Criminal Justice & Policing

Ducey vetoes ‘repeat offender’ bill, but signs measure to ease sentences for some drug offenders

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation loosening sentencing requirements for drug possession but vetoed a bill that would have barred prosecutors from designating people who have never been convicted of a crime as repeat offenders, dealing a final blow to a criminal justice reform movement that saw its high hopes for the 2019 legislative session dashed repeatedly.

Montgomery opponents cleared from judicial nominating commission

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is once again seeking a seat on the Arizona Supreme Court, and his odds may be markedly improved after Gov. Doug Ducey replaced several members of a judicial nominating commission who blocked his path to the high court earlier this year.

The 2020 state budget, annotated

After more than a week of debate, the legislature on Monday approved its $11.8 billion spending plan for the upcoming fiscal year, which begins on July 1.

Public safety means more than just hiring more police

I know from my own law enforcement career that the answer to public safety issues is not simply “more police.”

Supreme Court: ‘All parts’ of marijuana plant protected by medical marijuana law

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that marijuana extracts sold by dispensaries and used by medical marijuana patients are legal and are covered by Arizona’s voter-approved medical marijuana law.

Legislature unanimously approves sexual abuse bill, breaks budget logjam

After weeks of negotiations and a day of emotional testimony, lawmakers unanimously passed legislation giving victims of childhood sexual abuse more time to sue in civil court, which ends Arizona's status as one of the worst states in the nation for survivors to seek redress and breaks a weeks-long impasse over the state budget.

Budget impasse continues in Senate after day of negotiating

The Arizona Senate stalled on passing the state budget Saturday as a split among Republicans left leaders scrambling, and so far failing, to find the needed votes to pass the $11.8 billion spending plan...

AG’s Office set to receive $500k for ‘election integrity’ investigators

Attorney General Mark Brnovich wants the legislature to fund a new voter fraud unit, with an eye toward refuting the baseless claims of voter fraud that swirled in some political circles after the 2018 election.

Deal to expand rights of sexual abuse survivors in the works However, Sen. Paul Boyer says he isn't yet...

Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale, and Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, may have been able to come to an agreement on a bill to expand the ability of survivors of child sexual abuse to take their abusers to court that has been threatening to stall budget talks.

Ducey signs bill to study murders of Native women

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed into law a bill that will create a study committee to examine cases of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.