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Arizona State Legislature
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Forty-ninth Legislature - First Regular Session
 
 
  Barbara Leff

Barbara Leff
President Pro Tempore

Republican
District 11

Senate
1700 W. Washington
Room 302
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Phone Number: (602) 926-4486
Fax Number: (602) 417-3270

 
Personal Information:
Home City: Paradise Valley
Occupation: Clinical Social worker, Former Community College Instructor, Former Small Business Owner, & Community Volunteer
Member Since: 1997
Barbara Leff is the State Senator from District 11 (http://www.barbaraleff.com/district11.htm). She served three terms in the House and is currently in her fourth term in the Senate. Barbara is the President Pro Tempore of the Senate, the Chairman of the Commerce and Economic Development Committee, Vice Chairman of the Finance Committee and a member of the Health and Rules Committees.

Barbara graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a Bachelor's Degree from Boston University. She also has a Master's Degree in Social Work from Simmons College.

Barbara's work experience includes being a Medical and Psychiatric Social Worker for the Veteran's Administration, a Certified Community College Instructor for the Maricopa County Community College System and the owner of a small retail sporting goods business in Scottsdale. Barbara also has years of experience in the volunteer sector, including running a program that resettled Russian refugees in the Valley. Her focus was to create and run a program to help the refugees be successfully employed and therefore, self-sufficient. Barbara's work and volunteer experiences led her to the world of politics. She volunteered on Jon Kyl's first campaign for the United States Senate, spending many hours working on his behalf.

Barbara has been married to Dr. Edmund Leff for forty years. They have two children. The Leffs have lived in Paradise Valley for thirty years.

Barbara’s legislative achievements include sponsoring bills which improve the quality of health care; prevent frivolous lawsuits; protect social security numbers to prevent identity theft; put felons in jail for life with a third felony conviction;  allow people to ship wine to Arizona and to order wine directly from small wineries; educate children on the prevention of skin cancer and make sure tobacco taxes are used for their intended purpose which is to help people stop smoking. Barbara was also the sponsor of “The Teenage Driver Safety Act,” which places reasonable restrictions on new teenage drivers.

To strengthen Arizona’s economy, Barbara has worked on policies to lower taxes, reduce red tape and encourage entrepreneurship, including her "angel investor" legislation to promote investing in small Arizona technology companies.  In 2009, Barbara sponsored successful legislation (SB 1403) that will bring high paying jobs to Arizona by providing tax incentives for renewable energy manufacturing, research and development and headquarters facilities to locate in Arizona. Arizona should be the leader in the rapidly expanding solar industry and this law will give us the tools we need to accomplish this goal. In 2010 Barbara successfully sponsored legislation (SB1189) that changes the standard used in both civil and criminal actions regarding the admissibility of expert opinion testimony. Arizona will now use the Daubert Standard instead of the Frye standard.  This finally gives defendants protection from the admissibility of junk science and raises the level of expert opinions to those with a true scientific basis.

Barbara is currently a candidate for Arizona State Treasurer.

Barbara has received numerous awards for her work on critical issues and on behalf of her constituents - see the list (http://www.barbaraleff.com/awards.htm).

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Committee Assignments
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Commerce and Economic Development Chairman Click Here Click Here
Finance Vice-Chairman Click Here Click Here
Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Member Click Here Click Here

 

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Sponsored Bills
Bill NumberSort By Bill Number
Sponsor TypeSort By Sponsor Type
Short TitleSort By Short Title
Final Vote
 
HB2164 P pharmacists; administration of immunizations
  (NOW: administration of immunizations; pharmacists
HB2361 C tax exemption; personal property
HB2457 C university athletic facilities district
HB2565 C perinatal mood disorder; educational information
HCM2004 P secret ballots; protecting fundamental right
HCM2009 C opposing federal firearms legislation
HCR2036 C supporting the citizens of Iran
SB1107 P state equalization property tax repeal
SB1138 P partial-birth abortions; definition.
SB1262 P* workers' compensation; charges; dispute resolution
  (NOW: workers' compensation omnibus
SB1264 P* health professionals; disclosure
SB1265 P* UCC; lost cashier's checks
SB1266 P* workers' compensation; drugs and alcohol
SB1277 P* landlord tenant; tenant noncompliance
SB1308 P* accountancy board; CPA registration
SB1321 P* income tax; net operating loss
SB1322 P* license plates; state name
  (NOW: unemployment insurance; benefits
SB1323 P* emergency mutual aid agreements
SB1324 P* corporate income tax rate
SB1325 P* individual health insurance; coverage exemptions
SB1327 P* tobacco sales; self-service displays
SB1403 P* renewable, high-wage industries incentives
SB1417 P* AHCCCS; payment system; reform
SCR1026 P secret ballot; fundamental right
SCR1045 P death resolution; Jake Flake

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