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Senate panel approves major expansion of school choice program

(Photo by Rachel Leingang, Arizona Capitol Times)

The 4-3 vote by the Senate Education Committee followed hours of testimony from individuals who already get what lawmakers call “empowerment scholarship accounts” detailing how they have helped their children. Eligible groups range from children with special needs to those on reservations and those who attend schools rated D or F.

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Bill outlines rules for law enforcers when tracking cellphones (access required)

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Mia Garcia, spokeswoman for the Attorney General’s Office, said the legislation her agency crafted will make it clear in statute that state and local police are required to get a search warrant before they use devices like a “StingRay,” which can hone in on individual cell phones. And she said the “modernization” of existing laws is good for Arizonans.

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