In an impassioned appeal, the state’s university regents are asking Gov. Jan Brewer to veto a bill that will allow guns to be carried on limited areas of college campuses.Read More »
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As amended, the bill allows AHCCCS to adopt rules necessary to implement a program given available funds, providing the agency the ability to make changes to its services, eligibility and rates. Also, the bill contains an intent clause for certain transplant services that were eliminated last year to be funded, and a “notwithstanding” language that the Governor’s Office says gives the agency broad leeway to restore the services.Read More »
Lawmakers this year said they strove to keep non-budget policy changes out of the budget package and, while many that were originally considered were removed, they couldn’t completely insulate the final compromise from policies whose ties to the budget are tenuous, at best.Read More »
Fiscally conservative Republicans won the argument when the governor agreed to forego borrowing and other budget gimmicks to help shore up the state’s sagging revenues, and the budget-slashing proposal was also a vindication for legislators who saw themselves as lone voices in the wilderness, warning for many years that politicians’ appetite for spending would one day come back to haunt them.
But a bigger, perhaps more critical fight looms.
The Senate advanced a proposal requiring presidential candidates to prove they are natural-born Americans before they can appear on the Arizona ballot — but minus its most controversial provisions.Read More »
The Republican-led Legislature has approved a measure to increase the amount of tax credits that individuals can claim in exchange for contributions to groups that distribute private school scholarships.Read More »
The budget isn’t quite done yet.
Lawmakers are expected to vote again today on one of the budget bills that was originally approved last week after it was discovered they passed a version that included an amendment they never actually adopted.
Pro-life lawmakers looking to chip away at groups that help women get abortion services passed a bill Tuesday that essentially wipes away the ability to make tax-deductible contributions to organizations like Planned Parenthood Arizona.
Backers defended the legislation by saying Arizona law already prohibits the use of public funds for abortion. The bill, for them, reinforces this position.
A senior House Republican is working to revive one of the five immigration bills that the Senate killed last month.Read More »
Supporters of Arizona’s tax credits for scholarships to religious schools hailed the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the program as a major victory for the school choice movement.Read More »