Phoenix groups give backpacks to kids – Arizona’s Family


With the new school year starting up some kids got some much-needed supplies from a couple of local charities on Sunday morning.

United Phoenix Firefighters Charities and Protect Our Heroes passed out backpacks to young students from Imagine Schools at Cortez Park.

The backpacks were filled with items kids need for school.

Each child got to pick out the backpack they wanted.

“You can change the color and I like pandas,” said one girl as to why she chose her backpack.

“I picked because I thought it would be nice for my first day of class because it’s just the right size and just what I need,” said Anthony Rodriguez, a fifth-grader.

They also received a soccer ball.

State Rep. Paul Boyer, R-Phoenix, who is also a high school teacher, helped pass the backpacks out and says he loves giving back…

Source: Phoenix groups give backpacks to kids – Arizona’s Family

Arizona, Senate panel approves anonymous tip line for students

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.

Source: Arizona, Senate panel approves anonymous tip line for students following Parkland shooting | Local |

Funding granted to state schools for the deaf and blind

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…

Source: Funding granted to state schools for the deaf and blind | Business |

Why so many firefighters die with their boots off

Lawmakers: Firefighters are exposed to dangers as great as fires, with long-term health effects that we don’t adequately address.

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 sponsored two bills, House Bill 2410 and House Bill 2161, which add cardiac issues and several additional cancers to the list of presumptive work-related maladies.

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.



National Rifle Association (NRA)
Professional Firefighters of Arizona
Arizona State Troopers Association
Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery
National Federation of Independent Business
Homebuilders Association of Central Arizona
Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Arizona Association of REALTORS
The Arizona Technology Council


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