Law & Government

Bills aim to create committee to study violence against Native women

Data on murders of indigenous women is hard to come by, and bills proposed in the Arizona House and Senate aim to shine a light on that and more.

Arizona continues to race to the bottom on public education

The Arizona strike revealed a sad reality: Arizona’s public school system is in a race to the bottom.

Tax conformity veto sets up showdown

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a tax conformity bill, setting up a showdown with Republican legislators and injecting more uncertainty for Arizonans who are preparing to file their 2018 taxes.

Voters just rejected expanding ESA access. This bill would do the opposite.

Less than three months after voters rejected a legislative attempt to broadly expand a controversial school choice program, a Republican senator is hoping lawmakers will approve a narrower expansion for middle-class students.Senate Bill 1396,...

An end to second-class citizenship? Arizona, don’t let us down

If you’re like most Americans, you probably thought the Constitution already guarded against sex discrimination. But you’re wrong.  

Despite last minute passage of legislation, feds say drought plan is not complete

Arizona lawmakers approved and Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation related to a seven state drought contingency plan just hours before a federal deadline Thursday, but the federal government has said that the deal is...

AZGOP audit says Fontes actions questionable, not illegal

Preliminary results of an audit commissioned by the Arizona Republican Party concluded that Maricopa County’s Democratic recorder didn’t violate any laws during the 2018 general election and that two disputed policies he implemented didn’t affect the outcomes of any races.

Drought plan clears committee, despite fears on both sides

Arizona is one step closer to finalizing the drought contingency plan, but lawmakers have less than 36 hours to do so.The plan is a seven-state agreement, including Mexico, that aims to mitigate the...

Senate bill gives state more oversight of facilities like Southwest Key

A new bill would require all residential care centers for children in Arizona check employees against a state database that lists people with proven reports of child abuse or neglect, and allows regulators to inspect those institutions unannounced.

State Bar investigating Stringer over attorney application

The State Bar of Arizona is investigating state Rep. David Stringer, who is facing a legislative ethics probe and expulsion threat over recent revelations that he faced sex-crime charges in Maryland in 1983.