2017 Best Bill Sponsor– Senate

2017 Best Bill Sponsor– Senate

Thank you to the Arizona Capitol Times’ for naming me Best of the Capitol – Best Bill Sponsor – Senate!

 

On the surface, Sen. Kate Brophy McGee’s batting average this year seems middling. Out of roughly 30 bills she sponsored, only one-third made it into law. But behind the scenes, Brophy McGee emerged as one of the power brokers in the last legislative session. The Phoenix Republican, who is in her first term in the Senate, became instrumental in getting the session wrapped up on May …

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A Great Day for Arizona Children

A Great Day for Arizona Children

Approximately 30,000 children from low-income families will have healthcare coverage restored beginning today. Arizona has been coordinating with private providers on Arizona’s KidsCare program to ensure economically disadvantaged children can live healthy lives. KidsCare is locally administered and totally federally funded with no increased fiscal cost to Arizonans.  There will be fiscal savings to our state because child healthcare is less expensive than unpaid emergency room care.

My focus is getting things done. KidsCare is one of many examples illustrating what consensus building, pragmatism and strong …

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The Tangible Results of Leadership

The Tangible Results of Leadership

An issue this session that received the most attention was restoring Arizona’s KidsCare program to provide healthcare coverage for children of low income families. I led a group of resolute Republicans to revive the stalled legislation, secure the votes in both houses and pass KidsCare – reinstating healthcare coverage to 30,000 uninsured Arizona children, lost during the Great Recession, at no extra cost to Arizona. Yesterday, KidsCare open enrollment began. It will be effective September 1st. This was my proudest legislative effort last session. I …

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Arizona House approves $3.5 billion school funding deal, sends to Senate for action

Arizona House approves $3.5 billion school funding deal, sends to Senate for action

PHOENIX – The Arizona House has passed a package of bills that will pump $3.5 billion into K-12 education and settle a five-year-old lawsuit filed by schools that didn’t receive required inflation boosts during the Great Recession.

Thursday night’s action sends the package of bills to the House. It came without any Democratic votes on two of the bills, but with unanimous support for the third bill in the Republican-controlled House. That legislation actually appropriates the money.

Democrats objected to several aspects of the package, but especially …

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2015 Session Wrap-up

2015 Session Wrap-up

The 52nd Legislature wrapped up its first session in record time. New legislation will take effect July 3. We passed laws forwarding businesses like Uber, Lyft and Microbreweries and thankfully provided Arizonans the option to obtain a REAL ID for uninterrupted air travel come 2016.
My focus this session was education, child safety and our vulnerable populations. A brief recap:

Budget
I could not support the budgets for K-12, Higher Education, Health and Human Services. There was no path forward for sustainable, reliable funding for K-12, and the …

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Two common-sense bills to keep kids safe

Two common-sense bills to keep kids safe

Editorial board, The Republic | azcentral.com

Our View: The Department of Child Safety needs more information and transparency. These bills would offer both.

Two bills sponsored by Republican Rep. Kate Brophy McGee show the kind of reasoned, cooperative efforts necessary to move beyond tragedy and passion to make Arizona’s new Department of Child Safety work.

Brophy McGee says the push for more transparency represents “a delicate balancing act” that must open the agency to more public scrutiny while protecting privacy of victims and their families, and assuring that …

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