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    Corrections Papago Unit, west of Douglas, to reopen for women

    Now, with the boost in incarcerated women, Shinn wants to reopen it. He figures the minimum security facility has the capacity for 250 permanent beds and 90 temporary beds.

    The underlying cause -- more women being locked up -- left House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez with questions. The Yuma Democrat said lawmakers have been told by corrections officials that overall prison population is leveling off.

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  • House Democratic leadership calls for Lewis Prison whistleblower investigation

    The letter, authored by Leader Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, and Reps. Randall Friese D-Tucson, Reginald Bolding, D-Laveen, and Athena Salman, D-Tempe, states that party leaders were optimistic that a sea change would come after the retirement of former director Charles Ryan, who helmed DOC for 10 years, but stepped down in August following growing criticism and media reports that he was aware of the extent of the dysfunction in Lewis Prison. However, the letter says that optimism was “premature.”

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  • Charlene Fernandez is Awarded as Arts Champion

    The Yuma Art Center also celebrated Arizona State Representative Charlene Fernandez as a Legislative Arts Champion. “We have the arts in Arizona because of people who fight the good fight for them in our capitol,” Executive Director of Arizona Citizens for the Arts Joseph Benesh said.

    Fernandez received the Legislative Arts Champion Award – the first of its kind to be presented at a Tribute of the Muses ceremony.

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  • Fernandez calls for special session on gun safety

    With two mass shootings fresh on people's minds the top state House Democrat wants a special session to debate -- and presumably enact -- a series of gun control measures.

    Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, is pulling out all of the proposals that the Republican-controlled Legislature refused to debate, much less consider, in the past five years. These range from universal background checks and bans on military-style assault rifles to limits on high-capacity magazines and making it a crime for adults to leave weapons where children can get them.

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  • Fernandez and Colleagues Hold Town Hall in San Luis

    Residents asked state Senator Lisa Otondo and Representatives Charlene Fernandez and Dr. Gerae Peten about immigration, the Port of Entry and more funding for San Luis schools, including the need for a second high school due to overcrowding.

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  • Russ Green
    commented 2019-10-16 13:27:40 -0700
    I bitterly resent the tax grab on people who do not live in Maricopa County full time. We do not use the County’s services year round, yet you charge us more taxes than full time residents simply because Florida came up with this stupid idea, so you decided to follow suit because you knew you could get away with it.

    It’s is immoral and unjust and should be beneath the dignity of a gov’t. for the people!

    Russ Green
  • Debbie Gibson
    commented 2018-08-21 09:29:29 -0700
    How do you feel about fracking in AZ?
  • Anna Dolak
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