Lawmakers’ attendance, voting records vary

Despite going 166 days, the second regular session of Arizona’s 55th Legislature saw generally good attendance from lawmakers in both the House and Senate. Beyond the standouts, however, there were also some exceptions.  

Senate President Fann rides out highs, lows of Covid pandemic, protests, critical bills 

Senate President Karen Fann said it has been a huge honor serving as president in the Senate. She is only the second female Senate president in Arizona. Fann said some highlights of the past session for her include lawmakers passing a water bill, as well as a bipartisan budget and a K-12 base funding increase.

Democrats must protect ability for online platforms to remove misinformation 

In the wake of the devastating murder of 19 children and two adults in Uvalde, Texas, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ-4) took to Twitter—not to offer comfort to grieving families, but to peddle misinformation falsely accusing a transgender woman in Georgia of the crime. At a time when Arizona and other states are already struggling to combat dangerous election misinformation online, Rep. Gosar’s tweet highlights the continued need for policymakers, and Democrats in particular, to protect online platforms’ ability to moderate content.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona, partners inspiring health through different lens

During the last five years, while Arizonans have reported feeling physically healthier, mental distress has increased. To help address this, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona and partners are actively working to implement an integrated medical management strategy that blends physical health, behavioral health, and the vital social determinants of health.