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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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Pinal lawmakers (Republicans all) pleased with 2018 State Budget

Fri, May 5, 2017

AZ Legislature

CASA GRANDE — The Arizona Legislature passed a $9.8 billion budget early Friday that Gov. Doug Ducey said emphasizes education. “It’s amazing that he (Ducey) was willing to give away the store just to get conservatives on board and he wasn’t even willing to have a word with Democrats about two

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State Budget Deal Tied To Vote On University Bonding Issue Azcentralcom

Mon, May 1, 2017

AZ Legislature

AZCentral.com-Gov. Doug Ducey and Republican leaders in the Legislature have reached a tentative budget deal, seemingly breaking weeks of deadlock over the state spending plan. The proposed $9.6 billion deal would include 2 percent teacher raises Ducey called for in January, but phase them in over two years instead of the five years the

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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

AZ Legislature

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

AZ Legislature

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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