|Some great proposals for children and families are moving through the legislative process with broad, bipartisan support – like investing the new $56 million in federal child care funds in quality early learning to lower out-of-pocket costs for Arizona’s working families.
There have also been some sharp, partisan debates about issues like the ERA amendment and changes in regulations for charter schools.
In the health care arena, a variety of bills won committee approval that will threaten public health with even lower childhood vaccination rates, putting vulnerable Arizona kids at even higher risk for dangerous diseases like measles and mumps. The Governor already signed one bill that will expand so-called “junk” health plans without protections for people with pre-existing conditions and more bills are moving toward his desk.
The bills to prevent another enrollment freeze on KidsCare stopped moving after only one committee hearing (with a resounding 7-1 vote for approval).
As lawmakers move toward negotiating the details of the state budget, we will need to remind them to vote NO for any budget that freezes KidsCare. Stay tuned for info on how you can speak up for KidsCare.
See a current list of priority bills and their status here.