The Arizona Legislature adjourned the 54th first regular session early Tuesday morning. It was one of the longer sessions in memory and not without healthy debate. But we did accomplish big things for Arizona with bipartisan support:
We stood up for victims of childhood sexual abuse by extending the statute of limitations for them to seek justice from their abusers, we made our roads safer by implementing a statewide ban on texting and driving, we stabilized Arizona’s water future by passing and funding the Drought Contingency Plan and even passed a resolution celebrating the 100th birthday of Grand Canyon National Park.
The Legislature passed a fiscally responsible, balanced budget that made a large investment in public education, appropriated funding for school safety programs including hiring more student counselors, directed dollars towards our Universities, authorized pay raises for public safety and social workers – all while reducing taxes.
One of my major focuses this session were bills enhancing health care for Arizonans. Working with my colleagues – we secured funding to address the doctor shortage, updated electronic medical records, made it easier for patients to access their personal medical records and expanded telemedicine services.
It is an honor to represent you in the Arizona Senate so I wanted to share a few of the highlights from this session. Please contact me if there are any issues I can work on that are important to you.