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Gloria Rebecca Gomez

Gloria Rebecca Gomez

Gloria Gomez joined the Arizona Mirror in August 2022. Prior to that, she wrote for the Mirror as the UA School of Journalism’s Don Bolles Fellow. She has written for the Arizona Daily Star, the Arizona Republic and worked at the Arizona Daily Wildcat. She graduated in 2022 with bachelor's degrees in journalism and political science, with a Spanish minor. She’s a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors and National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

Republican-backed measure to restrict filming of police officers passes Senate committee

By: - March 17, 2022

Legislation which would make it illegal to film police officers within eight feet of them is closer to becoming law, despite concerns that it could hinder efforts to document misconduct. “We believe that this bill stacks the deck against the public check on officer misconduct,” Timothy Sparling, a lawyer and legislative advocate for Arizona Attorneys […]

Legislators take aim at mask mandates in schools

By: - March 15, 2022

Schools could have their hands tied in the future by a legislative proposal hoping to prohibit masking requirements without a parent’s OK.  An attempt last year to ban mask mandates in public schools was killed by the Arizona Supreme Court, which ruled that it was unconstitutional to package such legislation in budget bills. The new […]

Senate approves bill requiring teachers to post curriculum online

By: - March 15, 2022

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.  “In my opinion (it) really does add a lot of busywork for teachers. … I think some of it is good. Parents should […]

Courts

Proposed legislation would publish mugshots of undocumented immigrants online

By: - March 14, 2022

Undocumented immigrants on supervised probation who have been convicted of a misdemeanor or felony would have their pictures published online under a new legislative proposal framed as a way to collect data on crime rates in the immigrant community — but critics say it’s simply an attempt to single them out.  K.M. Bell, an attorney […]

Effort to punish human smugglers could end up criminalizing undocumented parents

By: - March 11, 2022

Republican proposals seeking to criminalize anyone transporting or illegally immigrating with undocumented minors are moving unimpeded through the legislature.  A bill conflating child sex crimes and smuggling elicited outrage from Democratic legislators during a Thursday hearing, who said that packaging the two issues in one bill is misleading.   “If we’re going to talk about transporting […]

Movie tax credit bill will cost Arizona big, legislative analysists say

By: - March 10, 2022

A new analysis of a push to lure movie productions to Arizona with $150 million in tax credits says claims that the state will see a return on its investment are unfounded — and the state could end up getting little in return for its money.  Legislative budget analysts looked at Senate Bill 1708 and […]

GOP bills to restrict some voter registrations clear Senate committee

By: - March 8, 2022

Senate Republicans on Monday advanced bills on voter registration that critics say will discourage some younger people — particularly college students — from registering to vote.  On Monday afternoon, the Senate Government Committee considered bills from the lower chamber. One bill would ban same-day voter registration — something that doesn’t exist in Arizona. Instead, residents […]

Rape evidence kit

Still no evidence of governor’s claim that victims are being billed for rape kits

By: - March 4, 2022

Gov. Doug Ducey’s claim that facilities in some Arizona counties are charging victims to process their rape kits is disputed by almost every county, and those advancing the claim refuse to reveal where it’s happening.

A ‘punitive model’ for failing schools: GOP proposal would let charters take over district schools

By: - March 4, 2022

In 2019, there were 180 Arizona schools that received a D or F rating and new legislation given preliminary approval by the House would hand over their operations or shut them down if they don’t improve.  House Bill 2808 establishes the Arizona Achievement District. This district is made up of high-performing district and charter schools […]

Bills to increase scrutiny of school library books, access to classrooms advance

By: - March 2, 2022

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. Critics said the new requirements would decrease diversity of viewpoints by adding library books […]

Republicans divided on bill to force businesses to pay reparations to some workers who refused COVID vaccine

By: - March 1, 2022

Employers could be forced to fork out a year’s wages as reparations to employees whose religious exemptions from a company’s COVID-19 vaccination policy were denied.  The Arizona House of Representatives on Monday gave preliminary approval to House Bill 2198, which requires employers to pay a lump sum equal to the employee’s annual wages upon severance […]

The ‘legislative circus’ came to the Capitol on Monday to highlight voter suppression

By: - March 1, 2022

The grass lawns in front of the Arizona Capitol were filled with brightly painted circus-style games on Monday, all of them satirical references to recent legislation restricting voting rights. “We’re here to demonstrate that inside of those (legislative) chambers, Republican legislators are playing with people’s right to vote, and they want to pass ridiculous bills […]