Law & Government


Toma amends Section 8 voucher bill, advocates still worry

BY: - February 27, 2019

The bill’s aim is still to allow landlords to terminate a contract even if a voucher is accepted, which Toma and others say is to help protect landlords from bad tenants and prevent landlords from leaving the Section 8 program.

Giffords, Democrats rally at Capitol for gun background-check bill

BY: - February 27, 2019

WASHINGTON – Former Arizona Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords rallied House lawmakers Tuesday to support a bill that would expand the requirement for background checks on private gun sales.

Cities fighting bill that guts local oversight of landlords

BY: - February 27, 2019

A bill that would gut local oversight of landlord-tenant issues continues to advance at the state Capitol, despite objections from local governments.

AZ delegation splits on party lines as US House votes to block Trump’s border wall emergency

BY: - February 26, 2019

The U.S. House voted to block President Trump’s emergency border wall declaration on Monday, delivering a stinging rebuke to the White House.

Mohave County files suit against opioid companies, prepares to join national litigation

BY: - February 26, 2019

Mohave County is preparing to join a massive lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, joining  more than 1,500 other governmental entities, Native American tribes, hospitals and plaintiffs from across the country, including several from Arizona.


The legislature lacks courage for real charter reform, despite outcry

BY: - February 26, 2019

It seems the charter school industry is far too powerful and legislators are far too chicken to seriously consider real charter school reform.

Bill to add state oversight of facilities like Southwest Key ready for Senate vote

BY: - February 26, 2019

The Senate on Monday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would impose more local oversight on facilities like Southwest Key, which contracts with the federal government to house migrant youth.

Former DES employee pleads guilty in bribery scheme

BY: - February 26, 2019

A former employee of the Department of Economic Security has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes from a Los Angeles-area debt collection company in exchange for confidential information about unemployment insurance beneficiaries.

Hobbs tells AG that Reagan, top aides may have destroyed public records

BY: - February 25, 2019

Secretary of State Katie Hobbs has informed the Arizona Attorney General’s Office that her predecessor and some of her top staff deleted months of official emails before she took over in January.

Arizona income tax credits are 93,000% larger for companies than individuals

BY: - February 25, 2019

If you’ve ever wanted proof that Arizona’s tax laws are skewed in the favor of businesses and not individuals, here it is: The average income tax credit claimed by corporations is 93,286% larger than the average income tax credit claimed by individuals.

Ex-Rep. Kolbe signs letter urging Republicans to fight Trump’s emergency declaration

BY: - February 25, 2019

WASHINGTON – A former Arizona Republican congressman is urging current GOP representatives to fight President Trump’s emergency declaration to fund construction of the border wall he campaigned heavily on in 2016. Jim Kolbe, a Republican who represented the Tucson area for 22 years in the U.S. House, was among 25 former Republican lawmakers who signed […]

Journalist sues ICE to shed light on contractor that held migrant children in Phoenix offices

BY: - February 22, 2019

The Center for Investigative Reporting and journalist Aura Bogado sued the federal government this week to obtain a contract with a company that held migrant children overnight in an commercial office building in Phoenix.    In November (after a July records request was inexplicably closed), Bogado requested through the Freedom of Information Act the contract […]