Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Peshlakai's SB1235 passes Senate, would create official Native American Day

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senator Peshlakai released the following statement after her bill SB1235 passed out of the Senate. SB1235 would establish June 2nd as Native American Day and an official Arizona state unpaid holiday. 

Currently, California, Nevada and South Dakota have declared Native American Day an official state holiday and Tennessee celebrates American Indian Day.
Sen. Peshlakai

"I'm deeply proud that my bill to create an official state Native American Day passed out of the Senate today. Twenty-two tribes are currently recognized in Arizona and tribal reservation land covers over a quarter of the state. An estimated five to six percent of Arizona’s total population is of Native American ancestry making it the second largest Native American population in the U.S.

"Before 1924, Native Americans were not U.S. citizens and we didn't earn the right to vote in Arizona until 1948. With over 390,000 tribal members in Arizona and almost 11,000 veterans, it's long past time we recognize the contributions Native Americans have made to our state's history and the important role we play in its future. Arizona's Native American Day is a good start and I hope my colleagues in the House will approve my bill and send it to the governor."

Arizona State Sen. Jamescita Mae Peshlakai represents Legislative District 7. The culturally diverse district spans the seven counties of Apache, Coconino, Gila, Graham, Mohave, Navajo, and Pinal — including nine tribes and the communities of Fredonia, Page, Winslow, Show Low, St. Johns, Eagar, and Springerville — and is the largest legislative district in the contiguous United States.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Miranda pushes to establish the National Museum for the American Latino in the Smithsonian

Miranda leads National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators in recognizing contributions and achievements of Latino Americans

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – The National Museum for the American Latino is one step closer to being established within the world-renowned Smithsonian Museum in Washington, DC, thanks to the leadership of Arizona State Senator Catherine Miranda (LD-27).    
Senator Miranda

Miranda introduced a resolution for consideration at last weekend’s National Convention of the National Hispanic Caucus of State Legislators (NHCSL) in Chicago, Illinois. The resolution, which passed unanimously, recognizes the numerous contributions to society and culture that Latino Americans have made since prior to the founding of the United States of America. 

“Hispanics are the largest minority in the United States, and have fought for America in every conflict since its inception. Their contributions have been under-recognized in history books, and in National museums such as the Smithsonian,” said Miranda. A report issued by The Smithsonian in 1994 titled Willful Neglect supports Miranda’s statement, confirming that Latinos are tremendously underrepresented throughout its institution.

The resolution re-affirms NHCSL’s support and endorsement of the passage of two related bills, H.R. 2911 and S. 1364, which establish a National Museum for the American Latino within the Smithsonian Institution in the National Mall. These bills were created in 2011 in response to a bipartisan report by a commission created by then President George W. Bush and Congressional leadership to examine the need and viability of a Latino Museum within the Smithsonian.  

According to the bills, the Museum will be “devoted to the documentation and explication of Latino life, art, history and culture.” 

Miranda, who represents the largely Latino 27th Legislative District, was pleased with the resolution’s passing. “This is a small step in the right direction. This resolution was sent to the President and Hispanic leadership in the Senate, and we’re hoping they will work together to recognize these invaluable contributions to our country’s history.”

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

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."