On Monday, Governor Ducey opened the Second Regular Session of the 54th Legislature with his State of the State address. Governor Ducey highlighted many of the state’s successes under his administration including a booming economy, going from a $1 billion deficit to a $1 billion rainy day fund, reducing regulations and universal occupational licensing recognition.

The state’s finances are in excellent shape which will allow the legislature to make key investments in public education, infrastructure, veterans and our rural communities. I’m proud to work with the Governor on these issues, especially veterans.

“You heard me say I want Arizona to be the national leader for veterans. Well, Representative Joanne Osborne’s got the bill. For our heroes and military spouses – polish your resumes. We’re getting rid of your fees.”
– Governor Ducey, 2020 State of the State

Issues to watch out for in 2020:

  • Funding for public education – including the final installment of the Governor’s 20×2020 plan
  • Additional reforms on state water policy
  • Vaping
  • Short-term rentals (AirBnB)

I also wanted to share a few bills I’m proud to be working on:

  • Removing occupational licensing fees for Veterans and military spouses so our heroes can get to work
  • Cracking down on e-cigarette companies and retailers targeting kids
  • An apprenticeship program to strengthen the workforce pipeline for trade industries
  • A $10 million appropriation to the Heritage Fund to support tourism and state parks in our beautiful state
  • I am always eager to hear feedback from constituents so please let me know what issues are important to you.