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APRIL 19, 2019The private sector has the power to effect the dangerous behavior of texting while driving. Cell phone makers, automobile manufacturers, and insurance carriers all have an interest in deployment of motion sensing technology to change the habit of texting while driving.

- Rep. Mark Finchem, Chairman of the House Federal Relations Committee. 
The bill that Rep. Finchem sponsored deals with assaults on healthcare workers. In testimony doctors, nurses and first responders told stories of how they had suffered serious injuries from people who they were taking care of. The bill establishes procedures for a private hospital employee or volunteer who is assaulted while performing official duties to obtain a court-ordered blood test and establishes reporting requirements for such assaults. The new law also requires healthcare providers to collect information on the number of assaults, and the circumstances involved to work on finding commonalities that will eventually lead to a safer environment for caregivers and those who receive care as well.
Rep. Finchem voted YEA for SB-1024, a bill that would have added accountability and transparency to the voter protected medical marijuana statute. After years of calling for tax loopholes to be closed, the Democrat leadership voted to prevent the Arizona Department of Revenue from verifying that tax is being collected and the proper sales tax accounting and reporting are performed. Democrats killed the bill that we believe would have added as much as $44M to the General Fund.
It is already illegal to engage in distracted driving. While Rep. Finchem agrees that we have a problem with people who are addicted to their hand-held devices, more legislation will not yield safer streets. Rep. Finchem voted YES on SB-1141, "distracted driving" in an effort to raise awareness. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, "Distracted driving is dangerous, claiming 3,166 lives in 2017 alone." But where texting bans are implemented, collision counts go up. National Institutes of Health report, "The researchers found that texting bans were associated with increased frequencies of collision claims. They posited that this increase may have stemmed from drivers lowering their phones from view to avoid citations and fines and, in so doing, taking their eyes off the road more than they did before the implementation of the bans." The insurance industry has a solution, and that is an app that prevents texting while a vehicle is moving more than 1-miler per hour.

Recently a few U of A students disrupted meeting that included U.S. Border Patrol agents explaining what their role is under Article II of the U.S. Constitution and their responsibility for border security. The students have since been charged with criminal trespass and are facing disciplinary action related to the Student Code of Ethics. The rule of law is there to protect the rights of everyone. President Robbins is standing by the U of A Chief of Police and his decision to charge the students. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the policy on immigration, the classroom is not the place for protest. Rep. Finchem fully support President Robbins in his role to maintain an orderly, safe and effective learning environment at Arizona's Land Grant University. 
 Fiscal conservatives continue to negotiate for a responsible budget that provides pay parity for Troopers and Corrections Officers, deals with deferred maintenance on roads and bridges, pays down debt, and makes a modest investment in the State's Emergency Contingency Fund. When is a one-time surplus not a surplus? When we have accumulated debt and deferred maintenance on critical infrastructure. We continue to work through the internet sales tax issue and of course conformity and tax reform.

Sanctuary cities have long boasted that they are ready, willing and able to take on illegal border crossers. Taking them at their word, and in the face of Congress' failure to fix broken immigration law, President Trump has put forward a plan to place illegal border crossers in the communities that have said they want them, sparing the communities that recognize the problem with bucking the immigration system.
But wait, it seems those same communities now say they think it is unfair that ICE is delivering them to their communities. Hypocrisy

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