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ADOT faces $62.7 billion budget shortfall

Motorists may need to pay more at the pump, on the roads or at the cash register to meet the funding needs of the Arizona Department of Transportation through 2035, according to a recent state audit.... Read more»1

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AAA Az urges lawmakers to focus on distracted drivers

Pointing to an advocacy group's report listing Arizona among states falling behind in addressing distracted driving, rules for novice drivers and protecting occupants of vehicles, AAA Arizona is calling on state lawmakers to strengthen traffic-safety laws.... Read more»

New law requires buses to use stop signs, lights on private roads

Starting next school year, school buses in Arizona will be required to use stop signs and flash warning lights even on privately owned roads.... Read more»

Game & Fish fee bill on governor's desk

Legislation that would allow the Arizona Game and Fish Department to price and package hunting and fishing licenses without approval from the Legislature was heading to Gov. Jan Brewer after winning state House approval Monday.... 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»

Hearing on driver's licenses for deferred action immigrants

Denying Arizona driver’s licenses to participants in the Obama administration’s deferred action program is setting up newly legal workers to break the law by driving anyway, an advocate told state lawmakers Thursday.... Read more»1

Prescott lawmaker: Allow communities to ban fireworks sales

Saying it would help reduce the risk of wildfires, a state lawmaker is trying again to give cities and towns the authority to ban the sale of sparklers and other fireworks legalized by a 2010 state law. Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, called it “a little silly” that Arizona communities can forbid the use of fireworks but by law must allow their sale.... Read more»

Bill: Require school buses to use lights, stop signs on private roads

Requiring school buses to flash lights and display stop signs while picking up or letting off children on private roads would help prevent accidents like one that claimed the life of an eastern Arizona girl in 2008, a state lawmaker says.... Read more»

Farley: Federal grants may sway lawmakers on texting ban

A Tucson lawmaker who has tried for years to ban texting while driving in Arizona says the Legislature has a new reason to do so this year: money.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Funding state parks improvements now saves costs later

Delaying capital improvements needed after years of deep budget cuts to Arizona State Parks will only exacerbate the problems and increase future costs, a state lawmaker said last week. "If you don’t take care of your infrastructure, it’s like not taking care of your house and if you let that little $2 item go and don’t fix it, you end up with a $100 repair bill."... Read more»

Brewer vetoes state parks revenue bill

Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill aimed at protecting Arizona State Parks’ revenue from legislative sweeps, but supporters said Friday they are optimistic about sending her a revised version this session.... Read more»

Bill to protect state parks wins Senate approval

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks’ revenue from any further legislative sweeps was on its way to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk Monday.... Read more»

Bill to protect State Parks revenue a step closer to law

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks revenue from legislative sweeps skipped over the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, taking it one step closer to becoming law.... Read more»

Bill to protect State Parks revenue clears key hurdle

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks from legislative sweeps of its gate and concession revenue won preliminary House approval Thursday after overcoming an attempt to narrow its scope. ... Read more»

Bill to protect State Parks revenue moves ahead

A bill that would protect Arizona State Parks revenues from budget sweeps and allow the agency to use the money for operations took its first step Thursday in the state House.... Read more»

Ban on texting while driving advances in state House

The state House Transportation Committee voted 6-2 on Thursday to endorse HB 2512, authored by Rep. Steve Urie, R–Gilbert, which carries a fine of $50 for those caught texting while driving and $200 if a texting driver is involved in an accident.... Read more»

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