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Arizona Gov Ducey Signs 118b State Budget

Fri, May 31, 2019

Budget

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed an $11.8 billion spending plan for the coming budget year.The Republican governor calls the budget approved Friday the best of the five he’s signed since taking office. He says it is a fiscally prudent plan that invests in education and public safety while preparing

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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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Legislature sends millions to 'freedom schools' at ASU, UA

Thu, May 10, 2018

Education

Arizona lawmakers this session provided $2 million to two state universities for “freedom schools” designed to teach conservative values.Since 2016, legislators have appropriated $12 million to Arizona State University and the University of Arizona for the ideologically driven centers, which previously had been funded by the Charles Koch Foundation.An AZCIR

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Pinal lawmaker fails to get stricter regulations on medical marijuana

Sat, Feb 24, 2018

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Sometime next year medical marijuana users will get a guarantee of sorts that the drugs they are buying are as good as they’ve been promised. And they’ll know if it’s got mold, disease-causing bacteria or other adulterants. With only three lawmakers in dissent, the Senate voted Thursday to require the

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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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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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Pinal school districts join fight to repeal new voucher law

Thu, May 11, 2017

Education

CASA GRANDE — Gov. Doug Ducey signed a school voucher expansion bill last month that has led to several Pinal County school districts adopting an Arizona School Boards Association resolution to oppose the measure and push for repeal. Senate Bill 1431 calls for a four-year, phased-in expansion of the state’s Education

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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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