Saturday, December 19, 2009

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia on Passage of Budget Cuts

“Today, the Legislature passed and will send to the Governor a bill that will cut $200 million from the state’s budget. I could not in good conscience vote for this bill because it does not reflect the priorities of our citizens.

“The Republican Legislature has continued to protect their Republicans friends, such as the State Treasurer and Secretary of State, as they have not taken any budget cuts. Instead, they chose to dramatically cut the Attorney General's office, which protects Arizonans against financial fraud and border crime and programs like child abuse prevention and high risk perinatal programs. In addition, this bill ensures that half of the states parks will close.

“As we get ready for the Regular Session January 11, I continue to hope that both parties can sit down to address this fiscal crisis with a bipartisan spirit because this situation is only going to get worse before it gets any better. With federal funds for education rapidly running thin, we must be creative and comprehensive in planning for the state’s future as to not erect great barriers in educational opportunities for generations to come.”

Friday, December 18, 2009

Fifth Special Session First Day Wrap Up

Last night, Republicans in the State Senate voted to cut another $200 million from the state budget. This includes a 7.5% cut to some state agencies and up to a 5% pay cut for state employees. To date over 1,600 state employees have been laid off and over 27,000 have been furloughed. Thousands more were laid off because of state-related contracts. We do not yet know the complete effect of this bill or how many more will be laid off as a result of this bill.

Sen. Rebecca Rios offered an amendment to restore the cuts to the Attorney General's office to help the state continue to protect Arizonans against financial fraud and border crime. While the Attorney General's office has been cut tremendously, other Republican elected officials such as the State Treasurer and Secretary of State have not taken cuts. All Democrats voted vote it and all Republicans voted against it.

Sen. Rios also offered an amendment which would restore child abuse prevention funds. The number of child abuse cases is increasing in part due to increased pressure from the recession. We are already aware that the Department of Economic Services is unable to investigate all complaints it receives regarding child abuse. Again, all Democrats voted for it and all Republicans voted against it.

In the end, Democrats all voted against the bill.

"Bipartisan cuts are ones where all parties are at the table. We are not voting for this bill because we did not have a say in it," said Sen. Rebecca Rios, Assistant Democratic Leader.

The legislature is currently in its Fifth Special Session called by Governor Brewer. The original call included three issues, including a sales tax referral and a referral to raid voter protected funds. The Republicans claim a mix-up in election date prevented the referral from going forward for the March ballot.

Thursday afternoon, Sen. Ken Cheuvront called attention to the "mix-up" during a press conference. He stated that a lack of communication between the Republican Governor, Republican Secretary of State and Republican Legislative Leadership caused the legislature to return to this special session without a concrete plan, which has been a waste of taxpayer dollars. For the vast majority of the last 44 years, Republicans have controlled the legislature despite the desire to blame Democrats for the state’s economic woes.

The House of Representatives is meeting today to consider the bill and the Senate will return to the floor tomorrow at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Senator Amanda Aguirre to Lead Assembly on Rural Health Policy Dec. 12

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Senator Amanda Aguirre will join health care professionals, elected officials and state leaders to discuss Rural Health Policy on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2009, at Mohave Community College’s Lake Havasu City Campus.

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2009
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Location: Mohave Community College, Lake Havasu City Campus, Room 600
1977 Acoma Blvd. West, Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Community residents and agencies are invited to speak about health care challenges. The main topics of discussion will include: workforce, health care infrastructure, access to care and disease prevention.

“Our goal is to assemble community residents, policymakers, health care providers, administrators and academic specialists from Yuma, La Paz and Mohave counties to engage in a dialog that highlights crucial health care challenges, explores programmatic interventions and develops policy recommendations to support change,” said Aguirre.

The event is sponsored by three rural health organizations:
· The University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, Rural Health Office
· The Regional Center for Border Health
· Arizona Rural Health Association

Panelists are:
· Michael Kearns, President, Lake Havasu City Community College
· Patty Meade, Director of the Mohave County Health Department
· Brad Tritle, Executive Director of the Arizona Health-e Connection

Monday, November 30, 2009

Legislative Advocacy Forums

We invite the public to the following legislative advocacy forums to hear about the budget, legislative process and how citizens can become involved in the process.

When: Dec. 7, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Eckstrom Columbus Library, 4350 E. 22nd St., Tucson

When: Dec. 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Arizona Western College, Community Center Conference Room, 2020 S. Avenue 8E, Yuma

Sierra Vista
When: Dec. 9, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Cochise College, Sierra Vista Campus, Horace Steele Conference Room, 901 N. Colombo Ave., Sierra Vista

Casa Grande
When: Jan. 5, 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Villago Middle School, 574 E. Lakeside Parkway, Casa Grande

When: Jan. 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: TBA

District 26 (Tucson, Marana, Oro Valley, Saddlebrook)
When: Jan. 28, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Cross Middle School, 1000 W. Chapala Drive, Tucson

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

How Not to Celebrate Thanksgiving

“We know that very difficult budget cuts are necessary, yet we still contend that they need to be attached to a comprehensive budget plan that addresses revenue for the state’s future,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia. “Given the incredible amount of pain these cuts cause to children and families, we are appalled to hear how gleeful the Governor was in announcing them.”

Monday, Governor Brewer said, “Since I’ve become Governor, we’ve cut over $1 billion out of the state budget. So, we are going to have a great Thanksgiving.” Brewer goes on to say, “It’s a good day. It’s a good beginning to righting the ship here in Arizona.”

“We go into this Thanksgiving holiday with complete awareness of the seriousness of our state’s situation,” said Garcia. “Everyday, we hear stories of the tens of thousands of people who need assistance from the state because of the financial downturn. Cutting off services to the poor, developmentally disabled and children is not the way to celebrate Thanksgiving.”

Monday, November 23, 2009

Statement from Senate Democrats

Today, Senate Republicans voted to pass $300 million in cuts to education and social services and are now rushing to sign the cuts into law as the ink is still drying on the final copies of the bills.

Just a few months ago, Gov. Brewer vowed not to decimate education or services to the state’s most vulnerable. Yet, less than one hour after the end of the Fourth Special Session, Gov. Brewer will break that promise and continue to cement Arizona’s place as the worst state in the country for education funding and children’s services.

Resolving this financial crisis on the backs of children and the poor is not the way to solve our problems. The Republicans continue to refuse to put partisanship aside and work toward a solution that is best for the state. We need to work together to find a comprehensive solution that helps all of Arizona. For over a year now, Democrats have offered a number of complete budgets and revenue options that will solve our fiscal crisis. Yet those solutions continue to fall on deaf, ideologically driven ears.

SB 1001 and SB 1002 passed with only Republican votes and were signed by Gov. Brewer tonight. The bills cut $144 million from K-12 education for textbooks and classroom materials. The bills also cut $155 million from the Department of Economic Services, including services to developmentally disabled children and adults.

We continue to invite our Republican colleagues to negotiate with us a budget solution that benefits all Arizonans.


Saturday, November 21, 2009

Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor Calls Attention to Foster Care Cuts

On Monday, the Arizona Legislature will likely be voting on a $144 million cut to the Department of Economic Services. Already, the department's general fund budget has been cut a total of 31 percent cut over the past 16 months.

Yesterday, Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor held a press conference at the State Capitol alongside several community leaders, including several adults who themselves aged out of the foster care system.

Among the cuts being considered are 1) A 20% reduction for foster families and elimination of monthly allowances for children in the custody of the State and 2) A 10% reduction of stipends to kids aging out of foster care from $795 per month in 2008 to $715 per month in 2009 & 2010.

Sen. Landrum Taylor and Pastor Gary Webb called attention to a new Suitcase Initiative launched for young adults aging out of the system. The suitcases will have information on who to contact in need of emergency, bus tickets, coupons and other information for students to live on their own.

Simultaneously, approximately 100 members of the Foster Care Alumni of America gathered on the House Lawn to have a Thanksgiving lunch. The group cited that only three percent of foster care children graduate from college. Sen. Landrum Taylor stated that we need to do more to help increase that number.

Coverage from yesterday's press conference:

Bill would slash stipend for foster children aging out. 3 TV Coverage:

Proposed cuts to state's foster care program. 12 News Coverage of Sen. Landrum Taylor's Press Conference Friday:

(Photo: Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez/ Arizona Senate)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor to Hold Press Conference on Foster Care

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor will hold a press conference regarding reductions to foster care programs resulting from cuts to the Department of Economic Services.

Date: November 20, 2009
Time: 10 a.m.
Location: Senate Lawn, Arizona State Capitol, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz.

Statement from Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia and Senator Albert Hale

Once again Governor Brewer and Republican leadership have called the Legislature into a special session to pass a Republican-only budget plan. Republicans continue to refuse to put partisanship aside and negotiate with Democrats, and now they are scrambling at the eleventh hour to find votes for a plan that apparently not even their own members can stomach. If Democrats are to be locked out of budget agreement, then the least Republican leadership could do is guarantee votes from their own members.

We cannot vote for a budget that is highly dependent on cuts and does not take the state’s future into account by creating a comprehensive budget plan. By cutting $144 million from our schools, this plan makes it harder for educators to perform their job by taking money out of the classroom. The $148 million in cuts to the Department of Economic Services amount to a 31 percent reduction from the original 2009 appropriation.

We continue to be willing to work with the Republicans to find a solution to this fiscal crisis. In fact, this plan would be on the governor’s desk right now if Republicans had agreed to provide some relief to school districts on our Native American lands and restore crucial protections for teachers. These simple issues would have zero cost to the state and would have gone very far as a show of good faith to students and teachers statewide. But Republicans would apparently rather do nothing than agree to a single Democratic priority.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Bill Summaries

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee posted summaries of the bills to be heard tomorrow. The summaries can be found on JLBC's website.

The list of cuts proposed by Legislative Republicans is also on the JLBC website.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Special Session

We just received word that there will be a three-day special session starting tomorrow at 3 p.m.

In Case You Missed It: Sen. Garcia's Comments in Saturday's AZ Republic

We should lessen dependence on sales tax
Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia - Nov. 14, 2009 12:00 AM
Special for the Republic

For more than a year, Democrats have been calling for tax reform to address the state budget.

We provided a number of complete alternative budgets that would have helped to pull Arizona out of this fiscal crisis while lessening the state's reliance on an unreliable sales tax.

I am thankful to Senate President Bob Burns for taking the courageous leap to support a tax referral to the voters that will help to transition Arizona during this financial downturn and provide a semblance of stability for the immediate future ("Conservative calls for sales-tax hike," My Turn, Nov. 3).

I disagree, however, with President Burns' assertion that Arizona's financial difficulties are the result of overspending - overspending that occurred while Republicans controlled both the House and Senate.

But was it overspending? The previous administration gained a $1.1 billion increase for essential services such as Child Protective Services, prisons, highway-patrol officers, university funding and all-day kindergarten. In return, the Republicans walked away with $800 million in permanent tax cuts that, from an accounting standpoint, amount to additional spending.

Nevertheless, here we are. The state budget is in crisis and the Legislature needs to make many difficult decisions. We need to reduce spending and increase revenue.

The easiest way to increase revenue is also the most difficult for Republicans. And while it is the Legislature's constitutional duty to raise taxes when the circumstances require it, my Republican colleagues do not have the political fortitude to do so. So we punt that political football to the voters and ask them to approve a sales-tax increase.

But we should not ask voters to increase the taxes they pay and then turn around and cut taxes for big business.

Democrats have continuously maintained that we do not support a tax increase on voters that, rather than going to enhance education, will be used to pay for tax cuts.

Gov. Jan Brewer, who has advocated for the tax increase, has flip-flopped a number of times on when she would support decreasing business taxes. She has said she would not support tax cuts for the long term without a comprehensive approach but is reportedly looking at cutting both business property taxes and the capital-gains tax.

One thing seems clear: Gov. Brewer supports raising taxes on Arizonans who are financially struggling in a downturn, but she still wants to cut taxes for businesses.

In the short term, Senate Democrats remain supportive of allowing the voters to decide whether to raise sales taxes that will be used to offset massive cuts to education and services for the poor.

In the long term, however, the Legislature must find the courage to comprehensively review our tax structure and lessen our dependence on our unreliable sales tax.

Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia is the Democratic leader in the Arizona Senate. He can be reached by phone at 602-926-4171 and e-mail at

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Sen. Amanda Aguirre Recognized by Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – State Senator Amanda Aguirre (D-24) will be acknowledged by the Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts with a “2009 Arts Hero” Award.

A release by the organization states that this special recognition is presented to members of the Arizona State Legislature who played a key role in supporting the arts and arts education issues during the most recent legislative session.

“Arts are arts education are great contributors to the local economy for both the quality of life and for our economy. Dollars spent in our communities help maintain local jobs, which is especially critical given high levels of unemployment,” said Sen. Amanda Aguirre. “I am honored to be acknowledged by the Arizona Action for the Arts for my support of the arts for a second year.”

Incorporated in 2005, Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts is a non-profit statewide arts advocacy membership organization which promotes public dialogue, public policy and legislation favorable to the arts, ensures and increases state funding for the arts, and serves as a resource for expanding other public arts funding sources.

More information on the Arizona Citizens Action for the Arts can be found on their website:

Thursday, October 29, 2009

State lawmakers to hold town hall in Tempe

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Sen. Meg Burton Cahill, D-Tempe, Rep. David Schapira, D-Tempe, and Rep. Ed Ableser, D-Tempe invite the public to attend a town hall meeting Nov. 12 in Tempe.

Lawmakers will discuss issues, answer questions and hear residents’ concerns. Constituents are encouraged to attend and share their thoughts.

District 17 Town Hall
When: Thursday, Nov. 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Where: Pyle Adult Recreation Center, 655 E. Southern Ave., Tempe

Media Contacts:
Senate Members: Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez
(602) 926-4477

House Members: Sarah Muench
(602) 926-5848

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Senator Amanda Aguirre Awarded by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

Senator Amanda Aguirre
Legislative District 24

Senator Amanda Aguirre Awarded by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Senator Amanda Aguirre was recently voted to receive a 2009 Legislative Appreciation Award by the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. The award will be presented by the Association during its Annual Leadership Conference on October 22, 2009 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

"I am honored to receive this award from the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. I would like to give special thanks to Laurie Lange Liles and Elizabeth Baskett for their work with the Senate,” said Sen. Amanda Aguirre. Their legislative footwork with the Association makes my job easier on issues such as hospital financing throughout the various communities in the state."

According to the Association’s website, “AzHHA's membership includes health systems, hospitals and affiliated healthcare organizations that have united with the goal of improving healthcare delivery in Arizona.”

“During the 2009 legislative session, Senator Aguirre fought to preserve access to high quality healthcare in Arizona,” said John Rivers, President and CEO of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association. “The hospital community is grateful to her and is pleased to count Senator Aguirre among the Legislature’s healthcare champions.”

Yuma Regional Medical Center is the largest hospital in legislative district 24, which encompasses Yuma and parts of La Paz counties. According to the YRMC’s website, it employs about 2,250 people, which include more than 250 physicians.

Gregory Beckman, President and CEO of the YRMC, and Pat Walz, Chief Financial Officer of the YRMC both submitted the following statement regarding Sen. Aguirre’s award.

“Senator Amanda Aguirre does a great job representing the Health Care interests of the citizen’s in Yuma County. From her support of ambulatory care through her clinics to her support of all levels of education to provide for health care providers she is a model leader in our community.”

Pat Walz, Chief Financial Officer at the YRMC, will be accepting the award in Scottsdale on Sen. Aguirre’s behalf. Sen. Aguirre was previously chosen by the Senate President to attend a seminar entitled “Using Limited Health Dollars Wisely:What States Can Do to Create the Health System They Want” on behalf of the Arizona Senate in New Orleans paid by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Governor's Office Releases Impact of Agency Cuts

This morning, the Governor's Office released documents she asked the state agencies to prepare showing what a 15% budget cut would look like.

The documents can be found on the Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting Website:

Honoring Arizonan David Carey for Receiving a Community Health Leaders Award

Sen. Meg Burton Cahill
Legislative District 17

October 16, 2009

Honoring Arizonan David Carey for Receiving a Community Health Leaders Award

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – David Carey of Tempe was recently chosen to receive a Community Health Leaders Award by the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. The award is given to ten people each year who have overcome odds to improve the health of others.

“This is a fitting honor for David Carey, who is an exceptional person who has dedicated his life to assisting people in their health care,” said Sen. Meg Burton Cahill. “His work is absolutely inspiring to me.”

Carey’s biography from the Robert Woods Johnson Community Health Leaders website in his honor reads:

“David Carey, chairperson, Inspire Human Services Co-op, Phoenix, Ariz. Mr. Carey is being honored for his work as chair of Inspire Co-op, which allows people with disabilities to direct and control their own health care services, and for his activism to assure safe public transportation options for persons with physical disabilities. Carey’s leadership led Inspire to secure long-term contracts to provide attendant care services and established the company as one of the first self-directed cooperatives in the United States. Inspire is owned and directed by people with disabilities. Carey became a quadriplegic following a gunshot accident in 1988.”

Carey was asleep at home when he was shot by roommates who accidentally discharged a gun. Since then he has been a continued advocate for people will disabilities, education and gun responsibility. Prior to the accident, he was enrolled at Scottsdale Community College and a promising baseball athlete.

Carey was chosen as one of ten to receive the award from 532 applications received by the Foundation. The winners each receive leadership training through the fellowship program as well as $125,000. $105,000 of Carey’s award is designated for the Inspire Co-op he chairs. The balance is given to Carey for personal development.

“In this economy, when the state underfunds programs for the disabled, it is exceptional that $105,000 will go to the Inspire Human Services Co-op,” said Burton Cahill. “David is such an amazing advocate and it was an honor for me to see him receive this award in Washington, D.C. David is often at the Capitol and came to support a bill I proposed that would have allowed the disabled community apply for the same small business opportunities created for women and minorities. The work he does makes me a better senator.,” said Burton Cahill. “

Carey was one of two Arizonans given this honor. The other is Frances Stout, R.N., chairperson of the board, Tohono O’odham Nursing Care Authority (TONCA), Sells, Ariz.

The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation is focused on health care issues and improving the health of all Americans. The Foundation on the Internet:


Media Contact:
Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Director of Communication, Senate Democratic Caucus

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Senate Democrats Awarded by League of Arizona Cities and Towns

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – A number of Senate Democrats were recognized by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns during the League’s 2009 Annual Conference held in Oro Valley, Ariz.

Assistant Senate Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios and Sen. Meg Burton Cahill received the “Champion of Cities and Towns Award” for extraordinary legislators that play a vital role in defending and supporting local governments.

Sens. Paula Aboud, Amanda Aguirre and Debbie McCune Davis received the “Friend of Cities and Towns Award” for support of the relationship between local and state government.

“It is critical that cities, towns and the legislature work together to address critical issues during this economic downturn as we are all feeling the pain,” said Sen. Aguirre.

The League of Arizona Cities and Towns represents the 90 incorporated cities and towns in Arizona at the state legislature.

The League on the Internet:

Monday, September 21, 2009

In case you missed it: Pragmatic leaders needed for state

Run in Saturday's AZ Republic:

Pragmatic leaders needed for state
By Sen. Ken Cheuvront - Sept. 19, 2009
Special for the Republic

Arizona is going through one of the most difficult economic periods in our history. Yet, during this time of financial crisis, our current Republican governor and legislative leaders have demonstrated a complete inability to lead. Although two Republican-only budgets were passed this year, the current budget remains $1 billion in the red with future billion-dollar deficits looming in years to come.

A state in this desperate financial condition today needs courageous leadership with a vision for tomorrow. Facing these massive deficits, people should rightfully expect their elected leaders to roll up their sleeves and confront the issues directly. Instead, legislative Republicans have spent their time attempting to lay blame for our current fiscal crisis on the policies of former Gov. Napolitano. They do this, even though they have controlled both the House and the Senate for almost all of the past 44 years.

So what were the Republican priorities in their budget? To close a $3 billion deficit the majority party slashed public education and services for working families, cut taxes for big business and special interest and expanded private-school tax credits that drain money from the state general fund to pay for children of wealthy parents to attend private school.

While they slashed everyone else's budgets, they protected their own budgets from being cut. No cuts were made to the House, Senate, Secretary of State, Governor or Treasurer's offices (all Republican elected officials), but major cuts were made to Attorney General Goddard's (Democrat) office.

These are not the priorities of mainstream Arizonans. Legislative Democrats acknowledge that reduced spending is required, but we believe that cuts should be targeted and not cause long-term damage to our state. Enhancing revenue should be a priority of our state, but Democrats do not support a sales-tax increase that will be mainly used to subsidize $650 million in tax giveaways to large corporations and utilities. Permanently cutting state revenue when you already have a massive deficit is irresponsible and will only lead to future deficits that require even more cuts in the future to vital services.

The time is now for Arizona voters to establish their priorities. Do they want tax giveaways to corporations, or do they want to prioritize public education? If it is the former, then Arizona will continue down the current ideological path that will produce a much smaller government but also will lead to fewer teachers, overcrowded classrooms and an undereducated future workforce.

If voters want to prioritize education and financial stability, then the time has come to change who controls the Arizona House and Senate. We need to elect moderate Democrats and Republicans who share the values and priorities of most Arizonans, rather than the current ultra-conservative Legislature that believes a scorched-earth policy is the best way to get our economy moving.

To stimulate the economy, we need to make sure we have a well-educated workforce that has the tools to succeed. Cutting resources to our public universities, high schools and elementary schools is not a stimulus span that will give us well-paying jobs in the future. It is time to kick out the dead wood and elect a new breed of pragmatic, forward-thinking individuals. We need courageous leadership with a vision.

Sen. Ken Cheuvront is a Democrat from District 15 in Phoenix. He can be reached at 602-926-5325 or via e-mail at

District 29 Legislators to Tour New Tucson El Rio Clinic

Arizona State Legislature
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007

Senator Linda Lopez, D-29
Democratic Whip
Rep. Matt Heinz, D-29
Rep. Daniel Patterson, D-29

September 21, 2009

District 29 Legislators to Tour New Tucson El Rio Clinic

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Sen. Linda Lopez, Rep. Matt Heinz and Rep. Daniel Patterson will be touring the new Southeast El Rio Community Health Center on Friday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m. at 6950 East Golf Links Road, Tucson, Ariz. Media is welcome to join the tour.

Where: Southeast El Rio Community Health Center, 6950 East Golf Links Road, Tucson, Ariz.
When: Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at 3 p.m.

“El Rio Community Health Centers serve as a vital health care component for the Tucson area, especially with rising health care costs and uninsured persons,” said Sen. Linda Lopez, Democratic Whip. “With recent state budget cuts to just over 10,000 people from the state’s health insurance statewide, we expect more people look toward centers such as these for primary health care coverage.”

"Access to primary and preventive medical care is an absolute imperative," said Rep. Matt Heinz, who is also a physician at Tucson Medical Center. "As a physician legislator, it is important to me to see how our health care facilities function together for the benefit of the community. It is critical that we find what works well and duplicate those processes."

"I am always interested in helping people with real solutions to our health care needs," Rep. Daniel Patterson said. "Arizona and the US need health insurance reform so all Americans can access quality health care whenever needed. El Rio has an honorable track record in Tucson of helping to make good health care accessible to all, including the uninsured."

The ground-breaking ceremony was held on December 16, 2008 and the facility recently opened in early August 2009. The non-profit El Rio Community Health Center serves the Tucson community by offering primary medical and dental care to more than 74,000 people annually. According to El Rio, the clinics serve over 1,000 people per day and in 2008, 75% lived at or below the federal poverty level and over 33,089 enrolled patients were children.

Note to Media: Media interested in joining the tour should contact Jeanette for more information.

Additional Media Contacts:
Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Senate Democratic Caucus

Sarah Muench, House Democratic Caucus

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia Statement regarding Sen. Edward Kennedy

Arizona State Senate Democratic Leader Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia today reflected on the passing of Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts.

"We are immensely saddened at the passing of nuestro amigo Senator Edward Kennedy. He was a pilar of strength and a tireless fighter for the American people until his final breath. His work is ingrained in the fabric of our nation and we are eternally indebted to him for his contributions. Our thoughts and prayers to his family during this time. The nation mourns with them. Que Dios lo bendiga."

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Senate Update

Republicans sent the budget up to the Governor today. No word on what she will do with it. Senate is adjourned until Tuesday at 1 p.m, which will be the 51st day in special session.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

District 16 Legislators to Hold Tuesday Talks Series

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Senator Leah Landrum Taylor and Representative Cloves Campbell, Jr. will hold a series of town hall events entitled the “Tuesday Talks Series” in order to update constituents regarding the budget and legislative issues.

The first Tuesday Talk will be on Aug. 25 at 6 p.m. at the Town Hall, 9241 S. Avenida del Yaqui, Guadalupe, Ariz.

The second Tuesday Talk will be on Sept. 1 at 6 p.m. at the South Mountain Community College Student Union, 7050 S. 24th St., Phoenix, Ariz. A campus map is linked here.

Information on subsequent Tuesday Talks will be announced as it is confirmed.


Additional Media Contacts:
Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Senate Democratic Caucus

Sarah Muench, House Democratic Caucus

Senator Paula Aboud to Receive Education Award

Senator Paula Aboud will be awarded by the Arizona Association of County School Superintendents with a “Circle of Influence” award on Monday, August 24, 2009 as part of the AACSS Annual Conference at Camp Tatiyee in Pinetop-Lakeside.

This is the first year that the association has given this award, which is in honor of those who show a “sincere commitment” to public education in Arizona.

“Despite the immensely difficult economic situation our state is in, we have to continue to support our public education system. Our state’s economic viability depends greatly on the education and innovation of future generations and it is our duty to make certain they have the resources necessary for success,” said Sen. Paula Aboud.

Monday, August 17, 2009

In Case You Missed It: It's past time to ask Democrats for Help

Sen. Garcia's Op-Ed regarding the budget and session was printed it today's Arizona Daily Star. Here it is again in case you missed it.

It's past time to ask Democrats for help
By Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia
Special to the Arizona Daily Star
Tucson, Arizona Published: 08.17.2009

Senate President Bob Burns and Gov. Jan Brewer need to remind themselves how to ask for help, because in order to keep Arizona out of even more extreme financial distress, that's exactly what they need to do.

President Burns' comments in Daniel Scarpinato's article in Thursday's Star are not a good start. In the article, Burns, R-Peoria, asserts that "bringing Democrats into the process would drag the process out even longer."

Apparently, eight months and two weeks is exactly the amount of time required to come up with a state budget. Any more than that and it's just too long. Just another example of the Swiss-watch precision by which the Republican-led Legislature under Burns has been run.
Brewer is no better. By her standards, "continue to work with legislators from both sides of the aisle" means continually asking Democrats to support a flawed Republican budget and a sales-tax increase. The answer to that question has always been and will continue to be "no."

Both Burns and Brewer fail to grasp the fact that Democrats are not here to be disregarded for eight months while Republicans labor under the self-imposed restriction of creating a "majority budget" with only Republican votes, only to come to Democrats at the 11th hour to vote for a budget that we don't agree with and didn't have any input on, because including us would take too long.

Last week Burns announced his continued refusal to negotiate with Democratic leaders, preferring to try to buy individual Democratic votes with pet projects or other political trinkets. He already tried it once, and failed.

It was Republicans' choice to effectively reduce the size of the Legislature to 18 senators and 35 representatives by only including Republicans. When you do that, you make your job more difficult.

Democrats did not choose that path, and we will not encourage it by simply handing over votes for a budget that was formulated without bipartisan input.

Now there is precious little time to negotiate the best budget possible before Arizona really begins to fall apart. We should never have arrived at this place, but unless Brewer is prepared to abandon the prospects of raising additional revenue for Arizona, she will have to veto this budget, and Democrats will have to be asked for our input and ultimately, our support.
We are prepared to do our part to preserve Arizona, but we will not be bullied into supporting something that we don't believe in just because Republicans failed to get the job done on their own.

Their failings are not our responsibility, and we will not apologize for standing up on behalf of Arizona's children, teachers, working poor and vulnerable adults.

We understand that these are tough times, but we can develop a true bipartisan plan that has something for everyone. It just won't have everything for some.

President Burns, Gov. Brewer: Democrats are willing to help. But you have to be willing to put partisanship aside and negotiate in good faith.

Write to Sen. Jorge Luis Garcia at

Monday, August 3, 2009

The Yuma County Healthcare Reform Forum

Senator Amanda Aguirre is hosting the Yuma County Healthcare Reform Forum on Saturday, August 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn Yuma/Pivot Point Conference Center, 310 N. Madison Ave., Yuma, Ariz.

The Forum is by invitation only and is in collaboration with State Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, member of President Barack Obama’s Healthcare Reform Task Force.

Sen. Aguirre is the ranking Democratic member on the Senate Health Committee.

Space is limited. If members of the public are interested in participating, please contact Sen. Aguirre's office at 602-926-4139.

Media is welcome.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Senator Amanda Aguirre Awarded for Contributions to Behavioral Health Care

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Sen. Amanda Aguirre (D-24) will receive the Cultural Heritage Award for 2009 from the Arizona State University in acknowledgement of her significant contributions to behavioral health care in Arizona. She will receive the award on July 23 at the 5th Annual Arizona Behavioral Health Awards Gala in the Canyon Ballroom at the Hilton Sedona Resort and Spa in Sedona, Ariz.

“I am honored to be recognized for my work in the behavioral health care field,” said Sen. Amanda Aguirre. “Given Arizona’s high rate of uninsured and unemployed (Yuma County 23.3% unemployment), it is vital that we help create access to affordable healthcare services for the uninsured and underinsured families. Adequate primary care, prevention services and mental health services are very important in rural areas and throughout the state.

“We know that creating a healthcare system that is accessible and affordable will be a challenge, but not impossible. There are best practice models in the healthcare delivery industry that could be implemented throughout the nation that can assure that families can get the medical care needed without losing their homes and family savings. Today, more so than ever, we have an opportunity to change how we deliver healthcare in our country.”

Sen. Aguirre is the ranking Democratic member of the Senate Health Committee and was appointed this year to the Governor’s Team on Mental Health by Governor Jan Brewer. In 2008, Sen. Aguirre sponsored "Steven's Law", which mandates insurance companies to provide medical treatment to children with Autism and Asperger's Syndrome.

Outside of the legislature, Sen. Aguirre is the CEO/President of the Regional Center for Border Health Inc. and CEO/President of the San Luis Walk-In Clinic. She has been involved for more than 25 years in public health education and administration with a strong emphasis on border issues.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009


STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – A bill that will allow a person’s physician to access childhood and adult records in the state immunization system was recently signed into law by Governor Jan Brewer. The bill, regarding the administration of immunizations by pharmacists (HB 2164), included a provision that would allow adult immunization records to be added to the current system for recording childhood immunization records.

The Arizona State Immunization Information System was created in 1998 as a registry for children from birth to 18 years old. Upon enactment, an adult’s health care provider will be able to access a person’s immunization history if it is available in the system. The bill requires pharmacists to report information to any adult immunization information system or vaccine registry established by the Department of Health Services. The bill also allows a person to request that information be withheld from disclosure from the System.

“We congratulate the legislature on its action to bring more resources to the protection of the public through immunization and technology,” said Sen. McCune Davis. “We are grateful to the pharmacists for stepping into this new role for the benefit of all Arizonans.”

Sen. Amanda Aguirre introduced the amendment to expand the System during a hearing in the Senate Committee on Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform. The bill passed the Senate with a 28-0 vote and the House with a 56-3 vote.

“The access to the System is a victory for public health,” said Sen. Amanda Aguirre. “This directory lends to our safety in case of a pandemic when it is necessary for doctors to access information. I would like to thank Rep. Nancy Barto for supporting this amendment to her bill. This is truly the result of bipartisan work to better serve the people of Arizona.”

During the Senate Committee on Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform on June 17, Dr. Bob England, Director, Maricopa County Department of Public Health, testified in favor of the amendment. Dr. England said, “There will be two different flu vaccines available at some point this season: regular, seasonal flu vaccine, and the new vaccine against the novel flu. Confusion on the part of many is inevitable. Novel flu vaccine may also require two shots, so we’ll need a system that crosses particular vaccine providers to be able to tell who has had which vaccine and whether enough time has passed between the two doses for the novel flu.”

The effective date for this legislation is September 30, 2009.

More Coverage:
Law creates new vaccine data system, Adults will be recorded in state's shot registry, Arizona Republic, July 19, 2009

Monday, July 13, 2009

Senate Democrats and Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association Rally this Morning

This morning, approximately 150 people with the Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association and Arizona Conference of Police and Sheriffs came to the Capitol to express their disagreement with a budget proposal to privatize some of Arizona's state-run prisons.

On behalf of Senate Democrats, Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia spoke against prison privatization. Also speaking at the rally were AZ Attorney General Terry Goddard, AZCPOA Executive Director Mike Duran and Vince Rabago.

(Top Picture: Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia and AZCPOA/AZCOPS Union President J. Rodriguez.)

(Bottom Picture: Vince Rabago, state prosecutor)

Friday, July 10, 2009

Democrats and Corrections Officers to Rally Against Prison Privatization

Arizona State Senate
1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007
Sen. Manny Alvarez (D-25)
Senate Democratic Caucus

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Senate Democrats and the Arizona Correctional Peace Officers Association will hold a press conference and rally against a budget proposal to privatize prisons.

WHEN: Monday, July 13, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. (press conference begins)
WHERE: Arizona State Capitol Senate Lawn,

1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, Ariz.

The criminal justice trailer bill to the Fiscal Year 2010 budget (HB 2647) included a provision to require the Arizona Department of Administration to send out a request for information in order to privatize some of Arizona’s state prisons. The bill was recently vetoed by the Governor along with several other budget measures.

The Senate will resume floor session on Monday at 1 p.m. after allowing time for the four caucuses to meet this week concerning the Fiscal Year 2010 budget of which much is still left unresolved.

Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in Foster Care Act Goes to Governor

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Children in foster care are one step closer to having their rights clarified in state law now that a bill has passed the state legislature with bipartisan support and has been transmitted to the Governor. Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor sponsored SB 1209, the “Bill of Rights for Children and Youth in Foster Care Act” to ensure children’s rights are confirmed in law.

“Children in the foster care system are at an extremely vulnerable stage in life whereby they might be moved from house to house without knowledge of their full rights. This piece of legislation would enumerate the rights of children in foster care, so there is less confusion on what they are permitted by law,” said Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor.

The list of 22 rights includes items such as the right to live in a safe environment, the right to know why the child is in foster care and case plans and the right to speak with a caseworker (if over six years of age). In addition, children are allowed to participate in age appropriate service planning or may request someone to participate on their behalf or in support and to attend their court hearing and speak to a judge.

Children over age 16 are afforded an additional list of seven rights including the ability to attend adult living classes, to a transition plan with career planning and assistance, to be informed of educational opportunities, to assistance in obtaining an independent residency once the child is too old to remain in foster care, to request a court hearing to determine medical consent to care and to receive personal information within thirty days of leaving foster care (birth certificate, immunization records, education portfolio and health passport).

A number of these actions are currently afforded by Child Protective Services in the Children’s Service Manual, which provides a guideline. There is not currently a place in state law that affirms the list.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Bills Signed

The Governor just released a statement saying that she has signed the four bills the legislature passed on Monday. The bills protect education funding and stimulus dollars.

Upon passage of the bills Monday, Sen. Garcia released the following statement.

“We look forward to continuing to move forward in a bipartisan manner to address the Arizona’s budget,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia. “The bills voted on and passed today were much needed budget fixes to make certain that education and stimulus dollars would not be jeopardized.”

Leadership continues to meet regarding how to solve the rest of the FY 2010 budget. The full membership will return to the Capitol on Monday.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ariz. lawmakers reach bipartisan budget agreement, preserve federal stimulus

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Democratic and Republican lawmakers came together Monday in a bipartisan budget deal to restore education funding and preserve $2.7 billion in federal stimulus money for Arizona.

The bipartisan agreement is a victory for education after a nearly six-month budget battle, during which Democrats had requested bipartisan talks.

“Democrats are happy that our Republican colleagues agreed to negotiate with us and pass a budget that protects education, jobs, children and middle-class families in Arizona,” said House Democratic Leader David Lujan. “Today is a long overdue victory for school children, teachers, parents and all of Arizona.”

Gov. Jan Brewer had vetoed on Wednesday the part of the 2010 budget that funds education, which would leave schools without funding after July 15. Her action also violated the federal stimulus act, potentially causing Arizona to lose $1 billion in federal stimulus funding for education.

With bipartisan support, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle introduced legislation Monday to ensure school districts and charter schools can proceed with adopting their budgets and the state is back in compliance with requirements to receive federal stimulus dollars.

“We look forward to continuing to move forward in a bipartisan manner to address the Arizona’s budget,” said Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia. “The bills voted on and passed today were much needed budget fixes to make certain that education and stimulus dollars would not be jeopardized.”

Democratic and Republican lawmakers remain open to working together to create a comprehensive bipartisan solution to Brewer’s vetoed legislation.

Education legislation will:
Provide a budget for K-12 education for the full year. The budget would be based on the baseline budget the schools received after the 2009 budget changes made in January but including their 2 percent voter-mandated inflation funding. Passage of this bill will allow school districts some budget certainty for the next year so that they can set budgets and know how many teachers they can hire, what their class sizes will be, etc.

Ensure that charter schools also will receive funding for this year. Charter schools do not have the authority to borrow or go into debt like school districts do so, without a July 15 payment, they would have had no funding at all

Enact the statutory provisions needed to ensure that Arizona's law and funding distribution is in compliance with the provisions of the federal stimulus act. Brewer’s veto of HB 2650, the health and welfare budget bill, had the effect of violating the federal stimulus act, putting $1.7 billion in federal stimulus funding for Medicaid (via FMAP dollars) and $1 billion of fiscal stabilization stimulus money at risk.

Prevent the larger per diem pay amounts to lawmakers allowed during the special session from taking effect. While leadership and key members of the Senate and House Appropriations committee members are meeting in Phoenix to hammer out the skeleton of a revised budget proposal, this bill will limit the amount of per diem paid to legislators.

Jeanette Tejeda de Gomez, Director of Communication, Senate Democrats, 602-926-4477,
Sarah Muench, Public Information Officer, House Democrats, 602-926-5848,

Plan for Today

The Senate and House just wrapped up a joint presentation by JLBC of the veto impacts.

The Senate is expected to come back to small group presentations, to the floor, to committee, Rules, Caucus, COW and Third Read.

The bills just posted to the Legislative website. They are all cosponsored by Senate President Burns and Senate Democratic Leader Jorge Luis Garcia.

SB1013 education; appropriations; 2009-2010.
SB1014 health and welfare; budget reconciliation.
SB1015 legislative subsistence payments; exception.
SB1016 K-12 education; budget reconciliation.

Thursday, July 2, 2009


Governor Brewer came to the Senate today and had press availability. This is a transcript of part of the briefing. It is perplexing at best.

Brewer: I haven’t talked to the Minority leadership. I don’t know exactly where they are at or what they want to do so to say that they want to have five-way talks when they haven’t agreed to it yet to me personally.

Reporter: They say they’ve been urging this for months.

Brewer: I don’t know if that is entirely correct. I think that they did in the last hours of this legislative session…they probably have. But you know, I have always said and I’ve always been public about the fact that it’s not a Republican problem, it’s not a Democrat problem. That we needed to work across the aisle. I still believe that. I think that everyone should be included and I welcome their help and welcome their support. And I’m sure the people of Arizona welcome their support as well as the Republicans.

Reporter: Does that mean you want everyone at the same table?

Brewer: Do I want everybody at the same table? Absolutely, I think if we can work it out and everyone can be at the same table. We can resolve it.

Reporter: Is there one Democratic idea that has any merit?

Brewer: They haven’t really given me anything in detail. They gave me the printed copy you all have on Sine Die. All the elected officials want the best for the state of Arizona and I’m willing to join in with them and help.

For months now Democratic Leadership has asked Governor Brewer to convene five-way talks between all four caucuses. Letters from May and June have been sent to media to prove it. In addition, Senate and House Democrats provided at least two complete budget proposals and several option lists over the course of the legislative session. Here are a few examples.

Impact of the Veto Stamp

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee has posted several new documents to reflect the budget as of the Governor's veto.

Budget Plan Summary

Impact of Governor's Line Item Vetoes

Budget Legislation Summary

Special Session begins Monday at 1 p.m.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

It's 5 a.m. and we're still here.

The legislature has been working all night long. The Republican leadership pushed through a budget during the early hours of the morning. In case you ever wondered, this is what the state Capitol grounds look like at 4:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sen. Rios' Statement at AEA Press Conference

This evening, the Arizona Education Association held a press conference. Here is part of it featuring comments by Sen. Rebecca Rios where she calls on Governor Brewer to veto the budget bills so we can create a budget that protects Arizona and public education in Arizona.

This afternoon, Sen. Rios gave the following statement to a gallery of educators.

"I would like to thank the hardworking teachers for advocating on behalf of children of the state of Arizona. Me and my Democratic colleagues have fought very hard against the cuts to education. We are also against the policy changes that are in the budget to punish teachers. We very much appreciate your support. We will continue to offer amendments to help education. Please don’t give up the fight because as Democrats we have not."

Contingency Plans?

Despite repeated requests by Democrats and media, Governor Brewer's office has yet to produce a document showing what state services will stay open if the fiscal year ends without a budget.

As best we can tell, the Department of Administration website will be serving as a hub for this information. The pictures are up, but as of yet, the links do not lead to anything.

Opinions Around the State

We are going back to the Senate floor in a moment, but we thought to share some of the opinions of the Editorial Boards around the state that were in today's papers.

Yuma Sun - Brinksmanship Over Arizona budget wrong

Arizona Daily Star - Lawmakers act recklessly in final hours

Monday, June 29, 2009

Republicans Push Budget Bills Out of Senate Education Committee

Tonight, after a long day of waiting, all of the Republicans budget bills made it out of the Senate Education committee, including the flat tax and sales tax referrals.

Repeatedly, Senate Democrats on the committee made it clear that these budget bills would take Arizona in the wrong direction. This budget package gives a tax cut to businesses and the wealthiest Arizonans while raising taxes on lower income families and cutting vital services.

In case you missed it this morning, the Republican budget bills started out in the Appropriations committee, but the bills were pulled from that committee when the feed bill failed in committee with four yeas and four nays. The committee recessed in order to regroup after the failure of the bill. During the recess, it became apparent that the bills were not going to make it out of committee with all Democrats and several Republicans voting against the measure.

Instead of negotiating with Democrats, Senate Republicans chose to withdraw the budget bills from the Appropriations committee where Sen. Russell Pearce is the chair and move them to the Education committee where Sen. John Huppenthal is the chair. Senate staffers who have been around for twenty years cannot recall a situation where this action occurred.

The Senate has adjourned for the evening and will pick up tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. to go to Floor. Upon adjournment of floor, we will go to the Rules committee and then Caucus.

We are counting down to a state shutdown. It is now at 25 hours and 15 minutes.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Senate to Hear Budget Bills Monday

Appropriations Committee announced for Monday at 9:30 a.m.
Education Commitee announced for Monday after completion of Appropriations in Senate Hearing Room 109.

Links to the strike everything amendments will be provided as they are made available.

The Education committee will be hearing three bills:

SB 1478 (s/e: flat tax; individual income)
SB 1479 (s/e: statewide special election; sales tax)
SCR 1046 (s/e: temporary transaction privilege tax)

The Appropriations committee will be hearing the rest of the budget bills.

SB1470: (s/e: general appropriations; 2009-2010; trailer)

SB1471: (s/e: budget reconciliation; health; welfare; trailer)

SB1472: (s/e: budget reconciliation; general revenues; trailer)

SB1473: (s/e: budget reconciliation; general government; trailer)

SB1474: (s/e: state properties; trailer)

SB1475: (s/e: budget reconciliation; criminal justice; trailer)

SB1476: (s/e: budget reconciliation; environment; trailer)

SB1477: (s/e: budget reconciliation; higher education; trailer)

SB1480: (s/e: budget reconciliation; K-12 education; trailer)

More Republican Budget Summaries

Budget Plan Summary:
The document that details the line by line budget summary from the Republican budget plan.

BRB List:
The document that details all of the extra policy changes that the Republicans would like to add into the budget. The document details the changes from what was originally in the Republican budget on June 4 to what is currently being heard in the House Appropriations committee.

Here is a link to the live video feed of the House Appropriations committee currently underway.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Budget Bills are Up

Late tonight the budget bills posted to the website. If you click on the short title, it will take you to the strike everything amendment that is to be heard in House Approps tomorrow. We expect identical bills in the Senate, but have not received an agenda yet.

The House Appropriations is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. We will post Senate times as they are made available

The Arizona Republic reported that the budget makes approximately $600 million in cuts to state agencies, sweeps about $260 from state funds and $700 million in sale of state assets and state prison lease back. More information tomorrow.


Short Title

Strike Everything Title




technical correction; abandoned vehicles; monies

(Adams: McComish, Tobin)


S/E: general appropriations; 2009-2010; trailer




technical correction; rebate set-aside

(Adams: McComish, Tobin)


S/E: budget reconciliation; general revenues; trailer




technical correction; public roadways

(Adams: McComish, Tobin)


S/E: budget reconciliation; general government; trailer




technical correction; state highways

(Adams, Tobin: McComish)


S/E: state properties; trailer




technical correction; certificate of title

(Adams, Tobin: McComish)


S/E: budget reconciliation; criminal justice; trailer




technical correction; industrial development; insurance

(Adams, Tobin: McComish)


S/E: budget reconciliation; k-12 education; trailer




technical correction; open pit mining

(Adams, Tobin: McComish)


S/E: budget reconciliation; higher education; trailer




technical correction; health services; fees

(Adams, Tobin: McComish)


S/E: budget reconciliation; health; welfare; trailer




technical correction; national guard

(Adams, Tobin: McComish)


S/E: budget reconciliation; environment; trailer




technical correction; notaries public; conduct



S/E: statewide special election; sales tax




technical correction; trust lands; access

(Adams, Murphy, Tobin, et al)


S/E: flat tax; individual income




aircraft license tax; technical correction



S/E: temporary transaction privilege tax