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Tucson and Pima County will take up several items involving people needing emergency shelter.

Tucson and Pima County will both take up measures and – let's face it – outright hopes and prayers about how to address the needs of people who need emergency housing. Plus more in local government meetings this week. Read more»

From left, hospitality leaders Eliza McCoy, Rose Walz, Mark VanBeest and Jay Caiafa speak during a panel on hospitality safety at the It’s a Penalty conference in Phoenix Jan. 25, 2023. McCoy is vice president of prevention and awareness programs for the American Hotel & Lodging Association Foundation; Walz is director of human resources at Arizona Biltmore, a Waldorf Astoria Resort; VanBeest is vice president of external affairs & brand services, G6 Hospitality; and Caiafa is chief operating officer, Americas, IHG Hotels & Resorts.

Up to 150,000 people are expected in Arizona for Super Bowl LVII, and It’s a Penalty brought together well-known names in sports, hospitality and tourism to shine a light on abuse, human trafficking and exploitation ahead of the big game. Read more»

Many municipal chicken laws allow residents to keep four to eight hens, often prohibiting roosters due to noise concerns.

Prompted in part by the high price of supermarket eggs, city councils from Arizona to Florida to Oklahoma have approved ordinances allowing people to welcome hens into their yards - but aspiring chicken owners who are motivated solely by egg prices are in for a reality check. Read more»

Even though this is the second-largest increase in the history of the CCDBG program, it is nowhere near the level of funding states received to keep the child care industry afloat during the pandemic.

A federal program critical to helping low-income families pay for child care received a $1.9 billion increase late last year - but if states simply use the funds to provide more families with vouchers or subsidies, there might not be enough providers to serve them. Read more»

Separating a nursing home operation and its building into two corporations - often with the same owners - is a common practice around the country.

Nearly 9,000 for-profit nursing homes outsource crucial services such as nursing staff, management, medical supplies and even building ownership to affiliated corporations, known as “related parties,” that their owners own, invest in, or control - while patient care declined. Read more»

Los estados tienen hasta febrero para presentar sus planes de cancelación a los Centros de Servicios de Medicare y Medicaid federales, que supervisarán el proceso.

Los estados se están preparando para retirar a millones de personas de Medicaid a medida que expiren las protecciones implementadas durante la pandemia de COVID-19, lo que pone a millones de estadounidenses de bajos ingresos en riesgo de perder la cobertura de salud. Read more»

States have until February to submit their unwinding plans to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which will monitor the process.

States are preparing to remove millions of people from Medicaid as protections put in place early in the COVID-19 pandemic expire - putting millions of low-income Americans at risk of losing health coverage and threatening their access to care. Read more»

A man holds up a sign questioning if religious uniforms fall under the same definition as the clothing drag performers wear in Phoenix during a protest of anti-drag bills on Jan. 22, 2023. The definitions included in the bills, which seek to target drag performers who often use clothing perceived as belonging to the opposite sex, have been criticized as being too broad.

Concerns that a proposal seeking to restrict drag shows could lead to the criminalization of transgender Arizonans were ignored by Republican lawmakers on Thursday, who defended their approval of the bill by equating drag with pedophilia and calling it “evil” that must be stamped out. Read more»

The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021 loosened some restrictions on the pill mifepristone, allowing it to be dispensed by more pharmacies.

Missouri’s new attorney general, leading a coalition of conservative states, on Wednesday sent a warning letter to pharmacy giants Walgreens and CVS saying that a plan to mail abortion pills is both illegal and unsafe. Read more»

A resident protests outside the Lazy Daze Mobile Home Park.

As mobile homes continue to be displaced by development across Arizona, a bipartisan bill would increase allotments dispersed by the Mobile Home Relocation Fund, and increase the amount the landlord must pay to the fund for each tenant filing for relocation assistance. Read more»

Every Feb. 2, it's time for the obligatory Groundhog Day story. Let's just not think about doing 2020 all over again. Or 2021. Or even 2022. Read more»

Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs has previously denounced laws that target the trans community, and her chief of staff, Allie Bones, summarily dismissed Kavanagh’s anti-trans bill restricting preferred pronoun use in schools as dead on arrival.

A new proposal introduced by a GOP lawmaker with a history of anti-trans legislation seeks to mandate that public schools provide an alternate option to people who are “unwilling or unable” to use the multi-occupancy restroom or locker room that matches their biological sex. Read more»

In addition to the politicians that Southwest Gas solicited for support, several business groups connected to the utility filed letters echoing the utility’s talking points.

The Arizona Corporation Commission approved a natural gas rate hike on Jan. 10, in part because of misrepresentations of the intent of consumer advocates involved in the process that public records show Southwest Gas helped organize. Read more»

In the past, lawmakers have hesitated to support similar bills, citing the revenue forfeited by exempting the widely bought products.

Two identical bills have been introduced this year in the Arizona legislature that would remove the sales tax added to feminine hygiene products, infant diapers and incontinence products - proposals supported by Gov. Katie Hobbs. Read more»

Immigration advocates have lobbied Democrats for weeks to pass a last-effort piece of legislation to give DACA recipients a permanent pathway to citizenship.

A decision on the legality of DACA - when it eventually goes to the U.S. Supreme Court - is not expected to be issued until 2024, and while Congress appears unlikely to take action, participants in the program are left uncertain if they will be protected from deportation. Read more»

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