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Arizona Teachers Respond To Doug Ducey's Voucher Expansion 'we Got Played' Arizona Daily Star

Tue, Apr 11, 2017

AZ Legislature

Gov. Doug Ducey is pushing back against top teachers who said the state’s chief executive essentially played them, the public education community and taxpayers by signing legislation to expand private school vouchers.

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Arizona Counties In Crisis After A Decade Of State Funding Sweeps Azcentralcom

Thu, Apr 20, 2017

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County officials across the state are waiting anxiously for the Arizona Legislature to deliver its 2018 budget to Gov. Doug Ducey, warning they could be on the brink of financial disaster if the state doesn't throw them a bone.

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Tucson urging high court to overturn law penalizing cities

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

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PHOENIX (AP) — The city of Tucson wants the state Supreme Court to find that a 2016 law requiring the state to keep funding from cities with ordinances that conflict with state laws violates the state Constitution.

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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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Model gov't: Arizona lawmakers outsource legislative ideas

Thu, May 26, 2016

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX – When Arizona lawmakers sponsored a 2016 house bill banning the sale of ivory and rhinoceros horn products, the bill matched almost exactly to language in legislation proposed outside Arizona. But House Bill 2176, which never got a committee hearing, was not the only bill in the state’s 52nd legislative

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Supreme Court upholds redrawing of Arizona’s legislative districts

Wed, Apr 20, 2016

AZ Legislature

WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court unanimously affirmed the boundaries of Arizona’s legislative districts Wednesday, saying the commission that drew the districts had legitimate reasons for putting more voters in some districts than in others. A group of voters had argued that the districts drawn in 2012 by the Arizona Independent Redistricting

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AZ Lawmakers Move To Repeal Two Controversial Abortion Laws, Sort Of

Thu, Apr 21, 2016

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State lawmakers are moving to repeal two controversial abortion laws-- sort of. One action rescinds a law signed just last month by Gov. Doug Ducey which allow medication abortions only through the first seven weeks of pregnancy. Proponents said that conformed with Food and Drug Administration labeling of the abortion drug

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Ducey signs bill to make ballot harvesting a felony

Wed, Mar 9, 2016

AZ Legislature

Saying it will maintain election integrity, Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday signed legislation to make felons out of those who collect the ballots of others to bring them to the polls.HB2023, which takes effect later this year, will allow judges to impose a presumptive one-year prison term and potential $150,000

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Legislature saddles city, county with new fees, lower funding

Thu, Apr 9, 2015

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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

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Governor signs bill cutting taxes for insurance companies

Thu, Apr 9, 2015

AZ 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

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