Public Safety

Bill would add breast, ovarian cancer to list that must be covered for firefighters

BY: - January 16, 2020

As two senators shaved their heads on the lawn in front of the Arizona Senate in solidarity with firefighters battling cancer, a bipartisan group of lawmakers gathered to rally behind an effort to add more cancers to the state’s firefighter occupational cancer law. 

4 things Ducey will discuss in his state of the state speech

BY: - January 11, 2020

Governors understandably like to keep their state of the state speeches under tight wraps so that their pronouncements land with the desired weight when the governor addresses the full legislature – and the state – from the floor of the Arizona House of Representatives.

The Arizona connections to ‘domestic terrorism’ advocate Matt Shea

BY: - January 6, 2020

A Washington state lawmaker accused of participating in acts of domestic terrorism by an independent report commissioned by his own legislature has connections to two former elected officials in Arizona. 

Sentencing reform debate shines light on lack of substance abuse treatment in prisons

BY: - January 3, 2020

Lawmakers’ ongoing discussions about sentencing reform have turned a spotlight on substance abuse treatment in Arizona prisons, and the stark lack of options for the more than three quarters of inmates who have addiction issues. The Arizona Department of Corrections says 78 percent of the inmates in its custody have a history of substance abuse […]

No plans for return of defeated sex offender registry bill

BY: - January 2, 2020

A proposal that would have allowed some people to have their names removed from Arizona’s sex offender registry appears unlikely to return in the upcoming legislative session. House Bill 2613, which Speaker Rusty Bowers sponsored at the request of then-Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, passed overwhelmingly in the House of Representatives but fell short in […]

Kavanagh targets Tesla drivers who bypass safety features

BY: - December 23, 2019

Rep. John Kavanagh has proposed legislation that would allow police to ticket Tesla drivers who attempt to circumvent safety features that are part of the electric vehicles’ self-driving modes. Kavanagh, a Fountain Hills Republican and a Tesla owner himself, sponsored House Bill 2060, which states that a person may not override the safety features of […]

Following deadly flood, lawmakers seek Tonto Creek bridge funding

BY: - December 17, 2019

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is trying to get the state to pay for a bridge over Tonto Creek in eastern Arizona, where three young children drowned last month after their car was submerged trying to cross the creek in a flood.

Top Maricopa County prosecutor open to justice reform, but noncommittal on specifics

BY: - December 16, 2019

As the top prosecutor for nearly two-thirds of the state, newly appointed Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel has a lot of power to make unilateral changes that could lower Arizona’s massive incarceration rate 

COMMENTARY

‘Diversity’ isn’t code for ‘white genocide’

BY: - December 12, 2019

Part of what I think drives white supremacists’ hatred of Latinos is the irrational belief that achieving the so called American Dream is a zero-sum aspiration. The thinking is that if I achieve the American Dream, then you will not. 

Brnovich

Justices reject Brnovich attempt to go straight to Supreme Court over opioid cash

BY: - December 9, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a novel legal maneuver by Attorney General Mark Brnovich aimed at forcing the owners of opioid manufacturer Purdue Pharma to return billions of dollars that he accused them of “looting” from the company to shield it from litigation by Arizona and other states.

Whistleblower alleges DOC lying about fixing broken locks

BY: - December 3, 2019

An official at the Lewis prison is alleging that the Arizona Department of Corrections is falsely claiming to have fixed broken cell door locks without actually conducting any repairs and that prison administrators are ignoring complaints about the problem.

Ducey ‘open-minded’ on sentencing reform

BY: - December 3, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey says he’s receptive to the possibility of allowing prison inmates to earn earlier releases, a key recommendation made by a legislative committee on sentencing reform.