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Lawmaker tries again to stop college students voting where they go to school

Mon, Jan 20, 2020

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — A veteran lawmaker is making another bid at blocking students from voting where they go to school.The proposal by Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, would create an exception to existing law which says that someone is a resident for voting purposes based on actual physical presence “with an intent

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Lawmaker wants gender-neutral Arizona driver's licenses

Thu, Jan 2, 2020

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX -- A Green Valley lawmaker wants motorists to have more than the current either-or choice of "male'' or "female'' on state-issued driver's licenses.The proposal by Democrat Rosanna Gabaldon would permit a third choice of "nonbinary'' for those who identify as not exclusively one or the other. Her HB 2075

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Bill seeks full disclosure from medical professionals

Mon, Dec 30, 2019

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — A two-term state lawmaker wants to force health care providers to disclose — up front — whether they won’t provide certain medical services or products based on their religious beliefs.The proposal by Rep. Pamela Powers Hannley, D-Tucson, would not force doctors, pharmacists, hospitals to serve patients whose needs

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Arizona Senate leaders hope for short session

Fri, Jan 3, 2020

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Arizona Senate expect a short, ugly session when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Jan. 13.The short is driven by lawmakers who want to hit the campaign trail in an election year. The ugly is blamed on the toxic national political

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Trump administration’s push for U.S. uranium production opposed near Grand Canyon

Tue, Dec 31, 2019

AZ Legislature

TUSAYAN – In a clearing on Forest Road 305, about 15 miles south of Grand Canyon National Park, an enormous steel headframe towers beside a retention pond. Beneath the headframe, a mine shaft drops 1,400 feet into the earth.

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Governor's Task Force Recommends Changes To Arizona Sexabuse Laws Arizona Daily Star

Sat, Nov 23, 2019

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — A special committee wants Arizona to revamp sex-abuse laws to make it easier to prosecute some people who violate their position of trust with young victims. But the Justice for Victims of Child Sex Abuse Tax Force stopped short of recommending that those who were victims of child sex

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Gop Leader Of Sentencing Reform Panel Wants Audit Of Corrections Dept.

Mon, Sep 9, 2019

AZ Legislature

The Republican chairman of a legislative sentencing reform committee recommended that the state create a non-legislative task force to delve into criminal justice reform issues, order an independent audit of the Arizona Department of Corrections and dedicate a future meeting to examining racial and ethnic disparities in incarceration.

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Arizona Activists Push For Sen Allen To Be Removed As Education Chair Ktarcom

Wed, Jul 31, 2019

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — Arizona activists and political leaders are pushing for the removal of a state senator as the chair of the Education Committee after she made controversial comments earlier this month.

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Done’ isn’t done: What’s happening with the Colorado River drought plans?

Thu, Feb 7, 2019

AZ Legislature

GREELEY, Colo. – The seven states that rely on the Colorado River for water haven’t been able to finish a series of agreements that would keep its biggest reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, from dropping to levels not seen since they were filled decades ago. Five states — Colorado, Utah,

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Finchem wants to make it easier to validate petitions

Fri, Dec 28, 2018

AZ Legislature

PHOENIX — A proposal by a Pinal County lawmaker could make it easier for groups to propose their own state laws and constitutional amendments. But Rep. Mark Finchem, R-Oro Valley, said that’s not his goal. Finchem said the current process of having to verify hundreds of thousands of signatures on initiative petitions

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