Public Safety

Legislative committee hopes to curb Ducey’s emergency powers

GOP lawmakers who have chafed under fellow Republican Gov. Doug Ducey’s use of his emergency powers to combat the COVID-19 outbreak will convene an ad hoc committee tasked with examining that authority and proposing...

Gun control group to spend $5 million on Arizona races in 2020

Gun control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety announced Tuesday that it will be spending $5 million in Arizona to try to back Democrats up and down Arizona’s ballot, with a focus on the U.S. Senate race and winning control of the state legislature for the first time in nearly 60 years. 

McSally to Ariz. cities: The cavalry isn’t coming to help you

Martha McSally has the solution for Arizona cities that have seen a gaping hole blown in their budgets because of the coronavirus pandemic: Sit tight and hope that the federal government loosens the strings on a too-small pot of money that you can’t access.

Court lets Yuma police, fire departments know all COVID-19 cases in county

A Yuma County judge last week ordered that county’s director of public health to provide the Yuma Police and Fire departments the names and addresses of all people in the county who have tested positive for COVID-19 and those with pending test results. 

Ice cream licking leads to legislation some say isn’t needed

A viral social media trend last summer — people posting images of themselves opening and licking ice cream before putting it back on the shelf — did not sit well with state Rep. T.J....

Bill that would hold gun-free zones legally liable fails in Senate 

State law bars people from carrying guns in most government buildings, but a bill that would have allowed people to sue the government for damages if a shooting occurred in a “gun-free zone” failed...

Tempe police chief on the defensive at first ever community issues meeting

A year after the controversial police shooting of 14-year-old Antonio Arce and just weeks after prosecutors declined to charge the officer involved, Tempe Police Chief Sylvia Moir was on the defensive during a first-ever community meeting in the City of Tempe. 

Senator cites conspiracy theory in opposing child safety bill

A Mesa Republican cited an unfounded conspiracy theory that “sexual predators” are stealing children from the Arizona Department of Child Safety as a reason for his opposition to a proposal that would mandate schools post information on child abuse and neglect. 

Gun-control groups launch campaign against McSally

The gun-control advocacy group Everytown for Gun Safety is spending $43,000 on Facebook and newspaper ads targeting GOP Sen. Martha McSally over gun control measures, specifically one bill that has been languishing in the Senate for a year. 

Phoenix city council may vote today on police civilian review board

After months of talks, Phoenix city council members on Tuesday will discuss whether to implement a civilian review board – and what powers such a board might have – to oversee a Phoenix Police Department that has been dogged with complaints of excessive force in recent years. 
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