Thursday, September 2, 2010

Senator Aguirre participates in first new Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee meeting

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Senator Amanda Aguirre participated in the first meeting of the new Homeland Security Senior Advisory Committee, which was created by SB 1178 signed in 2009. The meeting was held on Wednesday, September 1, at the State Capitol.

The committee is a replacement for the Arizona Governor’s Homeland Security Council first established by Gov. Napolitano on which Aguirre was first appointed in 2003 and served the last eight years. Aguirre was appointed by Senate President Bob Burns to serve on the new committee.

“The committee is tasked with advising the Department of Homeland Security Director on homeland security issues and for coordinating the federal homeland security grants,” said Aguirre. “To date in 2010, Arizona has received $50.5 million in federal homeland security grants in order to help with state prevention and response to terrorist acts and for training activities.”

The grant requests are brought to the committee from the five Regional Advisory Councils (RACs) consisting of law enforcement, first responders and elected officials. Yuma County is part of the South Region RAC along with Pima, Santa Cruz and Cochise counties. La Paz County is part of the West Region RAC along with Mohave and Yavapai counties.

The committee will be meeting quarterly or as requested by the Arizona Department of Homeland Security.

Senator Alvarez Awarded by League of Arizona Cities and Towns

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – Senator Manny Alvarez (D-Elfrida) was recognized by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns during the League’s 2010 Annual Conference Legislative Luncheon held on August 26 in Glendale, Ariz.

Sen. Alvarez received a “Friend of Cities and Towns Award” for legislators playing a vital role in defending and supporting local governments.

“Cities and towns are a critical part of our state’s infrastructure. It is greatly important to keep open good lines of communication between the state and the cities and towns as we continue to look for ways to rebuild Arizona’s economy during this difficult time,” said Sen. Alvarez. “I look forward to continuing to work with the League in order to best serve Arizonans.”

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