Law & Government

Fewer than 40% of Arizona doctors check Rx database before prescribing opioids, despite state law

Arizona law requires doctors to check a state database before they write a new prescription for a controlled substance, such as opioids. Yet fewer than 40% do.

Arizona lawmakers poised to approve kratom regulations

Lawmakers are planning to regulate a substance called kratom that is still undergoing evaluations by federal agencies, such as the Drug Enforcement Agency and the Food and Drug Administration, and has been making medical professionals nervous.

Arizona pro-life movement cautious in 2019, unlike in other states

While pro-life lawmakers in other states are swinging for the fences with hopes of capitalizing on the new conservative makeup of the U.S. Supreme Court, abortion foes in Arizona have been uncharacteristically quiet in...

Fann removes key roadblock to sex offender registration bill

House Speaker Rusty Bowers’ bill to allow some people to petition to stop registering as a sex offender is back on track after his counterpart in the Senate gave it a chance to pass a key legislastive roadblock.

Ducey signs ban on handheld cell phone use while driving

A twelve-year crusade to ban texting while driving came to an end on Monday as Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation prohibiting handheld cell phone use while behind the wheel.

How a Reddit thread helped us report on DPS’s firearm problem

The Arizona Department of Public Safety created a safety bulletin video last year to alert troopers of a flaw in their service pistols that could cause them to fire unexpectedly or not fire at all.

The 2019 legislative session that wasn’t

The legislative session is winding down, and — yet again — the needs of our children and our citizens have been neglected. I had hoped, given the results of the 2018 elections, that there...

After discovering critical flaw in gun, DPS quietly replacing guns issued to all troopers

After discovering a critical flaw that could prevent the gun from firing, DPS began hurriedly replacing roughly 1,500 FNS pistols that replaced the previous sidearm in the name of cost savings.

Legally sanctioned homophobia still a mainstay of Arizona law

The long overdue repeal of the “no promo homo” law was the right thing to do. But the struggle to grant equal rights to Arizona’s LGBTQ community is far from over.

The sound of silence on Ducey’s school safety plan

Note: This story has been updated to include additional comments from the Governor’s OfficeGov. Doug Ducey insists that he hasn’t abandoned the school safety plan that lawmakers rejected in 2018 and that he still...
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