Dust-up leads to Clemency director’s firing
Gov. Jan Brewer fired the outgoing executive director of the Board of Executive Clemency after three newly confirmed appointees showed up late for work Monday.
Their tardiness caused a two-hour delay of clemency hearings as victims and families of prisoners stood by disgruntled, and waited for a quorum to form.
Ariz. Senate rejects states’ rights ballot measure
The Arizona Senate has rejected a proposed ballot measure to declare that the state has sovereignty over the air, water and other natural resources within its boundaries.
Arizona Legislature reverses public pension change
Arizona legislators have voted to reverse a cost-cutting decision that made thousands of state and local government employees pay a bigger share of the costs of the state’s main public retirement system.
Workers and their employers had each paid 50 percent of the Arizona State Retirement System’s costs.
Ariz. bill OK’d to drop tax reporting requirement
Gov. Jan Brewer will get a bill to have Arizona retreat on trying to make it harder to skip paying sales tax on online purchases.
AZ legislators favor nuke waste storage site
The Arizona Legislature is going on record as saying it wants the federal government to consider establishing a site in Arizona to store spent nuclear fuel.
Thomas won’t appeal disbarment; criticizes accusers
Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas took a swipe at his accusers and the Arizona Supreme Court today in announcing he is not going to appeal his April 10 disbarment.
Thomas had until 5 p.m. today to file a notice of appeal, but instead sent an email to the press to say that he can’t continue the legal proceedings because the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors refused to pay for his attorneys.
Despite Brewer’s demand for a budget, lawmakers passing – and holding – other bills
The Legislature is sitting on at least a dozen measures it has already approved instead of sending them to the governor, a decision that follows Gov. Jan Brewer’s threat of a blanket veto of all bills that land on her desk before a budget is adopted.
Bill that would deny money to Planned Parenthood ready for governor
The Republican-led Senate today gave final approval to a bill that prohibits public money from going to Planned Parenthood.
Although the bill, HB2800, passed on an 18-8 vote and is now ready to be sent to the governor, lawmakers have no plans of sending the measure to the Ninth Floor right away.
Pearce spars with Dem senators as lone Republican in SB1070 hearing
Sitting as the lone proponent of Senate Bill 1070, former Arizona lawmaker Russell Pearce today defended his landmark legislation against U.S. senators and a table of fellow witnesses all allied against the illegal immigration bill.
Arizona ballot measure set business equipment tax
Arizona voters will decide in November whether to give businesses a break on property tax paid on newly acquired business equipment.
Unanimously House approval of a resolution on Monday completes legislative action on the general election referendum on the proposed state constitutional amendment.
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