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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»

Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed special counsel Robert Hur, a former top federal prosecutor in Baltimore, to oversee the Biden documents probe.

FBI agents searched President Joe Biden’s beach home in Rehoboth, Delaware, on Wednesday, as part of a probe by the Department of Justice into the potential mishandling of classified records - done with “the president’s full support and cooperation.” Read more»

A Border Patrol vehicle patrols the border between San Diego and Tijuana in this 2016 file photo. Lawmakers sparred at a recent House hearing over whether a surge at the border contributes to human trafficking.

U.S. House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee blamed the Biden administration for fentanyl drug smuggling at the U.S.-Mexico border - though most fentanyl is seized at ports of entry through screenings and not brought by migrants fleeing violence or economic hardship. Read more»

A voter drops a ballot at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents were reported.

House municipal oversight and elections committee Republicans unanimously pushed through four bills Wednesday evening that they say will improve the integrity of Arizona’s elections, while Democrats accused Republicans of pushing false claims of election fraud.. 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»

Forcing schools to slash 17% of their annual budgets at the end of the academic year amounts to cutting as much as 70% of planned expenses.

With less than a month to go before schools are forced to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets, Arizona lawmakers took the first step towards addressing the problem on Tuesday — although some made sure to say they had reservations about doing so. Read more»

A design for American Battery Factory's planned headquarters and 'gigafactory' in Tucson.

The city of Tucson will reimburse $4 million in tax revenue to American Battery Factory and $300,000 to Sion Power if both companies create dozens of manufacturing jobs with the new factories they'll building during the next five years. Read more»

Divers assess the Wahweap boat launch ramp at Lake Powell in July 2021. when falling low lake levels pulled the water’s edge back from the end of the ramp. State and federal officials are scrambling to come up with plans to protect the river and its reservoirs, gripped in a historic drought.

Federal officials said they will consider a plan by Arizona and five other Colorado River basin states on how to further cut water consumption, even though the biggest user in the basin – California – has not signed off on it. Read more»

Critical race theory is a graduate-level field of academic study about the ways that racism is embedded in various aspects of society — but it has turned into a catchall term for various race-related teachings, including instruction on white privilege and anti-racism.

For the third time in as many years, Arizona lawmakers are trying to pass legislation that would ban so-called “critical race theory” in public schools, though the measure stands virtually no chance of becoming law with Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs in the executive office. Read more»

Arizona Department of Transportation crews work to replace damaged portions of Interstate 10 in 2016.

After the Federal Highway Administration passed over Arizona’s bid for a $360 million grant to widen I-10 between Chandler and Casa Grande, Republican lawmakers are proposing not waiting for federal funds and instead pay for the project solely with state tax dollars. Read more»

Voters in the 2022 Arizona midterm election approved Proposition 131, which creates a lieutenant governor position in the state.

A group of election reform bills that Republicans say would make elections more secure and speed up results would actually make voting more difficult and time consuming, and are solutions to nonexistent problems, critics said Monday. Read more»

A Republican budget proposal sold as a continuation of last year's bipartisan budget while lawmakers head into what will likely be heated debates and economic uncertainty passed its first hurdle Tuesday morning. Read more»

Dozens of PE, arts and music and other teachers across 16 Tucson Unified School District elementary and middle school campuses may be out of jobs at the end of the year, as officials shift spending plans for remaining federal pandemic relief funds. 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»

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