By Antonia Noori Farzan | Phoenix New Times
The Arizona Legislature, a world-renowned institution that’s frequently compared to a meth lab, convenes once again on January 8. And your elected representatives are already plotting to make it illegal to wear masks in public, place medical marijuana ads on billboards, lie about having a service dog, and more.
Battiness aside, however, this year’s agenda also includes numerous pieces of legislation intended to address the opioid crisis and change how sexual misconduct cases are handled. There’s also talk of reducing the elementary school suspension rate and putting an end to “lunch-shaming” at school cafeterias.
Out of hundreds of bills that have been filed so far, we’ve singled out 15 that are worth paying attention to. This isn’t intended to be a comprehensive list, since plenty more laws will be proposed in the coming weeks and months. But, for now, here’s a look at what Arizona legislators hope to accomplish this year: