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Lawmakers gut ability to collect voter signatures

Fri, Feb 17, 2017

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — Spurred by business interests in the wake of a voter-approved minimum wage hike, Republican lawmakers approved legislation Thursday that could kill the ability of citizens to create their own laws. The most significant provision of House Bill 2404 would effectively kill the ability of groups to use paid circulators

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San Tan Valley incorporation bill now up to Ducey

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — The question of whether San Tan Valley residents get a chance to incorporate is now in the hands of Gov. Doug Ducey. On a 28-1 margin the state Senate on Thursday gave final approval to legislation which removes the ability of Florence and Apache Junction to veto an incorporation

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Lamb tells lawmakers Pinal growth creating public safety challenges

Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb took the lectern at the Arizona Senate’s Commerce and Public Safety Committee meeting Monday afternoon to outline the challenges he’s looking to overcome in Pinal. Topics ranged from the possibility of San Tan Valley incorporating, border issues, mental health, budget concerns and staffing shortages,

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Local agencies don't plan to initially amp up immigration enforcement

Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Immigration

PHOENIX – Citing limited resources and Arizona’s controversial history, many local and state law enforcement officials said they have no plans to amp up their immigration enforcement in light of a presidential executive order calling for them to crackdown on illegal immigration.

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Johnson Utilities opposes STV incorporation bill in multiple newsletters

Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Water-service provider Johnson Utilities has repeatedly made it clear it is against the House Bill that could mean incorporation for San Tan Valley. House Bill 2088 passed a House vote last week, and will move to the Senate next. The bill would revoke a legal provision that

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CAC joins others to offer uniform manufacturing curriculum

Thu, Feb 9, 2017

Economy

PHOENIX — Maricopa Community College District, Pima Community College District and Central Arizona College signed a charter Thursday solidifying a partnership that will create a uniform curriculum to help advanced manufacturing operations in Arizona train the future workforce. Private companies, including Boeing and Raytheon, will work with the colleges to develop

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House OKs San Tan Valley incorporation bill

Sat, Feb 4, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX -- The state House gave preliminary approval Thursday to legislation designed to block the ability of some small towns from having larger ones spring up on their border. HB 2088 would create an exception to existing laws that give cities and towns veto right over nearby incorporations. In essence, it

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Pinal supervisors discuss their 'most vexing' issues

Fri, Feb 3, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE – Among several potential issues that could be vexing to Pinal County Supervisor Mike Goodman this year is whether or not San Tan Valley will vote to become a city. Goodman and his fellow supervisors spoke to a Pinal Partnership breakfast audience at the Windmill Winery Friday morning. The District

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Pinal legislator's bill would tighten voter initiative methods

Thu, Feb 2, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Legislation backed by a Republican state lawmaker would tighten requirements for paid workers when they’re collecting voter signatures to qualify an initiative or referendum for the ballot. House Bill 2404 by Rep. Vince Leach of Saddlebrooke would make it more difficult for backers of voter initiatives to get them

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Bill on county transportation tax faces opposition

Sun, Jan 29, 2017

Pinal County

COOLIDGE — State Rep. T.J. Shope has introduced a bill complementing the Pinal Regional Transportation Authority plan. However, the bill’s opponents stand their ground, alleging misuse of funds under the current transportation half-cent tax rate. Shope, R-Coolidge, said he’s backing House Bill 2156, relating to the county transportation excise tax, at the

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