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Bipartisan measures aim to increase Arizona school spending cap, avoid $1.2B in education cuts

Bipartisan proposals to fend off the threat of nearly $1.2 billion in mid-year funding cuts for Arizona schools were introduced Monday, just two weeks ahead of the March 1 deadline to act before schools are forced to layoff staff and face shutting down. ... Read more»

Az Democrats call on Republicans to support paid leave, affordable housing

Arizona Democrats urged their Republican colleagues to support legislation that would ensure paid family and medical leave and greater access to affordable housing at a Tuesday press conference in front of the state Capitol. ... Read more»

Controversial Texas-type abortion law introduced in Arizona Legislature

With the introduction of House Bill 2483, Arizona is one of several states where Republican lawmakers are looking to enshrine anti-abortion laws identical to the one Texas passed in 2021 and that the U.S. Supreme Court allowed to go into effect. ... Read more»

Democrats slam Ducey for ignoring school funding needs, COVID-19 challenges

Democrats and public school advocates said Gov. Doug Ducey had two glaring holes in his final State of the State speech on Monday: funding for public schools and COVID-19.... Read more»

Democrats blast 'cancer' of Arizona election probe on eve of release

Democrats went on the offensive Thursday, saying the Arizona election audit scheduled to be released Friday is a “cancer spreading through the country” as it is mimicked by other states. ... Read more»

Arizona Democrats call for 'audit' probe, as federal panel starts its own

Arizona Democrats called on Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate the state Senate’s 'audit' of Maricopa County election returns as a congressional panel launched its own investigation into Cyber Ninjas, the private firm contracted by Senate President Karen Fann.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Romero: Voting bills would disenfranchise Arizonans

"While these bills vary in their substance, they all would have the same result of disenfranchising voters from our most fundamental democratic institution: our elections." — Tucson Mayor Regina Romero on proposed Arizona election laws.... Read more»1

Ducey signs bill recognizing validity of consular ID cards

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that would end a ban on state agencies and local governments recognizing the validity of consular identification cards. The proposal earned broad bipartisan support, and Ducey said Senate Bill 1420 “enhances public safety by offering a secure, reliable form of identification to be accepted in Arizona.”... Read more»

Ducey calls for $600 million in permanent income tax cuts

Gov. Doug Ducey will push to make $600 million income tax cuts, phased in over the next three years, and he wants those cuts to be broad-based so they will affect as many Arizonans as possible. However, history has shown that today’s surplus can quickly turn into a deficit, and that tax cuts that go into effect when revenues are strong can become a drag on the state’s budget when the economy goes south.... Read more»

Senate ends annual legislative session without taking up bills

For the second time this month, the Senate has adjourned the 2020 legislative session. This time, it may stick.... Read more»

Pro-refugee resolution passes Arizona Senate after push from local activists

The Arizona Senate unanimously passed a pro-refugee resolution expressing gratitude for refugee contributions within the state. It’s waiting on a vote by the House.... Read more»

Gun control bills stall in Arizona Legislature

The Legislature likely won’t debate a single piece of gun control legislation this session, after Democrats failed Tuesday to force a vote on a bill to ban bump stocks, which were used in the Las Vegas mass shooting. Reps. Randall Friese and Daniel Hernandez, both from Tucson, co-sponsored a measure that would have banned trigger cranks, including bump stocks.... Read more»

Ducey calls special session on opioid crisis

Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday called a special legislative session to battle the opioid epidemic in Arizona, asking lawmakers to fund and expand health care.... Read more»

Freshman state senator focused on immigration

State Sen. Steve Smith was focused on one issue during his campaign: illegal immigration. His colleagues say he hasn't lost sight of what got him elected.... Read more»