Friday, July 28, 2017

STATEMENT: Gabaldón applauds quick response to International Outfall Interceptor breach near Nogales

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 28, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval 
602-926-5848
jsandoval@azleg.gov 

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Rosanna Gabaldón, D-Sahuarita (District 2), released the following statement regarding Gov.  Doug Ducey's declaration of a state of emergency in Santa Cruz County in response to a breach in the International Outfall Interceptor, a sewer line that conveys millions of gallons of raw sewage and industrial waste each day from Nogales, Sonora and Nogales, Arizona to the Nogales International Wastewater Treatment Plant in Rio Rico, Arizona:

"I am pleased that Governor Ducey acted in a decisive and timely manner to assist the citizens of Santa Cruz County and the City of Nogales in responding to the breach of the International Outfall Interceptor.  The resulting contamination of the Nogales Wash and the Santa Cruz River poses a serious risk to public health and safety.  I am encouraged by the cooperation of federal, state and local agencies that are addressing the ongoing crisis.


"This breach is another indication that a more permanent solution is needed to improve this aging infrastructure.  The current efforts underway to temporarily repair the International Outfall Interceptor will only offer short-term protection for the residents of the City of Nogales and Santa Cruz County.  Without a long-term agreement on the source of funding for rehabilitation and maintenance, those who live near the wash who endured this crisis before will more than likely endure it again."


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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Rep. Bolding discusses update to AZ's driver's manual on HLN


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

STATEMENT: Cardenas calls on Department of Veterans Affairs to renew grant for homeless shelter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 25, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
602-926-5848
jsandoval@azleg.gov


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Mark Cardenas, D-Phoenix (District 19), released the following statement regarding the Department of Veterans Affairs' decision not to renew a grant application by Central Arizona Shelter Services, Inc.:

"I am deeply disheartened by the VA's decision. CASS depends heavily on this grant for funding, and it would be simply unconscionable to end support for such an important organization and to turn veterans back out onto the street.


"As a veteran, I know what organizations like CASS mean to returning soldiers. I won't sit by as a program that helps vets get back on their feet and overcome the many challenges they face just shuts down. These individuals served their country and they deserve better. It is paramount that this facility remains open and, to ensure that, the VA must revisit its grant renewal decision. I hope the VA and others who hear about this situation will do what they can to help."




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PRESS RELEASE: National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators appoints Navarrete to leadership position

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 24, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
602-926-5848
jsandoval@azleg.gov

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Rep. Tony Navarrete, D-Phoenix (District 30), was recently appointed to the Executive Committee of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators, an organization that supports Hispanic state legislators and advocates for policies that benefit Hispanic communities. 

"I am humbled and honored to join the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators Executive Committee," Navarrete said. "This organization has represented and supported Hispanic communities for decades and I look forward to representing Arizona while I contribute to that mission."



The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators was established in 1989. Its membership includes more than 300 elected Hispanic state legislators from across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Executive committee members provide insight and advice to the NHCSL president and vice president on current issues affecting the Hispanic community.


For more information, go to www.nhcsl.org.





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Monday, July 24, 2017

Save Our Schools


There is a real crisis in our classrooms. Many legislative Republicans argue that empowerment scholarship accounts, Arizona's school vouchers, are the best solution to that crisis. But here are a few facts one state senator left out of her recent letter to the editor defending vouchers. Of the $9,500 per student that Arizona public schools receive, less than half comes from the state. The fact is that the Republican-led Legislature is still neglecting public school funding; suggesting otherwise is misleading at best. Arizona is still ranked 48th in the nation for per-pupil funding, and that ranking includes federal money. The vouchers that Republicans are pushing divert money away from our already-starved public schools, and our kids deserve more.

At the same time, we have seen reports that voucher dollars are not being used to help kids in need. Instead, affluent families are using vouchers to send their kids to private schools. That’s not what the program was supposed to do, and Arizonans received more evidence this year that voucher oversight is dreadful. The fact is that vouchers undermine our public schools—the ones that most of our kids attend. Instead of expanding voucher programs, the Legislature should be investing in our public schools and their teachers and students. In fact, members of the Legislature have a constitutional and moral responsibility to support the public education system that serves a vast majority of Arizona’s students. Yet, instead of fulfilling this responsibility, legislative Republicans have turned their backs on it.



And since Republican lawmakers continue to push for ESA expansion without true oversight, parents are now working together to try to stop the expansion of this seriously flawed program that helps private schools at the expense of public schools and all public-school students. This legislative session, thousands of Arizonans voiced their support for public education. Please click here to find ways to add your voice in the fight for public education at the Legislature.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

STATEMENT: Bolding's language for traffic stops is published in Arizona Driver's License Manual

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
jsandoval@azleg.gov
602-926-5848


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen (District 27), released the following statement regarding the recently updated Arizona Driver's License Manual, which now provides guidance on how motorist should handle law enforcement stops:

"After months of work with community stakeholders, the Arizona Department of Transportation and the Arizona Department of Public Safety, I am pleased to see traffic stop safety language included in the new Driver's License Manual. Protecting the safety of everyone in our community, members of the public and law enforcement, has always been one of my top priorities. The new traffic stop safety addition to the manual gives Arizonans an educational resource and consistent language of what to expect during traffic stops. This is one of many tools designed to promote safety and fairness.

"Arizona is now among the first states in the country to adopt driver's license policy language focusing on bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement agencies involving traffic stops. While I know there is no one catch all solution, my hope is that this is a start to more work that needs to be done."


The new text is contained in section 7 of the manual, on pages 56-57, which can be found here: www.azdot.gov/manual.



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STATEMENT: Chavez praises bipartisan reintroduction of bill to help 'Dreamers'

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 20, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
602-926-5848
jsandoval@azleg.gov


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Rep. Cesar Chavez, D-Phoenix (District 29), released this statement regarding the reintroduction of the DREAM Act by Senators Dick Durbin and Lindsey Graham:

"Today, we saw true bipartisanship when Senators Durbin and Graham reintroduced the DREAM Act. This action will give young immigrants a chance to come out of the shadows and be recognized for their contributions to the only country they’ve ever called home. These young people did not make the decision to come to this country, and it is not the American way to punish children for their parents’ actions.  I commend Senators Graham and Durbin for their courage and leadership.

“The DREAM Act would give these immigrant students the chance to earn citizenship. I’m hopeful that today’s announcement will encourage Congress to meet its responsibility to pass the DREAM Act, and recognize that our country continues to be a nation of immigrants."


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

PRESS RELEASE: Chavez invited to attend Health and Wellness Summit to discuss cross border healthcare issues

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 19, 2017
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
602-926-5848


STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Dr. Aron Ureña, on behalf of the Secretary of Tourism for Baja California, Mexico, invited Rep. Cesar Chavez, D-Phoenix (District 29), to participate in its upcoming summit on medical tourism, Baja’s Health and Wellness Forum.

On July 27 and 28, the key figures in the region's health and wellness tourism industry will take part in the Forum. Attendees will be able to view more than 80 exhibition stands and engage in several workshops and conferences.

“I am thrilled to have the opportunity to participate in this summit,” Chavez said. “With the inaccessibility of health care in the United States, many of our citizens are looking for more viable options. This is a great opportunity to find ways to make healthcare affordable and, most importantly, find medical providers that can deliver safe environments for Arizonans.”

Each year, more than 2.4 million patients seek medical care in Baja California. To learn more about Mexico’s premier medical tourism summit please click here.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Indigenous Peoples Caucus urges McCain and Flake to oppose BCRA

Today, members of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus joined 22 Indian Tribes of Arizona in submitting a letter urging Senator John McCain and Senator Jeff Flake to vote against the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The BCRA discussion draft proposes to make $772 billion in cuts to Medicaid over the next decade. These deep cuts would have a disastrous effect on health care for American Indians across Arizona and could lead to the possible closure of several Indian Health Service, tribal, and urban Indian health facilities and programs.


Monday, July 10, 2017

We have to stay on target…

The U.S. Senate is back in session this week after some Republican members tried to stay out of the public eye when they went home for the Fourth of July.  That is probably because news of the problems with their proposed #BCRA continued to spread. Just this past weekend, Arizona's Sen. John McCain stated the repeal and replace bill was “probably going to be dead.” We need you to keep the pressure on him to let him know Arizonans don't support #BCRA.

Arizona's own Sen. Flake didn’t seem to want to meet with a group who went to his office to urge him to oppose the health care bill last week. In fact, several people were cited for trespassing in his office.  Maybe  he didn't want to chat because he heard that an Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System report showed that if #BCRA moves forward, by 2026 our state stands to lose:
  • AHCCCS health care coverage for 400,000 people
  • $2.9 billion in federal funds for nearly 2 million AHCCCS recipients
  • $2.2 billion due to a per capita cap
  • $$2 billion from a hospital assessment that ends in 2020
And these costs don't address the quality of life and health-related losses Arizonans will suffer.

A new poll shows that only 12 percent of Americans support #BCRA. That should be a clear sign that Republicans should stop their attempt to hinder access to health care. Instead, some are threatening to repeal the current health care law without an immediate replacement. You must stay on target and keep the pressure on our senators. Keep calling, emailing and tweeting Senators Flake and McCain. Tell them we need them to #ProtectOurCare!