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Supporters of bills to battle dementia spoke of the need for a statewide effort to battle dementia at a news conference at the state Capitol. One bill would require the Arizona Department of Health Services to build a dementia plan for policies and programs to fight Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, according to advocates.

State legislators are pushing a bill to build a state dementia plan and put up to $500,000 toward new jobs focused on Alzheimer’s disease, a common type of dementia that is rising especially fast in Arizona. Read more»

Crime Survivors for Safety and Justice members gather at the state Capitol to demand funding and support from Arizona policymakers both for victims and for perpetrators of crime, to 'address the root causes of crime.'

Crime survivors and their families from across Arizona gathered at the state Capitol, asking lawmakers to fund trauma recovery centers that offer therapy and social services. Read more»

Gun control advocates, including Bruce and Claire Petillo at right, gather on the Arizona Capitol ground Jan. 23 for a day of engagement, organized by Moms Demand Action.

Christian’s Law, introduced this year, would require Arizona gun owners to keep either their ammunition, their gun or both in a locked storage container, or to fit their firearm with a device that would render it inoperable without a combination or key. Read more»

A bill proposed in the Arizona state legislature would provide $30 million in grants for controlled trials to study the drug’s effects on various mental health conditions.

As Arizona veterans struggling with mental health want solutions, a bipartisan bill in the Arizona legislature would put $30 million in grants over three years toward clinical trials using whole-mushroom psilocybin to treat mental health conditions like depression and PTSD. Read more»

The head of the Arizona Department of Health Services offered some new insights into why the agency failed to investigate hundreds of high-priority cases of abuse and neglect for years in long-term care facilities during a special meeting at the Arizona House. Read more»

Arizona lawmakers are considering close to 100 election-related bills in this legislative session, including many that Democrats charge would attack the right to vote. But in a state where Republicans hold the governor’s office and majorities in both the House and Senate, stopping those bills is an uphill fight.

Arizona Democratic Party Chair Raquel Terán concedes that Democrats don’t have the numbers on their own to rebuff Republican election reform bills so she turned Thursday to an unlikely source for help: Republicans. Read more»

A new law makes it illegal for vehicles to block the sidewalk, preventing pedestrians from using it.

A new Arizona law making it a crime if your vehicle is blocking a sidewalk was one of 12 new laws that went into effect Wednesday - others deal with penalties for “doxxing”, classifying gun stores as essential businesses and adding new provisions for aggressive or reckless driving. Read more»

Arizona state Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix, was paralyzed after being hit by random gunfire in 2004. She plans to introduce a package of gun-control bills and believes most state residents are ready, if not all state lawmakers.

State Rep. Jennifer Longdon, D-Phoenix, didn’t need to tell congressional lawmakers Thursday about the harm firearms can do: She showed them, when she rolled her wheelchair into a House hearing on the costs of gun violence. Read more»

About 50 people attended a March for Our Lives Arizona town hall at the First Church United Church of Christ in Phoenix to ask state representatives and congressional candidates about their approaches to ending gun violence.

As March for Our Lives Arizona, a part of the national youth movement created by survivors of the Parkland school shooting, moves to address gun violence in the Phoenix Latino community. During the event, Arizona state representative Jay Lawrence argued that "black and brown communities" have "firearms galore." Read more»