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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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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Model laws

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Effort launches to block laws loosening rules for ‘dark money’

Thu, May 19, 2016

Election 2016

Arizonans could get the last word on whether to uphold or reject newly enacted campaign finance laws that would allow more “dark money” to flow into state elections.Opponents of changes approved earlier this year by the Republican-controlled legislature filed the necessary paperwork Friday to begin circulating petitions to refer the

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Campaign Finance Laws

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Session ends with no vote on STV bill

Thu, May 12, 2016

Pinal County

Arizona legislators officially ended their session early Saturday morning without voting on HB 2384, the measure designed to give San Tan Valley residents an easier path toward a vote on whether or not to form a city.House Speaker David Gowan refused to let the bill go to the floor for

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, San Tan Valley Incorporation

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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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New Court Challenge To Legislative Districts Sierra Vista Herald

Sat, Jul 4, 2015

Redistricting

WASHINGTON — Just one day after it said the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission was legal, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will hear a challenge to the commission’s Statehouse district plans.The court agreed to hear a case brought by more than a dozen Arizona voters who accused the commission

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission

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Supreme Court strikes a blow for Arizona citizens

Mon, Jun 29, 2015

Redistricting

By Laurie Roberts The U.S. Supreme Court today declined to gift the Arizona Republican Party with several new seats in Congress.The high court upheld the right of a citizen commission to draw congressional maps, rejecting Republican legislative leaders' opinion that only they (meaning the Legislature) can draw the lines.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Republican Party, Democratic Party, Redistricting, Citizens Redistricting Commission

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Douglas' political games belong on the playground (Arizona Republic) Editorial board

Tue, May 12, 2015

Education

Our View: Feud between Diane Douglas and Board of Education is a destructive distraction. The fault lines in the state's K-12 education system are not new. It took Diane Douglas' combative style to reveal how deep they are and how desperately Arizona needs skilled leadership, not gamesmanship. Gov. Doug Ducey, are you

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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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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, taxes, Budget,

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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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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, taxes, Insurance companies

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Bipartisanship elusive in redistricting process

Thu, Mar 5, 2015

Redistricting

The common wisdom has it that elections are all about fielding the best candidates and letting the voters decide. But if recent legal developments are any indication, it’s who draws the district maps that matter just as much. This week the U.S. Supreme Court heard a case involving Arizona’s independent redistricting commission.

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Tags: Arizona, Arizona Legislature, Independent Redistricting Commission

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