Law & Government

Senate indicates more election review subpoenas are likely

BY: - July 15, 2021

The Arizona State Senate might issue more subpoenas related to an ongoing review of the Maricopa County 2020 election, which has been going on since late April. 

Lawmakers approve money to research marijuana ‘psychosis’

BY: - July 7, 2021

Lawmakers on the final day of the legislative session approved spending $250,000 to research connections between marijuana use and “psychosis,” an idea promoted by a controversial book that scientists have panned as “junk science”  The spending, which was attached to broader bill that allocates money from the state’s medical marijuana fund to public health, mental […]

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The future looks bright to my solar business, thanks to Joe Biden

BY: - July 2, 2021

As the sun beats down on Phoenix in what’s shaping up to be one of the hottest summers on record, the future has never looked brighter for my solar construction company. 

Ducey rescinds 25 COVID-19 executive orders

BY: - July 2, 2021

Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday rescinded 25 COVID-19 related executive orders, including an executive order that required face masks in schools. 

GOP furor over ‘critical race theory’ hits college campuses

BY: - July 1, 2021

Professors say the Republican crusade to root out “critical race theory” is taking a toll on college campuses around the nation—places where academic freedom is supposed to encourage thought, discussion and analysis. 

Legislature wraps up 171-day session, the 3rd-longest on record

BY: - June 30, 2021

Arizona lawmakers on Wednesday ended the third-longest legislative session in state history after approving the final components of a state spending plan for the fiscal year that begins Thursday and taking final votes on several other outstanding measures. 

Ducey signs budget with hours to go before fiscal year ends

BY: - June 30, 2021

With the start of the new fiscal year less than eight hours away, Gov. Doug Ducey signed the $12.8 billion budget shortly after lawmakers sent him the final two budget bills to his desk.

Sentencing reform dies for third straight year after Fann blocks Senate vote

BY: - June 30, 2021

Arizona will continue to have some of the strictest criminal sentencing laws in the country after Senate President Karen Fann refused to let the Senate vote on a bill that would allow some nonviolent inmates to earn early releases.

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GOP lawmakers said ‘NO’ to Arizona students and teachers

BY: - June 30, 2021

Ducey and Arizona’s Republican legislators made their priorities crystal clear this year. They said NO to fully funding education and NO to millions of working families, but gave a resounding YES to wealthy special interests and campaign donors.

House again passes sentencing reform bill, which faces unknown fate in Senate

BY: - June 28, 2021

For the second time this year, the House of Representatives passed legislation to allow some prison inmates to earn earlier releases, but it remains to be seen whether it will get a vote in the Senate, where the bill already died once this legislative session.

Budget bill provision allows DPS to block release of all video records

BY: - June 28, 2021

Tucked into a budget bill on criminal justice is a provision that would allow the Arizona Department of Public Safety to outright deny releasing any video records the agency possesses and to heavily edit any videos it chooses to make public. 

House finalizes budget, tax cuts, but kills ESA expansion

BY: - June 26, 2021

The Arizona House of Representatives wrapped up work Friday on a $12.8 billion budget that dramatically overhauls the state’s income tax code, shields some wealthy Arizonans from paying a voter-approved tax to boost teacher pay and mandates new civics curriculum in public schools.