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Arizona's Democratic Lawmakers Going After "Dark Money"
Tue, Jan 27, 2015AZ Legislature
Democrats in the Arizona House and Senate have unveiled a package of bills aimed at regulating so-called "dark money."Arizona's been a hot-spot for the "dark money" issue, which involves organizations being able to dump millions of dollars into elections without having to reveal their donors -- so much so that Read More

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Republican Legislators want to "wheel and deal"in private
Fri, Jan 23, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX (AP) — Majority Republicans in the Arizona House are discussing whether to close some of their caucuses to lobbyists, reporters and other members of the public so lawmakers can discuss legislation and budget proposals in private.House Republican leaders were rounding up votes for a rule change to allow caucuses Read More

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State may face $414M deficit next fiscal year
Fri, Jan 23, 2015AZ Legislature
PHOENIX — A House panel approved tax relief Thursday for some individuals as state economists were telling lawmakers that Arizona is not collecting enough to balance the budget this coming year, next year or the year after that.HB 2001 requires the Department of Revenue to annually adjust tax brackets to Read More

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Democrat Bolding introduces Body Camera Bill In State Legislature
Wed, Jan 21, 2015AZ Legislature
A new bill in the state legislature requires body cameras for all Arizona police officers. Democrat Reginald Bolding introduced the bill today. He also introduced a bill requiring an independent investigation into deadly policeinvolved ...Arizona Legislature likely to see several bills prompted by police shootingsThe TribunePolice Keep Arizona officers39 IDs Read More

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Why The Supreme Court Should Reject The Arizona Legislature's Challengeto the Arizona IRC
Sun, Jan 18, 2015Redistricting
One of the important Supreme Court cases currently being briefed (with oral argument set for March), Arizona Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, involves the question whether the U.S. Constitution and congressional statutes permit the people of a state to implement an initiative creating an independent redistricting commission (IRC)—i.e., one Read More

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Rep. Shope: Requiring civics test is important
Sat, Jan 17, 2015Education
Basic knowledge of American civics does matter, District 8 Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, says. Shope on Thursday voted in favor of one of the first bills to zip through the Arizona Legislature, a bill requiring high school students to pass a civics test in order to graduate. It was nearly immediately signed Read More

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Arizona Has One of Nation's Most Regressive Tax Systems
Sat, Jan 17, 2015Economy
Arizonans on the lower end of the income scale are paying a significantly higher portion of their incomes in taxes than wealthier Arizonans. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy, a non-profil research organization, released a report showing the nation's poorest taxpayers have an effective tax rate that's double that of Read More

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Arizona 1st to pass law requiring high-school civics test
Fri, Jan 16, 2015Education
Arizona will become the first state to require students to pass a civics test to graduate from high school, following swift moves Thursday by state legislators and Gov. Doug Ducey.

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New Arizona Governor Ducey No New Taxes To Solve Budget Gap
Sat, Jan 10, 2015 Budget
The Arizona Legislature also owes schools back money after being sued over past budget cuts. The Republican Legislature has not shown much appetite for tax increases during past budget deficits which have come up during previous administrations.

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10 Arizona Bills Filed For 2015 Legislature
Sat, Jan 10, 2015AZ Legislature
The legislative session begins Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. About 1,500 bills are typically introduced each session. So far, more than 60 bills have been filed, although many propose only small, technical changes ...and more

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