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Arizona state senators block a dozen GOP-sponsored election reform bills

The Arizona Senate blocked a sweeping slate of GOP-sponsored election reform bills Monday that many state Republicans claimed would have addressed concerns of election integrity, following the state's audit of the 2020 presidential election. ... Read more»

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Arizona Senate kills plan to let party activists fill legislative vacancies

A proposal that would have taken the power to fill legislative vacancies from county boards of supervisors and give it exclusively to political party activists fell short in the Arizona Senate after two Republicans opposed it. ... Read more»

Az Senate GOP leader says Wendy Rogers could face censure for white nationalist speech

Discussions are underway at the Arizona Senate about possibly censuring Sen. Wendy Rogers over her recent inflammatory comments and her speech to a white nationalist conference over the weekend, according to the chamber’s second-ranking Republican. ... Read more»

Az schools dodge massive cuts as Leg raises spending cap for this year

The state Senate voted Monday to raise the aggregate expenditure limit for K-12 schools, heading off a funding crisis and allowing Arizona schools to use nearly nearly $1.2 billion that would have otherwise gone to waste.... Read more»

Az House passes measure to avoid school funding cuts, but Senate appears 1 GOP vote short

The push to temporarily raise Arizona’s spending limit for K-12 schools and avoid nearly $1.2 billion in cuts that could close classrooms passed easily in the state House of Representatives but stalled out in the Senate.... Read more»

Arizona ESA school voucher expansion advances, but likely to hit GOP roadblocks in House

An ambitious expansion of Arizona’s voucher-style program for K-12 schools passed its first test in the state Senate — but it’s likely destined for defeat in the House of Representatives, where a trio of Republican lawmakers have serious concerns. ... Read more»

Hoffman implores Az lawmakers to lift K-12 school spending cap to spare $1.1B in cuts

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman used her annual State of Education address to urge Arizona lawmakers to raise a constitutional spending limit on K-12 schools before they face major budget cuts in a few weeks. ... Read more»

GOP pushes to have Az teachers post lessons online over 'critical race theory' fears

To allow parents to scour lessons for elements of "critical race theory," Arizona teachers would be required to upload a list of every book and worksheet they use in their classrooms online for parental review if a Republican-backed bill becomes law.... Read more»

Arizona Democrats look for help, as scores of election bills land in Legislature

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»

Arizona schools that don’t display the flag and constitution could face fines

Arizona schools could be fined up to $1,000 if they don't display the United States flag, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights and allow students to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.... Read more»

Newest Arizona GOP election proposal would allow lawmakers to reject election results

Lawmakers would have the power to reject election results under a sweeping piece of legislation sponsored by Republican Rep. John Fillmore that would make seismic changes to the way elections are conducted in Arizona. ... Read more»

Arizona senator wants to cancel vote on in-state Dreamer tuition because GOP senators were in minority

Republican Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita says voters shouldn’t get to weigh in on a ballot measure next year that would repeal a state law prohibiting undocumented students from accessing in-state tuition because not enough Republicans supported the proposal.... Read more»

Collateral damage: Arizona Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes another $600 million in school funding

When the Arizona Supreme Court ruled against an income tax hike voters approved last year, it illuminated another K-12 funding issue that could strip $600 million a year out of Arizona schools - an education spending limit voters imposed on the state more than four decades ago.... Read more»

Maricopa County: Defying 'audit' subpoena not illegal unless Az Senate votes for contempt measure

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is arguing that its refusal to comply with the Arizona Senate’s demand for routers used by the county’s elections department essentially isn’t illegal because the Senate lacks the ability to enforce its subpoena while it’s not in session.... Read more»

Ducey signs Az budget, with tax cut for wealthy, with just hours to go before end of fiscal year

With the start of the fiscal year less than eight hours away, Gov. Ducey signed a $12.8 billion budget — highlighted by a massive income tax cut that replaces Arizona’s progressive rates with two rates and an additional break for higher income earners to offset the effect of Prop. 208.... Read more»

Arizona Senate approves $12.8 B budget, massive tax cut

The Senate approved all budget bills, nearly all on 16-14 party-line votes throughout Tuesday and into the early morning hours of Wednesday.... Read more»

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