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Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed eight more bills Thursday, bringing her total so far to 37.

Gov. Katie Hobbs has brought down her veto stamp again, putting an end to Republican-backed bills that she said would unnecessarily change elections laws and force doctors to provide possibly painful medical treatment to fetuses that have no chance of survival, among others. Read more»

Protestors against vaccine mandates at Tucson Medical Center on August 14, 2021.

Gov. Katie Hobbs on Thursday vetoed Republican-backed bills that would have fined businesses that didn’t grant their employees religious exemptions from vaccines and made it illegal for the unhoused to camp in public spaces. Read more»

Those given lifetime probation must complete mental health treatment, as well as a survey of their sexual interests, polygraphs about their sexual history and complete a relapse prevention plan.

Some victims of sex crimes want their perpetrators to spend more time being closely monitored and receiving treatment before they can petition for release from lifetime probation. Read more»

Law enforcement agencies are already required to notify the community, including schools in the area, when certain types of sex offenders move there, but those offenders might enroll their children in schools in other communities.

One proponent of a bill in the Arizona legislature that would require sex offenders to notify their child’s school of their sex offender status says that a parent’s right to know trump’s that child’s right not to be ostracized or bullied. Read more»

Silencers are available to gun owners in the United States but they have to be registered to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and get approval with the agency.

A trio of GOP gun measures won approval from lawmakers Wednesday, including legalizing silencers and muzzle suppressors and a measure that would allow people with concealed weapon permits to bring firearms onto Arizona school campuses. Read more»

A fetus is potentially viable after 24 weeks of development, and less than 1% of abortions in the United States are performed after that.

Republicans want health care workers to provide life-saving care for all babies born alive, taking aim at abortion, but critics say a bill passed by the Arizona Senate could mandate the torture of premature babies who have no chance of survival. Read more»

Reproductive rights protesters in Tucson in June 2022.

Republicans in the Arizona Senate want to mandate care for children delivered alive during abortions - even though there’s already a law on the books that does just that - and amends language in the current law to change the word “fetus” to “infant” and “delivered” to “born alive.” Read more»

School buses assemble in the shape of an assault rifle in Houston on July 14, 2022. The protest was organized by Change the Ref, a group that advocates for gun control.

Guns would make it onto Arizona school campuses and into lesson plans under Republican-backed proposals that are echoes of legislation that was rejected last year. Read more»

Dr. Theresa Cullen, director of the Pima County Health Department, at a vaccination site in May 2021.

After a long and often contentious hearing, the Arizona Senate’s newly created Committee on Director Nominations gave a recommendation to one of Gov. Katie Hobbs’ appointees but rejected Dr. Theresa Cullen over disagreements with public health policies. Read more»

Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne urged lawmakers to lift the cap, warning that an already dire teacher shortage would be worsened if schools are forced to lay off staff towards the end of the year. 

Lawmakers on Wednesday waived a school spending limit that would have forced schools to cut $1.4 billion from their budgets next month, amid vehement resistance from some Republicans. Read more»