Goveror Ducey did an about-face on decimating our state's JTED funding. Our caucus and some reasonable Republicans got together and forced his hand. We are proud of our victory but stand to be prouder of all the young men and women who will learn skills that the Governor tried to take away.
After banning public testimony during departmental budget hearings, the House Appropriations Committee has decided to do town hall meetings in individual cities to provide information and hear public input. It is vital to attend these hearings and let Arizona legislatures know NO MORE PRISON BEDS IN ARIZONA! REFORM IS THE KEY!
On Saturday March 19 at 10:00 AM.
Yuma City Hall - One City Plaza, Yuma, AZ 85364
To RSVP visit: http://www.charleneforarizona.com/160319townhall
Republicans are quick to demonize the "non-classroom" spending in Arizona public schools. This study shows demonstrates what some of us in education have known for sometime, many charter schools spend even more in administrative costs. The idea that these charters are so much more efficient than public schools seems murky.Read more
AZ Legislature would limit city efforts on sick pay
By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX — State lawmakers are moving to undermine the ability of cities to require employers to provide things like sick leave to local workers.
And they’re doing it in a back-door way.Read more
HB 2509 is a bill that exasperates a problem we should address, property seizure. A police officer can pull a car over and in some cases even if you aren't guilty, seize your car and other property. This bill gives them one more reason to get the process started. One example of this abuse was detailed in this Forbes magazine article.
Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, said the way HB 2509 is worded it would let police stop a motorist if any light installed on a vehicle is not working. She said that could be as simple as the turn signal lights that some cars and trucks have on their side mirrors, in addition to the ones on the front and rear of the vehicles.Read more
PHOENIX - A House panel voted 8-4 Wednesday, Feb. 24, to change state law to ensure that the newest state utility regulator can vote on requests by electric companies to hike rates on their customers who have solar power.
But Rep. Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma, pointed out that when she was a school board member she purposely abstained from voting when the time came to renew the teaching contract of her son.
"Why should the rules be different for you?" she asked Tobin. Fernandez called this "special legislation."
I spoke strenuously against HB 2023 which, if it becomes law, will prevent citizens from helping people return their ballots. This mostly affects the elderly, disabled and those living in rural areas with some distance from a post office.