Law & Government

As COVID rages, Ducey scraps large State of the State plans for virtual speech

Rather than cram hundreds of people onto the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic as he kicks off the new legislative session, Gov. Doug Ducey will deliver a virtual State of the State address.

Lawmaker asks AG if there’s middle ground in repealing Ducey’s emergency order

A Republican lawmaker wants the attorney general to weigh in on whether the legislature can rescind Gov. Doug Ducey’s emergency declaration for the COVID-19 outbreak without triggering some unintended consequences. Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills,...

Arizona Supreme Court says Netherlands can enforce court settlement against Mesa company

The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that a 2015 state law allows the Netherlands to enforce a $7.58 million judgment against Mesa-based MD Helicopters due to a nearly two decade-old contract dispute.   Earlier this year,...

Retirement benefits, political feud prompt early resignation by county treasurer

Looking to get an earlier start on his retirement and on a proposed recall effort against his rivals on the Board of Supervisors, Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora will resign at the end of...

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

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...

Hobbs asks AG to investigate fake electors for using state seal

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...

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

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...

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

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...

Judge dismisses subpoena lawsuit but says senators can refile

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...

Two indicted under “ballot harvesting” law

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...
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