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Glenn Hughes, left, Sen. Linda Gray, R-Phoenix, and Curtis Olafson, a Republican state senator from North Dakota, gather after a Senate committee endorsed a resolution that would have Arizona join other states asking Congress to call a convention to amend the U.S. Constitution to give states authority to limit the national debt.

The states can and should band together to rein in the national debt by amending the U.S. Constitution, a conservative group’s constitutional scholar told lawmakers Wednesday. Read more» 1

Packaging warns against the human consumption of synthetic stimulants, marketed as bath salts. However, the product is commonly ingested and Maricopa County in particular has seen an increase in the abuse of bath salts since 2010.

Compounds used to make so-called bath salts, synthetic stimulants currently sold by some smoke shops and convenience stores, would be illegal under legislation endorsed Wednesday by a state Senate committee. Read more»

The Gadsden flag, first flown in the American Revolution and named after Continental Congressman and soldier Christopher Gadsden, has become a symbol of the modern-day Tea Party. Arizona is among several states considering special license plates featuring the 'Don’t Tread on Me' design.

In a rite of spring, state legislators are proposing at least 12 special license plates that would add to nearly 50 offered by the Arizona Department of Transportation. Read more»