Law & Government

Sentencing-reduction bill moves forward as advocates push for broader reforms

Criminal justice reform advocates hailed a bill to reduce sentencing requirements drug possession as a step in the right direction while urging the sponsor to expand it to include more people.

In Their Own Words: What These South Florida Shooting Survivors Want You to Know

We must become an America that is compassionate, one that doesn’t have to teach children to hide from a bullet before they can read, and one that values innocent lives over a piece of metal with a primary purpose to kill.

Senate panel approves ESA bill amid fierce opposition

Lawmakers and parents argued Wednesday night at a Senate Finance Committee hearing whether a bill before them expanded or regulated a controversial school voucher program.

Bill to give pregnant women on AHCCCS dental coverage moves forward

Legislation to add dental coverage for pregnant woman on the state’s Medicaid program has cleared another hurdle and is one step closer to becoming law.

The never-ending legislative crusade against your right to self-governance

If there is one constant in a legislative session, it’s this: Republican legislators and the special interests that back them are contemptuous of you, the voter, and will work to undermine your rights to have any say in how you are governed beyond merely electing officials to represent you.

Legislature takes aim at short-term rentals

A bill with the backing of 57 Arizona lawmakers from both parties aims to add new regulations to short-term and vacation rental properties, like those rented through popular online rental websites AirBnB and VRBO.

Bill would ban mugshot websites from charging for removal

A state lawmaker wants to make it illegal for companies to make people pay money to have their mugshots and other criminal justice records removed from websites, though it’s unclear how such a law would be enforced against people outside of Arizona.

Partisanship threatens to derail bipartisan criminal justice reform bills

Our democracy rests upon a system of checks and balances. The whole point is to prevent concentrations of power in one or a few persons that thwart the will of the people. Yet that is exactly what we are witnessing with respect to criminal justice reform here in Arizona.

Advocates hope poll buoys sentencing reform efforts

A national organization advocating for criminal justice reform in Arizona is touting a new poll showing strong support for a host of issues being considered by the Legislature this year, including a proposal to reduce the state’s strict sentencing requirements.

Lawmaker wants working students to earn less than minimum wage

A Republican legislator wants to allow Arizona businesses to pay some students 34 percent less than the state’s minimum wage, and his GOP colleagues on a House panel gave the measure preliminary approval Monday.House...
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