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Activists file initiative to add abortion rights to Arizona Constitution

A group of abortion rights activists filed an initiative to amend the Arizona Constitution to add a "fundamental right to reproductive freedom." They'll need at least 356,000 signatures by July 7 to get the measure on the ballot.... Read more»

Capital COVID: Arizona state, federal lawmakers face different pandemic rules

Even though U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Tucson Democrat was still able to cast votes in Congress by proxy Thursday while he was quarantined at home - an option many state lawmakers with they had.... Read more»

Arizona Legislature does away with COVID-19 restrictions in 2022, even as Omicron surges

With near-record COVID-19 caseloads and hospitalizations driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant sweeping Arizona, the state legislature will convene Jan. 10 with almost no restrictions in place aimed at limiting spread of the virus at the Capitol.... Read more»

Ducey joins other GOP lawmakers asking U.S. Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade, outlaw abortions

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, 11 other Republican governors and more than 200 GOP lawmakers on Thursday filed an amicus brief with the Supreme Court to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling. ... Read more»1

Republican legislators curb authority of Arizona - and other - county, state election officials

Republican lawmakers this year passed an unprecedented bevy of bills targeting the authority of state and local election officials, a power grab that might allow partisan legislators to overturn future election results by claiming there was fraud. ... Read more»

Az House finalizes budget, tax cuts, but kills school voucher expansion

The Arizona House of Representatives wrapped up work Friday on a $12.8 billion budget that dramatically overhauls the state’s income tax code, shields some wealthy Arizonans from paying a voter-approved tax to boost teacher pay and mandates new civics curriculum in public schools while rejecting expansion of the school voucher program.... Read more»

GOP bill that could remove 200k people from Arizona's Permanent Early Voting List clears the House

A bill that could remove tens of thousands of voters from the state’s Permanent Early Voting List is one step closer to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk after a day of partisan rancor and procedural maneuvers in the Arizona House of Representatives. ... Read more»

Arizona House passes measure opposing D.C. statehood

Congress had yet to even schedule a hearing on a measure granting statehood to the District of Columbia when a panel of state lawmakers in Arizona voted in February to take a stand against D.C.’s plea to become the 51st state. rom their committee room some 2,300 miles from the nation’s capital, members of Arizona’s House Government & Elections Committee weighed in on the brewing statehood debate with a resolution declaring formal opposition. ... Read more»

Finchem files ethics complaint against all Democrats over FBI referral

Oro Valley Republican Mark Finchem filed an ethics complaint against every Democratic member of the Arizona legislature for a letter they sent last month asking the Department of Justice and FBI to investigate his and other lawmakers’ alleged roles in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.... Read more»

Az Republican lawmakers pass bill critics say ‘erases’ non-binary people

The proposal by Rep. John Fillmore would bar all Arizona state agencies, departments, boards or commissions from identifying an individual’s sex as anything other than male or female.... Read more»

Videos show moments before Phoenix PD dispersed peaceful anti-Trump protest

New videos show the tense moments that led the Phoenix police to fire pepper balls and flash-bang devices on peaceful demonstrators to clear the road in preparation for President Trump motorcade's leaving a campaign event in Phoenix.... Read more»

House ends session, but fate of business lawsuit protections uncertain

The civil liability bill — which would require that those who sue after contracting COVID-19 show that the business committed gross negligence, rather than the current standard of negligence — can't proceed unless without Senate action... Read more»

Hernandez bill to define anti-Semitism passes state House; ACLU opposes measure

A bill from a Tucson Democratic legislator that would incorporate a definition of anti-Semitism into Arizona law has sparked opposition from critics who say it would criminalize speech protected by the First Amendment.... Read more»