Law & Government

Lawmakers OK plan to replace broken prison locks

A legislative panel approved the Arizona Department of Corrections’ request to use nearly $18 million to replace faulty locks that have allowed inmates at state prisons to get out of their cells.

Coconino County is worst in state for affordable housing

Data released by the National Low Income Housing Coalition shows that 41 percent of residents in Coconino County are renters who need to work a minimum of 63 hours a week to afford a...

Arizona ranks 46th for childhood well-being, Kids Count report says

Arizona scrapes along the bottom of the nation in children’s well-being, ranking 46th in 2019 Kids Count data released Monday. Lack of affordable housing emerged as a pressure point.

Ducey chides utility regulators for ‘mission creep’

Speaking to reporters on Monday in Paradise Valley, Ducey said Arizona should protect its most vulnerable residents, and said that may include new protections, regulations or legislation to prevent such incidents in the future.

Ducey: Video of Phoenix police holding black family at gunpoint is ‘disturbing’ and ‘unacceptable’

While warning that the full story hasn’t been made public, Gov. Doug Ducey said he found video of Phoenix police officers pointing guns and screaming expletives at a black couple and their two young children “disturbing” and “unacceptable.”

Arizona’s harsh sentencing laws separate families this Father’s Day

At my husband's sentencing, the judge even agreed the sentence was excessive. But because of Arizona’s harsh sentencing structure, there was nothing he could do. The prosecutor held all the power.

Ducey, at White House, touts benefits of new occupational licensing law

Ducey, sitting to President Donald Trump’s immediate left at a large table in the Cabinet Room, said the state’s universal licensing recognition law removes barriers for people who want to work.

Trump’s tariff threat: a dumb way to extort Mexico and violate its sovereignty

Ducey knows the president’s tariff threat is wrong, but he’s not willing to stand up for the people of Arizona, even if Trump’s plan could cost us thousands of jobs, because he’d rather curry favor with Trump than protect the economic prosperity of Arizona and Mexico.

There is still so much to do for Arizona’s students, despite 2019 gains

While Arizona’s spending on education is growing faster than the national average, we’ve been too far behind for too long, and this year’s reinvestment doesn’t do much to make up the gap.

Study: AZ likely to suffer worst Census undercount, lose congressional seat, if citizenship question added

A new estimate shows Arizona’s total population could see an undercount of nearly 5% if a controversial citizenship question is added to the 2020 Census – and potentially miss out on adding a congressional seat and Electoral College vote.
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