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The tension thing: Lawmakers weigh in on disputes, divisiveness of session

Posted by   /  June 21, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

House Speaker Rusty Bowers speaks to rancor and grandstanding in th 2019 session,/Arizona Chamber of Commerce By Katie Campbell | Arizona Capitol Times The state House of Representatives is notoriously cantankerous, but this legislative session was more confrontational than anyone remembers. Some felt it more than others, but the consensus is the 2019 legislative session […]

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New horse racing law could lead to lawsuit

Posted by   /  June 11, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Sports  /  No Comments

Vince Francia, general manager of Turf Paradise, tells Capitol Media Services the law signed last week by Gov. Doug Ducey endangers its ability to continue to get signals from several tracks.  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The owners of the state’s largest race track are weighing whether to sue […]

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Legislation to immunize well owners becomes law

Posted by   /  June 7, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

Water well (Deposit photo) By Howard Fischer, Capitol Media Services | Arizona Capitol Times A new law signed Thursday by Gov. Doug Ducey is designed to provide legal protections to those who drill wells into underground streams they are not legally entitled to tap. The measure repeals existing laws that make it a crime when […]

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Ducey signs bill to pay off debt

Posted by   /  June 6, 2019  /  Economy, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

The state borrowed $1B during the recession. By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday to pay off about $190 million in debt, a payment he had originally opposed. The funds are part of the more than $1 billion borrowed by the state during the recession, […]

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‘Almonds don’t lactate’ but what’s in cannabis?

Posted by   /  May 29, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

Talking into a cellphone while driving is now banned, although police applying the new statewide law can issue only warnings until 2021./Mike Christy / Arizona Daily Star 2014 Arizonans to see nearly 300 new laws — here’s what to expect By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star Sure, there were big, […]

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Clean Elections commissioner condemns shooting joke by state representative

Posted by   /  May 29, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror The chairman of the Citizens Clean Elections Commission wants two legislators to apologize for comments they made during a Republican caucus meeting about virtually shooting the head of the commission. On Monday, Republican members of the Arizona House of Representatives were discussing a bill that would authorize funding for […]

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Legislature ends 2019 session

Posted by   /  May 28, 2019  /  Featured News, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror Arizona House of Representatives//Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy / Arizona Mirror With the protracted budget fight over, the legislature called it quits for the year shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, wrapping up its business after 134 days. The House of Representatives ended the night after a brief hiccup that […]

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Lawmaker aims to give Trump free pass in 2020 Arizona primary

Posted by   /  May 27, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star Any Republican planning to run against President Trump next year might just as well skip Arizona. House Speaker Rusty Bowers tucked a provision into the state budget that allows any political party to opt out of the state’s presidential preference primary simply by sending […]

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Senate near on budget deal with holdout lawmaker

Posted by   /  May 27, 2019  /  Featured News, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, said the fight has been over a question of balance. By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times The fate of an $11.8 billion budget could be decided today as lawmakers debate the question of the liability of churches, the Boy Scouts and other organizations over old […]

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Republicans set more traps for citizen ballot measures

Posted by   /  May 26, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Capitol Times Rejecting complaints from Democrats, Republican lawmakers have voted to add a series of new requirements that need to be met by people proposing their own laws and constitutional amendments. Some of the changes approved on a party-line vote are procedural, such as saying that […]

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