Monday, July 15, 2013

Sen. Landrum Taylor appoints San Carlos attorney to CCEC

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Senate Democratic Leader Leah Landrum Taylor today announced the appointment of Steve M. Titla to the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission.

Mr. Titla is an attorney and Marine Corps veteran from San Carlos and is a member of the San Carlos Apache Tribe.

"I am very pleased that Steve has agreed to serve on the Citizens Clean Elections Commission," said Sen. Landrum Taylor. "With 30 years of experience in both state and tribal law, he will bring a wonderful perspective and make an outstanding contribution to the Commission's important work."

Mr. Titla is a partner in the Titla & Parsi law firm and is admitted to practice law both in Arizona and on the San Carlos Apache Reservation. The firm represents the San Carlos Apache Tribe as special counsel and has also served as legal counsel for the election boards of the San Carlos Apache and San Juan Southern Paiute Tribes.

Previously, Mr.Titla was an attorney with the Navajo Nation Department of Justice and has served as president of the National Native American Bar Association.

In addition to a B.S. and J.D. from Arizona State University, Mr. Titla earned an M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix.

From 1974-76 Mr. Titla served in the U.S. Marine Corps, leaving with an honorable discharge. He also served in the Arizona National Guard until his honorable discharge in 1980.

Mr. Titla's term on the Citizen's Clean Elections Commission expires in January of 2018.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Senator Jackson appointed to U.S. State Department position

Will resign seat to begin work in D.C.

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Today Senator Jack C. Jackson Jr. announced he will resign his seat in Legislative District 7 on July 12 to accept a White House appointment to the U.S. Department of State.

Sen. Jackson
Senator Jackson will serve in Washington, D.C. as Senior Advisor and Liaison for Native American Affairs in the Bureau of Oceans and International Environment and Scientific Affairs (OES), within the State Department's Office of Environmental Quality and Transboundary Issues (EQT).

In this newly created position, Senator Jackson will advise the OES and the State Department on consultation with Indian tribes or Native Hawaiian organizations consistent with the National Environmental Policy Act, the National Historic Preservation Act and Executive Order 13175.

Senator Jackson leaves a legacy in the Arizona Legislature that started with his father and will live on through legislation that helps make his district and the state a better place for future generations.

Some of Senator Jackson's successes from this year include:
  • SB 1317, which allows Indian reservations to receive monies from the State Aviation Fund for planning, design, development, acquisition of interests in land, construction and improvement of publicly owned and operated airport facilities on land that is held by an Indian or Tribal government.

    The State Aviation Fund receives revenue collected primarily from taxes on aviation properties and fuel and from aircraft registration fees. These are paid by all sources, including tribal airports, yet for decades the statute that created the State Aviation Fund ignored tribal facilities.

    This bill, which has been signed by Governor Brewer, corrects that exclusion and allows the State Transportation Board to award grants from the State Aviation Fund to make improvements at any of the 14 tribal airports in Arizona.
  • Included in this year's budget is annual funding for the Navajo Technical College to build a permanent campus in Chinle, Ariz. There is great demand for higher education in Senator Jackson's district and this support will help it set permanent roots in the community for continued growth and success.
  • Working in conjunction with Senator Kimberly Yee (R-20), a provision to her SB1447 was amended to provide a repayment plan for the Red Mesa School District.

    Located in the Four Corners region, the district had for years erroneously claimed out-of-state students as part of their average daily membership and therefore received excess student funding from the state of Arizona, which they must now repay. The district discovered the error and promptly self-reported it to the Arizona Department of Education.

    The district and Department of Education came to a repayment agreement last year, which this legislation puts into place. Instead of being devastated by an over $2 million one-time payment in the 2013-14 school year, they will now be able to repay the amount over the next four years.
“Arriving at the Arizona House in 2003 to serve alongside my father, Senator Jack C. Jackson Sr., was an incredible honor. We both vigorously continued his 19 year legacy of championing the needs of native communities, which still face many economic and social challenges. Every day I came to work at the State Capitol I endeavored to represent my people with an honorable and strong voice,” said Senator Jackson.

“In my new position I will continue striving for that same goal by ensuring a successful cooperation between Indian tribes and the federal government in areas of environmental and cultural impact.

“I have seen many successes here at the Legislature, including this year's historic restoration and expansion of AHCCCS that will help more than 300,000 Arizonans get healthcare. There is still much work to be done such as tackling the scourge of alcohol and substance abuse and negotiating the return of tax revenue collected on tribal lands, as occurs in Arizona's counties and municipalities.

“I trust my successor in the Senate will represent our district well.

“Although my husband and I are saddened to be leaving the beloved state in which we both grew up, I am excited to embrace the challenges this new position in the U. S. Department of State presents. My appointment is an incredible honor and an immense responsibility that I will undertake with the same passion I have given to representing my home district in the Arizona Legislature. In creating this position, the Obama Administration has shown its commitment to creating a purposeful dialogue with Indian country and I am confident my almost quarter century of public policy experience will serve me well as I continue to speak on behalf of Native peoples at this national level,” concluded Senator Jackson.

Democratic leaders: Arizonans can help grieving families, evacuees

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX - Senate Democratic Leader Leah Landrum Taylor and House Democratic Leader Chad Campbell released the following statements on the deaths of 19 Prescott firefighters and the devastating Yarnell Hill Fire. Donations to help the firefighters’ families can be made at For the hundreds of evacuees, help can be given at

Senate Democratic Leader Leah Landrum Taylor (D-27):
Sen. Landrum Taylor

"Our families grieve with the loved ones of the courageous firefighters who selflessly answered the call to help protect the lives and property of fellow citizens," said Sen. Landrum Taylor. "Our hearts ache for the Arizona families who have been displaced by this catastrophic fire. Please join me in doing anything you can to help all who are affected by the catastrophic Yarnell Hill Fire."

House Minority Leader Chad Campbell (D-24):
Rep. Campbell
"My thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the heroes that Arizona lost yesterday and the residents of Yarnell," said Rep. Campbell. "I also want to thank all those still putting their lives on the line fighting wildfires around the state and country. I encourage everyone to do all they can to send help to those whose lives have been devastated by this horrific situation."