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Williams wants spotlight on state debt, says legislation is needed (access required)

An alcoholic’s first step toward recovery is to admit being powerless to stop drinking even though it’s making life unmanageable.

Now a Tucson lawmaker wants to use the same approach to the state’s addiction to borrowing.

Rep. Vic Williams, a Republican from Tucson, said he plans to introduce a bill that would require the state to report annually all borrowing, as well as effect it will have on the state’s general fund.

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Burns vacates office, reflects on career (access required)

Few sights say more about the end of a political career than a politician vacating his office. On Dec. 8, one of Arizona's longest-serving lawmakers packed his belongings in cardboard boxes, descended the stairs of the Senate and loaded them onto his car. But Senate President Bob Burns' departure reveals something more.

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Bill to restore transplant coverage filed (access required)

The first very first bill filed for next legislative session seeks to restore transplant coverage that was restricted, a decision that highlighted the severity of the state's budget crisis but also put Arizona once again on the national spotlight.

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