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With GOP backing, bill to reduce what lobbyists report spending on lawmakers passes House

A bill that would let lobbyists disclose only the price of what it costs to feed elected officials at luncheons and other events and not the actual cost paid for their admission to the event has been approved by the House of Representatives and is one step closer to becoming law.

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.

Poll: Climate change a serious issue for three-fourths of Arizonans, majority of Republicans

Nearly three-in-four Arizona voters believe climate change is a serious problem, including a strong majority of Republicans, according to a new statewide poll of environmental issues.

Republicans can’t straddle the wall much longer

There’s a wall in our politics right now, both symbolic and literal, and it threatens to divide America in ways we haven’t seen in more than a century.

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.

Gallego, Valenzuela divided over city-funded sports venues

Phoenix mayoral candidates disagreed over the controversial Phoenix Suns arena deal during a debate hosted by KJZZ Tuesday. Kate Gallego said she doesn’t think city money should be used to subsidize professional sports venues, while Daniel Valenzuela argued the facilities are economic drivers.

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.

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...