Politics

Drought resolution plan introduced, Legislature has three days to approve

With only three days left before reaching a federal government deadline, Arizona lawmakers finally have something to vote on for the state’s drought contingency plan.About two weeks ago, Gov. Doug Ducey, flanked by...

Bombshell report increases pressure on embattled Stringer

State Rep. David Stringer, who was already facing calls for his resignation and possible censure in the Arizona House of Representatives over a series of racist remarks, now faces intensified pressure following revelations that...

Bowers aims to regulate commercial use of biometric data

A bill proposed by House Speaker Rusty Bowers would make it illegal for a company to use biometric data for commercial purposes.House Bill 2478 states that a person may not enroll an individual’s biometric...

Senate committee votes to ban voters from dropping off early ballots

Nearly a quarter million Arizonans who dropped off their early ballots at polling places on Election Day in November would lose that ability in future years under a bill that passed its first legislative...

Judge orders woman to pay attorney fees to lawmaker in birther lawsuit

The southern Arizona woman who falsely claimed Rep. Raquel Terán couldn’t hold office because she is not a U.S. citizen will have to pay more than $3,000 in attorneys fees, a Maricopa County Superior...

Tax conformity bills set up possible showdown with governor

Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation that would compensate Arizonans for money they’ll lose if the state conforms with the federal tax code, but Gov. Doug Ducey hasn’t budged from his position that the...

Carter proposes AHCCCS dental coverage for pregnant women

For the last three years, dental groups have been pushing state lawmakers to include pregnant women in dental coverage under the state’s Medicaid program, and new legislation proposed aims to do just that.Sen....

Bill to repeal vehicle registration fee gets bipartisan support

A Senate committee voted unanimously Tuesday to advance a bill to repeal the new and controversial $32 fee vehicle owners have to pay this year when they renew their registration.But Gov. Doug Ducey, who...

Lawmaker not pushing porn tax for border wall bill

The lawmaker behind the bill that aimed to tax pornographic material to, among other things, build a border wall with Mexico has said she won’t let it advance in the Legislature.Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford,...

Justice reform advocates seek to reduce sentencing requirements

A Republican lawmaker and a Quaker social justice organization are taking aim at the strict sentencing laws that Arizona passed during the height of the tough-on-crime era in the early 1990s.The “truth in sentencing...
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