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Arizona lawmaker wants police posted at every polling place

Posted by   /  January 17, 2020  /  2020 Elections, 2020 Legislature, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services   A three-term Arizona lawmaker wants police posted at every polling place to deal with possible violence he fears could result because of the current divisive and angry political atmosphere. Rep. Jay Lawrence said politics could disrupt polling. /Howard Fischer / Capitol Media Services 2018 But Rep. Jay Lawrence, […]

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Governor urges law to keep insiders off regulatory panels

Posted by   /  January 17, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Andrew Nicla | Arizona Capitol Times In an effort to “chip away at the deep-rooted cronyism” and clean up government, Gov. Doug Ducey wants to put more members of the public on state regulatory boards and commissions instead of industry insiders. Ducey said during his State of the State Address on January 13 he […]

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Ducey’s proposed infrastructure upgrades road to bipartisanship

Posted by   /  January 17, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Transportation  /  No Comments

A UPS truck passes a digital sign on I-10. Gov. Doug Ducey proposed in his January 13 State of the State Address to earmark funds for a six-lane bridge on I-10 over the Gila River between Phoenix and Tucson./ADOT By Julia Shumway | Arizona Capitol Times Spending part of a one-time windfall to build new […]

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Republican proposes rural tribes keep portion of state sales tax

Posted by   /  January 16, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Rep. Bob Thorpe By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Two lawmakers are proposing to let at least several Native American tribes keep some of the taxes generated from sales on reservations. The proposal by Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, would siphon off 15 percent of what is collected in the state’s […]

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Bill allowing endorsements for Arizona’s college athletes awaits vote at state House

Posted by   /  January 14, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Sports  /  No Comments

Nico Mannion #1 and Chase Jeter #4 of the Arizona Wildcats guard Torry Johnson #11 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the first half of the game during the Wooden Legacy at the Anaheim Convention Center at on December 1, 2019 in Anaheim, California. /Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images By Howard Fischer | Capitol […]

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2020 Legislature: Lawmakers have extra money to throw around; Shope wants it for I-10

Posted by   /  January 11, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Arizona’s water supply a major issue for legislative session By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Pinal Central Rep. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, addresses the media at a recent news conference./Howard Fischer/Capitol Media Services State lawmakers return to the Capitol Monday to deal with something they appear to have plenty of — money — and […]

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Prescott lawmaker wants to raise per diem pay for rural Arizona legislators

Posted by   /  January 11, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic  A lawmaker from Prescott is proposing to raise the daily allowance legislators from outside Maricopa County receive to pay for lodging while working in Arizona’s capital city. Legislators from rural communities have complained for years that their stagnant per diem rates do not go far enough to cover the […]

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Bill seeks $6.1 million and more hydrologists for Arizona Department of Water Resources

Posted by   /  January 10, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Water  /  No Comments

Water is precious in Arizona, but the department charged with managing it has long been underfunded and understaffed./Elizabeth Whitman By Elizabeth Whitman | Phoenix New Times A bill in the Arizona Legislature seeks to allocate an extra $6.1 million to the under-resourced Arizona Department of Water Resources so it can hire more employees, including scientists. […]

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House Republicans set 9 priorities for Legislature, which convenes Monday

Posted by   /  January 9, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Government and Politics  /  No Comments

Water conservation policy among issues to be debated Lawmakers from both parties generally agree that education funding is a priority By Arren Kimbel-Sannit | Arizona Capitol Times Republican leadership in the House of Representatives released a general framework of policy and spending goals for the upcoming legislative session on January 13, laying out a broad-stroke […]

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Defamatory online statements today could be libelous years from now

Posted by   /  January 8, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Media and Entertainment  /  No Comments

GOP lawmaker wants to allow limitless libel lawsuits on social media posts  Photo by Nick Youngson | Alpha Stock Images/CC BY-SA 3.0 By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror A Phoenix Republican is pushing to include social media comments to Arizona’s libel and slander laws and scrap the statute of limitations for defamatory statements published online, […]

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