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Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Jerod MacDonald-Evoy

Reporter Jerod MacDonald-Evoy joins the Arizona Mirror from the Arizona Republic, where he spent 4 years covering everything from dark money in politics to Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Jerod has also won awards for his documentary films which have covered issues such as religious tolerance and surveillance technology used by police. He brings strong watchdog sensibilities and creative storytelling skills to the Arizona Mirror.

More than 25 percent of Native women murders go unsolved in AZ

By: - February 5, 2019

As politicians are pushing for action for missing or murdered indigenous women or girl cases, often referred to as MMIWG cases, more than 26 percent of cases of homicide involving Native women since 1976 in Arizona have gone unsolved, according to FBI crime data.

Bills aim to create committee to study violence against Native women

By: - February 4, 2019

Data on murders of indigenous women is hard to come by, and bills proposed in the Arizona House and Senate aim to shine a light on that and more.

Voters just rejected expanding ESA access. This bill would do the opposite.

By: - February 1, 2019

Less than three months after voters rejected a legislative attempt to broadly expand a controversial school choice program, a Republican senator is hoping lawmakers will approve a narrower expansion for middle-class students. Senate Bill 1396, sponsored by Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, would increase access to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to families at or below 185 percent of […]

Despite last minute passage of legislation, feds say drought plan is not complete

By: - February 1, 2019

Arizona lawmakers approved and Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation related to a seven state drought contingency plan just hours before a federal deadline Thursday, but the federal government has said that the deal is not complete. “Until all seven are done, it’s not done,” Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Patricia Aaron told the Arizona Mirror. The […]

Drought plan clears committee, despite fears on both sides

By: - January 30, 2019

Arizona is one step closer to finalizing the drought contingency plan, but lawmakers have less than 36 hours to do so. The plan is a seven-state agreement, including Mexico, that aims to mitigate the impacts of a water shortage and protect water sources like the Colorado River and Lake Mead. After a marathon five-hour meeting […]

Bill would gut local oversight on rental properties

By: - January 30, 2019

Legislation that will be considered Thursday would bar cities and towns from having local policies or oversight of disputes between landlords and tenants.

Lawmakers to consider six bills as part of drought plan

By: - January 29, 2019

As the federally imposed deadline for the seven state drought contingency plan reaches its conclusion, Arizona lawmakers now have six bills related to the plan to debate and pass.

Drought resolution plan introduced, Legislature has three days to approve

By: - January 28, 2019

With only three days left before reaching a federal government deadline, Arizona lawmakers finally have something to vote on for the state’s drought contingency plan. About two weeks ago, Gov. Doug Ducey, flanked by Democratic and Republican leaders, urged lawmakers to approve the drought contingency plan before the Jan. 31 deadline. The plan is part […]

Bowers aims to regulate commercial use of biometric data

By: - January 25, 2019

A bill proposed by House Speaker Rusty Bowers would make it illegal for a company to use biometric data for commercial purposes. House Bill 2478 states that a person may not enroll an individual’s biometric information into a database for commercial use unless certain criteria are met. Anyone who violates the law could be fined […]

Carter proposes AHCCCS dental coverage for pregnant women

By: - January 23, 2019

For the last three years, dental groups have been pushing state lawmakers to include pregnant women in dental coverage under the state’s Medicaid program, and new legislation proposed aims to do just that. Sen. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, has sponsored Senate Bill 1088, which would provide comprehensive dental care coverage to pregnant women who receive […]

Lawmaker not pushing porn tax for border wall bill

By: - January 23, 2019

The lawmaker behind the bill that aimed to tax pornographic material to, among other things, build a border wall with Mexico has said she won’t let it advance in the Legislature. Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, introduced House Bill 2444 last week, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet install software […]

Lawmaker wants to tax porn users to help fund the border wall

By: - January 18, 2019

A GOP lawmaker has a novel idea for how a border wall with Mexico should be funded: Force every Arizonan who wants to access pornographic material on an electronic device to pay $20. Republican Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, has introduced House Bill 2444, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet […]