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Arizona Senate kills plan to let party activists fill legislative vacancies

A proposal that would have taken the power to fill legislative vacancies from county boards of supervisors and give it exclusively to political party activists fell short in the Arizona Senate after two Republicans opposed it. ... Read more»

Republicans give tentative approval to banning Chinese communists from owning land in Arizona

A Republican bill passed in committee Wednesday would ban the Chinese Communist Party and "its members" from owning any real estate in Arizona.... Read more»1

Arizona Senate Republicans pass bill targeting transgender female athletes

Senate Republicans approved a bill barring transgender women and girls in Arizona from playing on girls’ and women’s teams in K-12 and university sports.... Read more»

Arizona near top of states for bills aimed at voting rights, limits

Arizona lawmakers, who began the year with one of the highest number of voting restriction bills in the nation, are winding down a legislative session in which it appears only a few of those bills will survive. ... Read more»

Critics blast Arizona bill that would purge names from list of mail-in voters

Voting rights advocates and Arizona Democrats on Wednesday denounced a bill that would remove voters from the Permanent Early Voting List, calling it an attempt to disenfranchise up to 150,000 voters, particularly those of color. ... Read more»

Seeing red: Bill would cut Arizona voter-approved education funds, school supporters say

Red for Ed, the teachers group that spearheaded Proposition 208 – which increases some taxes to hire teachers and bolster teacher salaries – this week returned to the political battlefield to fight a bill it says undermines the will of Arizona voters in November. E... Read more»

Phoenix business group pressures AZGOP lawmakers to abandon voter suppression bills

Prominent business leaders are asking lawmakers to reject several election-related bills that they deemed attempts to suppress voting in Arizona, a move that comes as Georgia faces calls for boycotts for passing similar legislation. ... Read more»

Ducey, GOP lawmakers not deterred on cutting taxes if they take federal COVID cash

Republican lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey aren’t changing their plans for big tax cuts this year, despite a provision of the latest federal COVID relief bill seeking to block states from using the money to fund tax reductions. ... Read more»

Arizona Senate passes bill adding new steps to vote by mail

Voting by mail would become more complicated for millions of Arizonans under a proposal approved by the Arizona Senate. Senate Bill 1713 would require voters to include proof of identification to the affidavit they sign, which would go inside the return envelope. Many voters, especially low-income people, don’t have printers, which would make things difficult if they have to copy documents or identification.... Read more»

Az Senate bill would permit outside parties to pay for election recounts

Anyone who thinks a recount of an election might change the outcome would have the opportunity to put their money where their mouth is under a new bill filed for the 2021 legislative session.... Read more»

Senate plans to end 2020 legislative session Friday, House will not

Senate President Karen Fann announced Thursday morning that her chamber will end the 2020 legislative session on Friday. But the House of Representatives won't do the same, House Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Thursday evening, after Republicans in that chamber rejected the idea.... Read more»

As teachers rally for higher pay, Az’s tax code exempts $13.5B from collection

If lawmakers and Gov. Ducey were inclined to find money for teachers, one place they could go looking is in the taxes that the state doesn't collect: Arizona allowed more than $13.5 billion in taxes to go uncollected in fiscal year 2017, thanks to a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits. ... Read more»

Arizona Rep. Don Shooter expelled from House over sexual harassment

The Arizona House of Representatives on Thursday voted to expel Rep. Don Shooter following the recommendation of Speaker of the House J.D. Mesnard.... Read more»