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Lawmakers give preliminary OK to anti-union measure – Day 2 (access required)

The Senate and the House gave preliminary approval Aug. 10 to a measure seeking to guarantee the right of a secret ballot in union elections. The proposal, expected to be on the Nov. 2 ballot as Proposition 113, is meant to be a preemptive strike against possible federal legislation that would make it easier for organizers to form unions.

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Lawmakers advance secret-ballot measure -Day 1 (access required)

In almost staccato fashion, Senate and House committees on Aug. 9 approved new legislation aimed at guaranteeing people's right to a secret ballot in union elections. Gov. Jan Brewer called the ninth special session this term to fix the anti-union ballot measure, which the courts earlier ruled unconstitutional.

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Yee takes oath as newest House member (access required)

Republican Kimberly Yee, a well known policy advisor, took her oath as the Legislature's newest member on Aug. 4. The Maricopa Board of Supervisors appointed Yee to the House two days before as a replacement to Doug Quelland, who was removed from office for violating campaign-finance laws.

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Lobbyist Ed Wren passes away

Another blow struck the lobbying community July 31, when veteran lobbyist Ed Wren died because of complications from a heart surgery. He had the surgery about two weeks ago; his condition deteriorated, according to his family. He was 68. Wren ...

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