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Asset forfeiture reform bill falls victim to shortened legislative session

Posted by   /  May 29, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus  /  No Comments

A Navajo County Sheriff’s Office deputy makes a traffic stop near Holbrook, Arizona on Nov. 22, 2016, in an effort to find and seize drugs along Interstate 40. Navajo County uses forfeiture money to partially fund the salaries of its drug task force. /Photo by Emily L. Mahoney /Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting By Jeremy […]

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A look at key legislative races in Aug. primary

Posted by   /  May 29, 2020  /  2020 Elections, 2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

From left are Nancy Barto and Heather Carter By Dillon Rosenblatt | Arizona Capitol Times Independent voters don’t have many contested races in Maricopa County in which they can sway the outcome with Arizona primary elections roughly two months away. With every hot race like Sen. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, versus Rep. Nancy Barto, R-Phoenix, […]

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Senate ends annual legislative session without taking up bills

Posted by   /  May 26, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Featured News  /  No Comments

The mosaic tile version of the Arizona state seal in the floor of the Capitol building. /Photo by Bernard Gagnon /Wikimedia Commons/CC BY-SA 3.0 By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror For the second time this month, the Senate has adjourned the 2020 legislative session. This time, it may stick. Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, had […]

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Prosecutors, some GOP lawmakers join Democrats to kill forfeiture bill

Posted by   /  May 25, 2020  /  2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

From left, Sen. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, and Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich. /Photos by Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Sen. Eddie Farnsworth is blaming Attorney General Mark Brnovich for the failure of his legislation to preclude prosecutors from seizing property without first getting a criminal […]

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GOP lawmakers quash Dems effort to boost jobless benefits

Posted by   /  May 23, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Employment Law  /  No Comments

GOP lawmakers also blocked a vote on a proposal to allow people to get unemployment payments if they leave their jobs due to unsafe working conditions. By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Arizona’s jobless rate spiked last month to 12.6%, a figure that may be a record. And it’s certain […]

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Fate of COVID-19 liability bill unclear as Arizona Senate returns for 1 day

Posted by   /  May 23, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus, Featured News  /  No Comments

Senate President Karen Fann R-Prescott, is looking to wrap up all unfinished Legislature business on Tuesday./Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times  State senators will return to the Capitol on Tuesday with the goal of finally finishing out the on-again, off-again legislative session that began […]

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House adjourns, bringing session to uneasy close

Posted by   /  May 22, 2020  /  2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

By ggrado | Arizona Capitol Times The state House of Representatives has finished its work and notified the Senate of its intent to adjourn sine die today, bringing one of the strangest legislative sessions in recent memory one step closer to its end. Typically, such a motion, carried out at 5:55 p.m. today, would terminate […]

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House’s business immunity bill likely DOA in Senate

Posted by   /  May 21, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus  /  No Comments

By Julia Shumway | Arizona Capitol Times The tort reform measure House Republicans tout as the main reason for continuing legislative work likely doesn’t have the votes it would need in the Senate. Legislation introduced by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, actually has its roots in the Senate, where Sen. Eddie Farnsworth, R-Gilbert, crafted a […]

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Maricopa County Paul Petersen’s ex-wife asks lawmakers to change law that let authorities seize her homes

Posted by   /  May 21, 2020  /  2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

Raquel Petersen testifies before the House Judiciary Committee on May 20, 2020. /Photo: AZ Capitol TV By Jessica Boehm and Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic  Criminal justice reform advocates are pushing state legislation that would make it more difficult for government agencies to seize someone’s assets before they are convicted of a crime. State law […]

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State lawmakers discuss backup if Obamacare is voided

Posted by   /  May 20, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Health Care  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer  | Capitol Media Services via PinalCentral A House panel agreed Tuesday to provide some protections for Arizonans with pre-existing health conditions if the U.S. Supreme Court voids the federal Affordable Care Act. But that doesn’t mean it will be affordable. Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, told members of the House Commerce Committee that there […]

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