Law & Government

Drivers who bypass vehicles’ automatic safety features targeted in new bill

BY: - December 28, 2020

Drivers who use a “defeat device” to bypass a vehicle’s safety features on cars with automatic driving mechanisms, often referred to as “autopilot modes,” could face fines if a bill that has been revived from the last legislative session becomes law. Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, has proposed legislation that would allow police to ticket […]

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Hobbs asks AG to investigate fake electors for using state seal

BY: - December 24, 2020

A group of people who sent a slate of fake electoral votes for President Donald Trump to Washington, D.C., may be facing legal trouble for using the state seal without authorization. Secretary of State Katie Hobbs sent a cease-and-desist letter to Mesa resident Lori Osiecki, one of the 11 fake electors, demanding that her group […]

Biden firm on uranium-mining ban around ‘jewel’ of the Grand Canyon

BY: - December 24, 2020

WASHINGTON – For four years, the Trump administration took steps to boost uranium mining for what it called national security reasons, a move environmentalists saw as an attempt to open the door to mining near the Grand Canyon. President-elect Joe Biden may be ready to shut that door for good. “I can’t believe I have […]

Tribal leaders optimistic about Biden, say Haaland nomination a good start

BY: - December 24, 2020

WASHINGTON – The federal government may not have a stellar track record when it comes to keeping promises with Native Americans, but tribal leaders in Arizona said they think President-elect Joe Biden could be the exception. Their hopes were reinforced last week when Biden nominated a Native woman, Rep. Deb Haaland, D-N.M., to be secretary […]

Judge dismisses subpoena lawsuit but says senators can refile

BY: - December 23, 2020

The Senate president and a powerful committee chairman made the wrong argument in their lawsuit attempting to force the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to comply with subpoenas related to the 2020 election, but they’re welcome to try again with another, more “plausible” claim, a judge ruled Wednesday evening. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Randall […]

Two indicted under “ballot harvesting” law

BY: - December 23, 2020

For the first time, the Arizona Attorney General’s Office is prosecuting someone under a 2016 law banning third-party collection of early ballots, a practice dubbed “ballot harvesting” by opponents. Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Wednesday that a grand jury had indicted two people, Guillermina Fuentes and Alma Yadira Juarez, both of San Luiz, for collecting […]

The top 10 unforgettable moments of a tumultuous year in D.C.

BY: - December 23, 2020

WASHINGTON—To say that 2020 has been an eventful year in the nation’s capital is an understatement. Amid a global pandemic, a bitter race for the presidency and protests over police brutality, news in Washington never let up. As the year winds to an end, let’s take a look back at the moments of most drama, […]

Judge shreds state GOP lawsuit in dismissal ruling

BY: - December 22, 2020

A Maricopa County judge blasted the Arizona Republican Party’s lawsuit challenging procedures for post-election hand counts as “meritless” and defective on a number of grounds. Superior Court Judge John Hannah dismissed the state GOP’s lawsuit in November, but didn’t provide any reasoning at the time, saying only that he would issue a full ruling at […]

Congress passes massive ‘first step’ in pandemic relief with $900B package

BY: - December 22, 2020

WASHINGTON — Congress on Monday night approved the first major COVID-19 relief measure since the spring, a sprawling spending bill that would provide $900 billion in pandemic-related aid but still didn’t go far enough for many Democrats. House leaders divided the bill into two parts and passed the emergency relief portion on a 359-53 vote. […]

State, county policies impact rejected ballot rates in November election

BY: - December 21, 2020

Election officials didn’t count 27,327 ballots cast by Arizona voters in the November election, rejecting more than twice the 10,457 votes that flipped the state for President-elect Joe Biden – the closest raw vote margin of any state in the nation.

Congress strikes deal on new pandemic relief after settling dispute over Fed lending

BY: - December 21, 2020

WASHINGTON — A deal on a coronavirus relief package finally emerged on Sunday night, after members of Congress resolved a days-long impasse over a provision sought by U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania to ensure that several temporary Federal Reserve lending programs will end this year. Working through that disagreement over the Fed was a […]

AG says Pima County ban on political contributions unconstitutional

BY: - December 18, 2020

Pima County’s prohibition on its employees contributing money to candidates for county office violates both the U.S. and Arizona constitutions, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich.