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Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson, co-author of legislation outlawing spice, says the substance is dangerous because its side effects vary by brand, batch and person.

Spice, a chemically treated blend of herbs marketed as incense but often smoked as an alternative to marijuana, is now illegal in Arizona. Read more»

Rep. Steve Montenegro, R-Litchfield Park, has introduced a bill that would require women seeking an abortion to sign an affidavit promising that they are not terminating the pregnancy because of the race or sex of the fetus.

Having an abortion because of the fetus' sex or race is a violation of human rights, a Republican lawmaker said Wednesday. (with video) Read more» 1

In the wake of the Jan. 8 mass shooting, a bipartisan group led by Tucson lawmakers Matt Heinz and Ted Vogt wants to make government entities and institutions of higher education report instances of violent behavior by employees or students. (with video) Read more»

Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, is sponsoring a wide-ranging bill on abortion.

A Republican lawmaker wants to require women seeking abortions to have an ultrasound and listen to the heartbeat of the fetus at least one hour before the procedure, saying it would give them the necessary information to make an informed decision. Read more»

Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson

A bipartisan pair of state representatives hope to do what others have tried and failed to do for nearly 20 years: expand a ban on unrestrained minors in the backs of trucks. Read more»

Concerns about spice have prompted Kansas, Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas and Missouri to regulate K2, one brand under which spice is sold.

The young man shook uncontrollably and couldn’t speak. As an emergency room doctor tried to figure out what was wrong, the man’s friends showed a package of herbs clearly marked “not for human consumption.” The man and his friends had smoked "spice." Read more» 2

After pressure from American Express, the Arizona House has reversed a law on how soon it can seize money from uncashed traveler's checks. Read more»

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