Law & Government

Judiciary committee chairman kills ‘ban the box’ bill

Rep. John Allen, R-Phoenix, said he doesn’t believe Senate Bill 1437 is constitutional and predicted the courts would strike it down if it were to pass. He questioned what authority the state has to tell private sector employers that they can’t inquire about criminal records.

Department of Revenue says digital taxation bill will cost Arizona millions

The Arizona Department of Revenue determined that legislation to exempt certain digital goods and services from sales taxes could cost the state at least $33 million in 2020, an analysis that could help the bill’s opponents keep it from moving forward in the Senate.

Republicans boast about K-12 funding, but the numbers put the lie to their claims

Some legislative Republicans are slapping themselves on the back hard enough to give each other injuries as they crow about the great state of K-12 funding.

White supremacists call Rep. Stringer ‘our guy’ in leaked chat logs

Chat logs from the white supremacist group Identity Ervopa released by the nonprofit news organization Unicorn Riot show support for racist comments made by Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott, last year.

Lawmakers should make following the money easy for procurement contracts

Arizona has taken some good steps toward government transparency in recent years, but none would inform taxpayers more than creating a centralized searchable database for all contracts awarded by every governmental entity in the...

State Bar complaint against lawmaker for 1983 sex crimes arrest dismissed

The State Bar of Arizona has dismissed a complaint against state Rep. David Stringer after finding no evidence that he failed to properly disclose legal troubles when he was licensed to practice law in...

Arizona again rejects push to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Supporters of the Equal Rights Amendment marched 38 miles over three days in the Valley in support of making Arizona the last state needed to ratify the sweeping amendment. But on Wednesday, their efforts fell short in the Arizona Senate, and the ratification effort appears to be dead.

Constable resigned following vodka-infused hangover fender-bender

A newly elected Maricopa County constable who resigned just a few weeks into the job did so a month after backing his official car into another vehicle and telling the county’s chief presiding constable he was hungover at the time after drinking a copious amount of vodka the previous night.

Bill would prohibit cities from making firefighters and cops live where they work

Legislators are considering a proposal that would restrict cities from making firefighters and police officers live in the cities in which they work.

State forcing schools to steal from Peter to pay for Mary

I know, because I was one of those parents. Like so many others, I spent thousands of dollars out of my own pocket on private therapies.