Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Legislature welcomes Mexican Sen. Romero Hicks

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – At the invitation of Arizona Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard and Representative Anthony Rivero, Phoenix welcomed last week the visit of the Honorable Juan Carlos Romero Hicks, Mexican Federal Senator of the State of Guanajuato.
Sen. Miranda
Senator Romero Hicks, a member of the National Action Party and former Governor of Guanajuato, visited the Arizona House of Representatives during a joint session of both chambers to deliver a message of unity and good will. The Senator spoke about the current state of Mexico-U.S. relations and the desire of the Mexican people to continue the good relationship between Mexico and the U.S.

During his address to the Legislature, Senator Romero Hicks spoke about the mutual problems Mexico and the United States are currently facing and the benefits for our countries of working together towards the achievement of common goals. He expressed the need to stop blaming each other for our problems. "Let's try to solve our problems together," he said. "If we are going to be neighbors forever, why not build together a great North American community."

Arizona State Senator Catherine Miranda, LD27, had the opportunity to talk with Senator Romero Hicks, as well as with his political advisor, Juan Hernandez. She said she is looking forward to working with our two countries to maintain the good relationship between Mexico and Arizona, in view of the existing political climate around our nation. She also expressed her willingness to continue working for a shared prosperity.  

Senator Miranda commended Speaker Mesnard and Representative Rivero for the opportunity to hear Senator Romero Hicks, whose message was very well received by legislators.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Communities, families and environment must remain focus of NGS transition plan

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX –  The legislators from District 7 issued the following statements regarding the announcement from the Navajo Generating Station owners that they will continue operating the plant until 2019, pending the approval of the Navajo Nation:

Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Cameron (District 7)
"NGS opened in 1976 and was expected to operate for 68 years until 2044. The current plan is to close the plant 25 years earlier than expected.  The southwest, the nation and the world have benefitted from the Navajo Generating Station, but the communities surrounding the plant remain underdeveloped, and now the owners are planning an exit.  The reality is we cannot allow what the mining industry did to our tribal nations after the Cold War to be repeated. I am looking forward to working with everyone on this transition, the length of which depends on the leaders of the Navajo Nation.  I hope the recent announcement is sincere and not a stunt to renegotiate a new lease, which would further undervalue natural resources and undercuts revenues going to tribal nations. We must seize this opportunity to develop an industry that can carry on for centuries in the renewable energy sector.”

Rep. Wenona Benally, D-Window Rock (District 7)
"With yesterday's announcement on the closure of NGS, we must now focus our attention on ensuring that the transition is done in a responsible manner. The economic security of the communities impacted is paramount, and I look forward to working on creating opportunities for workers to receive significant job and skills training in other sectors, including the renewable energy industry. Additionally, I look forward to having further discussions about the plans for clean-up and restoration."  

Rep. Eric Descheenie, D-Chinle (District 7)
"My heart goes out to the working women and men who are directly impacted by this issue. All those who are stakeholders in NGS need to commit publicly now how they plan to ensure our families have every opportunity to transition from these unearned circumstances. By that, I mean leaders created the dire circumstance we have before us. Leaders created this, not our families doing their best to make an honest living. I implore leaders to chart a new path, one that is responsive to traditional knowledge and environmental sustainability, in addition to economics. Anything less is unacceptable."

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Senator Hobbs appoints Amy Chan to Clean Elections

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs today announced the appointment of Amy B. Chan to the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

Ms. Chan is an attorney and former elections director for then Secretary of State Ken Bennett.

"Amy Chan and her wealth of election law knowledge will be a valuable addition to the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission," said Senator Hobbs. "Her dedication to defending its mission and its voter-protected ability to enforce election laws are welcome at a time when the Commission finds itself under attack from those who fear transparent elections."

Previously, Ms. Chan served as legal counsel and policy advisor for the majority in the state Senate, administrative law judge for the Arizona Corporation Commission and on staff at the state Departments of Real Estate and Corrections.

Ms. Chan earned her J.D. from Arizona State University and a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Arizona.

Her term on the Citizens Clean Elections Commission expires in January of 2022.