Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Common Sense Legislation for Arizona: Heather Carter AZ State Representative

With the Legislative Session behind us, I believe that we represented the interests of the majority of Arizonans while also moving our state forward. The surest way to ensure that we continue building Arizona up with increased economic development and job growth is to legislate with common sense, reading entire bills before voting on them, holding civil discourse, and considering them in the larger context of our state’s statutory direction.

Health Screening & Cancer Treatment

That is why I worked hard on getting the newborn screening and the cost-parity for cancer treatment bills passed. Newborns with congenital heart defects can now be diagnosed early when remedies can make the greatest impact. Cancer victims taking self-administered anticancer drugs will no longer pay a penalty for following what their doctors have decided is often the best course of treatment.

Suicide & Drug Abuse Prevention

I also worked hard to pass legislation that will allow teachers and school administrators to count suicide awareness and prevention classes as part of their required continuing education. This will help teachers and administrators to recognize, step in and make a difference in the lives of troubled youth. Preventing the abuse of dextromethorphan (DXM), which can act as a hallucinogen, was also of critical importance to me this session. By prohibiting the sale of DXM to those under 18, we are helping protect the lives of Arizona’s children so that they can become healthy, well-educated contributors to our economy.

Fixing Arizona’s Child Welfare System

One absolutely critical area affecting Arizona and our children is the overhaul of Child Protective Services. After the discovery of thousands of uninvestigated cases of alleged abuse or neglect, Governor Brewer acted decisively to remedy the situation. She quickly ensured that each case was reviewed with eyes on the child to determine what appropriate action needed to occur. The Governor disbanded CPS as it existed under the Department of Economic Security and formed a new agency reporting directly to the Governor’s office.

Now, we need to fund the new agency, and Gov. Brewer will call a Special Session of the Legislature solely to review this issue, determine new rules and regulations for the new agency, and to vote on adequate funding to ensure a tragedy like this never occurs again. I look forward to reviewing the work the Governor and her CARE Team have done to revamp our old system and reestablish it as a new entity with improved oversight, and also to push for adequate funding with a framework for responsible reporting.

If you believe, as I do, that rational, common-sense legislation is not only important, but is vital to building a strong, successful Arizona, I ask that you consider a gift of $25, $50 or $100 to help my campaign hit the ground running. I am facing a challenging primary season this year as my opponents have already begun to attack my long-standing record of using common sense and thoughtful consideration in making rational choices for the betterment of Arizona and its citizens. Please contribute today so that I can continue representing your interests!

Thank you.