The legislative introduction deadline for 2020 is fast approaching. Arizona State Senators have until Monday, Feb. 3, to file any legislation they want to be considered this session; the House bill introduction deadline comes one week later, on Feb. 10.
After just 19 days this session, 1,363 bills, memorials and resolutions have been posted. Even if not a single additional piece of legislation is introduced, that’s already enough to be 2nd most during the Ducey Era.
A strong majority of bills, memorials and resolutions – 806 – have originated in the House. With more than a week to go until the filing deadline, expect to see this year’s bill tally eclipse the 2019 total, when House members introduced 818 pieces of legislation.
Senate members, meanwhile, have filed 557 bills, memorials and resolutions so far this year. Expect that number to climb between now and the end of Monday; there’s traditionally a wave of 11th-hour filings.
Here is a breakdown of total legislation introduced by session:
- 2020: 1,363 (806 House; 557 Senate)
- 2019: 1,418 (818 House; 600 Senate)
- 2018: 1,328 (730 House; 598 Senate)
- 2017: 1,180 (597 House; 583 Senate)
- 2016: 1,361 (776 House; 585 Senate)
- 2015: 1,252 (773 House; 479 Senate)
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Universal Technical Institute’s core automotive program outfitted with Volvo’s Advanced and Electrified Vehicles
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Volvo Cars USA LLC has announced it will contribute 36 new vehicles to include twin-engine plug-in hybrid vehicles to Universal Technical Institute’s core automotive training program as part of its national Vehicle Lease Program for Schools initiative. The effort supports Volvo’s strategy to work directly with UTI and other educational institutions to put state-of-the-industry technology into the hands of students training for transportation careers, and ultimately increase the number of skilled technicians in the field.
The new cars – to be delivered across 11 UTI campuses nationwide – will support UTI’s hands-on training with Volvo’s advanced technologies, such as collision avoidance and advanced electrical diagnosis. In preparation for this unique access to these state-of-the-industry vehicles, UTI is revising its core curriculum to ensure that all students have the opportunity to experience learning on the Volvo cars in the lab.
[…] Upon completion of UTI’s core training programs, UTI students who wish to specialize in Volvo vehicles have the option to continue their studies through the 14-week Volvo Service Automotive Factory Education (SAFE) program, exclusively offered at UTI’s campus in Avondale, Arizona. Successful MSAT applicants often are sponsored by Volvo and local dealerships to cover the cost of tuition. After two years of employment, and ASE Master Certification, they’re eligible for Master Technician status.
UTI is unique for its 11 automotive Manufacturer Specific Advanced Training (MSAT) programs. The specialized manufacturer training and certifications that students receive through UTI’s MSAT programs, including the Volvo SAFE program, are acquired in just a few months and can often take two years or more to garner in the field.
For more information about UTI, visit www.uti.edu.
CHANDLER, Ariz., Jan. 27, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Zovio (Nasdaq: ZVO), an education technology services company, donated 200 computers and three multi-function printers to AZ StRUT, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides donated technology to Title I schools in the Phoenix area. These computers and printers have been given to AmeriSchools to use in computer labs as resources for student learning this school year.
“We are happy to assist AmeriSchools with these desktops,” said Tom Mehlert, CEO of AZ StRUT. “Arizona nonprofit charter schools often do not qualify for tech funding available to public schools. My estimate is this saved them $6,000 to $9,000!”
[…] “Since 2005, we have donated $10.3 million to our local communities,” said Jennifer Love Bruce, Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility at Zovio. “Our corporate giving is guided by the theme of Activating Ambition. We work with local and national organizations, like AZ StRUT, who provide support for education in underserved communities, both inside and outside of the classroom.”
ProLiteracy and Pearson have joined forces to create Workforce Atlas, a revolutionary free online career pathways platform designed exclusively with the adult learner in mind, to help address our country’s workforce challenges. Workforce Atlas is an engaging, intuitive, and learner-friendly platform that adults can use to assess their literacy, numeracy, and career skills. The multifaceted online platform is a comprehensive resource intended to “show” rather than “tell” adults about career recommendations suitable for them.
[…] The Workforce Atlas platform includes a user-friendly assessment that measures learners’ literacy and numeracy skills; assessment-based career pathways recommendations including occupations, online tools, and local providers; resources including popular jobs, interview advice, tips on how to reach personal goals, and more. The recommendations are based on hundreds of unique occupations informed by the open-source data from O*Net, a constantly updated source of occupations from the Department of Labor.
ProLiteracy piloted Workforce Atlas at four organizations across the country. The feedback concluded that users felt they received accurate occupation recommendations that they would consider or are already pursuing. Additionally, the assessment instilled confidence in seeing what users could achieve for their futures, and they found the resume template included in the Resources section of the platform very helpful.
To learn more, please visit http://www.workforceatlas.org.
PHOENIX — Governor Doug Ducey declared this week, January 26 through February 1, 2020, Arizona School Choice Week to highlight the importance of providing effective education options for all Arizona students and families.
“In Arizona, we’re proud to be a national leader in school choice,” said Governor Ducey. “From open enrollment to public charter schools to Education Savings Accounts and more, Arizona families have a wide range of options to pursue, options that are helping improve results while driving innovation. My thanks to all the educators, school leaders, parents and family members working to ensure all Arizona kids have access to a high-quality education that’s best for them.”
Arizona recently celebrated 25 years of charter school success. According to the Arizona Charter Schools Association, Arizona’s more than 550 public charter schools make up 28 percent of the state’s total schools. More than 200,000 Arizona students are enrolled in charter schools, making up 18 percent of Arizona’s public school enrollment.
View a PDF of the proclamation HERE.
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Phoenix Business Journal
The metro Phoenix housing market’s total value reached $488 billion during 2019, a big gain from the previous year, according to a study by Zillow Group Inc. (Nasdaq: Z)
Compared with 2018, the total value of the Valley housing market gained 6.6%, or $30 billion last year. Only one market in the country, Washington, D.C., saw a higher dollar-value gain, said Jeff Tucker, an economist for Zillow (Nasdaq: Z).
[…] Overall during the past decade, the metro Phoenix housing market gained $237 billion in value.
Metro Phoenix ranks No. 15 in the nation in terms of total value, Tucker said. The Valley’s total market value is 1.5% of the national $33.6 trillion housing market. […]
Attorney General Brnovich Announces $400,000 in Grants to Assist with First Responder PTSD and Mental Health
PHOENIX – Attorney General Brnovich announced that the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is providing $400,000 in new community grant opportunities to support mental health programming and support services for first-responder professionals experiencing the effects of stress from traumatic incidents suffered in the line of duty.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has reported that first responders are more likely than members of the general public to develop behavioral health problems, including depression and PTSD, as a result of exposure to trauma, life-threatening situations, and the physical strain of working long hours in the line of duty.
“As we’ve recently seen in the news, first responders are often exposed to horrific and traumatic incidents,” said Attorney General Brnovich. “Often the hardest part of addressing a problem is asking for help. Our firefighters and police officers give so much to us when we need help. The least we can do is help them in their time of need.”
During the 2019 legislative session, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office worked with Representative Kelly Townsend to secure $400,000 in grant funding to support first responders who experience PTSD, depression, and other forms of stress and mental trauma. […]
President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed his signature trade deal with Mexico and Canada into law, sealing a big bipartisan win for him during his heavily partisan impeachment trial.
But the celebration on Wednesday was far from bipartisan, as Trump excluded Democrats from the ceremony despite their key role in securing the final version of the deal that passed with overwhelming majorities in both the House and Senate.
Instead, Trump used the signing of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement as a chance to keep ownership of his deal in a White House ceremony with hundreds of Republican lawmakers, Mexican and Canadian leaders, local officials, and business, industry and union leaders present.
“We have replaced a disastrous trade deal,” Trump said in the ceremony on the White House South Lawn. “This is something we really put our heart into. It’s probably the No. 1 reason that I decided to lead this crazy life that I’m leading right now as opposed to that beautiful simple life of luxury that I left before this happened. But I love doing it.”
Signing the USMCA into law is a rare legislative achievement for the president going into his reelection campaign. But Trump will not be able to say he fully delivered on his 2016 campaign promise to replace NAFTA until Canada ratifies the deal and all three countries meet many of their obligations — and that could take months. […]