Law & Government

Bowers holds water bill that threatens the drought plan

BY: - February 19, 2019

A bill that could have derailed a seven-state Drought Contingency Plan that lawmakers passed last month was put on ice at the request of its sponsor, House Speaker Rusty Bowers, after a lengthy and contentious committee hearing.

House lawyer: Student employment bill conflicts with AZ’s minimum wage law

BY: - February 19, 2019

A bill to pay some students less than the state’s minimum wage conflicts with Arizona’s voter-approved minimum wage statute and is thus unconstitutional, a staff attorney told  the House Rules Committee on Monday.

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Bill would make Section 8 and other assistance not count as rent

BY: - February 19, 2019

A bill under consideration at the Capitol could give landlords the ability to evict tenants who pay their rents with assistance from non-profits, churches and the federal government’s Section 8 housing voucher program.

MariCo attorney behind push to slightly loosen sex offender registry law

BY: - February 19, 2019

More sex offenders would become eligible to have their names removed from the Arizona’s sex offender registry but would face new hurdles in doing so, under legislation being pushed by Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

UA professor sues state over denial of health-care coverage to transgender employees

BY: - February 19, 2019

A transgender University of Arizona professor has sued the state over financial access to surgery his doctor said is medically necessary.

Bill aims to close recess loophole

BY: - February 18, 2019

In 2018, lawmakers passed a bill that made two recess periods mandatory in schools in Arizona but advocates say some schools have found loopholes in the law, leading a freshman Republican lawmaker to move to fix those issues.

Developmental disability providers say they need more money than Ducey is offering

BY: - February 18, 2019

Advocates for organizations that provide services to Arizonans with developmental disabilities say they need more money to compensate for increases in the state’s minimum wage than what Gov. Doug Ducey has in his budget plan.

Bill would allow new higher-ed tuition rates for dreamers

BY: and - February 18, 2019

Legislation that would allow public universities and community colleges to set a new tuition rate for every student who graduates from an Arizona high, regardless of immigration status, is ready to be considered by the full Senate.

COMMENTARY

Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy. Why do some legislators want it to be harder to vote?

BY: and - February 18, 2019

It’s Election Day, and all over the country, people are casting their ballots, based on a principle as simple as it is radical: no matter who you are or where you live, if you’re eligible, you have the right to vote.

Brophy McGee narrows inspection requirement on Southwest Key oversight bill

BY: - February 15, 2019

A Senate bill to expand state oversight of facilities like Southwest Key that house migrant children in Arizona won’t go as far as originally intended, some advocates said.  With the recent controversies surrounding migrant youth shelter operator Southwest Key in mind, Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, introduced Senate Bill 1247 to expand background checks and […]

Bowers still wants hearing on water bill that may derail drought plan

BY: - February 15, 2019

House Speaker Rusty Bowers plans to continue to move forward with water legislation despite threats by the Gila River Indian Community to leave a seven-state drought plan if that legislation because of it. If the Gila River Indian Community holds true to its statement and refuses to sign any agreements it could ultimately derail the […]

Moms Demand Action rally behind bill to bar domestic abusers from owning guns

BY: - February 14, 2019

Instead of arriving at their Phoenix home with a gift, he brought a gun and left her dead on the street.