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Arizona legislature

For many lawmakers, disclosures don’t estimate holdings’ total value

Estimating the total value of a lawmaker's holdings is impossible in many cases. Disclosure forms have an uppermost range of "more than $100,000," and 49 of 90 Arizona lawmakers listed one or more assets in the highest range.... Read more»1

Transparency in gov't spending pushed

Arizona gets an "F" when it comes to helping taxpayers see where and how their money is being spent, according to a report released Tuesday by an advocacy group.... Read more»0

Campaign aims to prevent child abuse

Dozens of child-sized plastic chairs sat empty Tuesday outside the State Capitol, each representing an Arizona child who has died from abuse. In 2008, the last year for which statewide statistics are available, 51 Arizona kids died from abuse.... Read more»0

Laws on service member funeral arrangements unclear

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, wants state law to clarify who makes final decisions about what's done with remains of service members who die on active duty, saying that confusion can lead to lawsuits.... Read more»0

Environment

Tucson set to require rainwater harvesting on new commercial buildings

Starting in June, a city ordinance that's the first of its kind in the nation will require all new commercial developments to obtain at least half of the water for landscaping from Tucson's annual rainfall of 11 to 12 inches.... Read more»0

Braking with tradition

I-19 metric-to-miles switch doesn't measure up for some

A backlash has put the brakes on a plan to replace old metric signs with signage in miles. "The kilometers make it a little unique to this part of the country," says Don Herk. "It's something that's become part of my life."... Read more»0