Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Rep. Richard Andrade's HB 2421, which extends absence from employment protection to National Guard Members, passed the Senate on March 28, 2018, and is on it's way to the Governor. To read a summary of the bill click here.





Thursday, March 22, 2018

House Democrats unanimously vote to extend Prop. 301 public education sales tax


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Mar. 22, 2018

Contact: Robbie Sherwood
480-246-7944



PHOENIX, State Capitol – House Democrats unanimously supported a bill approved today to extend the voter-approved Proposition 301 six-tenths of a percent sales tax for public schools before it expires in 2021. Senate Bill 1390 closely mirrors legislation introduced by Democrats for the past three years. The bill cleared the House by a vote of 53 to 6 and was transmitted to the Governor.

But Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios and other members cautioned Gov. Ducey and Republicans not to pat themselves on the back.

"This is not a moment of pride; this simply maintains the status quo, which is last in the nation," said Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27). "This just helps us avoid a complete disaster. We need to be committed to really solving this problem, and we can do it in this session."

Money shifted from debt service to classrooms within the new plan would amount to about $18 a week for teachers in 2021. Extending Prop. 301 simply avoids a devastating loss of more than $550 million in public education funding if the tax expires. The re-allocated money is nowhere near enough to fund the seven-percent raise Arizona teachers would need just to rise to 49th in the nation in elementary teacher pay.

"By passing this bill, we are continuing an important funding source for education, a stable and sustainable funding source," said Rep. Randy Friese, D-Tucson (District 9). "This is a first step but it can't be the only step. We have much, much more work to do. We can do great things for Arizona when we work together."

Democrats credited the thousands of Arizona teachers, education professionals, students and residents who have protested and pressed Gov. Ducey and lawmakers to take action for public education. But SB 1390 adds no new funding to a school system that is still $1 billion short of replacing funding cuts enacted since 2008.

Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma (District 4), added, "Today's vote is not new money. Will it help? Yes. But there's so much more work to be done. It's not a red or a blue issue; we all have to come together to make sure we pay back to our public schools what we owe them."


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Chavez Honored with Keys to The City


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2018
Contact: Robbie Sherwood
480-246-7944


PHOENIX, State Capitol – Rep. Cesar Chavez, D-Phoenix (District 29) was honored with the keys to two cities: Moroleón, Guanajuato, the city in which he was born and Yuriria, Guanajuato, where he resided until he immigrated to the U.S. at the age of three.
 
Rep. Chavez was awarded by Mayors Jorge Ortiz and Luis Gerardo Gaviña.

“It is my utmost honor to be recognized by two cities which I hold very close to my heart," said Chavez. "Moroleón and Yuriria are a haven for humility and a reminder that my commitment to the 12 million undocumented residents in the US stands in place until we are able to provide them with a Comprehensive Immigration Reform. Thank you to the Mayors, Jorge Ortiz and Luis Gerardo Gaviña for this recognition."




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National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators appoints Chavez, Espinoza and Navarrete to leadership positions



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2018
Contact: Jacqueline Sandoval
602-926-5848


 PHOENIX, State Capitol – The National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators recently appointed three Democratic members of the Arizona House of Representatives to leadership roles. The Caucus is a membership organization that advocates for policy changes that address the issues facing Hispanic communities.
Rep. César Chávez, D-Phoenix (District 29), has been appointed to serve as the vice chair of the Immigration, Human and Civil Rights Taskforce with the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators.

The taskforce is charged with keeping the organization up-to-date on trends and events related to immigration and human and civil rights. Taskforce members are also responsible for drafting resolutions intended to influence congressional actions.

Rep. Diego Espinoza, D-Tolleson (District 19), was appointed to serve on the executive committee.
 
" I look forward to gaining valuable experience working with such great leaders that represent Latinos from across our country. Senator Carmelo Rios, newly elected President, has selected several members of our Latino Caucus; Arizona will Be well represented," Espinoza said.

Rep. Tony Navarrete, D-Phoenix (District 30), was appointed to serve as the Chair for the Latino Voting & Elections task force. 

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.

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

The bipartisan Arizona Latino Legislative Caucus has 17 members from both the state House and Senate. Members hold strategic leadership positions and promote legislation and policies that directly affect Latinos in Arizona. The caucus also encourages Latinos to engage in the political process through public policy and community events.

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Senate Government Committee passed House Bill 2419

Rep.Richard Andrade's House Bill 2419, which authorizes a monument to Buffalo Soldiers in Wesley Boling Plaza, passed the Senate Government Committee on March 21,2018. To read a summary of the bill click here.


Senate Government Committee passed HCM 2007 & HCM 2008

Rep. Richard Andrade's HCM 2007 and HCM 2008, passed the Senate Government Committee on March 22, 2018. To read a summary of HCM 2007 click here. To read a summary of HCM 2008 click here.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Senate Transportation and Technology Committee passed HB 2575

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

The House passed HCM 20030

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



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Mar. 6, 2018
Contact: Robbie Sherwood
480-246-7944



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.