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Republican legislator wants anti-porn filters installed on all Arizona cell phones & computers

Republican Rep. Michelle Udall wants to bar the sale of any computer, smartphone or tablet in Arizona if it doesn’t include a filter that would block children from accessing “harmful content,” and would hold them criminally liable if they fail to do so.... Read more»

Ducey: Texto completo del 8o y último discurso sobre el 'Estado del Estado'

El gobernador de Arizona, Doug Ducey, se centró en sus logros e ideas para el futuro el lunes cuando pronunció su discurso sobre el estado del estado por octava y última vez, algo que ningún gobernador de Arizona ha hecho en más de tres décadas.... Read more»

Ducey: Full text of 8th and final 'State of the State' speech

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey focused on his accomplishments and ideas for the future Monday as he delivered his State of the State address for the eighth and final time – something no governor of Arizona has done in more than three decades.... Read more»

Arizona lawmaker takes aim at Corp Comm policy on campaign contributions by utilities

Legislative attorneys believe a Corporation Commission policy intended to restrict campaign contributions by utilities violates the Arizona Constitution, and the lawmaker who requested that opinion is hoping it will persuade the commission to change course for next year’s election.... Read more»

Legislative committee hopes to curb Ducey’s emergency powers

GOP lawmakers who have chafed under fellow Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's use of his emergency powers to combat the COVID-19 outbreak will convene an ad hoc committee tasked with examining that authority and proposing possible limitations to it.... Read more»

Legislative roundup: A retired justice, minimum wage & drunken hair cuts

The week in the Arizona Legislature.... Read more»

Cursive on track to make a comeback in Az schools

Cursive — not required by Common Core teaching standards — has disappeared from Arizona public schools, but a new Senate bill would require cursive reading and writing be taught. ... Read more»

Bill would let Az landlords evict tenants' guests without notice

Arizona landlords will have the ability to evict tenants’ guests for any reason without notice if Gov. Doug Ducey signs a bill that is sitting on his desk. Bill opponents said the legislation is too broad and “creates more problems than it tries to solve.” ... Read more»

Laws mandate new alert systems for missing seniors, attacks on cops

In addition to alerts broadcast when missing children are considered in peril, new laws call for alerts when law officers are attacked and when those 65 or older disappear under suspicious circumstances. Lawmakers say the alerts will help when time is of the essence. ... Read more»

Enviros pack Capitol to back wolves, parks

Scores of environmentalists from around Arizona joined Bahr for Environmental Day at the Capitol to back action on environmental issues such as protecting the endangered Mexican gray wolf, supporting state parks and promoting renewable energy.... Read more»

Energy efficiency bill slammed by green groups

The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona backs legislation establishing a statewide standard for residential energy efficiency building codes, but opponents say it is less stringent than the international codes to which many cities and towns adhere.... Read more»

Bid to regulate fish poisons draws fire from environmental groups

The author of a bill that would require officials to conduct impact studies and notify residents before using aquatic poisons to control non-native fish says the human health risks associated with these chemicals call for regulations.... Read more»

GOP lawmaker targets public employee unions

Only one in 20 Arizonans is a member of a union, but that hasn’t stopped several Republican state lawmakers from pushing bills aimed at restricting organized labor. Sen. Rick Murphy, R-Peoria wants to rein in unions representing public employees such as police officers, firefighters and teachers — groups he says take advantage of taxpayers.... Read more»

Border-trash cleanup becoming tougher, riskier

With many of those crossing the border illegally shifting to remote areas in response to stepped-up enforcement, the trash they leave behind is becoming tougher – and riskier – to clean up, said a state agency director. A Rio Rico-area cleanup is set for next weekend.... Read more»2