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Arizona lawmakers lack trust, respect for the people

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107 years ago, Arizona’s founders feared that legislatures could land in the pockets of special interests. They believed that ultimately, the people in power had to be accountable to the citizens. They gave us the power of referendum, recall and initiative. Today’s state Legislature wants to eliminate your access to that power.

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Health care bill returns country to ‘bad, old days’ of patient discrimination

(Photo by Alex Proimus via flickr/Creative Commons)

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association is not in the business of politics. As a statewide organization representing more than 80 hospitals and health care providers, our core purpose is to promote a robust and resilient health care delivery system in Arizona. That means looking out for the people, patients and communities of Arizona, and advocating for policies that do the same. Which brings us to the American Health Care Act.

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New law eases ADA fixes, deters unscrupulous attorneys

Special parking was one of the first, and most visible parts of the 25-year-old Americans with Disabilities Act. Advocates praise the ADA, but say more still needs to be done. (Photo by Lynn Kelley Author via flickr/Creative Commons)

During the past year, Arizona businesses of all sizes were targeted by unscrupulous attorneys filing ADA lawsuits. While the chamber encourages all businesses to comply with ADA requirements, many of these lawsuits were not focused on ADA compliance, but were attempts to extort money from business owners with often very minor ADA violations.

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