Law & Government

House OKs vaping industry bill

With little fanfare and no debate, the Arizona House of Representatives gave its preliminary approval to a measure backed by the vaping industry.

No budget deal yet, but House Republicans say they’re getting closer

A procedural motion to clear the way for budget bills in the Arizona House of Representatives isn’t a sign that a deal is near.The House on Wednesday approved a motion to allow the introduction...

US governors proposed $2.9B in new spending on early childhood, Ducey proposed $0 in Arizona

In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey is one of 17 governors – two Democrats, 15 Republicans – to propose no new state spending on early childhood programs.

Bill to regulate Airbnb heads to Ducey’s desk

A bill with broad bipartisan support that would add new regulations to short-term and vacation rental properties, such as those on Airbnb and VRBO, is heading to the governor’s desk for final approval.House...

New law changes how English Language learners are taught. But what comes next?

A cacophony of voices speaking in Spanish, interspersed with laughter, fills a classroom at Rhodes Junior High School. Some students speak halting English, but on occasion they attempt to translate for students who don’t speak any.

Ducey signs bill to study murders of Native women

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed into law a bill that will create a study committee to examine cases of murdered and missing indigenous women and girls.

ACLU alleges Avondale school district also has discriminatory enrollment requirements

Another Arizona school district is asking for state-issued IDs as a requirement for enrollment and potentially shutting out undocumented immigrant families from its classrooms, in violation of state and federal laws.

Hoffman to create school safety task force

In the wake of legislative inaction on bipartisan legislation to create a school safety task force, Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman will create her own task force within the Arizona Department of Education.

Maricopa County is particularly vulnerable to a measles outbreak, researchers say

A new study published by The Lancet Infectious Diseases, a prominent medical journal, lists Maricopa County as one of the U.S. counties most likely to experience a measles outbreak.The study, produced by the...

Corrections Dept. spent no money to repair broken cell door locks

Seven months after Arizona Department of Corrections Director Charles Ryan learned of a problem with broken cell door locks at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Lewis, he sought approval for a building renewal plan that included funding for walk-in freezers, backup generators and new door locks for a different facility, but nothing for the locks at Lewis.
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