PHOENIX — Hoping to prevent a future school shooting, a Senate panel agreed Tuesday to set up a statewide hotline where students and others can anonymously report dangerous activities and threats…
Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix, said HB 2489 isn’t an entirely new idea, with similar programs already at work in Colorado and Nevada. In fact, he said, the Colorado program was set up in the wake of the 199 shootings at Columbine High School in Littleton where two teens went on a shooting spree that left 13 dead and more than 20 injured.
“They put together a task force to determine what’s the best way where a student can anonymously and safely report dangerous unlawful activity,” Boyer said. He told lawmakers that Attorney General Mark Brnovich has offered to house the program.
“That makes sense because he’s best able to coordinate with law enforcement,” Boyer said.
Tuesday’s unanimous committee approval sends the measure to the Senate Education Committee. It already has cleared the House on a 48-12 vote.
Last month, Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2022, funding just over $2 million to the Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and Blind.
HB 2022 was supported by Rep. Paul Boyer of the Phoenix area, a member of the House since 2013 and Chair of Arizona House Education Committee since 2015.
The bill was passed almost unanimously.
“We needed a champion, and Paul Boyer was our champion,” said ASDB Public Relation Officer Ryan Ducharme…
Last week, HB 2563, a campus free-speech bill based on model legislation published by Arizona’s Goldwater Institute, cleared the Arizona State House by a vote of 34 to 22. (I co-authored the …
Look around you.
Everything that surrounds us, from buildings to furniture, cars to electronics, is made out of chemicals. When these materials catch fire, they emit noxious chemicals that firefighters are exposed to every day.
Each time firefighters answer a 911 call to douse a burning building or vehicle, they’re exposed to toxic fumes, irritants, particulates and heated gases no matter what personal protective gear they wear.
Today’s fires burn hotter and spread much faster than ever. And the toxins firefighters are exposed to, they go home with the first responders.
Higher risks of cancers, cardiac issues
As a result of this danger — and the stress of the job — some cancers and heart-related troubles affect firefighters at much higher rates than the general public. This linkage is not simply our opinion: It has been borne out by scientific studies done over many years worldwide.
Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, as well as scientific studies from several other independent agencies, provide conclusive evidence that firefighters are more likely to get many types of cancers and have a much higher incidence of cardiac disease compared to the average worker.
There is no other explanation why young, physically fit firefighters are dying from cancer and heart issues.
Today, 34 states have a presumption law for cancer. Arizona is among them, but our statute has not been updated in over 16 years.
What our bills would do for firefighters
Which leads us to today.
We have included in our legislation protections (including a national standard called the NFPA 1582 protocol) that no other state in the union has. This will ensure industry-related health issues are caught early and that firefighters are fit and healthy to continue saving lives and protecting us. This protocol includes extensive physical blood work, body mass index, treadmill and other physical exams.
The job of firefighters includes carrying at least 50 pounds of gear and also tools weighing 20 to 40 pounds. They drag hoses, do extensive crawling, lift and carry heavy objects, ventilate roofs and walls, and climb flights of stairs. All this in extremely hot environments for prolonged periods of time — and, in northern Arizona, in extreme cold.
The conditions they face are often critical, time-sensitive, stressful, hazardous and physically exhausting , such as dark, tightly enclosed spaces. Meanwhile, firefighters operate under abnormal sleep patterns, irregular hours and dehydration. They work 48-hour shifts, and sometimes 72-hour shifts. Nonstop.
These firefighters are dying with their boots off. This isn’t an on-the-job death, but an off-the-job one.
We at the Legislature always vote for bills that honor firefighters after they have passed away. Let’s honor these heroes while they’re alive by supporting the cardiac and cancer bills that are working their way to the governor’s desk.
Why I’m voting NO on Proposition 205:
(I’ve included the citations and the link to the initiative so you can see for yourself)
Prop 205 PROTECTS BIG MARIJUANA:
- Prop 205 creates bloated government with a new Department of Marijuana with subpoena powers. See 36-2854 (C)
- Prop 205 creates Marijuana Cops. See 36-2854 (E)
- Prop 205 funds bloated government FIRST. IF there’s any money left over, it might go to schools only AFTER first funding the Department of Marijuana and Marijuana Cops. See 36-2867 (C) 3.
- Prop 205 mandates those in the Marijuana Industry shall have government oversight over themselves, and determine their own rules and who gets a marijuana dispensary license. See 36-2853
- Nearly all of the funding for Prop 205 (96%) comes from those who stand to profit off it, namely, marijuana dispensary owners, and Washington D.C. based special interests. See AZSOS.gov for campaign finance reports
Prop 205 HARMS PUBLIC SAFETY:
- It removes any per se limit for driving while high on marijuana. Think of drunk driving and .08 Blood Alcohol Content. There is no such limit for driving while high with Prop 205. See 36-2860 (B)
- Any home, apartment, or residence in the state of Arizona could grow from 6 to 12 marijuana plants and produce pounds of marijuana at each location. See 36-2860 (2)
- Employers cannot fire an employee who is using marijuana until AFTER they’ve committed an action that would “constitute negligence or professional malpractice.” Think about how this would impact jobs that necessitate driving, heavy machinery, or safety focused jobs. See 36-2852 (A) 7
- Cities cannot prohibit a marijuana shop from moving into your city. See 36-2856 (A)
- Marijuana is STILL an all cash business because it’s illegal at the federal level, and beginning January 2, 2020, there will be marijuana delivery similar to pizza delivery. See 36-2854 (A) 2
Prop 205 HARMS ARIZONA CHILDREN:
- Children cannot distinguish marijuana-laced THC edibles and regular candy, which has led to a spike in Emergency Room visits in Colorado.
- Marijuana shops can open next door to pre-schools, homeless shelters, rehab facilities, churches, after school programs, Big Brothers/Big Sisters See 36-2858 (C)
- Prop 205 upends child custody laws. If one parent seeking child custody gets high every day or grows marijuana at home, the judge is prohibited from taking this into consideration. See 36-2860 (D)
- Arizona has the #1 disengaged youth rate in the nation (K12 age students who are neither working nor in school) and one of the known effects of marijuana use is a much higher risk of dropping out of school. Altered brain development, reduced IQ, and memory impairment are other known effects of marijuana. See New England Journal of Medicine “Adverse Health Effects of Marijuana Use,” 2014.
Colorado currently has more marijuana facilities than Starbucks and McDonalds – combined. Colorado has 2,849 retail & “medical” marijuana facilities and Colorado’s law allows Colorado cities to ban marijuana dispensaries. See the Colorado Dept. of Revenue for stats.
And remember, Arizona cannot fix any of this due to Arizona’s Voter Protection Act. This means the Governor cannot veto it and the legislature cannot fix it. We’re stuck with 20 pages of special interest language that carves out rights for marijuana users and creates a built in monopoly for “medical” marijuana dispensary owners.
Please, please read the 20-page initiative for yourself that was written by the Marijuana Industry to protect the Marijuana Industry before you cast your early vote or vote on November 8. Click on this link for the full text of Proposition 205.
So remember…vote NO on Prop 205 on November 8!
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