Law & Government

Bill requiring redactions on all body camera footage is back

BY: - January 24, 2022

A GOP lawmaker who spent decades as a police officer is reviving a measure that would heavily redact any body-worn camera footage released to the public, including requiring nearly all faces be blurred.  “This would create a new and different standard that is only for body worn cameras,” K.M. Bell, ACLU Arizona’s Smart Justice campaign […]

Controversial Texas abortion law introduced in Arizona

BY: - January 21, 2022

Dr. Gabrielle Goodrick has been a source of comfort for women dealing with unwanted pregnancies in the Phoenix area for more than 25 years. But an attempt to replicate Texas’ sweeping new abortion law that lets citizens police abortion restrictions could tie her hands.  Arizona is one of several states where Republican lawmakers are looking […]

Senate committee approves measure targeting transgender girls in school sports

BY: - January 20, 2022

Vanessa Anspach fought back tears as she told state legislators about her 10-year-old daughter.  “When I became a parent I never imagined I’d be standing here today begging you for my  child’s right to be a child,” she said, her voice cracking. “This bill is about little kids. No child wakes up wanting to be […]

Committee approves measure to ease SNAP requirements for ex-felons

BY: - January 19, 2022

A bill to help individuals with drug-related felony convictions keep food on the table cleared committee on Wednesday, taking its first step toward becoming law.  The bill won approval in the House Judiciary Committee, which is chaired by the measure’s sponsor, Snowflake Republican Rep. Walt Blackman. It seeks to ease access for those with felony […]

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Ex-cop lawmaker wants to restrict recording videos of cops

BY: - January 19, 2022

Videos like those that captured police killing George Floyd and Eric Garner would be illegal in Arizona under a new law proposed by a retired police officer. A bill proposed by Fountain Hills Republican Rep. John Kavanagh, who spent decades as an officer for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, would make […]

AG’s Office: Hobbs can’t legally shut down online signature portal

BY: - January 19, 2022

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs will be breaking the law if she shuts down the system that allows congressional and legislative candidates to collect signatures online so they can qualify for the ballot, the Attorney General’s Office warned Tuesday. In a letter to Bo Dul, Hobbs’ general counsel and election policy advisor, the Attorney General’s […]

Legislatures across country back off pandemic protocols

BY: - January 19, 2022

As Dr. Jennifer Bacani McKenney walked the halls of the Kansas Statehouse on opening day of the legislative session this month, she was taken aback by what she saw. In the hallways, where “people are chatting and hugging and all that stuff, there were probably less than half of the people wearing masks … You […]

Ducey budget would spend $14.25 billion next year

BY: - January 14, 2022

Gov. Doug Ducey’s final budget proposal calls for $14.25 billion in spending for the 2023 fiscal year that includes nearly $1.4 billion in new spending, the bulk of which will be one-time spending on K-12 education, water infrastructure, beefing up the state’s rainy day fund and expanding Interstate 10. About $364 million of that new […]

Seven states to watch in the 2022 push to restrict voting rights

BY: - January 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republican state lawmakers across the country are ramping up their drive to enact voting and election-related laws in time for crucial 2022 midterm elections. As federal legislation that would limit state-level voting restrictions appears stymied in Washington, Republicans in the states are moving forward with new proposals and revisiting old ones that Democrats […]

Nativist Republicans call on Ducey to militarize the border to stop an ‘invasion’

BY: - January 14, 2022

A nativist former top Trump White House official on Wednesday exhorted Gov. Doug Ducey to use Arizona’s National Guard to turn immigrants back at the border.   Ken Cuccinelli, a top United States Citizenship and Immigration Services official in Donald Trump’s administration, said Ducey has the constitutional ability to direct national guardsmen to remove those crossing […]

Republican wants all Arizona cell phones and tablets to have an anti-porn filter

BY: - January 13, 2022

A Republican lawmaker wants to bar the sale of any computer, smartphone or tablet in Arizona if it doesn’t include a filter that would block children from accessing “harmful content,” and would hold them criminally liable if they fail to do so. The legislation from Rep. Michelle Udall, R-Mesa, also would allow parents to sue […]

Tribal leaders voice concerns about water, voting, COVID-19 to state lawmakers

BY: - January 13, 2022

Water rights, the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, voting rights, and infrastructure needs were some of the common issues that several tribal leaders from across Arizona talked about during their visit to the Capitol to talk with legislative leaders about their respective sovereign nations as part of the 27th Annual Indian Nations and Tribes […]