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Done’ isn’t done: What’s happening with the Colorado River drought plans?

Thu, Feb 7, 2019

AZ Legislature

GREELEY, Colo. – The seven states that rely on the Colorado River for water haven’t been able to finish a series of agreements that would keep its biggest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, from dropping to levels not seen since they were filled decades ago. Five states — Colorado, Utah,

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Finchem wants to make it easier to validate petitions

Fri, Dec 28, 2018

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — A proposal by a Pinal County lawmaker could make it easier for groups to propose their own state laws and constitutional amendments. But Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, said that’s not his goal. Finchem said the current process of having to verify hundreds of thousands of signatures on initiative petitions

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Douglas Legislature Shortchanges School Voucher Program Arizona Capitol Times

Fri, Dec 21, 2018

AZ Legislature

Outgoing Superintendent of Public Instruction Diane Douglas accused Arizona lawmakers of routinely underfunding the Department of Education’s effort to oversee the state’s voucher program, leaving millions of dollars earmarked for administrative costs untouched. State law dictates how much money is set aside to cover the costs of administering Arizona’s Empowerment Scholarship

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Almost 400 new laws take effect Friday

Tue, Jul 31, 2018

AZ Legislature

Come this Friday, women who want an abortion will be asked new questions, consumers can have their credit frozen for free, Grade A eggs can stay on the shelf longer, and 15-year-old children won’t be able to legally marry.

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Pinal lawmaker wants education sales tax extended

Wed, Jan 10, 2018

AZ Legislature

 PHOENIX — A Pinal County state lawmaker on Wednesday introduced legislation that would permanently extend a sales tax that currently provides about $550 million a year for K-12 education in Arizona. Republican Rep. Doug Coleman of Apache Junction said making the six-tenths of one cent sales tax permanent would provide

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Arizona Bill Would Draw Party Lines Where None Exist Mdash Local Elections

Tue, Dec 26, 2017

AZ Legislature

For politicians vying for city office in Arizona, there's a go-to line when people ask what political party they belong to: "There isn't a Democrat or Republican way to fix a pothole." Elections for mayor or city council in most of the state's 91 cities and towns are officially nonpartisan

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How To Make Your Voice Heard In Arizona Without Driving To The Capitol

Mon, Jan 8, 2018

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — If you want to keep tabs on your lawmakers and bills, the Arizona Legislature’s website has a full rundown of proposed new laws, amendments to proposals, and the roll-call votes in committees and on the floor. One function of the website allows people not only to watch hearings

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5 Key Issues To Watch At The Arizona Legislature This Year Azcentralcom

Mon, Jan 8, 2018

AZ Legislature

Arizona lawmakers head back to work Monday as the Legislature convenes for its annual session. Several high-profile issues, from education funding to the state’s opioid epidemic, are expected to top the agenda for what could be a marathon term. Lawmakers also will gather in Monday afternoon for opening ceremonies in the House

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STATEMENT: 'House Democrats will always choose people over politics'

Wed, May 10, 2017

AZ Legislature

STATE CAPITOL, PHOENIX – Arizona House Democratic Leader Rebecca Rios, D-Phoenix (District 27), House Democratic Assistant Leader Randall Friese, D-Tucson (District 9), and House Democratic Whip Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma (District 4), released the following joint statement regarding the end of the 2017 Legislative Session: "Arizona House Democrats are building an inclusive

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Legislature ends session, passes tax breaks, reverses cuts to public benefits

Wed, May 10, 2017

AZ Legislature

The House and Senate adjourned the 2017 legislative session for good at sunset Wednesday, capping a day that saw lawmakers expand tax breaks for businesses and benefits for poor Arizona families. Legislators approved providing another $10 million in state income tax credits for “angel” investors who put money into qualified small

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