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Legislature saddles city, county with new fees, lower funding
Thu, Apr 9, 2015AZ Legislature
Blindsided. That might as well have been the word that Richard Travis used to describe how this year's legislative budget treated cities and counties. Lawmakers passed the budget after midnight on March 6-7, Travis told the Flagstaff City Council and the Coconino Board of Supervisors in a joint meeting Monday. Travis, who lobbies Read More

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Governor signs bill cutting taxes for insurance companies
Thu, Apr 9, 2015AZ Legislature
Arizona is set to reduce taxes for insurance companies under a new bill Gov. Doug Ducey signed into law Monday.The tax cut is expected to mean the loss of more than $44 million to state’s general fund over the next 10 years. The proposal comes at a time when Arizona Read More

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Arizona law helps tribal members get birth certificates
Thu, Apr 9, 2015AZ Legislature
A state health policy that made getting a delayed birth certificate easier for American Indians now is law.Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Monday sought by Arizona tribes to reduce the number of documents needed to obtain a birth certificate later in life.

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Arizona Supreme Court: Justices keep legislators out of city elections
Wed, Mar 18, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX — For the second time in three years, the Arizona Supreme Court has blocked efforts by state lawmakers to control when charter cities can hold their elections.The justices on Tuesday rejected claims by the state Attorney General’s Office that the Legislature is free to declare that voters can go Read More

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Bill to repeal Common Core passes House committee
Tue, Feb 17, 2015AZ Legislature
The House Education Committee passed a bill Wednesday to repeal the Common Core academic standards being taught in Arizona. HB 2190, which passed 5-2, would revert to the standards that were in place before Common Core was adopted in 2010. The bill still must make its way through the Legislature.

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Arizona Legislator Wants To Outlaw Federal Gun Laws Azcentralcom
Sat, Feb 14, 2015AZ Legislature
It appears the Arizona Legislature may be preparing to go to war with the federal government. Again, that is.The Senate Federalism, Mandates and Fiscal Responsibility Committee will hear a bill at 9 a.m. on Tuesday to outlaw enforcement of federal gun laws in Arizona. Specifically, it would declare "invalid and void" any gun Read More

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GOP pushing bill to give sheriffs power over feds
Wed, Feb 11, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX –– Declaring state law to be above all others, a Senate panel voted Tuesday to both block federal gun laws they believe violate the Second Amendment and punish the city of Tucson for enacting its own restrictions. They also agreed to bar state and local governments from helping any Read More

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Editor’s View: Ducey, Legislature spreading darkness
Thu, Feb 5, 2015AZ Legislature
Adam Gaub, Managing Editor, Eloy EnterpriseOne of the main goals for new Gov. Doug Ducey in the first weeks of his administration was to avoid any major gaffes – those of his own doing or from the Republican-controlled State Legislature.

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State Legislature: House GOP votes to close caucuses to media House GOP votes to close caucuses to m
Sat, Jan 31, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX –– Saying they sometimes need some privacy, House Republicans voted Tuesday to let themselves – and Democrats if they want – have closed-door discussions about pending issues.

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Ducey hands over fed suits to AG
Sat, Jan 31, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday ended direct control over litigation related to the state’s 2010 immigration-enforcement law and its decision not to issue driver’s licenses to immigrants granted deferred deportation under a 2012 policy created by President Barack Obama.

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