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Az upends school procurement laws in effort to cool cozy relationships with builders

Included in the new $10.4 billion Arizona budget are massive changes to how public schools will be allowed to hire builders for large construction projects, as well as harsh new penalties for malfeasance that occurs during the selection process. But charter schools are exempted.... Read more»

Gun control bills stall in Arizona Legislature

The Legislature likely won’t debate a single piece of gun control legislation this session, after Democrats failed Tuesday to force a vote on a bill to ban bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. Reps. Randall Friese and Daniel Hernandez, both from Tucson, co-sponsored a measure that would have banned trigger cranks, including bump stocks.... Read more»

Ducey calls special session on opioid crisis

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday called a special legislative session to battle the opioid epidemic in Arizona, asking lawmakers to fund and expand health care.... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Ducey signs budget, Regents head blasts education cuts

This week at state Capitol: Gov. Doug Ducey signed a controversial $9.1 billion budget into law Thursday. Meanwhile, Mark Killian, chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents, amplified his call for ABOR to consider suing the state over a lack of funding to universities. Plus, abortion debate, VA testimony, and more.... Read more»

Capitol roundup: Budget zips through Legislature, spurs protests

At the Legislature this week, Gov. Ducey and Republican House and Senate leaders pushed through a $9.1 billion budget proposal which drew strong criticism from Democrats and brought hundreds of protestors to the Capitol. Lawmakers also moved forward bills to allow concealed weapons into public buildings and events, and to outlaw revenge porn.... Read more»

Az lawmaker seeks to create office of lieutenant governor

A state lawmaker wants to create the office of lieutenant governor to add more continuity if the governor's office becomes vacant. Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, says frequent turnover in the governor's office is behind his legislation seeking the change. ... Read more»

Bill would lower income tax if state collects online sales tax

If federal law gives states the authority to require online retailers to collect state sales taxes, Arizona should reduce the amount of income tax it collects to offset its gains, a state lawmaker says. ... Read more»2

ACLU files federal lawsuit against Arizona’s ‘revenge porn’ law

The ACLU is taking aim at an Arizona law that bans so-called "revenge porn." A federal lawsuit by booksellers, photographers and other media members contends the law is overly broad and could actually make artistic or newsworthy pictures illegal.... Read more»

Az lawmaker targets revenge porn, seeking felony charge

The bill by Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, would make it a felony to knowingly distribute images showing a person who is nude or engaged in a sexual act without the written consent of the pictured individual. It carries harsher penalties if the individual is recognizable. ... Read more»

Az lawmaker: Raising contribution limits would boost transparency

Increasing the amount of money Arizonans can contribute to political candidates would deter those who want to give more from working through political action committees and improve transparency, a state lawmaker contends.... Read more»

New law lets beer lovers with ‘growlers’ tap into bars, retailers

For many beer aficionados, nothing beats the freshness and flavor of a microbrew straight from the tap. Many drive miles to brewpubs to fill up glass bottles with their favorites. Under a new law, they now can fill those growlers at bars or retailers that have microbrews on tap.... Read more»

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Unshackling schools for better performance

Arizona enacted a new law earlier this month that got little attention but could make a big impact on school performance. It allows school districts that receive an "A" for three years on their district report card to request exemption from specific state regulations.... Read more»

Az leads nation in business tax credit reviews

Arizona is one of 13 states that lead the nation in evaluating the effectiveness of state tax credits intended to boost business, according to a recent study.... Read more»

Signing nominating petitions now a click away

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office unveiled a new system Monday allowing candidates for state Legislature and statewide offices to collect nominating petition signatures online.... Read more»

Greater support sought for vets on Az campuses

A Republican lawmaker wants to build on a new state law that allows community colleges and universities to be certified as “veteran supportive campuses.”... Read more»