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Four-year terms proposed for state legislators

One state senator wants to ask voters to promote more harmony at the Capitol and have more knowledgeable legislators — by lengthening the terms of those they elect. ... Read more»1

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Arizona animal activists seek law against tethering dogs in yards

The Humane Society of the United States brought two rescued dogs to the State Capitol on Wednesday to press its case for a law against tethering dogs to trees, posts and other objects. It says tethered dogs are often left exposed to the elements and without water.... Read more»

Senate panel advances bill to ban texting by Arizona drivers

With several relatives of those killed by distracted drivers urging support, a Senate committee advanced a bill Wednesday that would prohibit sending text messages while driving. Prospects for the measure by Sen. Steve Farley remain anything but certain. ... Read more»1

Three bills aim to make exceptions to Az’s public records law

Three bills introduced during this legislative session aim to make what currently is public information private.... Read more»1

Court overturns law denying bail to immigrant felony suspects

The divided 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said the voter-approved ban on bail violates suspects' due-process rights. But one of the dissenting judges said that throwing out a law overwhelmingly approved by state voters "leaves Arizona nowhere to turn." ... Read more»

Schools look to first payment on $1.6B ruling

Gov. Jan Brewer has said the state will appeal a judge's decision that Arizona must make a first payment of $317 million to make up for shorting school districts during the Great Recession. ... Read more»

Lawmaker: Allow trained school staff to store guns on campus

A state lawmaker says giving trained schoolteachers and staff access to firearms in storage lockers is a way to secure campuses when it isn't possible to provide resource officers. His bill to allow that has won committee approval and is awaiting action by the full House. ... Read more»2

Enviros pack Capitol to back wolves, parks

Scores of environmentalists from around Arizona joined Bahr for Environmental Day at the Capitol to back action on environmental issues such as protecting the endangered Mexican gray wolf, supporting state parks and promoting renewable energy.... Read more»

Republican, Democrat push several bills on animal rights

Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, wants to ban ownership of animals by people convicted of animal cruelty. Sen. Steve Farley, D-Tucson, wants to create an animal abuser registry to keep track of those convicted of animal abuse.... Read more»

Bill to keep lottery winners’ names secret fails in Senate

A bill that would keep the names of Arizona Lottery winners secret failed to win state Senate approval Thursday but will get another vote.... Read more»

Arizona Students Association

Student advocacy group faces funding loss over political donation

Students in Arizona’s public universities have paid a fee every year since 1998 directed to an organization aimed at giving a student voice to higher education causes. Now the Arizona Students Association faces losing much of that funding over a decision to contribute $122,000 last year to the campaign supporting Proposition 204.... Read more»

Republicans take on medical marijuana labeling, cultivation

For Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, some edible medical marijuana products are too easy to mistake for candy and should be labeled clearly by law. Hers is among several bills legislative session addressing how the medical marijuana system approved in 2010 should work. ... Read more»

Az Dems: SB 1070 harms individuals, economy

Republican leaders in the Senate and House are allowing Arizona’s people and economy to suffer by refusing to hear two bills that would repeal SB 1070, a Democratic state lawmaker said Thursday. Neither SB 1120, authored by Steve Gallardo, nor HB 2651, authored by Rep. Sally Ann Gonzales, D-Tucson, were heard in committee.... Read more»1

With accounting system ‘on the ropes,’ Arizona upgrading

The state’s accounting system is on life support, but thanks to funding allocated last year by the governor and the Legislature it’s getting an overhaul that officials say is long overdue.... Read more»

Medical marijuana supporters rally against plan for new vote

On Thursday, a few dozen supporters rallied outside the State Capitol against legislation calling for a new statewide vote on medical marijuana. “I’m not an outlaw. I’m not a criminal, I just want to be well,” said Brian Anapol. “I got the card six months ago and it cut my pain medication intake in half."... Read more»

Lawmaker seeks ban on awarding animals as carnival prizes

Saying it's cruel to send a live goldfish, rabbit or turtle home as a carnival prize, a state lawmaker is out to ban the practice in Arizona.... Read more»

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