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Immigration law, politics see wave of change in 2 years
Mon, Apr 23, 2012Immigration
Two years ago today, Gov. Jan Brewer signed Senate Bill 1070, considered at the time to be the toughest immigration-enforcement law in the nation.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, Immigration Reform, SB 1070

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AZ House OKs contraception Bill
Fri, Apr 20, 2012AZ Legislature
The Arizona House has given its final OK to a measure to allow certain businesses to opt out of providing contraceptive coverage as part of their health-care benefits.

Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, Contraception Bill

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- Arizona Gop Legislator Says Women Should Witness Abortions
Sun, Mar 25, 2012AZ Legislature
A Republican state legislator in Arizona reportedly wrote an email to a constituent saying that women should witness an abortion before having an abortion.

Tags: Arizona, AZ Legislature, Abortion Legislation, Terry Proud

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-Arizona Legislature: Drug tests for jobless benefits proposed
Sun, Mar 25, 2012AZ Legislature
Measure may reduce federal funding, cost employersPHOENIX — State officials warn that legislation to require drug testing for all people applying for unemployment benefits conflicts with federal rules and law and could cost the state millions of dollars of federal funding and force a huge tax increase on Arizona employers. Read More

Tags: Arizona, AZ Legislature, Drug Legislation

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-Arizona Redistrict Panel To Get More Cash
Sun, Mar 25, 2012Redistricting
A reluctant and angry Legislature approves a measure giving 700,000 to the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission to cover its current bills, even as House Speaker Andy Tobin threatens a lawsuit that would further tap public coffers.

Tags: Arizona, AZ Legislature, Redistricting Commission

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Tough immigration bill OK'd by Arizona House
Wed, Apr 14, 2010Immigration
Arizona RepublicBy Mary Jo Pitzl and Daniel GonzalezThe Arizona House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a wide-ranging bill that, if signed by Gov. Jan Brewer, would cement the state's reputation as the leader in tough and controversial immigration-control measures.Senate Bill 1070 would, among other things, make it a state crime Read More

Tags: AZ Legislature, Jan Brewer, Democrats, Republicans

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If tax fails, Arizona schools' pain will multiply
Wed, Apr 14, 2010Education
Arizona RepublicBy Pat Kossan and Ray ParkerRegardless of whether a 1-cent-per-dollar sales-tax increase is approved in May, Arizona's K-12 schools are going to take a financial hit next school year.In the recent legislative session, lawmakers cut 8 percent from the state schools budget next year. If voters shoot down the Read More

Tags: AZ Legislature, 1 cent sales tax, School budgets, Prop 100

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AZ Senate fails to act on gas-storage cavern
Thu, Jul 2, 2009Pinal County
Arizona Daily StarBy Tony DavisA bill that would have cleared the way for a Houston company to open up a huge underground cavern to store natural gas near Eloy died in the Legislature's closing days.The bill passed the House but failed to get a vote in the Senate. It would Read More

Tags: AZ Legislature, Eloy, Picaco Valey, Department of Environmental Quality, Cavernous storage, Natural gas storage

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Town waits to see how it fares in state's lastest budget plan
Sat, Jun 13, 2009Pinal County
Florence NewsStaff ReportsThe state Legislature's latest budget package would squeeze still more dollars out of cities and towns; Florence and other towns that already feel strapped are waiting to see if the governor will receive it and sign it.Florence and other cities and towns have already calculated their tentative budgets Read More

Tags: Florence, AZ Legislature, 2010 budget

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Impact fee grab to fix state budget in limbo
Thu, Apr 30, 2009 Budget
Casa Grande DispatchBy Paul Davenport,  Associated Press Writer A new element of Republican legislative leaders' developing proposal to help balance the state budget appeared in limbo Tuesday, with the House's budget-writer saying the idea needs more study because it's not clear it would work.The $2.7 billion budget-balancing proposal released late Read More

Tags: AZ Legislature, 2010 Budget

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