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Community-Based Lawmaking

One of the core functions of government is to keep our communities safe. This year I sponsored and championed HB2133 which increases government transparency and protects our communities.

Today, Governor Ducey will be holding a bill signing ceremony for HB2133 which prescribes specific public notification requirements for the Department of Corrections before they open a new correctional facility.

With the help of amazing neighborhood leaders Ann O’Brien and Julie Read, we passed HB2133 into law. Now, moving forward there is a true statutory process for public notification.

I want to thank everyone who took time out of their busy schedule to advocate for this common sense legislation. As your representative, I will always do what I can to protect our communities and make government agencies more transparent.

Carter asks Arizonans to prioritize health care and education sectors for economic revitalization

Rep. Heather Carter (R-Cave Creek) champions a three-part holistic approach for Arizona: the importance of health care for Arizona’s economy, the need for a strong education system, and the symbiotic relationship between those two sectors.

During a recent panel presented by the Arthritis Foundation, Carter referred to health care as “the economic engine” of Arizona’s future. If the state wants to turn its economy around, she posited, “Health care in Arizona was one of the few Industry sectors that actually sustained, if not increased, during the economic downturn.”

Despite the growth in both health care and population, Arizona still experiences a shortage of physicians, partly due to lack of residencies for medical graduates.

“We train students in Arizona in our state schools … built and paid for by our tax payers then we have to ship them to another state to get their training,” Carter said. “Then they rarely come back. It’s extremely cost ineffective to not be able to train them where they’re educated.”

Carter urges the business community to reach out to legislators regarding medical residency. More doctors in Arizona would benefit consumers and stimulate the state’s economy. When businesses across all sectors consider relocating or expanding, health care and education are top considerations. Strengthening Arizona’s health care sector isn’t just smart business, she noted; it benefits the entire community.

“We want to make this place a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire,” said Carter. “We can do this with the help of health care because it is truly an economic engine. It’s not just about us being able to go to the doctor. It’s about high paying quality jobs that people stay in for long periods of time.”

Bill allowing optometrists to prescribe draws flak

PHOENIX (AP) — Some Arizona lawmakers and physicians are raising a red flag about a bill that would allow optometrists to prescribe some drugs that is set for a vote in the Senate.

Opponents of the bill called it dangerous at a Wednesday press briefing. Republican Rep.Heather Carter of Cave Creek and Sen. Kelli Ward of Lake Havasu City say the bill allowing the non-physicians who examine patients for eye problems and glasses was rammed through the Senate.

Senators approved House Bill 2380 on a 20-7 vote Wednesday. An earlier version failed in a House committee, but its language was added to an unrelated bill in the House by Republican Sen. Nancy Barto.

The bill now returns to the House where Carter was trying to gather enough votes to kill the bill.

Carter and Ward say they believe letting optometrists prescribe certain medications puts patients at risk because they don’t have the training to properly monitor for adverse reactions. Ward is a physician.

Education Committee approves HB2605

KJZZ 91.5
By Dennis Lambert

HB2605, A bill aimed at providing Arizona teachers suicide prevention training was unanimously approved Thursday in the Senate Education Committee. Representative Heather Carter says her bill HB2605 would provide a community involvement approach to the problem.

“While the teachers are not going to be mandated to take this training, I do believe it will help increase a level of awareness, and then specifically within the training, much of the training says you’ve got to reach out to the parent,” Carter said.

HB2605 is being championed by LeAnn Hull, who says her relatively happy, high-achieving so Andy never exhibited any sign he planned to take his own life. Hull says she learned her son was being bullied by a teacher and had been unable to get out of her class. The measure now goes to the Senate Government Committee.

This is why I love serving…

By Karina Bland
The Republic | azcentral.com
Fri Aug 30, 2013 6:54 PM

Jill Hogan snapped Bentley into his chest harness and leash and rubbed the old English springer spaniel’s head.

She walked him slowly down his owner’s sloping driveway, a little way down the street and then back up the driveway, talking the whole way.

“All right, all right. There you go, buddy!”

Bentley is 12 years old, a bit arthritic, blind and hard of hearing.

“Just a little bit farther — you can do it!”

Up and down the driveway, up and down the street.

It is a challenge that Bentley’s pet-sitter understands. Living with a mental illness is like that, too. Up and down, up and down.
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