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As rents soar, states take aim at local zoning laws

In 2021, U.S. rents rose faster over the previous year than they have in the past 20 years - with average rent prices in Arizona increasing 27% between Jan 2021 and Jan. 2022 - leaving many low- and medium-income renters priced out of homes and lawmakers rethinking zoning laws.... Read more»

The Tucson agenda

Things universally loved: Pima County takes up mask mandates, voting convenience

Grab your musket and tri-cornered hat. Pima County supervisors will vote on extending COVID mask mandates and setting up "voting centers" for upcoming elections. Cue freakout in five, four, three ...... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Cunningham: More clinics needed to combat opioid addiction; oversight needed

The state Department of Health Services estimates that we had nearly 8,600 cases of opiod overdose in the last year, and that 1,382 Arizonans died due to opiod abuse. Many folks that want to get off of opiods here in Arizona cannot find programs. ... Read more»

The vote came first: Pima to allow more backyard chickens

Pima County residents in more residential areas will be allowed to keep chickens for eggs beginning next month, after the Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 on Tuesday to loosen restrictions on backyard poultry.... Read more»2

Lawmaker seeks to bar cities from prohibiting chickens in backyards

A bill sponsored by Sen. David Farnworth would provide every homeowner with the chance to own a chicken and other fowl like peacocks or ducks. An organization of cities and towns objects to the proposal. ... Read more»

Special report

Medical marijuana challenges some rural views of community

Arizona's new medical marijuana law has created planning headaches and economic opportunities in rural areas.... Read more»

Guest opinion

Pima County has super-sized plan for starving private property rights

Guest opinion: Uncle Sam wants to replace the fast food in your diet with government pork. Arizona's Pima County is one of 44 municipalities receiving federal stimulus money to address obesity within its borders.... Read more»1