Sunday, March 1, 2015

Kevin McCarthy The Leader's Daily Schedule - 3/2/15

Leader's Daily Schedule
MONDAY, MARCH 2NDOn Monday, the House will meet at 12:00 p.m. for morning hour and 2:00 p.m. for legislative business. Votes will be postponed until 6:30 p.m.
One Minute Speeches
Legislation Considered Under Suspension of the Rules:
1) H.R. 294 - Long-Term Care Veteran Choice Act, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
2) H.R. 280 - To authorize the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to recoup bonuses and awards paid to employees of the Department of Veterans Affair, as amended (Sponsored by Rep. Jeff Miller / Veterans’ Affairs Committee)
Special Order Speeches

Arizona Schedule Legislature For Week Of March 2, 2015

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Cross Posted:Random Musings
All House committee agendas can be found here. All Senate committee agendas can be found here.
On the Senate side of the Capitol -
Natural Resources, Monday, 9 a.m., SHR109.  Presentations only, at this point.
State Debt and Budget Reform, Monday, 10 a.m., SHR3.  Presentations on state revenue from a few organizations, including, for some reason, the Goldwater Institute.
Water and Energy, Monday, 2 p.m., SHR3.  Looks relatively harmless at this point.
Commerce and Workforce Development, Monday, 2 p.m., SHR1.  On the agenda: HB2346, stating that workers’ compensation insurance carriers don’t have to provide reimbursement for medical marijuana.
Rural Affairs and Environment, Tuesday, 9 a.m., SHR109. “Air quality rules are bad for industrial agriculture” day at the legislature.  On the agenda: A presentation on “Agricultural Air Quality Regulations by ADEQ and Industry Specialists”; HB2394, requiring that “anyone who commences a regulated agricultural activity to immediately comply with the agricultural general permit beginning January 1, 2016″ (quoting the legislative summary of the bill) – currently, there is an 18 month grace period before compliance with the agricultural permit is required; HB2581, creating something called the “Prescribed Burns Liability Study Committee”.
Transportation, Tuesday, 2 p.m., SHR1.  On the agenda: HB2345, removing the requirements that motorcycles in AZ have handrails for passengers and that the handlebars of the motorcycles are designed so that the hands of the operator are below shoulder level.
Appropriations, Tuesday, 2 p.m., SHR109.  On the agenda: HB2380, a Republican grandstanding bill regarding “truth in spending” hearings.
Public Safety, Military, and Technology, Wednesday, 9 a.m., SHR1.  On the agenda: HB2377, Declaring that the Law Enforcement Merit System Council’s (LEMSC) determination for an appeal of a disciplinary action is final and binding and no longer subject to review by the director of an employer agency.
Health and Human Services, Wednesday, 2 p.m., SHR1. On the agenda: HB2238, a proposal to specify in state law that a health professional does not have to participate in a third party reimbursement program as a condition a receiving a professional license (this is from Sen. Kelli Ward [R-eyeing John McCain's Senate seat] and is her latest attempt to allow her fellow travelers to discriminate against Medicare/Medicaid patients).
Government, Wednesday, 2 p.m., SHR3.  On the agenda: HB2272, allowing a retired law enforcement officer who is a member of the Arizona State Retirement System (ASRS), the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS), the Corrections Officer Retirement Plan (CORP), or the Elected Officials’ Retirement Plan (EORP) to purchase a firearm issued by an employer at a price determined by the employer; HB2509, making it a class 4 felony, except under specific circumstance, to take, or attempt to take, control of someone’s firearm.
Financial Institutions, Wednesday, 2 p.m., SHR109.  Looks harmless so far.
Finance, Thursday, 9 a.m., SHR3.  On the agenda: HB2001, indexing income tax brackets to the state’s inflation rate.  A back door tax and revenue cut, as the inflation rate tracks changes in living costs, not changes in wages (which are the basis for income, for most people anyway); HB2109, micromanaging ballot language for local bond elections; HB2538, micromanaging county special districts (flood control, library, etc.) regarding taxes.
Education, Thursday, 9 a.m., SHR1.  On the agenda: HB2180, mandating that the state board of education establish a menu of tests that schools can use to assess student achievement.
Judiciary, Thursday, 9:30 a.m., SHR109.  Looks relatively harmless at this point.
On the House side of the Capitol -
Rules, Monday, 1 p.m., HHR4.  Long agenda of bills to be rubber-stamped on their way to floor.action.
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources, Monday, 2 p.m., HHR1.  On the agenda: SB1079, barring municipalities from preventing private enterprises from providing trash/recycling services to multifamily properties.
County and Municipal Affairs, Monday, 2 p.m., HHR4.  On the agenda: SB1069, barring municipalities and counties from requiring retail businesses to follow certain security requirements.
Children and Family Affairs, Monday, 2 p.m., HHR5.  Looks harmless so far.
Transportation and Infrastructure, Tuesday, 2 p.m., HHR1.  Looks harmless so far.
Health, Tuesday, 2 p.m., HHR4.  Looks relatively harmless.
Banking and Financial Services, Tuesday, 2 p.m., HHR3.  Looks relatively harmless, though some of the bills border on being hyper-technical and I may be missing some of the nuances here.
Federalism and States’ Rights, Wednesday, 9 a.m., HHR5.  And so the streak of “not bad” agendas ends…  On that agenda: SCM1006, a love letter to Congress urging it to support the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.  Not sure how the recent presidential veto of the scheme will affect consideration; SCM1009, a love letter to Congress urging it to exempt military bases and military training facilities from complying with the Endangered Species Act; SCM1012, a love letter to Congress urging it to water down the Endangered Species Act; SCM1013, a love letter to Congress urging it to oppose any new EPA rules related to the Clean Air Act that impact electrical generating plants.
Commerce, Wednesday, 9:30 a.m., HHR1.  Looks harmless so far.
Insurance, Wednesday, 10 a.m., HHR4.  Looks harmless so far.
Education, Wednesday, 2 p.m., HHR4.  On the agenda: SB1074, requiring public school districts to allow charter schools to purchase or lease the unused facilities of public school districts; SB1286, allowing private colleges and universities to operate charter schools; SB1332, expanding school vouchers “empowerment scholarship accounts”.
Appropriations, Wednesday, 2 p.m., HHR1.  On the agenda: SB1188, relating to conforming AZ law to federal tax code.  An annual bill that usually sails through the lege, but this year, there is a little push-back on it – according to the fiscal analysis of the bill by the Joint Legislative Budget Committee, it will result in a net reduction in state revenue of nearly $31 million.
Agriculture, Water, and Lands, Thursday, 9 a.m., HHR3.  On the agenda: SB1185, appropriating $250K to the AZAG’s office to pay for litigation against the reintroduction of Mexican grey wolves in Arizona.
Government and Higher Education, Thursday, 9 a.m., HHR1.  On the agenda: mostly bills that are too technical for me to understand andSB1441, declaring that the official state metal is copper.
Military Affairs and Public Safety, Thursday, 10 a.m., HHR5.  On the agenda: SB1445, keeping secret for 90 days the name of law enforcement officers who kill or use deadly force.
The House has posted a COW (Committee of the Whole) calendar hereand here and here for Monday.  The Senate has posted no floor calendars at this point.

The Capitol Events calendar is here

March is Women's History Month-Women2Women Conversations Tour - March 12th Phoenix Arizona

We welcome ALL Women regardless of Political Party Affiliation...This is a Non-Partisan event ! March is Women's History Month Let's support these and all women who are willing to step forward.
 Women  2  Women Conversations Tour  ~ March 12th, 2015
We hope you will attend the First Women2Women Conversations Tour
which will be held on :
Thursday, March 12th, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
at the Embassy Suites Camelback,
2630 East Camelback Road, Phoenix.
This event is sponsored by Main Street Advocacy and is an effort to bring together female voters
 to discuss issues of concern and importance to them. 
The expectant Guest Speakers at the Phoenix event will be Rep. Renee Ellmers (NC) and Rep. Martha McSally (AZ)
 These congresswomen will lead attendees in a conversation of issues of importance to them as well as
informing about legislation currently before Congress. 
 Lisa Atkins will serve as moderator. 
There is No charge for the evening and cocktails and light refreshments will be served.
Please RSVP as space will be limited.

March Is Women's History Month

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Women's History Month is an annual declared month that highlights the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society. It is celebrated during March in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia, corresponding with International Women's Day on March 8, and during October in Canada, corresponding with the celebration of Persons Day on October 18.[1]
In the United States, Women's History Month traces its beginnings back to the first International Women's Day in 1911. In 1978, the school district of Sonoma, California participated in Women's History Week, an event designed around the week of March 8 (International Women's Day). In 1979 a fifteen-day conference about women's history was held at Sarah Lawrence College from July 13 until July 29, chaired by historian Gerda Lerner.[2][3] It was co-sponsored by Sarah Lawrence College, the Women's Action Alliance, and the Smithsonian Institution.[2] When its participants learned about the success of the Sonoma County's Women's History Week celebration, they decided to initiate similar celebrations within their own organizations, communities, and school districts.[3] They also agreed to support an effort to secure a National Women's History Week.[3]
In February 1980, President Jimmy Carter issued a presidential proclamation declaring the week of March 8, 1980, as National Women's History Week.[3] The proclamation stated, "From the first settlers who came to our shores, from the first American Indian families who befriended them, men and women have worked together to build this nation. Too often the women were unsung and sometimes their contributions went unnoticed. But the achievements, leadership, courage, strength and love of the women who built America was as vital as that of the men whose names we know so well. As Dr. Gerda Lerner has noted, 'Women’s History is Women’s Right.' It is an essential and indispensable heritage from which we can draw pride, comfort, courage, and long-range vision. I ask my fellow Americans to recognize this heritage with appropriate activities during National Women’s History Week, March 2–8, 1980. I urge libraries, schools, and community organizations to focus their observances on the leaders who struggled for equality - Susan B. AnthonySojourner TruthLucy StoneLucretia Mott,Elizabeth Cady StantonHarriet Tubman, and Alice Paul. Understanding the true history of our country will help us to comprehend the need for full equality under the law for all our people. This goal can be achieved by ratifying the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states that 'Equality of Rights under the Law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.'"[3]Carter was referring to the Equal Rights Amendment, which was never ratified, not to the amendment which did become the 27th Amendment to the United States Constitution after his presidency.
In 1981, responding to the growing popularity of Women's History Week, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Rep Barbara Mikulski (D-Maryland) co-sponsored the first Joint Congressional Resolution proclaiming a Women's History Week. Congress passed their resolution as Pub. L. 97-28, which authorized and requested the President to proclaim the week beginning March 7, 1982 as “Women’s History Week."[4]Throughout the next several years, Congress continued to pass joint resolutions designating a week in March as Women’s History Week.[4] Schools across the country also began to have their own local celebrations of Women's History Week and even Women's History Month. By 1986, fourteen states had declared March as Women's History Month.[3]
In 1987, after being petitioned by the National Women's History Project, Congress passed Pub. L. 100-9 which designated the month of March 1987 as Women’s History Month.[4] Between 1988 and 1994, Congress passed additional resolutions requesting and authorizing the President to proclaim March of each year as Women’s History Month.[4] Since 1995, U.S. presidents have issued annual proclamations designating the month of March as Women’s History Month.[4]
State departments of education also began to encourage celebrations of Women's History Month as a way to promote equality among the sexes in the classroom.[4] MarylandPennsylvaniaAlaskaNew York,Oregon, and other states developed and distributed curriculum materials in all of their public schools, which prompted educational events such as essay contests. Within a few years, thousands of schools and communities began to celebrate of Women's History Month. They planned engaging and stimulating programs about women's roles in history and society, with support and encouragement from governors, city councils, school boards, and the U.S. Congress.

The Senator John McCain Update - February 2015

February 2015 Remembering Kayla Mueller | Court Halts Executive Action Lowering Corporate Taxes | Quote of the Month | ICYMI Event Spotlight | Around the Grand Canyon State
Remembering Kayla Mueller
All of America mourned the loss of Prescott, Arizona native Kayla Mueller, an extraordinary young woman who devoted her life to helping people in need around the world.
Since her graduation from Northern Arizona University in 2009, Kayla had dedicated her life to healing the sick and bringing light to some of the darkest and most desperate places on Earth – in India, Israel, the Palestinian territories and back home in Arizona.
When asked what drove her mission, Kayla said, "I find God in the suffering eyes reflected in mine, if this is how you are revealed to me, this is how I will forever seek you." Kayla's remarkable legacy of service will never be forgotten, even by so many who never had the honor of meeting her.
spoke about Kayla's remarkable life and expressed the condolences of the people of Arizona on the Senate floor earlier this month.

Court Halts Obama's Executive Overreach on Immigration
Last week, a federal district court in Texas reaffirmed my longstanding position that President Obama exceeded his legal authority with his executive action on immigration. The court's order came as it considers a case brought by 26 states, including Arizona, effectively halting the President's plans to roll-back concerted efforts by Congress to secure the border and fix our broken immigration system once and for all.
The President himself has conceded as many as 22 times over the past two years that he does not have the authority to subvert the rule of law on this issue. Yet his recent executive action not only ignores the law but also fails to address the root causes of the dysfunction in our immigration system, including an insecure border; the absence of a rational, efficient guest worker program to meet America's urgent labor needs; and a broken system for legal immigration.

The American people expect and deserve a system that works. I will continue to urge President Obama and Democrats to work with Republicans to secure our border and reform our broken system.
Lowering the Corporate Tax Rate to Create Jobs
Arizona welcomed Apple's announcement earlier this month that it will build a $2 billion global command center in Mesa, marking one of the company's largest investments to-date. While our State has benefited from the growth in high-tech business in recent years with the arrival of companies such as Apple, Raytheon and Intel, we face a critical challenge in keeping these employers and their investment dollars on U.S. soil so they can hire hardworking Arizonans and benefit our local economies.

Today, our country has one of the highest corporate tax rates in the world at 35 percent. As a result, companies worried about their bottom-line are keeping profits in lower-tax jurisdictions overseas, depriving our nation of the capital that can do much good in Arizona and all across America.
As a nation, we can and must reverse this trend. That is why Congressman Trent Franks and I recently introduced the Foreign Earnings Reinvestment Act in the U.S. Senate and the U.S. House of Representatives, legislation that would encourage the return of the estimated $1.9 trillion locked overseas to the American economy. We highlighted this legislation and the benefits it would bring to our State in a recent article published in The Arizona Republic.
Our bill would temporarily reduce the current 35 percent corporate tax rate to an 8.75 percent effective tax rate on foreign earnings brought back to America. It would also incentivize businesses to hire more workers by allowing companies that expand their U.S. payrolls to obtain an effective tax rate as low as 5.25 percent on profits returned from overseas.
Arizona is an ideal place for innovative businesses. It's time we fix our broken corporate tax system so that we can grow many more Apples around our great State.
Quote of the Month
"There is no member of Congress in either house who is more valuable in confronting the administration's inane foreign policy actions, speaking up for robust American leadership in the world and talking sense on immigration. For all that, we can say, well done Senator McCain." – Jennifer Rubin, The Washington Post