
  • Macario Saldate (Ranking)
Insurance and Retirement
  • Debbie McCune Davis (Ranking)
  • Juan Mendez
  • Victoria Steele
Judiciary:
  • Lupe Contreras
  • Albert Hale
  • Martin Quezada (Ranking)
Public Safety, Military and Regulatory Affairs
  • Mark Cardenas
  • Ruben Gallego (Ranking)
  • Jamescita Peshlakai
Reform and Human Services
  • Andrea Dalessandro
  • Sally Gonzales (Ranking)
  • Juan Mendez
Rules:
  • Albert Hale (Ranking)
  • Martin Quezada
  • Bruce Wheeler
Technology and Infrastructure
  • Lisa Otondo (Ranking)
  • Andrew Sherwood
Transportation
  • Juan Carlos “J.C.” Escamilla
  • Victoria Steele (Ranking)
Ways and Means
  • Mark Cardenas
  • Ruben Gallego (Ranking)
  • Bruce Wheeler


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Hale named ranking member of two committees in new legislative session


 
Hale named ranking member of two committees in new legislative session

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Albert Hale, D-St. Michaels (District 2), will serve on a total of three committees and as ranking member of two committees during the Arizona House of Representatives’ 51st legislative session.  

Hale was named the ranking member of the Energy, Environment and Natural Resources Committee. This is a new committee that combines the work of last session's Environment Committee and Energy and Natural Resources Committee. The committee's jurisdiction includes mining and other natural resources and mineral extraction and processing, state parks and state land policy, gas and electric utility issues and oversight of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality regulations and programs.

He was also named the ranking member of the Rules Committee. The Rules Committee reviews every bill that comes out of the other committees in the House of Representatives. The Rules Committee evaluates the bills for constitutional issues, including federal preemption, as well as proper formatting and grammar.

Additionally, Hale will serve on the Judiciary Committee, which handles bills that relate to criminal justice, court procedures and elections.

“I am looking forward to serving the people of my district and Arizona for another session. Together we will focus on the issues that matter most – creating jobs and improving education,” Hale said.

Rep. Hale is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation. He was born in Ganado and raised in Klagetoh, Arizona. He is Ashiihi (Salt), born for Todichiini (Bitter Water). His maternal grandparents are Hanaghani (Walk About clan). His paternal grandparents are Kiyanii (Tall House clan). He is a 1969 graduate of Fort Wingate High School, a Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding school located east of Gallup, New Mexico. He holds a bachelor of science degree from Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona (1973,) and a juris doctorate degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1977). The Phoenix School of Law awarded Hale an honorary law degree in May 2012.
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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Campbell statement on potential ‘fiscal cliff’


 
Campbell statement on potential ‘fiscal cliff’

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), released the following statement regarding the “fiscal cliff.”

“Congress must set aside the partisan bickering and agree on an overall deficit reduction package. If Congress can’t come to an agreement by the end of the year, everybody will face automatic tax increases – including the 98 percent of Americans who make less than $250,000 a year. Congress has an obligation to find a balanced approach to reducing the national deficit while promoting ways to grow our economy and the middle class. Our best hope for moving forward is consensus between Congressional Republicans and Democrats and the president. In Arizona, House Democrats are focused on improving education, creating jobs and putting a stop to an extremist Tea Party agenda. We are prioritizing people over a political agenda and that is exactly what we need members of Congress to do. That is what will best serve the people of Arizona and our country.”

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Campbell to introduce election reform legislation


 
Campbell to introduce election reform legislation

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), announced that he will introduce legislation to create a bipartisan election reform study committee. Since the Nov. 6 general election, in which voters cast an unprecedented number of provisional ballots and reported statewide irregularities, Campbell has reached out to Arizona leaders to create this committee.

“Arizonans deserve real answers about what happened during this election,” Campbell said. “We need to know what caused the irregularities. We must find ways to protect the voting process and ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

Earlier this month, Campbell contacted Gov. Jan Brewer, Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden (District 1), newly elected Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert (District 22), and newly elected Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor, D-Phoenix (District 16), to urge the formation of the study committee.

“I didn’t get a response from the Republican leadership,” Campbell said. “We can’t put this off; it’s too important. That’s why I am working on legislation that will require a bipartisan investigation of this and past elections. This is about accountability.”

The legislation would create an election reform study committee consisting of:

  • Bipartisan members of the Arizona House of Representatives and Arizona Senate
  • A person appointed by the Secretary of State’s Office
  • The Maricopa County recorder
  • The Pima County director of elections

Among its obligations, the committee would be required to investigate past general and primary elections. It would submit a report to the Legislature by March 1, 2013 that would identify problems and would include proposed corrective legislation.  

“It’s in everyone’s best interest that we work together on this,” Campbell said.

Copies of the draft legislation are available on request. Send requests to cmhebert@azleg.gov.


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Friday, November 09, 2012

Campbell asks for bipartisan investigation of Arizona election process

Campbell asks for bipartisan investigation of Arizona election process


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Today House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), reached out to Republican and Democratic leaders in Arizona to ask that they join him in calling for a bipartisan investigation of the 2012 general election.
Campbell asked for the creation of a bipartisan, legislative study committee to identify the issues that plagued the most recent election. Additionally, Campbell suggested that the committee find solutions to any problems identified during the course of the investigation.

Campbell wrote:

“In light of the hundreds of thousands of ballots that have yet to be counted, the apparent increase in the number of provisional ballots this election year, and the statewide irregularities that have been reported by voters, I am calling on Arizona’s leaders to conduct a bipartisan investigation of the 2012 general election. We must determine the cause of the problems and identify ways to correct them before the next election.

Arizonans are counting on us to ensure that the voting process is protected. I look forward to working with you to establish the election study committee and improving this process.”

Campbell addressed the letter to Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett, Speaker Andy Tobin, R-Paulden (District 1), newly elected Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert (District 22) and newly elected Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor, D-Phoenix (District 16).



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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Arizona House Democrats elect leadership focused on creating jobs and improving education

Arizona House Democrats elect leadership focused on creating jobs and improving education

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives elected leadership today that will continue to prioritize efforts to counter the extremist Republican agenda, while working to create jobs and improve education in Arizona.


Rep. Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 24), will continue to serve as minority leader. Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix (District 27), is the new assistant minority leader and Rep. Bruce Wheeler, D-Tucson (District 10), is now the minority whip.

House Democrats re-elected Campbell to serve as the minority leader. Campbell, a Phoenix native and graduate of Northern Arizona University, has served in the House since 2007. Campbell represents District 24, located in Phoenix and in Scottsdale.

“There is a lot of work to be done this session,” Campbell said. “Arizonans can expect House Democrats to continue to push for more jobs, better educational opportunities and increased government accountability.”

Gallego, who was first elected in 2010, is a Harvard graduate and also served in the Marine Corps. He represents a district comprising Central and South Phoenix, Laveen, Guadalupe and Tempe.

“House Democrats will be Arizona’s watchdog,” Gallego said. “We will ensure the Republicans are accountable to the people of Arizona and we will get our state back on track.”

Wheeler, a former Tucson councilmember, has been a member of the House since 2010.  He said that he will remain committed to protecting women’s access to healthcare and supporting local business development. His district is located in Tucson.

“We need to make sure that the priorities of the people of Arizona are reflected in government,” Wheeler said. “In the upcoming session, we are prepared to fight against any extremism and to promote the issues that are most important to people in Arizona.”

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Friday, November 02, 2012

Campbell urges officials to work together to prevent voter suppression


 

Campbell urges officials to work together to prevent voter suppression

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – House Minority Leader Chad Campbell, D-Phoenix (District 14), sent letters today to election officials, encouraging cooperation in ensuring that all qualified voters have an opportunity to participate in the upcoming election.

The letters, sent to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett and Maricopa County Recorder Helen Purcell, urged officials to make sure every vote counts.

Campbell wrote:

“I know you share my goal of making sure that every registered voter has an unimpeded opportunity to cast a ballot on Election Day, and I urge you to take every action necessary to make sure no one is suppressing the vote.  The right to vote is fundamental to our democracy, and if even one voter is denied the ability to vote, it undermines our entire system of government. 

“I appreciate the steps you have taken thus far to discourage bad actors from attempting to impede the vote, and I look forward to working together to ensure that every voter has the opportunity to cast a ballot that will be counted in the general election.”


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Thursday, November 01, 2012

Enrollment for KidsCare II open for limited time


 
Enrollment for KidsCare II open for limited time

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Enrollment in KidsCare II, Arizona’s temporary Children’s Health Insurance Program, is now open until Dec. 31, 2012.  Rep. Martin Quezada, D-Avondale (District 13), is working to keep Arizona parents informed about the program and eligibility requirements.

“Enrollment for KidsCare II is open again,” Quezada said.  “Parents have until the end of the year to apply for this low-cost, comprehensive health insurance program.  The monthly premiums for coverage range between $10 and $60, making quality health care affordable for many working parents. Parents should apply as soon as possible, as enrollment is limited.”

To be eligible for KidsCare II, a child must be:

  • Be an Arizona resident
  • Be 18 years old or younger
  • Be a citizen of the United States or a qualified immigrant
  •  Have a Social Security number or apply for one
  • Be under the income limit
  • Not currently be covered by other health insurance
  • Not be qualified for coverage through a state agency employee
  • Not be eligible to receive Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (Medicaid) coverage
  •  Be a member of a household that is willing to pay a premium

For more information about the program, including income limits and premiums or to apply, call 1-800-377-3536 or go to http://www.azahcccs.gov/applicants/KidsCareII.aspx.

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