Thursday, May 14, 2009

Senator McCune Davis Awarded by Arizona Community Action Association

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Today, Sen. Debbie McCune Davis (D-14) was honored with the Legislative Leadership Award by the Arizona Community Action Association at the ACAA's annual conference held at the Phoenix Airport Hilton. This award is given to current or former legislators who show a sustained commitment to help eliminate poverty.

“It is an honor to be awarded for my work by the ACAA. Eliminating poverty is long from over and requires a sustained effort from our entire community,” said Sen. Debbie McCune Davis. “It is our duty to put forth that effort so that every individual can lead a fulfilling life without worrying where the food for the day will come or where they will sleep at night.”

Senator McCune Davis told the audience that the fight to eliminate payday lending is not yet over, in spite of strong voter opposition to the industry written initiative that was defeated in November.

“The payday loan industry will be back this session or next, with another piece of legislation that has all the trappings of consumer protection, but protects their ability to continue to do business in Arizona above the established usury rate for consumer loans.”

Sen. McCune Davis was elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and served as the Democratic Whip from 1982-1994. She returned to serve in the House from 2002-2005 and was elected to the Senate in 2006. Sen. McCune Davis currently serves on the Commerce and Economic Development, Finance and Rules committees.

“Arizona Community Action Association unites communities to end poverty through community based initiatives and solutions. The Arizona Community Action Association is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit agency created in 1967 to address poverty across Arizona. Through a collaboration of nearly 300 organizations and individuals, ACAA develops and implements strategies to address and ultimately eliminate poverty.” [Source: ACCA]

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