SB 3 Update from the Capitol

Things are starting to heat up at the state capitol. I came into the office yesterday to get ahead of what is going to be a jam packed schedule – this week is the deadline for Senate bills to be heard in Senate committee hearings. For example, today’s Commerce and Public Safety committee is hearing eighteen bills!

We had a productive week last week. A highlight was meeting with ADOT and learning more about the design changes being made to the Loop 202 freeway, a consistent point of contention in Ahwatukee. I was pleased to hear about some of the modifications being made to the design plan, including more sound walls, a widened high speed bike path lane, and a potential reliever road for 32nd St and Pecos Road. More meetings are being scheduled in the coming weeks, and I am confident that the changes will be received favorably in our district.

I also welcomed Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton to my office, where we had a productive discussion on some of the local issues impacting Ahwatukee, including the Loop 202, the Lakes and Club West golf courses, and future transportation projects. I am looking forward to working closely with the Mayor’s office in the coming months!

Finally, I met with the superintendents of Kyrene, Tempe Union, and Tempe Elementary in the latest round of our monthly meetings. We talked about education bills before the legislature, key votes coming up, and other local concerns. I look forward to these conversations, and really appreciate the close working relationship with the school districts.

On that note, I’m looking forward to attending school board meetings for Kyrene and Tempe Elementary this week – I hope to make this a recurring habit, in order to see what concerns the school boards have and how I can be of help to them at the state capitol.


Some good news to report: my bill that looks at surprise medical billing, SB 1321, is going to be heard in the Senate Finance Committee this Wednesday! It’s my first bill to receive a committee hearing, and it already has bipartisan support. I am optimistic about the bill passing committee and heading to the full senate for a vote!

I receive hundreds of emails and phone calls a week from constituents, and one of the bills that we’ve heard the most about is SB 1431, which expands empowerment scholarship accounts (ESA’s). These are also known as vouchers, and I am 100% opposed to the bill and voucher expansion in general. We are working hard to defeat this bill in the Senate, and I am optimistic about us having the votes to do so. Please continue to email and call legislators and tell them to vote NO on this bill – your voices are being heard!


Senate Finance Committee Report – Last Wednesday’s Finance Committee meeting saw us pass several good bills, including bills focused on foster children and reforms to the state’s retirement system, ASRS. As I mentioned above, my bill that looks at the issue of surprise medical billing, SB 1321, is being heard this Wednesday.

Senate Commerce and Public Safety Committee Report – Today’s Commerce and Public Safety Committee is going to be a big one – we are hearing eighteen bills! Most of them should pass committee unanimously, including good bills focused on economic development and regulation modifications.


Capitol Snapshot – I hope to make this a recurring feature. Here are some of the photos that we took at the capitol last week:

In the interest of working across the aisle, as a proud ASU Sun Devil, it was a treat to welcome parents with the University of Arizona Parents Association to my office as a part of their lobbying day. We had a great discussion about the need to restore funding for our universities, even for our rivals. Go Devils! 


Gabriel’s Angels, a wonderful organization that provides pet therapy for at-risk children, joined us at the capitol on Tuesday. I was fortunate to meet Cupid, one of their therapy miniature horses!


Finally, Thursday was Nurses Day at the Capitol, and I welcomed several nurses from LD18 to my office and gave them a tour of the Senate. Many thanks to nurses everywhere for the work they do for patients across our state!



As always, you can follow me on Facebook and on Twitter for more up to the minute updates. I appreciate all of your help and support – if you can, please consider showing your support today so I can keep fighting for our values and priorities at the state capitol. It is an honor to represent you in the state senate!

Yours in the fight,


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