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Posted: Friday, December 2, 2016 4:00 am

Thank you for re-electing me to the Arizona State Senate.

I am truly blessed to have the support of so many great people and to work at a job where I can make a positive difference in our state and nation.

Our legislative session starts on Jan. 9. I am honored that I have been named Senate President Pro-Tempore and Senate Appropriations Chairman.

I will also serve as chairman of the Joint Committee on Capital Review, Vice Chairman of the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and a member of the Senate Rules Committee and the Senate Health and Human Services Committee.

In 2017, my priority will be to balance the state budget in a way that provides good quality services to the people in our state, but also ensures that government lives within its means.

I also plan to continue my work on pension reform. In 2016, my legislation reformed the firefighter and police pension plan, savings taxpayers’ millions.

In 2017 I plan on introducing legislation that will reform the Correction Officers Retirement Plan.

I am also working on a problem commonly referred to as “Surprise Medical Billing.”

It is not fair that a patient who has worked hard to make sure a surgery is covered by his/her insurance receives a surprise bill from an “out of network” anesthesiologist or radiologist that the patient had no control in selecting.

Every year I have also sponsored legislation to solve a problem brought to my attention by a constituent.

If you believe there is problem that needs legislation to solve, contact me.

If you would like me to speak to your group or you want a tour of the state capitol, let me know.

Contact me anytime at Dlesko@azleg.gov or 602-926-5413.

State Sen. Debbie Lesko represents District 21, which includes Peoria, Surprise, Sun City, Youngtown, and El Mirage.

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