Getting an early start
Newly-elected AZ GOP chairman Robert Graham is pushing ahead with his plan to start preparing for the next round of redistricting.
Appeals court upholds reopening of uranium mine near Grand Canyon
A federal appeals court Monday upheld the government’s decision to let a uranium mine near Grand Canyon National Park continue to operate under environmental standards now decades old.
Lawmaker: ‘Holidays’ from state sales tax would boost Arizona’s economy
Eliminating state sales tax over two upcoming holiday weekends would encourage Arizonans to make more purchases and also serve as a thank you, a state lawmaker contends.
Bill would would allow communities to ban fireworks sales
Saying it would help reduce the risk of wildfires, a state lawmaker is trying again to give cities and towns the authority to ban the sale of sparklers and other fireworks legalized by a 2010 state law.
Former Gov. Babbitt calls on Obama, Congress to focus on conservation efforts
Former Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt called for more active land preservation by the federal government Tuesday, criticizing what he called Washington’s neglect of public lands.
Committee takes first step in changing voting laws
Hoping to lessen the crush of provisional ballots that delayed the final tally after the November election, the new Senate Elections Committee took its first step in changing the laws governing Arizona’s Permanent Early Voter List.
Lawmaker revives bill to prohibit enforcement of federal gun laws in Arizona
A Republican lawmaker is trying to revive a bill that would prohibit the enforcement of any new federal gun laws in Arizona. Lawyers had brought up concerns that the bill was unconstitutional and could force the state to mount a costly defense in court.
House approves ‘all sales final’ ballot prop language
The House of Representatives today approved a measure requiring campaign material, advertisements and ballots to include warnings that it is difficult to change ballot measures once they are approved by Arizona voters.
Yee offers medical marijuana reforms as alternative to repeal
A Republican state senator is gaining bipartisan support for bills that would reform Arizona’s medical marijuana law rather than repealing it, as one Republican lawmaker would prefer.
Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, introduced four bills late Monday that she says strengthen Arizona’s medical marijuana program, making it more workable in the long term.
Yee’s proposals come as Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, wants voters to repeal the medical marijuana law in 2014 with a revote on the system narrowly approved by Arizona voters in 2010.
Brewer frees funds to help northern Arizona counties damages by cold
Gov. Jan Brewer has issued a declaration of emergency for parts of northern Arizona damaged by recent frigid temperatures.
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