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Trump wanted Supreme Court to order new election in Arizona, other states

Documents obtained by the U.S. House Oversight Committee showed that former President Donald Trump wanted his Justice Department to ask the U.S. Supreme Court to order a half dozen states, including Arizona, to hold new presidential elections and to bar them from casting their electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden.... Read more»

Az Senate president wants hand count of 2.1 million ballots, may use volunteers

Senate President Karen Fann wants to hand count all 2.1 million ballots cast in Maricopa County in the 2020 general election, a job that may fall to a bipartisan group of volunteers. ... Read more»

Maricopa County supervisors order election audit in response to allegations

Maricopa County Board of Supervisors ordered an audit of equipment used to tally the November vote to determine whether Maricopa County’s ballot tabulation machines have been hacked in any way. The county will contract with two auditors certified by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. A proposed settlement agreement between the Senate and the county would require the Senate to use an EAC-approved auditor.... Read more»

Senate announces election audit agreement; Maricopa County says there isn’t one

The Arizona Senate on Wednesday announced that the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors agreed to drop its legal fight challenging sweeping subpoenas, but the county later said no agreement was in place and that negotiations were ongoing.... Read more»

Judge dismisses GOP election lawsuit but says Az senators can refile

Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall Warner dismissed a lawsuit filed by two Arizona senators, stating they made the wrong argument in attempting to force the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to comply with subpoenas related to the 2020 election, but they’re welcome to try again.... Read more»

Maricopa County will fight legislature’s election subpoenas in court

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors will go to court to fight subpoenas issued by the Senate Judiciary Committee instead of turning over the election records and equipment that Republican lawmakers are demanding.... Read more»

Arizona Senate will subpoena Maricopa County for election audit

Amid false claims of election fraud spread by President Donald Trump and Arizona Republican leaders, the Arizona Senate will issue subpoenas to inspect and audit ballot counting machines in Maricopa County, a top Republican senator announced Monday at the conclusion of a six-hour-long legislative hearing into the November election.... Read more»

Asset forfeiture reform bill falls victim to COVID-shortened Leg session

Senate Bill 1556 would have made a number of changes to Arizona’s civil asset forfeiture system, under which law enforcement and prosecutors can take money and property allegedly used for or resulting from crimes. Chief among them would be to require a criminal conviction before property can be permanently taken.... Read more»

Senate ends annual legislative session without taking up bills

For the second time this month, the Senate has adjourned the 2020 legislative session. This time, it may stick.... Read more»

Sen. Steele accuses Republican lawmaker of trying to protect spousal rape

Tucson lawmaker Victoria Steele, sponsor of a bill that would let rape survivors terminate the parental rights of their rapists, even without a criminal conviction, said Thursday that her bill was dead because Republican Sen. Eddie Farnsworth demanded it include a carve-out for husbands who rape their wives.... Read more»

Bill would require U.S. citizenship for state prison guards

A state lawmaker wants to require Arizona Department of Corrections officers to be U.S. citizens, as is already the case with other peace officers, saying the change would help ease unemployment in his district.... Read more»

Az lawmaker targets revenge porn, seeking felony charge

The bill by Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, would make it a felony to knowingly distribute images showing a person who is nude or engaged in a sexual act without the written consent of the pictured individual. It carries harsher penalties if the individual is recognizable. ... Read more»

Bath salts, spice drugs targeted by lawmaker

It's become a pattern as state lawmakers try to address synthetic drugs: Almost as soon as one recipe is outlawed, manufacturers simply change to a mix that isn't banned. Now a lawmaker wants to outlaw the basic chemical formulas underlying the drugs.... Read more»

Lawmaker wants to stop universitites, colleges from mandating vaccinations

Barring state universities and community colleges from requiring students to have immunizations would remove a roadblock to higher education for some Arizonans, a state lawmaker said.... Read more»