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Az Senate Republicans advance bills to increase scrutiny of school library books, access to classrooms

Schools would be required to publicly post every new book bought for their libraries, have elected governing board members approve all new book purchases and let parents know every book their child checks out under a proposal Senate Republicans advanced Tuesday.... Read more»

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Auditor general: Arizona election audits wouldn’t begin until 2024 cycle

Turning the Arizona Auditor General’s Office into an elections oversight unit will be a substantial undertaking that will require time and resources, and that means it won’t conduct election audits until after this year, a Senate committee was told Thursday. ... Read more»

Arizona Republican lawmakers move to clean up voter rolls

In a meeting riddled with false accusations of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential election, Republican senators approved bills in the Senate Government Committee to increase the monitoring of voter registration rolls and purge more voters from the voting rolls. ... Read more»

Bogus Arizona election fraud claims spur changes to drop boxes, passwords, election observers

Bills based on unfounded and debunked claims of fraud that have become orthodoxy among Republicans passed the first hurdle to becoming law Thursday after a committee hearing full of misinformation about the 2020 Arizona election. ... Read more»

Bill to limit Arizona governor's emergency powers was sparked by Ducey's COVID orders

New legislation that limits the power of future Arizona governors to declare a public health emergency has passed the Senate Government Committee with a slim margin and now awaits debate by the full Senate.... Read more»

Some Arizona lawmakers are posed to lose out in redistricting draft maps

A number of incumbent lawmakers find themselves facing suddenly unfavorable electoral prospects under the proposed legislative map drawn by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Gonzales: Reappointing Powell to Fed chair would be anti-climate move

Climate change is producing record fires, floods, and countless natural disasters that are destroying homes, cities, and communities. As the nation’s central bank, the Federal Reserve could help mitigate this damage: it could divest from pollutants and encourage the development of clean technologies. Chairman Powell has refused to do so, instead of using our banking system to back fossil fuels and perpetuate the climate crisis. — State Sen. Sally Ann Gonzales... Read more»

Biden first U.S. president to proclaim Indigenous Peoples Day

Monday marks, as is tradition, Columbus Day across the country. But it also, for the first time ever, is Indigenous Peoples Day, following President Joe Biden's national proclamation.... Read more»

Although youth sports receive cut of gambling revenue in New York, rules are different in Arizona

Nearly a month ago, Arizona became the 26th state in the country to legalize sports gambling – just in time for the NFL’s season-opening games - and for now, the current funding plan in Arizona directs all gambling revenue to the state’s General Fund.... Read more»

Sports betting by summer? Could be, as Arizona Senate sends gambling bill to governor

The Arizona Senate passed legislation Monday night that paves the way for legalized sports betting in the state, possibly as soon as summer. Senate Bill 1797 and House Bill 2772 were passed with bipartisan support on the new gaming compact, which includes the legalization of daily fantasy sports, and now heads to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk to become law. ... Read more»

Lower income, Hispanic neighborhoods in Arizona lag on vaccinations

A March report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention praised only two states for their efforts in getting vaccines to vulnerable communities. One of them was Arizona. But while the federal report shows strong outreach at the broader county level, ZIP code data from the state health department reveals disparities with the vaccination rates in several neighborhoods where residents are predominantly people of color and more impoverished.... Read more»

Effort to eliminate clergy-penitent privilege dies amid anti-Catholic fears

An effort to eliminate clergy privilege and force religious leaders to report child abuse to legal authorities was unable to get enough votes to make it out of committee Tuesday after days of backroom drama. In Arizona, clergy are not mandated reporters and suspected child abuse or neglect isn’t exempted from that, even if it is ongoing. And religious leaders cannot be forced to testify in court about abuse a parishioner confessed to committing.... Read more»

Senate moves to repeal Az law banning undocumented immigrants from in-state tuition

Arizona high school graduates would be eligible for in-state tuition and public financial aid at state universities and colleges, even if they are undocumented, under a proposal that won approval Wednesday in a legislative committee.... Read more»

Start of missing, murdered women panel moving 'at speed of bureaucracy'

State officials agree that none of the $150,000 allocated for a task force on missing and murdered indigenous women that was created in May has been seen yet. But they disagree on who’s to blame.... Read more»

El Chisme: How could you let this happen?

As early ballots go out, some candidates seem to be fumbling in a panic. Plus, accurate quotations aren't child's play; KVOA's new motto: More than 2 weeks late, less than half the story; Cunninghams poised to sting Bee; & more actually factual tidbits, gossip, rumors & alternative truths about politics in Tucson.... Read more»

Brewer gets bill targeting dealers who buy stolen scrap metal

The state House sent Gov. Jan Brewer a bill Wednesday that would require scrap metal dealers to register with the Arizona Department of Public Safety and would increase penalties for dealers who knowingly purchase stolen materials.... Read more»

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