Law & Government

Auditor General finds deficiencies in ABOR real estate dealings

University of Arizona failed to properly oversee a commercial real estate project and allowed millions of dollars to be improperly spent, and there is a general lack of transparency and oversight at university real estate projects overseen across the state by the Arizona Board of Regents, state auditors concluded.

Bipartisan condemnation of Trump’s Syria actions, but 3 AZ Republicans stand with him

Three Arizona Republicans voted against a resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday condemning President Donald Trump’s withdrawal of U.S. troops from northern Syria.

Arizona lawmakers have held few town halls in 2019, and Republicans have had none

A report by the Town Hall Project found that Arizona lawmakers have held just 28 town halls so far this year – and 19 of those were held by Rep. Tom O’Halleran, D-Sedona.

More than 750K immigrant Arizonans, families spared from ‘public charge’ changes, for now

A new criteria for a public charge test applied to people seeking a U.S. immigrant visa or green card that indirectly affects roughly 755,000 Arizona residents was blocked last week from implementation by courts...

Navajo buy-back program hit wall as many owners refused to sell, land commissioner says

The latest round of the Department of Interior’s federal buy-back program aimed at consolidating ownership of tribal lands hit a wall in Navajo country, as three-quarters of buy-back offers were not accepted.

County supervisors examining options for ousting indicted assessor

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors is looking into whether it can remove county Assessor Paul Petersen from office after he was indicted last week in an alleged adoption scheme involving women from the Marshall Islands.

New shelter for migrant minors to open in December

A New Leaf will open a third shelter in Arizona to house migrant youth who arrived in the country alone or were separated from a parent or relative at the border, according to a federal agency.

Despite ICE detainer ruling, business as usual for Arizona sheriffs

Two weeks after a federal court halted some detainer requests from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Arizona law enforcement agencies say they are still doing business with the agency as usual.

Resolution Copper Mine widely condemned at final public hearing

Members of the San Carlos Apache, conservationists, rock climbers, retired miners, veterans and regular Valley residents mostly agreed at an Oct. 10 public hearing in Tempe: Very few people besides those that would make money from it want Resolution Copper Mine.

State flush with cash, schools and prisons leading contenders for new spending

The state is on track to be flush with cash when lawmakers arrive at the Capitol in January, and the two leading contenders for that windfall are the education and incarceration systems.
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