The Governor’s Office and legislative leaders have reopened lines of communications involving the state budget, signaling a thaw over how to craft the state’s spending plan in the next few years. Gov. Jan Brewer, Senate President Steve Pierce and House Speaker Andy Tobin met Thursday. After the meeting, Pierce said staffers from both sides could start working together as soon as this weekend.Read More »
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Two Democratic senators walked out of a border security panel this morning after its chairwoman invited an activist who is described by a civil rights group as a “vitriolic Mexican-basher.”Read More »
A senator who believes Middle-Eastern terrorist groups are active in Mexico and Central America persuaded her colleagues to advance a proposal that would create an armed volunteer force to help apprehend criminals who illegally enter the United States.
The Senate passed the measure today by a vote of 20-10.
Universities are offering one more reason to oppose a measure to allow guns on campuses — it would cost millions of dollars to implement.Read More »
Unions from across Arizona are planning to bring hundreds of workers to the state Capitol on Thursday, two days after the Senate advanced a second bill that targets public unions.
They also want to send a clear message that they’re opposing Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to overhaul the state personnel system and make it easier to hire and fire workers.
After being pulled from the debate calendar twice, a proposal that would prohibit public employees from being paid for union work finally received Senate approval today.Read More »
Senators Feb. 27 unanimously advanced legislation to prevent candidates from running for office if they owe at least $1,000 in fines. As approved, the measure prohibits election officers from accepting the nomination of a person who is facing unpaid fines, penalties, late fees or any administrative or civil judgments.Read More »
The Senate today gave preliminary approval to a ballot measure that aims to dismantle the public financing of candidates in elections. Before voters can decide the fate of the public campaign financing system, the measure still needs the full vote of the Senate and must be approved by the House of Representatives.Read More »
A bill that would allow parents to shut down a failing school, fire its principal or turn it into a charter school narrowly won passage in the Senate today. The legislation applies to schools that receive a “D” or “F” under the state’s new grading system.Read More »
Unions are stepping up the pressure on lawmakers as they seek the defeat of a slew of bills that would fundamentally weaken public unions in Arizona.Read More »