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Committee recommends reduced sentencing requirements, but GOP wary of details

A committee tasked with crafting criminal sentencing reform proposals for the upcoming legislative session has finished its work, but the heavy lifting lies ahead, as even some of the committee’s Republican members aren’t yet sold on its key recommendation.

Kennedy: Haul in Pinnacle West board to answer for Brandt’s large consulting contract

Corporation Commissioner Sandra Kennedy wants Pinnacle West’s board of directors to explain why it gave a seven-figure consulting contract to recently retired CEO Don Brandt.

Lawmakers, Arizonans celebrate Indigenous People’s Day

Lawmakers and Arizona residents celebrated Indigenous People’s Day Monday as more states and cities have been officially ditching Columbus Day in favor of the celebration of native people.

GOP outrage at sex education could derail child sex abuse prevention efforts

The mounting furor in conservative circles over comprehensive sex education could place Republican leaders at the Capitol cross-wise with recommendations made by Gov. Doug Ducey’s task force to protect children from sex abuse.

Arizona’s politicians are not addressing our climate crisis. We need to make them.

A few weeks ago, I turned 18 years old. I’m young. I’m enthusiastic. I’m excited for the future I should have ahead of me.There’s just one thing: Arizona’s politicians have taken my future and stomped it into the ground with their indifference to the climate crisis.

Former Dem lawmaker who left office amid scandal seeks old seat

A former Democratic lawmaker whose short tenure was marred by controversy over a violent remark about a female colleague and campaign finance problems is attempting a comeback – but he’ll have to take care of tens of thousands of dollars in unpaid fines before his name will be allowed on the ballot.

GOP leader of sentencing reform panel wants audit of Corrections Dept, in-depth exam of racial disparities in system

The Republican chairman of a legislative sentencing reform committee recommended that the state create a non-legislative task force to delve into criminal justice reform issues, order an independent audit of the Arizona Department of Corrections and dedicate a future meeting to examining racial and ethnic disparities in incarceration.

Ducey names Montgomery to AZ Supreme Court

Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed Bill Montgomery, Maricopa County’s polarizing county attorney, to the Arizona Supreme Court.

Conservationists fear BLM changes will harm Arizona public lands

Conservationists and environmental groups are concerned a series of changes within the Bureau of Land Management will lead to more oil, gas and mining uses of public lands.

Senate panel shelves bill to cut student wages, at least for now

A bill to pay some students less than the state’s minimum wage stalled in the Senate this week.
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