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A QAnon supporter at an April 19, 2020, protest against COVID-19 restrictions at the Arizona Capitol.

A special committee created by the Arizona legislature to examine the state’s response to COVID-19 will feature a litany of speakers who have spread disinformation about the pandemic, vaccines, spoken at QAnon events and have conspiratorial beliefs about the virus. Read more»

The Senate’s backing of SB1061 comes less than two weeks after Republican Sen. Wendy Rogers, of Flagstaff, filed a restraining order against Arizona Capitol Times reporter Camryn Sanchez after the journalist showed up at two of Rogers’ residences in the Valley.

A bill that would allow public officials to hide their addresses from constituents is on its way to the desk of Gov. Katie Hobbs after garnering bipartisan support in both the Arizona state House and Senate. Read more»

Melanie O’Rourke muestra el procesador de sonido del implante coclear fuera de la oreja que envía señales de sonido al receptor. El implante coclear omite las partes dañadas del oído interno para estimular el nervio auditivo.

El Senado de Arizona aprobó un proyecto de ley que reactivaría la cobertura de implantes cocleares para cualquier persona mayor de 21 años que tenga cobertura de servicios médicos y de salud bajo el Sistema de Contención de Costos de Atención Médica de Arizona. Read more»

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs.

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs surpassed former Gov. Janet Napolitano’s veto record - 58 bills nixed in 2005 - on Tuesday, the 100th day of the legislative session, with her total veto count so far at 63 because of a slew of bills the legislature knew wouldn't make it past her desk. Read more»

Melanie O’Rourke shows the sound processor she wears behind her ear. The transmitter sends sound signals to a receiver and stimulator implanted under the skin.

The Arizona Senate has passed a bill that would revive coverage of cochlear implants for anyone at least 21 years old who is covered for health and medical services under Arizona’s Health Care Cost Containment System. Read more»

Los partidarios de los proyectos de ley para combatir la demencia hablaron de la necesidad de un esfuerzo estatal para luchar contra la enfermedad en una conferencia de prensa en el Capitolio estatal. Un proyecto de ley requeriría que el Departamento de Servicios de Salud de Arizona realice un plan de políticas y programas para combatir el Alzheimer y otras formas de demencia, según los activistas.

Los legisladores están impulsando un proyecto de ley para crear un plan estatal para la demencia y destinar hasta $500,000 para nuevos trabajos enfocados en la enfermedad de Alzheimer, un tipo común de demencia que está aumentando especialmente rápido en Arizona. Read more»

Supporters of bills to battle dementia spoke of the need for a statewide effort to battle dementia at a news conference at the state Capitol. One bill would require the Arizona Department of Health Services to build a dementia plan for policies and programs to fight Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, according to advocates.

State legislators are pushing a bill to build a state dementia plan and put up to $500,000 toward new jobs focused on Alzheimer’s disease, a common type of dementia that is rising especially fast in Arizona. Read more»

Gov. Katie Hobbs meets with community activist groups on Feb. 22, 2024.

Arizona community activist groups are calling on Gov. Katie Hobbs to take steps to address the affordable housing crisis, scholarships for low-income students and paid family and medical leave - proposals which are likely already dead in the Republican-controlled legislature. Read more»

In the past, lawmakers have hesitated to support similar bills, citing the revenue forfeited by exempting the widely bought products.

Two identical bills have been introduced this year in the Arizona legislature that would remove the sales tax added to feminine hygiene products, infant diapers and incontinence products - proposals supported by Gov. Katie Hobbs. Read more»

Lawmakers heard from the heads of the Board of Dental Examiners, Board of Massage Therapy, Board of Optometry and the Naturopathic Physicians Medical Board as part of a regular review process on state agencies and boards.

Arizona state legislators last week grilled the heads of the state boards tasked with overseeing complaints from citizens after reports by the state auditor general revealed some major deficiencies. Read more»

A Republican bill sponsored by Rep. Quang Nguyen that would require a National Rifle Association gun safety course for Arizona middle and high school students is now one vote away from Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk. Read more»

Lawmakers are preparing for a possible special session to make changes to last year’s historic income tax cut package in a way that would avert a statewide vote on it in November, and to try to reverse a recent law that temporarily eliminates elections elections for political party activists. Read more»

Rogers, who boasted in her AFPAC speech that she didn’t run from criticism, would not speak with reporters on the Senate floor on Monday.

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»

Public school teachers and children rally at the Arizona Capitol on Feb. 21, 2022, to call on the legislature to lift a constitutional spending cap that will force schools to cut nearly $1.2 billion before the school year ends.

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»

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»

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