Monday, November 28, 2016

Democratic Caucus announces committee members

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs (LD24) today announced committee assignments for Democratic members during the 53rd Legislature.

(*) Denotes ranking member

Committee on Appropriations
Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford*
Sen. Steve Farley
Sen. Katie Hobbs
Sen. Martin Quezada

Committee on Commerce & Public Safety
Sen. Sean Bowie
Sen. Robert Meza*
Sen. Catherine Miranda

Committee on Education
Sen. David Bradley
Sen. Catherine Miranda*

Committee on Finance
Sen. Sean Bowie
Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford
Sen. Steve Farley*

Committee on Government
Sen. Lupe Contreras*
Sen. Juan Mendez
Sen. Robert Meza

Committee on Health & Human Services
Sen. David Bradley*
Sen. Katie Hobbs

Committee on Judiciary
Sen. Lupe Contreras
Sen. Andrea Dalessandro
Sen. Martin Quezada*

Committee on Natural Resources, Energy & Water
Sen. Andrea Dalessandro*
Sen. Lisa Otondo
Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai

Committee on Rules
Sen. Olivia Cajero Bedford
Sen. Katie Hobbs*
Sen. Martin Quezada

Committee on Transportation & Technology
Sen. Juan Mendez
Sen. Lisa Otondo*
Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai

Friday, September 16, 2016

Courts reject SB1070 and Arizona should, too

Sen. Hobbs
STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX The Senate Democratic Caucus leadership released the following joint statement on the Valle del Sol et al. v. Whiting et al. lawsuit agreement against SB1070:

“This lawsuit permanently blocks the cruel and unconstitutional provisions of SB1070 that criminalized free speech and everyday activities like driving a family member to the store.

“While most of SB1070, the law that brought Arizona international disgrace, has been struck down by our courts, the shell of it is still on the books and is vigorously defended by legislative Republicans. Every session since its signing six years ago members of our caucus have introduced bills to repeal this hateful and racist law. And every session those bills have been denied a hearing by Republicans.
Sen. Farley

“Under this agreement the Arizona Attorney General agreed to issue an opinion dictating that law enforcement officers cannot base suspicion of unlawful presence based on race or ethnicity, cannot stop anyone solely to investigate their legal status and cannot hold a person to investigate their legal status any longer than is needed to address the violation for which the person was detained.

Sen. Contreras
“We trust that Arizona’s dedicated and hard working law enforcement officers will follow the AG’s directive. But to elected heads of law enforcement agencies who prefer grandstanding and self-promotion over following the law: know that we and our communities will keep a close watch and will not hesitate to once again use the full power of the courts.

“The courts have effectively rejected SB1070 and the people of Arizona reject the politics of hate, division and fear its supporters champion. Let’s stop wasting valuable taxpayer dollars defending this racist law and continue Arizona’s recovery from the damage it wrought on our reputation by finally repealing SB1070 in its entirety in January, bringing closure to one of the ugliest chapters of Arizona's history.”
Sen. Quezada

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Statement on the passing of Governor Mofford

Sen. McGuire
"Arizona's mining country lost one of its native daughters today with the passing of Governor Mofford," said Senator McGuire.

"Her wit, humility and energy were well known throughout the district where she grew up and whenever you saw her, whether at an event or around town, you knew you were in for a treat.

"I was privileged to get to know Governor Mofford over the years, to learn from her political advice and to call her my friend.

"Her tenacity and grace exemplified the spirit of Arizona. She was a special person and a rare leader who will be deeply missed."

Statement on the passing of Governor Mofford

Sen. Hobbs
“Governor Mofford has always been an inspiration to me, both politically and personally,” said Senator Hobbs. “I first met Governor Mofford at Arizona Girls' State, when I was a high school junior and she was secretary of state, and I remember how gracious she was to everyone. She gave us all small mirrors and talked to us about loving ourselves the way we are, which, coming from our state's first female secretary of state, was very powerful to a group of teenage girls.

“With her unique blend of Arizona toughness and genuine kindness Governor Mofford not only broke historic barriers, she also healed our state after years of controversy. She was a leader who truly put the good of the people first.

“I mourn with all Arizonans the loss of a true Arizona legend.”

Friday, July 8, 2016

$54M grant will improve safety, efficiency on I-10 corridor

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Barbara McGuire (LD-8) released the following statement on the awarding of a $54 million federal FASTLANE grant to widen and improve I-10 between Tucson and Phoenix:
Sen. McGuire

"The I-10 corridor is critical to the people of LD8 and to our economy. As a member of the Senate Transportation Committee, I know that this grant will improve our ability to safely and efficiently travel throughout Central Arizona and between Tucson and Phoenix," said Sen. McGuire.

"In this year's budget we included $30 million for these improvements, contingent on receiving this FASTLANE grant. Now, thanks to Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick's strong leadership on behalf of our district, a combined $84 million will ensure the I-10 corridor will be ready to handle future growth in LD8."

Historic grant will benefit the long-term health of Arizonans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Barbara McGuire (LD-8) released the following statement on the awarding of a $43.3 million peer-reviewed National Institutes of Health grant to the University of Arizona Health Sciences and Banner Health to participate in the Precision Medicine Initiative® Cohort Program:

Sen. McGuire
"The health of Arizonans is vital, especially in rural areas where medical care can be hours away, which is why I championed UA/Banner's application for this NIH grant and am thrilled they received what is the largest NIH peer-reviewed grant in state history," said Sen. McGuire.

"The addition of Arizona to this critical research will also allow the inclusion of our Native American and Hispanic communities in order to provide a more diverse view of disease treatment and prevention. I am proud that the University of Arizona's world-class bioscience research is has been recognized and rewarded with this far-reaching grant."

Thursday, June 23, 2016

DACA/DAPA families deserve Congressional action on immigration reform

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Catherine Miranda released the following statement on the split decision by the U.S. Supreme Court on United States vs. Texas:

Sen. Miranda
"I am deeply disappointed with today’s U.S. Supreme Court 4-4 split decision on the United States vs. Texas case regarding DAPA and the expansion of DACA. The hopes and dreams of countless immigrant families hung on this decision. Their future is now unclear," said Senator Miranda.

"As disheartening as this is, we must stand united against the divisive rhetoric and policies that sprout from many across the aisle. It is imperative that Congress finally act and pass a comprehensive immigration reform. Its lack of action on nearly anything, particularly on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, had a direct effect on this decision. Its continued lack of action in favor of partisan obstructionism will only keep damaging the fiber of American families they are sworn to protect.

"Through unity and determination we must continue to utilize all available resources in order to create change. We will continue to push. The fight will go on."