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Sen. Amanda Aguirre, D-Yuma, holds a news conference Tuesday to criticize Republican leaders for halting her bill to give adults who suffered sex abuse as children decades to file suits against those who victimized them. Senate President Robert 'Bob' Burns, R-Peoria, said the bill could lead to people being falsely accused and would create too much liability for insurance companies.

Senate Republican leaders are denying adult victims of child abuse their chance at justice by bottling up a bill that would allow them to press charges decades after turning 18, a Democratic lawmaker said Tuesday. Read more» 1

Jenny Abrams Wilson, vice president of Abrams Airborne Manufacturing Inc. in Tucson, said Arizona’s enterprise zone program has helped the company grow and add employees. House Speaker Kirk Adams, R-Mesa, wants to expand the program as part of a larger bill he contends will create jobs. Rep. Tom Chabin, D-Flagstaff, who voted against the bill in the House Ways and Means Committee, said Democrats opposed Adams’ bill because he hasn’t demonstrated a clear return in jobs or capital investment and because the new requirements are so broad that the state could wind up giving tax breaks to less-desirable companies.

House Speaker Kirk Adams wants to expand tax incentives in enterprise zones. Rep. Tom Chabin says they're "lipstick on a pig." Read more»

Marjorie Dixon, with a Spanish colonial horse and foal on her St. David ranch, is one of the enthusiasts pushing to have the breed named Arizona’s official state horse. The breed’s history dates back to the days when Father Eusebio Kino and other Spaniards ventured into what became Arizona.

If bill passes, the colonial Spanish horse would join a list of state emblems that includes an official fossil (petrified wood), amphibian (tree frog) and neckwear (bola tie). Read more» 1

Gov. Jan Brewer visits at an event at the state Capitol on Thursday organized by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Gov. Jan Brewer joined business leaders Thursday in calling Arizona to create a climate more attractive to long-term employment, helping the state move away from growth as its primary economic driver. Read more» 2

For the second straight year, state Rep. Jerry Weiers, R-Glendale is shepherding legislation to dock the pay of lawmakers whose unexcused absences cause them to miss floor votes on legislation. Weiers said he’s tired of seeing lawmakers fail to vote on bills when taxpayers are covering their salaries.

Rep. Jerry Weiers is fed up with fellow lawmakers who skip floor votes. His solution: Dock their pay and list their names on the Web. "Nobody can sit in your seat and vote for you," said Weiers, a Glendale Republican. "We are paid to vote no matter how you look at it." Read more»