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'It’s not really practical': Arizona Republican wants to go from 30 House districts to 90

When the next Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission convenes in 2031, it might be drawing 90 single-member House districts instead of 30 districts with two representatives apiece, at least if Sen. J.D. Mesnard has any say over it.... Read more»

Theresa Hatathlie sworn in as newest member of Arizona Senate

Less than two hours before the 2022 legislative session began, the Arizona Senate welcomed Theresa Hatathlie as its newest member.... Read more»

Wave of legislative resignations means new faces at Arizona Capitol this year

In the barely six months since last year’s legislative session ended, there’s been a wave of resignations at the Arizona Legislature: three state senators, all Democrats, left their seats and nine House members are no longer in the lower chamber. ... Read more»1

Arizona state Sen. Pehslakai resigns, headed for Dep't of Interior role

Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai, chair of the Indigenous Peoples Caucus in the legislature, resigned from the Arizona state Senate to work with the Department of Interior on projects related to “all of the western United States”.... Read more»

Arizona lawmakers question Ducey’s lack of Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation

In 2020, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a proclamation recognizing Indigenous Peoples Day - to highlight the Native communities of Arizona, their history and resilience, and to combat the erasure of their realities. This year, no proclamation came from the Republican governor’s office. ... Read more»

Biden first U.S. president to proclaim Indigenous Peoples Day

Monday marks, as is tradition, Columbus Day across the country. But it also, for the first time ever, is Indigenous Peoples Day, following President Joe Biden's national proclamation.... Read more»

GOP proposal to end Ducey’s COVID emergency declaration advances

The move in the Arizona Senate Government Committee comes as the state is experiencing record infections, hospitalizations and deaths from the pandemic. The committee also advanced three similar proposals that would limit the length of future emergency declarations. ... Read more»

Tribal leaders among diverse slate of Arizona electoral voters

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Felecia Rotellini said she wanted to choose electors who would “represent the diversity of Arizona, and the diversity of Arizona voters, as well as Arizona Democratic voters.” That included the three tribal leaders with “deep roots to our state.”... Read more»

Start of missing, murdered women panel moving 'at speed of bureaucracy'

State officials agree that none of the $150,000 allocated for a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women that was created in May has been seen yet. But they disagree on who’s to blame.... Read more»

Lawmaker: Designate highways to honor Native American vets

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, an Army veteran, says honoring Native American veterans by renaming stretches of U.S. 89, U.S. 160, State Route 264 and Interstate 40 also would help build connections between tribes and the rest of Arizona. ... Read more»

Az legislators muster veterans caucus

The group includes five Democrats and two Republicans, most of whom have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Members say they are working on bipartisan legislation that will benefit Arizona veterans. One early result is a bill boosting incentives for hiring disabled veterans.... Read more»