Gov. Jan Brewer’s agenda in her final regular legislative session lacked the blockbuster policies, drag-out fights and frayed nerves of 2013. Instead, the governor proposed a far more modest agenda in 2014. Relatively small spending increases in a few key areas, two low-profile economic development bills and legislation strengthening the state’s human trafficking laws were among the biggest policies she pursued.Read More »
2014 Session Wrap
Gov. Jan Brewer’s last regular legislative session was less eventful than in years past, even anticl...
For the first time since we began doing them, a leader has refused to sit down for a Session Wrap Q&...
After eight years at the Capitol, House Democratic leader Chad Campbell is going back to private lif...
Sen. Anna Tovar led the Senate Democratic caucus in 2014 under uncomfortable circumstances, having h...
A year after being rolled by Gov. Jan Brewer and key members of his own caucus, Senate President And...
The fighting went on for months, but in the end an alliance of public school advocates and business community leaders won the main battles over education in this year’s legislative session.Read More »
SB1062 forced the Arizona business community to push back against Republicans in the Legislature and take a more active role in opposing legislation many viewed as bad for business and Arizona’s image. And while maintaining the bill was mischaracterized following the outcry over the intent, some Republican leaders were wary to take on other headline-grabbing controversial measures this year.Read More »
Week of January 6-10 Known as “hell week” around the Capitol, the week before the legislative session was when lawmakers were focused on raising campaign contributions and held at least three dozen fundraisers. Meanwhile, lawmakers were slow to pre-file their ...Read More »
Arizona lawmakers finished one of the fastest sessions in recent memory this April, but still found time for behavior that amazes, amuses and sometimes embarrasses the state’s legislative body.Read More »
Our reporters catch lawmakers during their happy, upset, frustrated and humorous moments. Here's a recap of some of the best utterances of the 2014 legislative session.Read More »
As I watched various committee debates on education issues unfold over this last session, the former 5th grade teacher in me couldn’t help but think about how some of those very same communications and collaboration life skills we teach to Arizona 10-year-olds might just benefit everyone.Read More »
Another legislative session is completed. The Republican majority has again failed to work with Democrats for the common good in Arizona. Many of us hoped the bipartisan efforts in 2013 would lead to an increased focus on substantive issues like fixing CPS, restoring the massive cuts to education or passing meaningful ethics reform. Instead, Republicans have concentrated on a strategy of appealing to the most extreme elements of their party to the detriment of Arizona’s children, businesses and workers.Read More »
The 51st Arizona Legislature’s Second Regular Session was solid and productive for the National Federation of Independent Business with Arizona’s small business owners scoring gains on taxes and regulatory reform while turning back troubling efforts to unlevel the playing field for small business in economic development.Read More »
In a fit of modesty, the GOP-dominated Arizona Legislature stuck to basic business this session, passing a straightforward budget containing a few core funding restorations, and otherwise made few gaffes, despite the efforts of a few headline-seeking members.Read More »