Law & Government

Democrats, Trump declare victory on massive USMCA trade deal

U.S. House Democrats have worked out key differences with the Trump administration over a massive trade deal, allowing both sides to declare a legislative victory on the same day the House unveiled articles of impeachment against the president.

Correctional officers cite low pay as top reason for leaving

For the first time in two years, the Arizona Department of Corrections hired more correctional officers than it lost – but those who left cited low pay as a primary reason they took other jobs.

Justices reject Brnovich attempt to go straight to Supreme Court over opioid cash

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a novel legal maneuver by Attorney General Mark Brnovich aimed at forcing the owners of opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma to return billions of dollars that he accused them of “looting” from the company to shield it from litigation by Arizona and other states.

La Paz County zoning officials reject plan to build smelter in farming community

Facing a large and sometimes raucous crowd of area residents, the La Paz County Planning and Zoning Commission rejected a proposal Dec. 6 to build an aluminum recycling and smelting plant less than a mile from the farm community of Wenden, Arizona

IT security analyst: lawmakers need to listen to experts on data privacy laws

At the Mesa Convention Center Friday, information security analyst Samantha Kitts told a crowded room of CactusCon attendees the nuances and complexities of the various regulations around data privacy in the United States and abroad.

SCOTUS to decide fate of AZ bid to force opioid-maker family to give back billions

The Arizona Attorney General’s Office expects to find out Dec. 9 whether the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the state’s attempt to force the family that owns a major opioid manufacturer give back billions of dollars it took out of the company before it declared bankruptcy.

GOP legislator targets Phoenix budget if it passes airport rideshare fee

If the City of Phoenix moves forward with a proposed fee on rideshare companies that pick people up from Sky Harbor International Airport, Republican state Rep. Nancy Barto will ask the Attorney General’s Office to strike it down.

Lawsuit challenges state regulations for engineers

The owner of a small engineering consulting firm is going to court to challenge state regulators’ attempt to discipline him for practicing without a license, arguing that they have no right under the Arizona Constitution to regulate his business.

Lack of Latinos in AZ education leadership driving new organization

After decades of Latino students consistently underperforming in Arizona’s public schools, a new organization hopes to make systematic improvements by advocating and training Latinos to step into education leadership roles, where Latinos are also underrepresented.

Trump’s SNAP rule changes could end food stamps for 72K in Arizona

The Trump administration this week finalized a regulation that could knock almost 7,000 poor Arizonans off food stamp benefits – but that figure could grow to more than 72,000 if two other proposed regulations go into effect.
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