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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

AZ Legislature

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

AZ 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

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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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Arizona law helps tribal members get birth certificates

Thu, Apr 9, 2015

AZ 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, 2015

AZ 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

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Bill to repeal Common Core passes House committee

Tue, Feb 17, 2015

AZ 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, 2015

AZ 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

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