No on HB2388 & Yes on HB2068: Someone Else’s Religion Should Not Dictate Your Healthcare (Video)

The Arizona Legislature’s Request to Speak (RTS) system should be on high alert for the House Health and Human Services Committee meeting on Thursday, Feb. 6.

We will be hearing Cathi Herrod’s funding bill for the fake pregnancy hotline bill (HB2388). This bill gives $1.5 million a year to the 211 information and referral line, but it has strings attached. The information provided will be tailored by the provider’s religious beliefs.

If this bill or the mirror bill (SB1328) passes, the free public 211 referral line would not be allowed to refer to anyone to any organization or clinic that provides abortions or to any provider that would offer other much-needed public health services like pap smears, pregnancy tests, birth control, HIV tests, and basic public health services… in addition to abortion.

These two bills are bad public health policy that force young women and their children into lives of poverty because of an unplanned pregnancy. They cost the state money because 52% of the lives births in Arizona are funded by AHCCCS, the state’s Medical program.

These two bills restrict your access to care based upon someone else’s deeply held religious beliefs. The government should not fund this. 

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Regulatory Affairs Committee: From Sprinklers to Noise Complaints (video)

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On Friday, you all got a two-fer. After the Regulatory Affairs Committee briefing, I decided to do a second video about two bills the Request to Speak regulars made want to comment on. Both of these bills are on the agenda for Regulatory Affairs today– February 3, 2020– if you want to comment.

HB2313 is a Grantham bill that preempts cities and towns from requiring business owners to install sprinkler systems and from finding them if they don’t install sprinkler systems. This is another one of those “what could go wrong?” bills that we hear in the deregulation committee. according to the restaurant Association, there are between 30 and 40 restaurants in Phoenix that seat more than 300 people and have a liquor license but don’t have sprinkler systems. I’d like a list so I can avoid those unsafe places.

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