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Federal loophole thwarts state curbs on police seizures of property

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have taken steps to scale back their civil asset forfeiture laws since 2014, but civil asset forfeiture continues because legislators have failed to close a giant loophole: the federal equitable sharing program.... Read more»

The Supreme Court’s subtle hint on police accountability

Recent rulings suggest the high court may be open to ‘recalibrating’ qualified immunity - now interpreted by the courts across the country as barring lawsuits against law enforcement officers unless a prior court decision in a near-identical case has “clearly established” their conduct to be unconstitutional. ... Read more»

Arizona House passes bill to require convictions before gov't can seize assets

The state House passed House Bill 2810 Wednesday, requiring law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to get a conviction before permanently seizing property allegedly connected to a crime.... Read more»

Supreme Court ruling protects religious options in Arizona school choice

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in a school choice case in Montana won’t open any new doors in Arizona, but will ensure that parents here continue to have religious options when they use the state’s school choice programs.... Read more»1

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»

Goldwater report: Az has among most burdensome licensing requirements in U.S.

Arizona has among the most burdensome licensing requirements in the United States, according to a new report released by the Goldwater Institute. The result: Fewer low-income workers launch their own businesses here. ... Read more»1

Critics say state licensing requirements have gone too far

A growing number of critics are calling state licensing requirements burdensome and pushing for changes.... Read more»

Supreme Court rules part of Az’s Clean Elections unconstitutional

A divided U.S. Supreme Court Monday invalidated the matching-funds provision of Arizona's Clean Elections Act, saying it violates the free-speech rights of those not participating in the fund.... Read more»