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Senate indicates more election review subpoenas are likely

BY: - July 15, 2021

The Arizona State Senate might issue more subpoenas related to an ongoing review of the Maricopa County 2020 election, which has been going on since late April. 

Sentencing reform dies for third straight year after Fann blocks Senate vote

BY: - June 30, 2021

Arizona will continue to have some of the strictest criminal sentencing laws in the country after Senate President Karen Fann refused to let the Senate vote on a bill that would allow some nonviolent inmates to earn early releases.

Unable to win GOP support for a budget, lawmakers pause work for 2 weeks

BY: - May 27, 2021

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.

Arizona election audit

Maricopa County demands Senate preserve election audit documents for litigation

BY: - May 21, 2021

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors sent Senate President Karen Fann a letter indicating that the county may sue her over what it says are false allegations that it deleted files from a hard drive.

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.

Incremental movement on justice reform, but ‘the big stuff is toast’ in 2021

BY: - March 24, 2021

Several noteworthy criminal justice reform bills are working their way through the legislative process, but a major sentencing reform proposal that advocates have spent three years pushing is among the legislation that appears destined to fall short.

Bill to let dishonest cops appeal placement on Brady List advances

BY: - March 18, 2021

A bill that would allow law enforcement agents to appeal being placed on a list of dishonest officers cleared another hurdle on its way to becoming law, despite concerns from Maricopa County prosecutors. 

Judge sides with Senate, says Maricopa must turn over election materials for audit

BY: - February 26, 2021

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors must turn over ballots and tabulation machines to Senate Republican leaders so they can conduct an audit of the 2020 general election, a judge ruled.

Audits find no problems with Maricopa County election machines

BY: - February 23, 2021

Forensic audits that Maricopa County commissioned to investigate the ballot tabulation machines used in the 2020 elections came back with a clean bill of health, finding no evidence of hacking, malware, vote switching or internet connectivity.

Senate passes subpoena bill as litigation continues in election audit dispute

BY: - February 18, 2021

If a judge rules that the law doesn’t give the legislature the authority to subpoena ballots and tabulation machines from Maricopa County so it can conduct an audit into debunked conspiracy theories that the 2020 election was rigged, the Senate took a big step Thursday to grant that power to itself.

Judge will settle Senate subpoena fight with Maricopa County

BY: - February 17, 2021

A judge will determine whether the Arizona Senate has the authority to subpoena ballots, tabulation machines and other equipment and data from Maricopa County for a purported audit of the 2020 election.


Editor’s Thought Bubble: It’s definitely not what it looks like

BY: - February 12, 2021

In what is totally not a concession that their subpoena authority doesn’t allow them to demand that counties turn over ballots and election equipment, Republican senators are now pushing a bill to change state law to force counties to turn over ballots and election equipment if lawmakers subpoena it. And don’t dare think that the legislation undercuts the […]