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Arizona churches couldn’t be closed down in future pandemics under bill on Ducey’s desk

Religious organizations would be granted wide berth to remain open during health crises if a bill sent Tuesday to Gov. Doug Ducey is signed into law.... Read more»

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Arizona’s legislative salary commission hasn’t met since 2014, doesn’t even have members

The Commission on Salaries for Elective State Officers - tasked with proposing salary increases for statewide elected officials, members of the judiciary and lawmakers - hasn't held a meeting since 2014, and doesn’t even have enough members for a quorum. ... Read more»

Shelved Arizona bill banning LGBTQ discrimination, conversion therapy sparks debate

Advocates for LGBTQ rights and defenders of religious freedom faced off during a hearing over an Arizona bill not up for vote this session proposing to ban discrimination and conversion therapy. ... Read more»

No Republican candidates for Arizona governor are calling for school cuts to be stopped

Arizona's Republican gubernatorial hopefuls aren't voicing any support for legislation to avert nearly $1.2 billion in education cuts this school year. ... Read more»

Arizona House Speaker casts doubt on plan to break up Maricopa County

A proposal to split up Maricopa County got unanimous Republican backing in a House of Representatives committee, but doesn’t have the support of the most important GOP vote in the chamber — House Speaker Rusty Bowers. ... Read more»

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»

Bipartisan bill would set up Arizona task force to investigate police use-of-force

A bipartisan measure to create a new division inside the Arizona Department of Public Safety that would investigate use-of-force incidents and criminal misconduct by police officers won unanimous support in a legislative committee Monday afternoon.... 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 House Republicans pass bill to prohibit sexually explicit materials in schools

The Republican-controlled House passed a measure Thursday that would ban sexually explicit materials in K-12 classrooms across the state.... Read more»

Republicans advance bill banning descriptions of sex, homosexuality in Arizona schools

Republicans backed a bill that would ban books like “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” “1984” and “The Great Gatsby” from Arizona schools because they contain frank descriptions of sex and sexuality - that critics say would effectively make it illegal to teach about homosexuality.... Read more»1

Capital COVID: Arizona state, federal lawmakers face different pandemic rules

Even though U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday, the Tucson Democrat was still able to cast votes in Congress by proxy Thursday while he was quarantined at home - an option many state lawmakers with they had.... Read more»

Rio Nuevo loses long-serving board member Mark Irvin, adds Port of Tucson CEO Mike Levin

The Downtown Tucson business district Rio Nuevo announced the resignation of Mark Irvin after 12 years with the taxpayer-funded organization. Arizona Speaker of the House Rusty Bowers has appointed Port of Tucson CEO Mike Levin in his place. ... Read more»

Ducey touts border security, water & tax plans in final State of the State speech

Gov. Doug Ducey vowed to use state resources to increase border security, spend a billion dollars to treat and transport water from the Sea of Cortez, expand school choice and continue lowering taxes as he laid out a wide-ranging agenda for his last year in office. ... Read more»

Ducey: Texto completo del 8o y último discurso sobre el 'Estado del Estado'

El gobernador de Arizona, Doug Ducey, se centró en sus logros e ideas para el futuro el lunes cuando pronunció su discurso sobre el estado del estado por octava y última vez, algo que ningún gobernador de Arizona ha hecho en más de tres décadas.... Read more»

Ducey: Full text of 8th and final 'State of the State' speech

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey focused on his accomplishments and ideas for the future Monday as he delivered his State of the State address for the eighth and final time – something no governor of Arizona has done in more than three decades.... Read more»

Arizona Legislature does away with COVID-19 restrictions in 2022, even as Omicron surges

With near-record COVID-19 caseloads and hospitalizations driven by the highly infectious Omicron variant sweeping Arizona, the state legislature will convene Jan. 10 with almost no restrictions in place aimed at limiting spread of the virus at the Capitol.... Read more»

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