Monday, February 12, 2018

Sen. Dalessandro chosen as NCEL State Lead for Arizona

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Andrea Dalessandro (LD-2) has been selected as the Arizona State Lead for the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators (NCEL). This position recognizes the leadership of Senator Dalessandro both within the Caucus and for promoting smart and effective environmental policy in Arizona. 
Sen. Dalessandro

"I've been a member of the National Caucus of Environments Legislators since I was first elected to the Arizona Legislature in 2013 because I believe that we must take an active role in protecting and conserving our environment. To not do so will have devastating repercussions for our economy and future generations," said Senator Dalessandro. "I'm honored that my colleagues at NCEL have named me the state lead for Arizona and I look forward to leading our efforts here."

The State Lead program was created to help formalize the membership structure within NCEL. In this position, Senator Dalessandro will serve as the main point of contact in the state, coordinating in-state engagements and educating her colleagues about NCEL as a resource. 

Created by and for state legislators, the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that organizes over 1,000 environmentally-committed state legislators from all 50 states and both parties. NCEL provides venues and opportunities for lawmakers to share ideas and collaborate on environmental issues.

“State leads are a crucial element for a thriving network like NCEL,” said Jeff Mauk, Executive Director of NCEL. “The Caucus is led by legislators, so the Leads provide an active conduit of information and organizing that engage their colleagues across the country." 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Statement on Shooter expulsion

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Leaders of the Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statement on the expulsion of Don Shooter from the House of Representatives:

“We applaud the swift action taken by the House today in expelling Mr. Shooter from office. It's important that the integrity of the Legislature be maintained, but even more important is sending the message that sexual harassment will not be tolerated and anyone who experiences it should feel empowered by today's vote to report. What a shameful and unnecessary day in the history of our state."

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Statement on Representative Shooter investigation

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Leaders of the Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statement on the sexual harassment allegations against Representative Don Shooter:

“We stand in solidarity with all professional women and men who work at the Legislature in expressing our disgust and outrage over Rep. Shooter’s behavior. He should have resigned in disgrace months ago when women bravely came forward to share their experiences with him. But since he refuses to do even that one honorable thing, we will support our House colleagues with however they see fit to punish him.”

Friday, January 26, 2018

Bowie named state Economic Development Champion

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Sean Bowie (LD-18) has been named one of four Economic Development Champions by the Arizona Association for Economic Development for his work during the 2017 legislative session. Senator Bowie was honored for his support of economic development issues, including voting for three different bills that benefited economic development efforts throughout Arizona.
Senator Bowie

"This is an exciting honor for me because economic development is so important to my district and Arizona overall. We live in a state filled with innovative and industrious people who want jobs that capitalize on that energy, which is why I will always support realistic ideas that broaden our economic opportunities," said Senator Bowie. "I'm grateful for this recognition from the Arizona Association for Economic Development and I look forward to continuing our work to make Arizona a great place to work, live and grow."

AAED, founded in 1974, has a mission to serve as Arizona’s unified voice advocating for responsible economic development through an effective program of professional education, public policy and collaboration. For more information, call AAED at (602) 240-AAED (2233), or visit www.aaed.com.

Peshlakai named state director of National Foundation for Women Legislators

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Peshlakai has been selected to serve as state director for the non-partisan National Foundation for Women Legislators (NFWL), the nation's oldest advocacy group for elected women.
Senator Peshlakai

The NFWL was founded in 1938 as the National Order of Women Legislators, subsequently reforming in 2014 as the Foundation for Women Legislators, according to the foundation's director, Jodi Thomas. The NFWL serves to ensure all elected women have access to resources and information, equipping women leaders to build coalitions, identify innovative policy solutions, and promote civil discourse in government. All elected women are automatically granted membership by their elected office.

As state director, Sen. Peshlakai will "serve as a point of contact for elected women in each state, and work to bring more elected women the opportunities and resources that NFWL has to offer," according to the foundation's website.

"I am honored to accept the Foundation's invitation to serve as a state director," said Senator Peshlakai. "As an Indigenous woman leader, I am excited to work with the Foundation to bring strength, diversity, and a unique perspective to the NFWL for the advancement of all women."

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Miranda receives St. Thomas More Society award

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda (LD-27) has been named the 2018 recipient of the St. Thomas More Society Award by the St. Thomas More Society of Phoenix in recognition of her commitment to our community during difficult times. The announcement was made by the Catholic Diocese during the Red Mass at St. Mary’s Basilica in downtown Phoenix on Tuesday.
Senator Miranda

The award is bestowed upon those who exemplify what St. Thomas More represented: standing up for what he believed.

Senator Miranda was presented with the 2018 St. Thomas More Society Award on Wednesday by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of the Catholic Diocese of Phoenix, in the presence of the Archbishop of Milwaukee, Jerome Edward Listecki.

“It is with profound humility that I accept this award. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the St. Thomas More Society and the Diocese of Phoenix for such a high distinction. While awards are a great honor, merely the feeling of helping and making a difference in the lives of others is enough satisfaction for me. I have always considered it a privilege to fight for the rights of the members of our community and intend to continue doing so, in an official or personal capacity,” said Senator Miranda.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Congress must act swiftly to protect Dreamers

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda (LD-27) released the following statement on the U.S. District Court injunction that blocks the Trump Administration's phase out of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).

Senator Miranda
“This decision is a temporary relief from the devastation of the Trump administration's decision to end protection for DACA recipients. In his ruling, U.S. District Judge William Alsup recognized the disastrous impact President Trump's decision makes on our businesses, communities and families," said Senator Miranda.

"The good news is anyone who had qualified for DACA before September 5th of last year can now apply for renewal and I encourage every single one of them to do so immediately. The bad news is that first time applicants are still not allowed to apply for DACA status. Even worse, we still need the Republican-controlled Congress to make permanent the protection of those who were brought to our country as children. They must do so with haste as to mitigate any further damage caused by this hateful move against our Dreamers."