John Kavanagh

House again passes sentencing reform bill, which faces unknown fate in Senate

BY: - June 28, 2021

For the second time this year, the House of Representatives passed legislation to allow some prison inmates to earn earlier releases, but it remains to be seen whether it will get a vote in the Senate, where the bill already died once this legislative session.

GOP lawmakers pass sweeping tax cuts after limiting debate

BY: and - June 25, 2021

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.”  

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House passes bill for investigations of ballot signature mismatches

BY: - June 21, 2021

Prosecutorial agencies would have the opportunity to investigate possible voter fraud when county election officials can’t verify the signatures on early ballots, under legislation approved by House Republicans.

Protesting masks and racism education, the ‘patriots’ take on Arizona’s school boards

BY: - May 27, 2021

It all seemed to have started in the small Southern Arizona town of Vail, where a school board meeting in late April was overrun by an angry and yelling crowd furious that students were required to wear facemasks in schools — one seemingly led by people not from the small town of 10,000. 

GOP lawmakers take aim at Hobbs in ‘power grab’ after Bar complaint against AG

BY: - May 25, 2021

The legislature is weighing in on the ongoing feud that led Secretary of State Katie Hobbs to file a Bar complaint against Attorney General Mark Brnovich, using the proposed state budget plan to ensure that Brnovich’s office has sole authority to make decisions about the legal defense of Arizona election laws. 

DPS troopers could get body cams, along with restrictions to block release of their footage

BY: - May 25, 2021

Republican lawmakers are poised to give the Arizona Department of Public Safety money to equip all state troopers with body-worn cameras — but along with the money comes severe restrictions on the public’s ability to ever see what those cameras capture.

GOP bill that could remove 200k people from the Permanent Early Voting List clears the House

BY: - April 21, 2021

A bill that could remove tens of thousands of voters from the state’s Permanent Early Voting List is one step closer to Gov. Doug Ducey’s desk after a day of partisan rancor and procedural maneuvers in the Arizona House of Representatives.

Committee bypasses roadblock to revive and pass sentencing reform bill

BY: - March 31, 2021

A multi-year push to loosen Arizona’s strict sentencing laws was resurrected Tuesday, despite the resistance of a key Senate Republican who refused to hear the bill.

Bill would require people, groups registering voters to register with elections officials

BY: - February 19, 2021

Republicans called it an “intergrity bill,” one would increase transparency and stop “voter registration fraud” and incompetent people who don’t fill out voter registration forms correctly, while Democrats called it a solution in search of a problem, grounded on a conspiracy theory.

Ducey, local governments can enact new emergency orders if legislature repeals old one

BY: - February 18, 2021

Repealing Gov. Doug Ducey’s emergency declaration may not go nearly as far as some GOP lawmakers want toward reopening the state and ending the restrictions imposed to combat the COVID-19 outbreak, according to a new opinion issued by Attorney General Mark Brnovich.

Short-term rental regulation bill returns

BY: - February 12, 2021

A 2016 law that Gov. Doug Ducey has touted as helping people who want to make extra cash by renting their house on Airbnb and other platforms would be repealed, if a GOP-sponsored bill letting cities and towns to regulate short-term rentals wins approval. 

Bill would mandate redactions on body camera footage

BY: - February 5, 2021

A legislative proposal that would require any police body camera footage have nearly all faces blurred before it is released to the public would defeat the purpose of the cameras, critics say.  The measure, House Bill 2152, would require that all police agencies redact faces or portions of people’s bodies if they are not the […]