From social worker, to involved parent, to Arizona Senate Deomcratic Leader, Katie Hobbs has been leading her community and Arizona to a brighter future.
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Katie Hobbs is Leading Arizona to a Brighter Future
Senate Democratic Leader Katie Hobbs has dedicated her life to improving our community. She has worked tirelessly to fight back against the extremists trying to take over state. As a native of Phoenix and lifelong resident of Arizona, she knows what's at stake. That's why she will continue fighting for every resident in District 24 and across Arizona.
Katie understands the importance of strong leadership for our state in these difficult times. She leads by example. When she talks about the importance of strong schools, her votes reflect that. When she talks about standing up against extremist Tea Party organizations such as the Goldwater Institute, she backs it up with action. And when she says she understands how important it is to protect our neighborhoods and create quality jobs, she means it.
Katie represents the values that make District 24 such a great place - dedication, innovation, honesty, and integrity.
District 24 needs legislators who will fight against the Tea Party extremists, not join them.
Arizona needs well-funded schools and social services to prosper. The Governor's budget offers neither. More than $400 million has been cut from our state universities since 2008, with this budget cutting $99 million and eliminating funding for our largest community colleges.
Governor Ducey signs SB1318, further restricting women's access to healthcare and requires doctors to provide them with junk science, quack medicine on "abortion reversal." Read article for Katie Hobbs take: "There is absolutely no evidence anywhere... that supports this as a valid medical procedure."
As a social worker, Katie Hobbs has seen firsthand the damage that violence does to families. SB1429 requires law enforcement agencies to report the number of untested sexual assault kits. She proposed this legislation after the discovery that there are thousands remaining untested, possibly leaving perpetrators of sexual violence not pursued, putting "one more nail in the coffin for victims coming forward to report because they feel like they wont be taken seriously when they do."
Senate Bill 1432 would require checking state and federal sex offender registries for hotel employees who have access to guest rooms. It is a simple bill that closes a loophole, protects hotels from liability, and protects AZ's tourism industry, which is critical to our economy.
Yesterday, Arizona took an important step forward for sexual assault victims and their advocates. In a unanimous decision, the Arizona Senate approved SB1425, a bill I have been working hard to pass.
This bill will give the same confidentiality privileges for sexual assault victims and their advocates as domestic violence victims currently have, and is an important step to protect some of our most vulnerable and abused.
It will now be sent to the House and I look forward to seeing it pass and get the Governor’s signature.