The Last Legislative Roundup: Rules of debate, four-year terms, ticket surcharges

PHOENIX –This week was dominated by Thursday’s teacher walkout, the dismissal of a lawsuit over college tuition increases as well as the narrow special election for Congressional District Eight. This will be the last Legislative Roundup for this session, as the Legislature has no definite end in sight and will likely run far past the […]

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Legislative Roundup: Home-based businesses, jazz festival, school safety

PHOENIX — The Legislature’s optimistic sine die (last day) target of April 17th has come and gone, with only a couple dozen bills left on the calendar. Last week’s announcement of Gov. Doug Ducey’s new teacher salary pay increase has continued to make waves, as his supporters cheer and teachers hold the line on what […]

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Exceeding the last day of the Legislature comes at cost

PHOENIX — April 17th is the 100th day of the Arizona State Legislature, the milestone that marks what should be the end of the legislative session. The operative word is “should,” because with bills left for consideration, the Legislature isn’t going anywhere quite yet. Running past sine die — the Latin term for the time […]

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Legislative Roundup: Gift cards, Equal Rights Amendment, fake service animals (again), NDAs

PHOENIX — The Legislature inched toward closing this week, as the threat of a teacher walk-out dominated the news landscape, in the newest development in the fight over teacher pay. In the House, tempers flared over several instances of the Rules of the House of Representatives invoked to shut down a speaker. Reps. Tony Navarrete […]

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Last chapter in Arizona abortion reporting legislation

PHOENIX — The Senate voted 17-13 on Wednesday to confirm the passage of a controversial abortion reporting bill, closing the last chapter of a tumultuous measure that has undergone numerous changes throughout its time in the Legislature. SB 1394 was first introduced to the Senate by Sen. Nancy Barto (R-Cave Creek) as a means of […]

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Legislative roundup: Chinese organ harvesting, God Enriches, finance gold stars, confusing initiatives

PHOENIX — This week saw a host of memorials, resolutions, and other bills going through the Senate and House. While lofty-sounding and sometimes addressing big international issues, these are merely suggestions or tokens of goodwill. Outside of that, the Capitol was rocked by a (minor) scandal, as prominent lobbyist Cathi Herrod of the Center for Arizona […]

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Arizona Legislature says yes to state dinosaur

PHOENIX — The Sonorasaurus cleared the last legislative hurdle on Tuesday, sending the dino is on its way to becoming Arizona’s official state dinosaur. The House of Representatives voted 55-2 in favor of SB 1517, originally introduced to the House Senate by Sen. Kate Brophy McGee (R-Phoenix). The bill would add the Sonorasaurus to the […]

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Legislative Roundup: Juveniles, militias, dark money

PHOENIX — The Legislature’s leisurely winding-down was interrupted this week with an upset on the Monday House floor by Rep. Todd Clodfelter (R-Tucson). Clodfelter managed to single-handedly shut down the House with a motion to release all of the evidence related to the sexual harassment investigation that led to Don Shooter being expelled from the […]

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Fear and loathing in the Arizona Capitol cow milking contest

PHOENIX — Long accustomed to suckling the teat of taxpayer dollars, the titans of Arizona government learned on Thursday to milk a different beast. Dairy cattle. In the tradition of Marie Antoinette, the directors of six Arizona state agencies descended from their high horses and join the peasantry in their cattle competition. The directors were […]

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Legislator claims mass murderer ‘Did not kill all of those people’

PHOENIX — The Arizona State Senate is poised to permit the construction of a monument to a footnote in Arizona history named for the man who orchestrated one of the worst mass killings in the American Southwest — to be built next to a memorial for the Armenian Genocide. The bill is called HB 2509 […]

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