Legislature ends its session amid protests, tear gas
State senators had to briefly flee the chamber’s floor Friday night as they worked to end the 2022 legislative session when state troopers fired smoke bombs and tear gas when protesters, who had gathered outside the legislative buildings to denounce the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade and ending abortion rights, allegedly tried to […]
Republicans divided on bill to force businesses to pay reparations to some workers who refused COVID vaccine
Employers could be forced to fork out a year’s wages as reparations to employees whose religious exemptions from a company’s COVID-19 vaccination policy were denied. The Arizona House of Representatives on Monday gave preliminary approval to House Bill 2198, which requires employers to pay a lump sum equal to the employee’s annual wages upon severance […]
Some lawmakers are poised to lose out in redistricting draft maps
A number of incumbent lawmakers find themselves facing suddenly unfavorable electoral prospects under the proposed legislative map drawn by the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission. Some lawmakers who were previously in politically advantageous districts may now have to run in districts controlled by the other political party. Others remain in friendly territory from a partisan standpoint, […]
GOP lawmakers pass sweeping tax cuts after limiting debate
The Arizona House of Representatives passed large swaths of the state budget package Thursday, including a sweeping tax plan, a prohibition on COVID-19 vaccination requirements in public universities and rules for printing ballots with watermarks and holographic foil as “anti-fraud measures.”
Arizona Senate approves $12.8 B budget, massive tax cut
After weeks of stops and starts and negotiations with GOP holdouts, Senate Republicans passed a budget and massive income tax cut, while House Democrats were able to delay the vote in their chamber by leaving the Capitol to ensure there was no quorum.
Dems delay House budget vote, but stall its passage only until Thursday
Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey solved two big problems standing in the way of a budget deal, only to see other issues emerge as one GOP senator vowed to withhold her vote and Democrats denied them a quorum in the House.
Staring at a government shutdown, Republicans seek compromise on tax cuts
One of the two GOP holdouts blocking the proposed budget and tax cut plan forged by Republican legislative leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey is working on a compromise plan.
Rep. David Cook told to evacuate his home during budget vote
In the midst of casting the deciding vote against a massive tax cut for wealthy Arizonans that doomed a Republican-led budget proposal Monday, Rep. David Cook got word that his family has been ordered to evacuate their home in Globe due to the approaching Telegraph Fire, which has reached over 56,000 acres.
Globe Republican David Cook votes against flat-tax proposal, scuttling GOP budget
House Republicans’ effort to force through a budget fell short again as GOP Rep. David Cook continued his opposition over a massive income tax cut package.
House to return for budget vote, but GOP support remains in question
The Arizona House of Representatives will take another shot at passing a budget on Monday, including a massive income tax cut, but it still doesn’t appear to have enough support to pass.
Ducey vetoes 22 bills, says nothing will be signed until budget is approved
Gov. Doug Ducey is ratcheting up the pressure on GOP lawmakers to reach an agreement on the budget, vowing not to sign any other legislation that reaches his desk until he gets a budget, and backing up his threat by vetoing 22 bills.
Unable to win GOP support for a budget, lawmakers pause work for 2 weeks
The Senate on Thursday abandoned plans to vote on a budget and instead adjourned until June 10 amid a stalemate over a proposed budget deal and the massive income tax cut it includes.