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Pima County Attorney Laura Conover spoke against the proposed bill, saying that there are already laws on the books that prosecutors can use for these types of deaths, and her office has successfully prosecuted several dealers for manslaughter.

A proposed Arizona law that would allow drug dealers to be charged with homicide if their product killed someone was shot down by a bipartisan group of lawmakers, with one lawmaker saying it would cause more problems that it would solve. 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»

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»

Lawmakers and state officials will have to somehow bridge the gap between the priorities of the two parties and pass a budget by June 30 to avoid a government shutdown.

With a possible recession on the horizon and amid great economic uncertainty, the state of Arizona will have quite a bit of extra cash in its general fund this year — but that excess will quickly dwindle in the next few years with current spending. Read more»

Kari Lake at a 2022 campaign event in Tucson.

The Arizona Supreme Court struck down Kari Lake’s second request for the high court to take up her election appeal currently being heard by the Arizona Court of Appeals - where she is arguing the original trial judge set too high a bar and hopes to introduce new evidence. Read more»

Arizona voters stand in line at a polling place to cast their ballot during the midterm elections in 2022.

GOP Sen. Anthony Kern wants voters to amend the Arizona Constitution to make it harder for voters in the Grand Canyon State to ever amend the Constitution again, an idea that critics say would erode Arizonans’ rights to direct democracy. Read more»

Gun control advocates, including Bruce and Claire Petillo at right, gather on the Arizona Capitol ground Jan. 23 for a day of engagement, organized by Moms Demand Action.

Christian’s Law, introduced this year, would require Arizona gun owners to keep either their ammunition, their gun or both in a locked storage container, or to fit their firearm with a device that would render it inoperable without a combination or key. Read more»

A bill proposed in the Arizona state legislature would provide $30 million in grants for controlled trials to study the drug’s effects on various mental health conditions.

As Arizona veterans struggling with mental health want solutions, a bipartisan bill in the Arizona legislature would put $30 million in grants over three years toward clinical trials using whole-mushroom psilocybin to treat mental health conditions like depression and PTSD. Read more»

Although rents in the state had started dropping slightly by late last year, homelessness in Arizona is still on the rise as housing remains unaffordable for many. 

Democratic lawmakers in the Arizona House of Representatives are looking to pass a suite of housing bills that aim to help renters weather the ongoing housing crisis, but their proposals have detractors in the state’s powerful landlord lobby.  Read more»

Last year, an attempt by GOP leaders to pass a so-called 'skinny budget' that simply maintained existing spending was rejected.

GOP leaders in both the state House of Representatives and Senate announced Thursday a plan to focus first on a spending plan that continues funding at current levels before opening negotiations with Gov. Katie Hobbs on a complete spending plan. Read more»

Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne is displayed on a videoboard as he speaks at a public swearing in ceremony on Jan. 5, 2023.

Republican Tom Horne says he intends to work across the aisle to improve education in Arizona, but his views on discipline, social emotional learning and racial issues in schools are so far to the right that finding a middle ground with will prove challenging, if not impossible.  Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs gives her inaugural State of the State address on Jan. 9, 2023.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs called for collaboration between Republicans and Democratic lawmakers during her first state of the state speech Monday as some Republicans turned their backs on her and others walked out of the room to show how they felt about her policy plans.  Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs takes the oath of office at a public swearing in ceremony on Jan. 5, 2023. Photo by

On a chilly, cloud-covered Thursday morning at the Arizona Capitol, hundreds of wellwishers and spectators gathered to watch the ceremonial swearing in of the state's newly elected top officials, including Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs. Read more»

Kari Lake on Dec. 20, 2022, at a Turning Point USA event.

Kari Lake still wants a "redo" of the governor's race that she lost by more than 17,000 votes, even after Katie Hobbs was sworn in as governor Monday. Read more»

Kari Lake and her lawyers will not face sanctions for bringing a suit that challenged her loss in the race for Arizona governor, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled Tuesday.  Read more»

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