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Senate Republicans approved a bill barring transgender women and girls in Arizona from playing on girls’ and women’s teams in K-12 and university sports. Read more»

After three consecutive years of Republican lawmakers championing a proposal to repeal the decades-old law that prohibits bilingual education for English-language learners in Arizona, it appears the effort won't get a push this legislative session. Read more»

Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a proposal to bar transgender student athletes from playing on women’s sports teams for Arizona high schools and colleges. Read more»

Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema intentionally went into the bathroom at ASU on Oct. 3 to avoid meeting with a group of activists because she believed that recording someone inside a bathroom is a crime - now, one of the protestors could face deportation. Read more»

Afghan civilians in a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III as they flee Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan on August 22, 2021.

The federal government has sent more than $5.6 million to Arizona to help care for families that arrived in the Grand Canyon State after fleeing Afghanistan in 2021 when the nation’s government collapsed in the wake of the U.S. military’s withdrawal. Read more»

There were a dozen legislative vacancies since the 2021 legislative session ended. From L to R: new Democratic Reps. Brian Fernandez, Marcelino Quiñonez, Christian Solorio, Christopher Mathis and Sarah Liguori pose for a picture on Dec. 17, 2021.

In the barely six months since last year’s legislative session ended, there’s been a wave of resignations at the Arizona Legislature: three state senators, all Democrats, left their seats and nine House members are no longer in the lower chamber. Read more» 1

Sen. Wendy Rogers speaking to the Cottonwood Oathkeepers in March 2021.

Arizona medical professionals who perform gender-affirming surgery or provide hormonal treatment to transgender or gender nonconforming minors would face felony charges and prison time under a proposed law from northern Arizona legislator Sen. Wendy Rogers. Read more»

Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, D-Window Rock, speaks on the Senate floor on May 8, 2020.

Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, chair of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus in the legislature, resigned from the Arizona state Senate to work with the Department of Interior on projects related to “all of the western United States”. Read more»

Cardboard boxes filled with hundreds of signed petitions from voters across the state were stacked near the Arizona Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. The day marked the deadline to submit signatures for measures seeking to block tax legislation passed this year. The Invest in Arizona coalition gathered more than the required signatures to stop two laws that are part of a historic tax cut plan that’s estimated to cost the state $1 billion in revenue.

The Arizona Secretary of State’s Office announced that the referendum effort on Gov. Ducey’s tax cut package, signed into law earlier this year, gathered more than the 118,823 signatures needed to block the tax cuts from going into effect unless voters approve them next year. Read more» 1

Jordi Santos, 18, smiles after receiving his high school diploma during North High School’s commencement ceremony on May 22, 2019. Santos is among the 2,000 students without immigration status that graduate from high school every year in Arizona.

Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita says voters shouldn’t get to weigh in on a ballot measure next year that would repeal a state law prohibiting undocumented students from accessing in-state tuition because not enough Republicans supported the proposal. Read more»

Arizona State University students and community advocates are demanding university leaders do more to protect students of color after three student leaders of color have faced death threats following a viral confrontation with two white students. Read more»

A U.S. Marine checks in evacuees before their flight from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, as U.S. and coalition forces scramble to evacuate thousands of U.S. contractors and civilians in advance of the Taliban takeover.

The federal government is pausing its resettlement program for refugees around the world through early January 2022 to prioritize services for thousands of Afghan evacuees who are expected to exit military bases and arrive in cities across the country in the coming months. Read more»

An asylum-seeking woman from Mexico leads a protest in Nogales, Sonora in February 2021 demanding President Joe Biden restore the processing of asylum cases. On Nov. 8, 2021, migrants in Nogales continue to demand the Biden administration discontinue its expulsion policy under Title 42 that prevents adults and children from seeking asylum protections in the U.S.

As entry restrictions lifted on Monday in a welcomed reopening of the land U.S. border crossings to some tourists from Mexico, the Biden administration is continuing to deny entry to asylum-seekers from Mexico and Central America under a Trump-era emergency public health rule. Read more»

The timing of the FDA authorization — which was pushed back after the pediatric vaccine trials were expanded to gather more data — will be a relief to millions of parents who have been navigating a gauntlet of school quarantine and masking rules.

The next wave of the massive COVID-19 vaccination campaign could begin as soon as next week, after federal regulators decide if elementary school students across the U.S. should begin rolling up their tiny sleeves. Read more»

There are approximately 149,800 undocumented immigrants in Arizona who would have the opportunity to get a permanent immigration status through the proposed reconciliation package.

Time is running out for Senate Democrats to deliver millions of undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship that their families nationwide have been clamoring for years, and business leaders in Arizona are emphasizing the economic benefits of a path to legalization. Read more»

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