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Rep. Liz Harris, R-Chandler.

Republican state Rep. Liz Harris engaged in disorderly conduct, violating rules of the Arizona House of Representatives and “damaging the institutional integrity of the House,” the House Committee on Ethics announced Tuesday. Read more»

Few, if any, of the bills that passed through both committees and their respective chambers are bound to become law.

Republican-controlled committees in the Arizona legislature that were charged with vetting election-reform bills used their time to cater to fringe right-wing conspiracy theorists and to approve a plethora of measures that would make big changes to how elections are run. Read more»

Academy Award winner, Arizona native and deaf actor Troy Kotsur testifies before the Senate Government Committee on March 29, 2023, urging lawmakers to continue the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind for eight years, as Sen. Jake Hoffman listens.

Competing bills to allow the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind to remain open were both heard in the state Senate on Wednesday as parents, teachers and former students pushed for lawmakers to keep the school open. Read more»

Senate liaison Ken Bennett watches as Maricopa County ballots from the 2020 general election are examined and recounted by contractors hired by the Arizona Senate on June 12, 2021, at the Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

A bill sponsored by Arizona Sen. Ken Bennett that would theoretically make it possible to verify that machines counted votes accurately and that people who voted were eligible voters from the comfort of home has brought about rare cross-party dialogue in the state legislature. Read more»

Rep. Liz Harris, R-Chandler, at a Jan. 26, 2023, press conference.

Democrats called for a censure of Arizona GOP Rep. Liz Harris as Republicans distanced themselves from the legislator and the day-long hearing she arranged, that included wild conspiracy theories about a host of elected officials being bought off by a Mexican drug cartel. Read more»

Protestors in support of former President Donald Trump gather outside Veterans Memorial Coliseum where ballots from the 2020 general election wait to be counted on May 1, 2021. The Maricopa County ballot recount comes after two election audits found no evidence of widespread fraud in Arizona.

Arizona Republicans are continuing their parade of election conspiracy theorists spreading unproven claims in legislative hearings, even after a report from the former Attorney General’s office showed that all of the 2020 election fraud theories it investigated were baseless. 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»

Many of the proposed bills the committee has forwarded so far this year aim to fix alleged election issues, including unproven claims of election tampering or fraud.

Every Arizona voter would be purged from the rolls once a decade and have to re-register under a proposal Republicans in the state Senate advanced this week - though critics say it is a blatant violation of federal law. Read more»

Republican Sen. Ken Bennett stressed during his testimony the bipartisan roots of the bill, which is an idea long promoted by Democratic election activist John Brakey.

A Republican bill supported by Democratic Secretary of State Adrian Fontes that would make ballot images a public record cleared its first hurdle Wednesday, despite concerns from Democrats about privacy issues. Read more»

The special committee will review Hobbs’ appointments and then make recommendations to the Senate on what action to take. This is a novel approach: Throughout Arizona’s history, executive nominees have been reviewed by the Senate’s regular standing committees.

Republicans moved to create a new committee Thursday that aims to “evaluate executive nominations,” setting the stage for a major political battle between Gov. Katie Hobbs and Senate Republicans. Read more»

Voters in the 2022 Arizona midterm election approved Proposition 131, which creates a lieutenant governor position in the state.

A group of election reform bills that Republicans say would make elections more secure and speed up results would actually make voting more difficult and time consuming, and are solutions to nonexistent problems, critics said Monday. Read more»

The bill also says that schools can’t force employees to refer to those students by those pronouns and names if it goes against their own religious beliefs, even if the parents approve.

An Arizona Senate bill would prohibit school employees and contractors from referring to students younger than 18 by pronouns not aligned with their biological sex and calling students names that aren’t their given name or a derivative nickname without permission from parents. Read more»

Under Kavanagh’s bill, county recorders would be required to post a list of the names and addresses of all eligible voters on the county’s website 10 days before primary and general elections.

Every Arizona voter who casts a ballot would have their name and address published online by election officials under a proposal being backed by Republican legislators. Read more»

Mike Lindell introduces Shiva Ayyadurai at his Cyber Symposium in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, on Aug. 11, 2021. Lindell promoted the event as when he would provide proof that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, but no such evidence was presented.

Shiva Ayyadurai, the subcontractor who conducted a botched analysis of Maricopa County’s ballot affidavits as part of the Senate’s review of the 2020 election, slammed the “audit” leaders as “self-serving grifters” in a new report. Read more»

Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is going to court against Attorney General Mark Brnovich, asking a judge to bar him from bringing criminal charges against her over a scheduled, temporary shutdown of the state’s online signature-gathering website for candidates. Read more»

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