Senator Gail Griffin received top marks from a free market advocacy group here in Arizona. The Arizona Free Enterprise Club gave Senator Griffin an ‘A’ letter grade for 2013.
Senator Griffin was one of just seven Senators to receive the ‘A’ grade. All seven are Republicans. The grades are part of the group’s 2013 Legislative Scorecard, grading each member on their votes and actions during the past legislative session. More than two dozen votes were included in the scorecard, covering tax policy, campaign finance and healthcare.
“Her tireless work to protect taxpayers earned Sen. Griffin one of the highest grades for 2013,” AZFEC Executive Director Scot Mussi said. “She was a leader and a principled voice on promoting free market policies in Arizona.”
District 14 Representative David Stevens was one of twelve House members to also receive an ‘A’ grade.
The Arizona Free Enterprise Club was founded in 2005 as a free market, pro-growth advocacy group dedicated to Arizona issues and politics. AZFEC’s mission is to promote policies and candidates that encourage economic prosperity and limited government for all businesses and taxpayers.
Senator Kelli Ward has been elected class president of the Western Legislative Academy (WLA) 2013. Senator Ward was one of 38 legislators to complete the program in November at Colorado Springs, Colorado. Members of the Academy are selected on the basis of their dedication to public service; desire to improve personal legislative effectiveness and commitment to the institution of the legislature.
Each year the Council of State Governments West brings together national faculty to offer a training experience for Western state legislators in their first four years of service. As president of this year’s WLA, Senator Ward will serve on the CSG Executive Committee for the next year, representing the interests of the 500 alumni of the program, including almost 300 who are still serving in Western state legislatures.
Founded in 1933, the Council of State Governments is the nation’s only organization serving all three branches of state government. CSG is a region-based forum that fosters the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy.
“While I appreciate the urgency by which the Department has established a plan of action, I still feel that it lacks in detail and falls short on addressing the accountability that the public and legislators are demanding. Given what has transpired within DES, I am not confident that the agency can properly review each and every case in the short timeframe outlined and be assured that the issue is resolved once and for all, and that these cases have been thoroughly investigated. According to this work plan, DES assessed nearly 3,000 cases from November 15-17. How thorough could those assessments be?
The Child Protective Services Oversight Committee will want to review the work to date to deal with this caseload, but members will also want to ensure that tackling this group of cases doesn’t impact current caseload and backlog strategies. The report suggests that review of cases can place certain families in an alternative investigation category. We need to know what that entails and be assured that this does not further contribute to the backlog.
The systemic problem within CPS needs to be fixed. The public must know that this neglect of duty will never happen again and that the people responsible for this disturbing practice are held accountable. In addition, a long term reform of the agency is warranted to restore public confidence.”
Senator Gail Griffin recently completed a 60 hour university program in energy policy planning. The program is awarded through the University of Idaho and the Pacific Northwest Economic Region’s Energy Horizon Institute, in a partnership with the National Conference of State Legislatures and support from the U.S. Department of Energy.
Forty legislators from across the country are selected for this distinguished program. The Institute educates legislators on the North American energy infrastructure and delivery system. The complex issues associated with electricity, natural gas, petroleum infrastructure; regulation governing this infrastructure; nuclear energy and alternative energy, including wind and solar are just some of the areas that legislators must understand to make responsible and informed policy decisions.
“The Legislative Energy Horizon Institute program gave me a much better understanding of how our energy infrastructure works,” said Senator Griffin, a Republican from Hereford. “I will use the information I received at the Institute to make smart decisions for my constituents and the State of Arizona on energy policy here at the legislature.”
The program was conducted in June in Richland, Washington and October in Washington, D.C.
By Kyle O’Donnell Cronkite NewsFri Oct 25, 2013 2:49 PM
When Mitch Ruttenberg teaches economics at Trevor G. Browne High School, he ends each semester with lessons on credit cards, taxes, budgeting and other aspects of personal finance.
“It’s the last thing they get from me because I know that’s what they need the most,” he said.
Because his and other economics classes in the Phoenix Union High School District provide that instruction, Ruttenberg said a new state law requiring academic standards in social studies to include personal finance won’t change much.
Although the law prescribes teaching subjects like spending, saving, investments and credit, school districts have flexibility when developing their lessons.
State Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, the law’s author, said many districts are well-prepared to comply.
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CLIFTON — It isn’t the wolf at the door that has residents of Arizona and New Mexico worried, rather it’s the federal government.
The program to reintroduce the Mexican gray wolf into portions of the desert Southwest of the United States was the focus of a legislative hearing hosted by state Representatives David Gowan, R-Sierra Vista, and David Stevens, R-Sierra Vista, and state Sen. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, at the Greenlee County Board of Supervisors meeting room Saturday.
“The (Founding Fathers) believed in local government. This is local government and we’re going to do our darnedest to protect your livelihoods,” Gowan said. “It’s appalling to see this, and it’s our own government that did this.”
Almost 50 residents and elected officials of Greenlee, Graham and Apache counties in Arizona and Catron County, N.M., were on hand to offer input on the issue. Also taking part was Larry Voyles, director of Arizona Game and Fish Department.
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Senator Nancy Barto, the Chair of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, appeared on Channel 3′s Politics Unplugged to talk about the report from the State Ombudsman’s Office on the State Medical Board