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Ducey urges lawmakers to pass drought plan, but farmers have concerns

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror Gov. Doug Ducey urged lawmakers Tuesday morning in a press conference with leaders from both parties to pass a Drought Contingency Plan before a fast approaching deadline at the end of this month. The plan is part of a seven-state agreement, including Mexico, that would see all of them […]

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Speaker, some lawmakers resistant to Ducey’s push to end legislative immunity

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services per Arizona Capitol Times A proposal by Gov. Doug Ducey to abolish so-called legislative immunity is getting some negative reaction from some lawmakers who enjoy its protections — and would have to vote to put it on the ballot for voters to repeal. “It was put here […]

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Babbitt: Colorado River drought plan just the beginning of tough decisions needed

Posted by   /  January 15, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

  By Tony Davis | Arizona Daily Star A proposed Colorado River drought plan that will cost well over $100 million is just the beginning of what’s needed to protect the over-allocated river, says Bruce Babbitt, the former governor who rammed through Arizona’s last big water legislation nearly four decades ago. After Gov. Doug Ducey […]

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Ugenti-Rita proposes bill to bar vote ‘procrastinators’

Posted by   /  January 14, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

  By Ben Giles | Arizona Capitol Times Spurred by frustrations over prolonged vote counts, a Republican lawmaker wants to restrict early voting options for voters who receive their ballot by mail. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita wants to require Arizonans who get their ballot early in the mail to return it by mail. SB 1046 would […]

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Gov. Doug Ducey’s 2019 State of the State address

Posted by   /  January 14, 2019  /  Government and Politics, Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By KTAR.COM Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey ushered in a new Legislature on Monday with his annual State of the State address, in which the Republican laid out his priorities for the upcoming session. In the approximately 45-minute speech, Ducey closed the door on a record-setting election year for Arizona, welcomed new lawmakers and paid tribute […]

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Legislature convenes Monday with water, tax rules, education among critical issues

Posted by   /  January 13, 2019  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session, Water  /  No Comments

  By Howard Fischer | Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star ov. Doug Ducey and state lawmakers begin the new legislative session Monday with a deadline to act — and soon — on two issues crucial to Arizona residents. The more pressing one is to get sufficient votes for a drought contingency plan crafted […]

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Bills targeting political speech by teachers could violate First Amendment

Posted by   /  December 28, 2018  /  Legislature 2019 Regular Session  /  No Comments

By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror Bills seeking to ban all political speech by teachers could run afoul of the First Amendment, critics say. House Bill 2002, introduced by Oro Valley Republican Rep. Mark Finchem, directs the state Board of Education to create a code of conduct that includes provisions like prohibiting teachers from discussing […]

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