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Legislation reauthorizing the school, which serves some 2,100 students at campuses in Phoenix and Tucson, unanimously cleared the state House of Representatives on Feb. 21, but has inexplicably stalled in the Senate, where it hasn't yet been considered. Read more»

Tempers flared Monday night after Republican State Senator Sonny Borrelli admonished a speaker for using the term 'conspiracy theory' to refer to false election fraud claims peddled by some Republicans.

Nearly a month after Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes released documents further disproving claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election, Senate Republicans continue to make such claims in the election committee. Read more»

Los partidarios de los proyectos de ley para combatir la demencia hablaron de la necesidad de un esfuerzo estatal para luchar contra la enfermedad en una conferencia de prensa en el Capitolio estatal. Un proyecto de ley requeriría que el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona realice un plan de políticas y programas para combatir el Alzheimer y otras formas de demencia, según los activistas.

Los legisladores están impulsando un proyecto de ley para crear un plan estatal para la demencia y destinar hasta $500,000 para nuevos trabajos enfocados en la enfermedad de Alzheimer, un tipo común de demencia que está aumentando especialmente rápido en Arizona. Read more»

Rey, 18, holds a sign declaring that drag performances are art, during a protest of recent anti-drag bills in the state legislature in Phoenix on Jan. 22, 2023.

Two anti-drag bills passed the state Senate with GOP support despite promises from Gov. Katie Hobbs of a future veto and ongoing threats of violence toward the drag community in Arizona. Read more»

The groups, including the Grand Canyon chapter of the Sierra Club, Living United for Change in Arizona and Fuerte Arts Movement, asked Toma to tell committee chairs to ensure that their members do not shout over public speakers and to shut down any hostility toward public speakers.

A group of advocacy organizations that say they want more respect for their members who speak in front of Arizona legislative committees have asked Republican House Speaker Ben Toma to “address the bullying, angry, and intimidating behavior” of some legislators. Read more»

One of the bills, SB1030, initially sought to require a county board of supervisors to regulate businesses that host drag shows by adding them to the list of regulated adult-oriented businesses.

Arizona Senate Republicans voted Wednesday to support two bills aimed at regulating drag shows and related performances, despite concerns that the bills are intended only to regulate and ostracize LGBTQ people and content. 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»

To develop a subdivision of six or more houses in Arizona, builders must ensure that there’s at least 100 years of water available to the houses. This opens a loophole to allow multiple groups of five homes or less that together form an unincorporated community called wildcat subdivisions.

The Arizona House and Maricopa County Board of Supervisors both voted against proposed solutions that would see Scottsdale provide water to unincorporated Rio Verde Foothills, but officials are pining for another they say is the obvious choice. Read more»

Arizonans are losing control of their government. As the nation celebrates National Sunshine Week, March 12-18, all indicators point to an alarming trend of increasing government secrecy, including in our state. Read more»

State Sen. Justine Wadsack speaking with the media at a press conference for the Arizona Freedom Caucus at the Arizona Capitol building in Phoenix, March 2.

Republican state Sen. Justine Wadsack has proposed a law based on claims that the State Bar told lawyers they would be disbarred if they took COVID-19 related court cases. But Wadsack wants you to take her word for it, as she refused to provide any evidence of those claims to lawmakers or to the Arizona Mirror. Read more»

There is a lot of misinformation about what it means to be transgender, and what it means for a family to have a transgender kid.

Some Arizona politicians have decided families with deep roots in the state are not welcome — simply because a family member is transgender. Read more»

Arizona Attorney General Kris Mayes overruled predecessor Mark Brnovich's finding that Tucson's source of income housing ordinance violates state law, giving the city the nod to move ahead with enforcing it.

Tucson has felt some of the first tangible results of the 2022 midterms, as the Arizona Attorney General's Office just told city officials that "source of income" protection for renters is kosher under state law. Read more»

A voter drops a ballot at the Maricopa County ballot drop box outside the county juvenile court, where several intimidation incidents were reported.

The leader of the Arizona House elections committee doesn’t want speakers in front of the committee to utter the words “conspiracy theory,” two weeks after that same House committee allowed a Gilbert insurance agent to spread wild and utterly unfounded conspiracy theories. Read more»

A 2021 report from the Arizona Department of Health Services found that just under 92% of abortions in the state were performed at or before 13 weeks.

Following the lead of Tucson and Phoenix, Flagstaff is now the third Arizona city to pass a resolution in support of abortion access, in protest of statewide restrictions. Read more»

The bill Instructs DCS to provide specific information about the child and, if known, the child’s abductor, to all local media outlets within 48 hours of receiving a report of a missing, abducted or runaway child.

The Arizona House of Representatives passed a that bill would require the Department of Child Safety to begin making notifications within 24 hours of a child’s disappearance, with the hope of locating missing children before they are found dead. Read more»

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