Law & Government

Ducey: Businesses to remain closed, but elective surgeries can resume

For the first time since the COVID-19 crisis exploded in the United States, Gov. Doug Ducey lifted one of the measures he imposed to slow the spread of the virus, authorizing hospitals to resume elective surgeries.

GOP leaders won’t end legislative session after Republican lawmakers object

Republican Legislative leaders agreed to call off plans to adjourn the 2020 legislative session after many of their GOP colleagues objected. 

Senate passes small business relief bill, but no COVID-19 cash for states

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Tuesday approved an “interim” COVID-19 relief package that includes billions of dollars for small businesses, hospitals and testing, but no additional funds for state and local governments. The nearly...

An Earth Day open letter to the Arizona Corporation Commissioners

As a life-long environmentalist, Earth Day has always been a very special day for me. Even though this year brings alternative virtual events due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the continued push for environmental justice, real action on climate change and strong renewable energy standards for Arizona are more important than ever.

Legislature to scrap session amid COVID-19, but may return in June

The COVID-19 pandemic will lead to an abrupt end to the legislative session on May 1, though legislative leaders expect they’ll return to the Capitol sometime before the end of June to deal with any pressing business, which may well include a massive budget deficit.

Census delay could affect 2021 redistricting

If Congress approves the U.S. Census Bureau’s request to delay the upcoming Census due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, it could take longer for the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to craft the next iteration of the state’s legislative and congressional maps.

As COVID-19 spreads in the state, it also spreads inside prison walls

Three Arizona correctional facilities all have high ratings for lack of access to health care and advocacy groups in the state are concerned the situation will worsen during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

2nd day of protest demanding Arizona ‘re-open’ during COVID-19 pandemic

Hundreds of demonstrators demanding an immediate lift of restrictions to blunt the spread of COVID-19 ignored recommendations against large gatherings and a mandate that people keep their distance from each other to descend on the state Capitol Monday and crowd into the building that houses Gov. Doug Ducey’s office.

Arizonans received $258M in unemployment benefits the last two weeks

The Arizona Department of Economic Security said Monday it has sent out $257.8 million in unemployment benefits to thousands of jobless residents in the past two weeks. 

Winslow: business owner can re-open, sell ‘essential’ items at jewelry store

The City of Winslow reversed course in the case of a Native American jewelry and art store owner it cited for violating Gov. Doug Ducey’s order closing non-essential businesses, informing him over the weekend that he can remain open for business because he started selling several essential items.
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