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Allen, Sylvia (Republican - Dist 6) Arizona Senate
Allen, Sylvia1
Phone:  (928) 536-3566
Leg. Phone:  (602) 926-5409
Room:  303
Secretary:  Lynn Snow
Email:  sallen@azleg.gov
Facebook:  Sylvia Allen
Address:  PO Box 952
Snowflake, AZ 85937
Committees
Senate Education (chairman)
JOINT COMMITTEE ON CAPITAL REVIEW (member)
LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL (member)
Senate Appropriations (member)
Senate Natural Resources, Energy and Water (member)
Prime Sponsor of These Bills
S1055: CHARTER SCHOOLS; RULEMAKING EXEMPTION
S1056: SCHOOLS; LETTER GRADES; ABSENTEEISM; ILLNESSES
S1081: APPROPRIATION; COUNTY SHERIFF; REENTRY PLANNING
S1082: FULL-DAY KINDERGARTEN; INSTRUCTION REQUIREMENTS
S1083: SCHOOLS; RECESS PERIODS
S1152: EDUCATION; APPROPRIATION; NONCUSTODIAL FEDERAL MONIES
S1153: FIRE FLOW REQUIREMENTS; RURAL APPLICABILITY
S1154: TECH CORRECTION; AGRICULTURAL LANDFILLS
S1155: TECH CORRECTION; CITIES & TOWNS
S1156: TECH CORRECTION; ACTIVE MANAGEMENT AREAS
S1157: TECH CORRECTION; RELEASE OF ANIMALS
S1158: TECH CORRECTION; DEAF; BLIND SCHOOLS
S1159: SCHOOLS; EMPLOYEE LEASING FIRMS; WAGES
S1215: WICHE; CONTINUATION
S1216: ADVANCED CERTIFICATION; ASSESSOR PERSONNEL; COMPENSATION
S1254: SCHOOL DISTRICT CONSOLIDATION
S1255: TEACHERS; ALTERNATIVE PERFORMANCE EVALUATIONS
S1256: SCHOOL BUS DEFINITION; VANS
S1257: STATE LOTTERY DISTRIBUTIONS; FAMILY HOMELESSNESS
S1269: JTEDS; NINTH GRADERS; FUNDING; PROGRAMS
S1270: CTE CERTIFICATIONS; INCENTIVE BONUS PROGRAM
S1378: SCHOOLS; BONDS; OVERRIDES; FUNDING SOURCES
S1388: RESUBMISSION OF TAX LEVY; APPROPRIATION
S1411: SCHOOLS; ANNUAL ACHIEVEMENT PROFILES
S1449: SCHOOLS; STATEWIDE ASSESSMENT CONTRACTS; REVIEW
SCR1016: MINIMUM WAGE; SICK TIME REPEAL
Background 
Age:  71 (born:04/02/47, Phoenix, AZ)
Arizona since:  Birth
Occupation:  Legislator since 2015 and 2008-12; Navajo County Supervisors, 2012-14; real estate agent, Integrity Realty, 2005-07.
Marital:  Married
Spouse:  Richard, road maintenance
Children:  5
Religious pref:  LDS
Education:  Certification, real estate school, 2005; diploma, Snowflake High School, 1965.
Pol exp incl:  Navajo County Supervisor; president, Arizona/New Mexico Coalition of Counties; board member, Little Colorado River Resource Conservation District; board member, Northern Arizona Council of Governments Community Action; board member, Navajo County Workforce Investment Act; appointed to Transmission Line Sitting Committee; Navajo County rep at USWFS meetings on the expansion of the Mexican Wolf; REAL AZ Economic Regional Planning and the Natural Resource Working Group.
Legis exp:  Senate since 2015, president pro tem 2015-16; Senate 2008-12; president pro tem 2011-12. (Appointed 6/18/08 to replace Jake Flake, who died 6/8/08.)
Memb have incl:  Board member, Mogollon Medical Foundation, 2003-06; project protect, Desert Southwest Coordinator, 2003; president, Freedom for America League, 2000-04; Southwest field director, People for the West/USA, 1992-2000; founder, PFW Players, 1993-2006.
Interests:  Having fun, going on trips and being with my 19 grandchildren, reading, crafts and decorating my home, and watching movies with my husband.
Issues 
Two biggest issues:  As Senate Education chair, my main focus will be to continue the progress we have made in education funding, continue efforts to increase teacher morale, reduce pressure in the classroom, reform Prop 301, and increase teachers' pay. Find ways to improve our Arizona economy. Rural Arizona is still struggling for jobs and industry, and I will continue to be a voice and vote for rural Arizona. Supporting mining, forestry, ranching and recreation. Protecting our water and watershed.
Budget priorities:  We have worked hard to have a structurally balanced budget. I believe that the reason we had more revenues this session was due to the tough decisions that were made over the last seven years as our state climbed out of the recession. We need to stay the course and to restore as much as we can to areas that had been cut. This budget round we did restore some of the cuts that had been made to agencies and programs. We need to continue to restore as the revenues improve. Inflation is still a problem for our families, and we must be careful not to increase taxes, fees or regulations that impact businesses.
Fiscal philosophy:  Free Market style of Milton Friedman. I believe in personal responsibility and that government programs should help people climb out of poverty. Programs designed to create personal freedom and self-sufficiency. I also like Bastiat's quote: "In the economic sphere an act, a habit, an institution, a law produces not only one effect, but a series of effects. Of these effects, the first alone is immediate; it is seen. The other effects emerge only subsequently; they are not seen; we are fortunate if we foresee them." So I believe we must be very careful about the policies we pass into law and try to understand the consequences to the economy and to our families.
Marijuana legalization:  I will vote no if this is on the ballot. I feel that there will be many unforeseen problems that we will then be forced to deal with. The use of marijuana among our young people will increase -- there is no doubt about that. It has already increase with medical marijuana cardholders. There will be a cost to our employers, and there will be an increase in cost to social services and rehab demands. Today's marijuana has an average THC content of 15%, compared to the 4% of the 1980s. It is more addictive. It impairs thinking, impairs learning, impacts memory, impacts motor skills, distorts perception and affects health.
Gifts to elected officials:  I have never had a problem with anyone trying to give me a gift that is of great value. Mostly, it is small little things of appreciation. As far as expenses paid for conference trips, these are offered to all legislators. I support the limit of what we report on now and feel it is adequate. I feel it is up to the legislator to hold to the spirit and integrity of the office. I work with many honorable people and have not seen this as a problem.
Campaign finance reforms:  It is so easy for people to distort the facts and misled the voters through mailers that are downright full of misinformation and distortions. I don't know how you can regulate the lack of integrity but wish we could do something. How do you infringe upon peoples' rights to make a donation and involvement in a campaign when they have a fundamental right to do so without pressure from those who do not like who they support? We have many regulations now and it almost takes hiring a lawyer to keep you from mistakenly doing something that is wrong.
Pro-life / pro-choice:  I have always supported life.
Public policy advice:  Senate President Andy Biggs. Many in the education field. Some good friends at home who I have worked with for many years. Books - Frederic Bastiat, Milton Friedman, Federalist Papers, among many.
Campaign Details
Term Limit:  2022
Campaign Finance:  private


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