Senate ‘skinny’ budget with coronavirus relief stalls in House

BY: and - March 19, 2020

The Arizona Senate passed a so-called “skinny budget” that includes a $50 million aid package to assist victims of the coronavirus and others harmed by the pandemic, but the House ended its work for the week before voting on a handful of the bills, leaving a bipartisan Senate budget deal in limbo. 

Coping with coronavirus, House allows for remote voting

BY: - March 17, 2020

For the first time in its history, the Arizona House of Representatives is allowing a limited number of lawmakers to vote on legislation even if they’re not at the Capitol. 

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One-third of AZ lawmakers at ‘high risk’ of coronavirus due to age

BY: - March 17, 2020

Public health authorities have warned against large gatherings and said that older Americans have a high risk of the coronavirus, but the Arizona Legislature — where 30 of 90 lawmakers meet that age-based risk factor — will continue to meet through the end of the week.

Lawmakers prepare to suspend or end session due to coronavirus

BY: - March 16, 2020

The Arizona House of Representatives has cancelled its committee hearings for the week after federal public health officials said people shouldn’t gather in groups larger than 10 people to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

Coronavirus will keep ER doc lawmaker from legislature in 2020

BY: - March 16, 2020

When lawmakers convene at the Capitol Monday to resume the legislative session, there won’t be anyone in the third-floor public gallery – and several lawmakers will be absent, as well, because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Ducey: Events larger than 50 people should be cancelled

BY: - March 15, 2020

Arizona public health officials are adopting recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that any events larger than 50 people scheduled for the next eight weeks be cancelled to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

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

BY: - March 13, 2020

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. Shope. The Republican from Coolidge has introduced a bill that makes such an action a crime, punishable with up to six […]

Measure to study marijuana use, violence clears House with GOP support

BY: - March 13, 2020

Money collected by Arizona’s medical marijuana program would be used to study links between marijuana usage and violent behavior under a proposal approved this week by Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Legislature limiting public access, approves coronavirus funding

BY: - March 12, 2020

Starting Friday, the Arizona House and Senate galleries will be closed to the public amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus in Arizona. 

Coronavirus funding, policy changes outlined in request to Ducey

BY: - March 11, 2020

To combat the spread of coronavirus in Arizona, legislative Democrats have asked Gov. Doug Ducey to fund drive-through testing facilities, paid sick leave for Arizona employees and “aggressive cleaning” of public transit vehicles. 

Dems want special legislative session to address coronavirus

BY: - March 11, 2020

Democratic lawmakers want Gov. Doug Ducey to order a special legislative session to address coronavirus in Arizona.

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Bill would add ‘warning labels’ to citizen initiatives on ballots

BY: - March 11, 2020

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives voted Tuesday to place a “warning label” on ballot measures, despite opposition from elections officials, voter advocacy groups and civil rights organizations who said the proposal would confuse voters and influence them to vote against initiative measures. The legislation, Senate Bill 1020, requires that the ballot contain a […]