Upcoming Legislation:

This year I am once again sponsoring legislation that will help solve problems brought to my attention by people that live in our own legislative district.

Most people thought that when the Governor didn’t renew the state’s photo radar contract for state highways, that photo radar cameras would no longer exist on state highways.  However, cities can still place photo radar cameras on state highways.   House Bill 2477 will require cities to prove to the AZ Dept. of Transportation that there is a public safety reason for placing photo radar cameras on state highways. It will also require cities to demonstrate that public safety improved as a result of the photo radar camera when the city applies for a permit renewal.  This issue was brought to my attention by people in our district, including a city council member, that had concerns about the photo radar camera on Grand Ave. in El Mirage.

House Bill 2348 will expand the number of qualified foster homes available.  There are 14,400 children in our state waiting for foster homes.  It is a crisis situation.  Thankfully, I met a family in Surprise that shared with me a simple solution to increase foster care homes.   My legislation has bipartisan support and I’m hopeful that it will make it into law.

This year, I will also be sponsoring major tax simplification legislation that was promoted by Governor Brewer in her State of the State address.  Our sales tax system is the most complicated system in the United States and places huge and costly administrative burdens on our small and large businesses.  Instead of forcing businesses to spend money hiring accountants and spending hours and hours filling out mountains of bureaucratic paperwork every month, my legislation will simplify the entire system allowing these businesses to free up their money to hire more workers.

Please let me know what you think of my legislation. Contact me at 602-926-5413 or

Together, we can make a difference.


Debbie Lesko

Arizona State Representative
Legislative District 21

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