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NRA gun safety class for Arizona schools one step closer to becoming law

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»

Arizona Senate approves bill requiring teachers to post curriculum online

Citing a need for academic transparency, Senate Republicans on Monday approved a bill that would require teachers to post all their lesson plans and materials online for parental review, despite some reservations.... 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»

Republicans give tentative approval to banning Chinese communists from owning land in Arizona

A Republican bill passed in committee Wednesday would ban the Chinese Communist Party and "its members" from owning any real estate in Arizona.... Read more»1

Defeated Arizona anti-trans bill revived to bar gender conforming surgeries for trans youth

A week after a move to ban all gender-affirming care for transgender youth in Arizona was rejected, GOP lawmakers passed a measure barring gender confirmation surgery for minors with no public testimony allowed by Committee Chair Nancy Barto. ... 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»

Az Senate panel rejects bill to ban medical care for trans youth

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted down a controversial proposal that would have made it illegal for doctors to provide minors with puberty blockers, hormone therapy and gender affirmation surgeries for trans kids in Arizona. ... 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»

Arizona Senate passes bill adding new steps to vote by mail

Voting by mail would become more complicated for millions of Arizonans under a proposal approved by the Arizona Senate. Senate Bill 1713 would require voters to include proof of identification to the affidavit they sign, which would go inside the return envelope. Many voters, especially low-income people, don’t have printers, which would make things difficult if they have to copy documents or identification.... Read more»

Bipartisan Senate coalition approves ballot measure to let dreamers pay in-state tuition

The state Senate on Thursday approved a measure that would allow undocumented students to pay in-state tuition and receive financial aid from Arizona universities if voters approve the change. The proposal aims to repeal parts of a 2006 voter-approved law that bars some immigrants from accessing public benefits.... Read more»