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Activists, lawmakers celebrate defeat of sanctuary cities amendment

BY: and - February 21, 2020

After Gov. Doug Ducey and legislative leaders vowed to no longer pursue a constitutional amendment that would ban sanctuary cities in the state, about 40 longtime Latino activists, young community organizers and Democratic lawmakers took to the State Capitol to celebrate. 

Farnsworth accused of trying to protect spousal rape. Not for the first time.

BY: - February 21, 2020

The sponsor of a bill that would let rape survivors terminate the parental rights of their rapists, even without a criminal conviction, said yesterday that her bill was dead because Republican Sen. Eddie Farnsworth demanded it include a carve-out for husbands who rape their wives.

Ducey, GOP leaders abandon sanctuary cities constitutional ban

BY: - February 20, 2020

In his state of the state speech less than six weeks ago, Gov. Doug Ducey said one of his priorities for 2020 was a constitutional amendment banning sanctuary cities in Arizona. Now, amid opposition from civil rights groups and the business community, the governor says the legislation he helped author to do just that is dead.

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Bills to keep guns out of domestic, child abusers blocked

BY: - February 20, 2020

A bipartisan set of bills that aim to remove guns from the hands of those convicted of domestic violence or violent crimes against children were never heard by Republican committee chairmen, but the sponsors say they are committed to getting the measures signed into law.

Bowers wants voters to sharply limit medical marijuana potency, citing controversial book

BY: - February 20, 2020

Arizona voters may be asked to severely limit the amount of THC that medical marijuana can contain, if the top Republican in the Arizona House of Representatives has his way.

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‘Sanctuary cities’ amendment would force police to do immigration enforcement, experts say

BY: - February 19, 2020

Republican proposals to amend the state constitution to ban sanctuary jurisdictions would in essence force local law enforcement agencies to take direction from federal immigration officials to identify and detain people, according to local immigration experts.

Amid fears of voter protection, Democrat’s marijuana legalization bill considered

BY: - February 17, 2020

Some Republican lawmakers are sounding the alarm to their colleagues that recreational marijuana legalization efforts are likely to pass at the ballot in November and that the legislature would be wise to consider legalizing the drug to avoid triggering voter-protection measures.

Bill would make governments liable for ‘gun-free zone’ shootings

BY: - February 14, 2020

State law bars people from carrying guns in most government buildings, but Republicans on a Senate panel Thursday backed a proposal that would allow people to sue the government for damages if a shooting occurs in a “gun-free zone.”

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Activists said a proposal was racist. The GOP chairman had state troopers remove them.

BY: and - February 13, 2020

After an opponent of a Republican proposal to outlaw sanctuary cities in Arizona said the measure was “racist,” the GOP chairman of the panel shut down his testimony, sparking a demonstration by other critics that prompted a halt to the proceedings until state troopers  arrived to remove them. “There are rules in this committee, there’s […]

Firefighter cancer bill wins bipartisan approval in Senate

BY: - February 12, 2020

A bill that would require local governments to cover the health care costs of firefighters who develop cancer received broad bipartisan support and was approved by the Arizona Senate Wednesday afternoon. 

Bill requires SROs take training on de-escalation, mental health

BY: - February 12, 2020

Amid controversies about the role that school resource officers play in Arizona schools, a bill that would require they be trained on mental health and de-escalation tactics has cleared a legislative committee. 

COMMENTARY

Arizona Legislature: Let municipalities protect their citizens

BY: - February 10, 2020

Arizona officials are often quick to tell the federal government to stay out of state business. However, when it comes to local government, Arizona legislators are often quick to interfere in municipal business. This hypocrisy needs to stop.