Advocates say measure could kill Clean Elections system
Several bills introduced at the Legislature this year have taken swipes at Clean Elections, but not so boldly as Rep. Paul Boyer’s concurrent resolution to swipe all monies from the Clean Elections system in favor of funding the state’s education needs.
Brewer signs bill requiring taxi driver drug tests
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring taxi, livery and limousine companies to drug-test drivers before they’re hired and re-test them at least once a year.
Arizona literacy law kicks in next year
Thousands of elementary school teachers in Arizona are using small groups and other techniques to boost their students’ reading skills in preparation for a literacy law that will kick in next year.
State to buy Arizona’s first private prison
Arizona’s first private prison is going to become the property of the state.
A provision in contracts for the state’s five privately-run prisons allows the state to buy the prison for a nominal price as the contract expires.
Brewer reaching out to lawmakers on Medicaid expansion
As the 2013 legislative session stretches past the 100-day mark and Gov. Jan Brewer struggles for dwindling Republican votes on her top agenda item, the Ninth Floor is redoubling its efforts to attract GOP votes for Medicaid expansion.
Judge sets hearing over MCAO jurisdiction in Horne case
Before the Office of Administrative Hearings begins proceedings in the campaign finance case against Tom Horne, a Maricopa County judge will first determine whether County Attorney Bill Montgomery’s office actually has the authority to prosecute the attorney general.
Bennett seeks dismissal from Arpaio recall lawsuit
Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has asked to be dismissed from a lawsuit by a group that’s trying to halt a recall effort against Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.
Authorities debate whether lavish economic development incentives are worth the price
Arizona’s city, county and state governments are handing out billions in economic development incentives to attract business — but not without resistance from critics who dispute their necessity.
Arizona regulator won’t seek re-election
Arizona Corporation Commissioner Brenda Burns says she has no plans to run for a second term.
Brewer vetoes bill banning new state rules
Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill barring state agencies from adopting new rules if they restrain or burden citizen’s “vested rights.”
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