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Legal aid, advice available for immigrants, but ‘notario’ fraud also prevalent

President Donald Trump’s election and immigration executive orders have led to an increase in the number of immigrants seeking legal advice and assistance in Arizona, and local law organizations are responding to this influx by supplying pro bono and low-cost legal help to community outreach groups.... Read more»

Arizona felons have steep path to restore voting rights

Under Arizona law, repeat offenders must wait two years to apply for restoration to the county court that sentenced them. They must have completed their sentence, parole and probation time and paid all fines and restitution. It’s then up to a judge to accept or deny their request.... Read more»9

Voters protest in the wake of clogged Maricopa County polling places

Elected officials and members of the public on Wednesday called for action after Maricopa County voters faced a night of long lines and overwhelmed polling stations during Tuesday’s presidential preference election.... Read more»

The conservative playbook for keeping 'dark money' dark

In internal memos, groups opposing tighter state campaign finance rules coach their local supporters on how to battle disclosure of political donors. Since 2008, dark money groups have spent more than $690 million in federal races. The same story is playing out on the state level, including in Arizona.... Read more»

Democrats announce $3.8 billion education-funding plan

Arizona House and Senate Democrats announced a plan they say would provide public schools an additional $3.8 billion over 10 years without raising taxes. Leaders say their plan addresses under-budgeting as well as hundreds of millions of dollars the state owes for failing to make inflation adjustments to school funding as required by a voter-approved law.... Read more»

Snags showing in Ducey’s 'secret police' inspector general plan

Changes are coming to Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposed state government watchdog following criticism about transparency and accountability. While the governor said the office would "shine a light" on corruption, critic called it a "secret police" plan. ... Read more»1

Lawmaker: Immunity from citations would encourage underage drinkers to seek help

A Republican lawmaker's bill would allow those under 21 to call for emergency services without fear of being cited for underage drinking. It also would apply to those who provide alcohol to someone else who is under the legal drinking age. ... Read more»

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

Appeals court: Give driver's licenses to deferred action recipients

The 9th Circuit Court on Monday ordered that Arizona provide driver's licenses to recipients of deferred action from deportation — those commonly known as "Dreamers." Saying that the state's policy appears to be motivated by animosity to the young immigrants, the court ordered an injunction blocking Gov. Brewer's 2012 executive order.... Read more»

Bill would make it easier for felons to restore right to vote

Saying that voting can help former felons reintegrate into everyday life, a state lawmaker wants to make it easier for them to get back that right. “I think that people that have served their time and paid their debt to society that it’s important for them to get their most fundamental right – constitutional right – the right to vote, to get it back,” said Rep. Martín J. Quezada, D-Phoenix.... Read more»2

Latino Caucus legislative goals include education, economy, reforming CPS

While addressing issues such as education, the economy and reforming Child Protective Services, lawmakers need to focus more on Arizona’s growing Hispanic population, the head of the Arizona Legislative Latino Caucus says. “The voters in our communities deserve better,” said Sen. Anna Tovar.... Read more»

Lawmakers: Election day voter registration would boost participation

Democratic lawmakers say allowing voters to register and cast ballots on the same day would increase election participation, but some county officials worry that it would further complicate the voting process.... Read more»

Lawmaker wants commission on election, ethics complaints

Rep. Martin J. Quezada, D-Phoenix, says the Arizona Ethics and Elections Commission called for in HB 2140 would increase accountability for candidates and lawmakers. The body would have the power to audit candidates' accounts and impose civil penalties. ... Read more»

Lawmaker: Keep lottery winners’ names private

A state lawmaker wants to keep the names of lottery winners private, saying the change would protect them from criminals and scam artists. But media attorneys are raising questions of transparency. "If one chooses to participate, and if you’re not prepared to let the public know you won, then don’t play."... Read more»4

Latinos: GOP immigration efforts not enough to court voting bloc

A new Republican plan dubbed the Achieve Act, offered by Sens. Jon Kyl of Arizona and Kay Bailey Hutchison of Texas, would offer certain illegal immigrants legal status without granting citizenship. But several Latino groups see the new plan as a ploy to gain Latino votes. ... Read more»