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2 more open houses planned on proposed Pinal road tax

Fri, Apr 21, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Two more open houses are planned next month to discuss a proposed sales tax increase in Pinal County to fund highway improvements. Central Arizona Governments along with Pinal County announced two additional community open houses in Maricopa and San Tan Valley to seek input on the proposed transportation plan

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, taxes

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County attorney welcomes preemptive audit of RICO accounts

Wed, Mar 1, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Just days after agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation visited the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney Kent Volkmer opened his doors to the Arizona Auditor General’s Office.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds, Sheriff Mark Lamb, County Attorney Kent Volkmer

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San Tan Valley officials say citizens will decide on becoming a city

Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Area residents who have backed an incorporation vote for San Tan Valley in the past are excited about legislation that will allow them to proceed, but no one has announced plans to do so immediately. Gov. Doug Ducey signed House Bill 2088 on Tuesday, allowing San Tan

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, San Tan Valley, Incorporation, HB2088

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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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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, Gun Distruction

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Lamb faces uphill battle: 'I didn't put us in this predicament, but we have to fix it'

Sat, Feb 25, 2017

Pinal County

FLORENCE — Recently elected Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb promised change on the campaign trial, and that’s what he says he is bringing to the office — even if some residents don’t like his brand of change. However, criticism has been light.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, RICO Funds, Sheriff Mark Lamb, County Attorney Kent Volkmer

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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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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature

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San Tan Valley incorporation bill now up to Ducey

Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — The question of whether San Tan Valley residents get a chance to incorporate is now in the hands of Gov. Doug Ducey. On a 28-1 margin the state Senate on Thursday gave final approval to legislation which removes the ability of Florence and Apache Junction to veto an incorporation

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, San Tan Valley, Incorporation, HB2088

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Lamb tells lawmakers Pinal growth creating public safety challenges

Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Pinal County

PHOENIX — Pinal County Sheriff Mark Lamb took the lectern at the Arizona Senate’s Commerce and Public Safety Committee meeting Monday afternoon to outline the challenges he’s looking to overcome in Pinal. Topics ranged from the possibility of San Tan Valley incorporating, border issues, mental health, budget concerns and staffing shortages,

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, San Tan Valley, Incorporation, Budget

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Local agencies don't plan to initially amp up immigration enforcement

Sat, Feb 11, 2017

Immigration

PHOENIX – Citing limited resources and Arizona’s controversial history, many local and state law enforcement officials said they have no plans to amp up their immigration enforcement in light of a presidential executive order calling for them to crackdown on illegal immigration.

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, Immigration, ICE

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Johnson Utilities opposes STV incorporation bill in multiple newsletters

Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Pinal County

SAN TAN VALLEY — Water-service provider Johnson Utilities has repeatedly made it clear it is against the House Bill that could mean incorporation for San Tan Valley. House Bill 2088 passed a House vote last week, and will move to the Senate next. The bill would revoke a legal provision that

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Tags: Arizona, Pinal County, AZ Legislature, San Tan Valley, Incorporation, HB2088

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