I hope all of you had an enjoyable summer. Like many of you, my children just went back to school. It’s hard to believe that their summer break is already over and that we’ve started a new school year.

Even though the legislature is out of session, I have been busy working with constituents and working on important matters that affect the entire state.

Here are some highlights:
1. SPECIAL SESSION: We recently completed a three day special session called by the Governor to retain the right to a secret ballot in our state. The Obama Administration and many Democratic members of the U.S. Congress are attempting to pass “Card Check” legislation at the federal level. If passed, employees would no longer have the right to a secret ballot in union elections. During the special session, the legislature corrected language on the November 2nd ballot measure to ensure that Arizona voters will be able to vote to retain the right to a secret ballot in the Arizona Constitution.
2. ENERGY MEETINGS: I formed and lead an energy stakeholder meeting every month. The group includes several legislators, all the major utility producers in the state, solar industry representatives, the Corporation Commission which regulates utilities, the Governor’s office, and energy efficiency experts. My goal is to develop a long-range energy plan for Arizona. Last month, APS and SRP presented their energy plans and this month we will be touring a gas-fired electric generating facility.
3. HELPING CONSTITUENTS: One of the most rewarding parts of my job is helping constituents. My office is contacted on a regular basis by people seeking answers or help. My office works together with legislative staff and other agencies to help resolve their problems. We have helped many constituents. We can’t resolve everyone’s problems, but we sure try. If you have a problem that deals with a state agency, we may be able to help. Call me at 602-926-5413.
4. DRAFTING LEGISLATION: I recently worked with legislative attorneys to draft legislation that will address a problem raised in Sun City. In addition, I met with other states legislators to vote on, share, and learn about legislation used in other states. If you have ideas for legislation, please contact my office at 602-926-5413. I cannot guarantee that I will introduce all your ideas on legislation, but I am certainly interested in hearing your suggestions.
5. ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: I recently attended a seminar on illegal immigration conducted by experts in the field. I co-sponsored SB1070 and am interested in sponsoring other legislation that will combat illegal immigration.

Being a state legislator is a challenging and rewarding job. I enjoy meeting people that live in my district and showing constituents what I do. I have given tours to “Red Hat” ladies and business officials. If you are interested in learning more or want to get more involved, give me a call. I’d love to hear from you.

State Representative Debbie Lesko

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