The U.S. House early Saturday morning approved an emergency stimulus package to combat the coronavirus pandemic after President Donald Trump signaled his support for the bill.
An attempt by Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes on Friday to address coronavirus fears by mailing early ballots to all registered Democrats who didn’t already request one for the March 17 presidential preference election was blocked by a judge.
In an informal opinion, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich said the state’s open meeting law allows for public bodies – like city councils and school boards – to conduct public meetings remotely through technological means as they navigate public health amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Starting Friday, the Arizona House and Senate galleries will be closed to the public amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in Arizona.
Gov. Doug Ducey is declaring the spread of the coronavirus in Arizona a public health emergency and has issued an executive order that will cover the cost of testing for the virus and prevent price gouging on testing, among other things.
To combat the spread of coronavirus in Arizona, legislative Democrats have asked Gov. Doug Ducey to fund drive-through testing facilities, paid sick leave for Arizona employees and “aggressive cleaning” of public transit vehicles.
These policies are not extreme. They’ve been implemented in almost every other high-income country across the globe without economic calamity.
Democratic lawmakers want Gov. Doug Ducey to order a special legislative session to address coronavirus in Arizona.
Trump administration officials painted a dire picture of the novel coronavirus outbreak on Wednesday, warning members of Congress that the public health crisis is far from over.