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The Arizona Public Interest Research Group released this report card on the state’s level of government transparency. It was timed with Sunshine Week, a national effort to promote a dialog about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

An advocacy group gives Arizona an A-minus on how it helps taxpayers research online how and where state government spends their money. Read more»

HB 2713 would allow Arizonans to subtract long-term care insurance premiums and money deposited into long-term care savings accounts from taxable income on their state returns. Read more» 1

A lawmaker wants to make permanent a state program that allows Arizonans to deduct contributions to college savings plans from their taxable income. Read more»

Arizona House of Representatives.

"Extremist" bills inspired by the Tea Party are taking the Legislature's attention away from issues important to Arizonans, Democrats said. Read more»

Allowing owners of foreclosed homes to remain as renters for at least a year would stabilize neighborhoods and minimize the fallout for families, a state lawmaker contends. Read more»

A Republican lawmaker wants to build on a new state law that allows community colleges and universities to be certified as “veteran supportive campuses.” Read more»

Juana Gutierrez threads the eyebrows of Pampha Tamang at s.h.a.p.e.s Brow Bar in Desert Sky Mall in Phoenix.

HB 2262, authored by Rep. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, would write into law terms of an October consent judgment five eyebrow threaders who sued the Arizona Board of Cosmetology when it demanded licensing for their work. Read more»

Supporters and protestors rally at the State Capitol during a news conference at which a Democratic state lawmaker discussed a bill to repeal SB 1070.

It was like old times Monday when about 100 protesters descended on state Sen. Steve Gallardo’s news conference announcing legislation to repeal SB 1070. The crowd appeared to be almost evenly split, with SB 1070 supporters and opponents arguing and hoisting signs with messages such as “Stop the raids! No more deportations!” and “Secure our borders now.” Read more» 2

Attorney General Tom Horne, left, and Rep. Ted Vogt, R-Tucson, listen as Rep. Tom Forese, R-Gilbert, explains a bill intended to curb thefts of copper air conditioning parts by those intent on selling them as scrap.

Two state lawmakers say Arizona reduce copper thefts by preventing banning individuals from selling air conditioner parts for scrap and how much dealers can pay for the metal. Read more»

Glenn Hughes, left, Sen. Linda Gray, R-Phoenix, and Curtis Olafson, a Republican state senator from North Dakota, gather after a Senate committee endorsed a resolution that would have Arizona join other states asking Congress to call a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to give states authority to limit the national debt.

The states can and should band together to rein in the national debt by amending the U.S. Constitution, a conservative group’s constitutional scholar told lawmakers Wednesday. Read more» 1