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Arizona bill would make bad Yelp and Google reviews a possible criminal act

A bill brought to the legislature by business leaders would add social media messages to the state’s extortion law and could make it so those who leave bad reviews could be subject to a class 2 felony, the typical minimum sentence for which is 3 years in prison. ... Read more»

Arizona Senate kills plan to let party activists fill legislative vacancies

A proposal that would have taken the power to fill legislative vacancies from county boards of supervisors and give it exclusively to political party activists fell short in the Arizona Senate after two Republicans opposed it. ... Read more»

Arizona Senate committee approves measure targeting transgender girls in school sports

Republican senators on the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a proposal to bar transgender student athletes from playing on women’s sports teams for Arizona high schools and colleges.... Read more»

Az legislative leaders sound off on redistricting, competitiveness

Legislative leaders presented a list of grievances over Latino districts, competitiveness and a GOP lawmaker’s attempt to influence his Tucson-area legislative district, as lawmakers from both sides of the aisle got an opportunity to address the state’s remapping panel in person.... Read more»

State Sen. Vince Leach asks Ariz. AG to probe Tucson over COVID shot mandate

State Sen. Vince Leach has accused Tucson of violating state law by moving to fire government employees who refuse to be vaccinated by the beginning of December. About $100 million could be held back from the city budget if the AG's Office upholds the complaint.... Read more»

Collateral damage: Arizona Supreme Court ruling jeopardizes another $600 million in school funding

When the Arizona Supreme Court ruled against an income tax hike voters approved last year, it illuminated another K-12 funding issue that could strip $600 million a year out of Arizona schools - an education spending limit voters imposed on the state more than four decades ago.... Read more»

Two GOP lawmakers promote QAnon on social media

Two Republican legislators used their social media accounts to promote the radical QAnon conspiracy movement over the Independence Day weekend.... Read more»1

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»

Pima County OKs revised restaurant regs; State AG probing COVID-19 plan

The Pima County Board of Supervisors on Thursday approved a final version of regulations aimed at restaurants reopening but not without a warning from one member who said they are ignoring "the 500-pound gorilla in the room."... Read more»

GOP lawmakers, ALEC urge feds not to 'bail out' states

Several Republican lawmakers from Arizona are urging the federal government not to provide funding to states and cities that are coping with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as Arizona faces a projected budget deficit of more than a billion dollars.... Read more»

The cost of cuts: Arizona tax carve-outs last year hit $13.7B

Teachers who marched on the Capitol in support of doubling the salary boost that lawmakers were considering went home empty-handed, as Republican lawmakers backed a budget that grants a two-percent increase over the next two years, saying there simply wasn’t money available. But that figure is dwarfed by how much tax revenue the state doesn’t collect each year: In fiscal year 2016, state law allowed $13.7 billion in taxes to go uncollected through a litany of exemptions, deductions, allowances, exclusions or credits.... Read more»