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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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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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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 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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