From the state Capitol to Washington, D.C., to New York, conservatives are reprimanding Gov. Jan Brewer over her Medicaid expansion plan. For the governor, this is hostile but familiar territory. In 2009, she earned the ire of conservatives across Arizona in 2009 when the opening gambit of her tenure turned out to be a temporary sales tax. But while that battle was primarily a local one, Brewer’s embrace of one of the core provisions of the Affordable Care Act has gotten national attention.Read More »
After the approach was compared to prison scenes in the movie “Cool Hand Luke,” a Mesa lawmaker took the first step Monday toward ending the practice of placing unruly schoolchildren in isolation rooms.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer today announced her plans for simplifying Arizona’s complicated sales tax system, which followed recommendations from a task force on eliminating the multiple jurisdictions and layers of bureaucracy that businesses face in paying transaction privilege taxes.Read More »
A clash between cops and bikers has made its way to the Capitol in the form of a proposed law requiring police to be trained not to profile motorcyclists.Read More »
More than 50 gun rights activists rallied at the state Capitol on Friday, sporting high-powered firearms while protesting federal proposals to tighten gun regulations.
And although they were wary that Congress and President Obama will try to ban or confiscate their weapons, gun enthusiasts agreed that Arizona has fair gun laws and lawmakers are mostly on their side.
Lawmakers on the House Government Committee may have inadvertently violated the state’s open meetings law when they recessed while debating a bill that would subject public employee unions to the same law.Read More »
Native American nations don’t get a piece of state shared-revenue the way that cities counties do, and for decades they haven’t been able to change that. But a proposal in the Legislature could help make that elusive goal a reality.Read More »
For the most part, Arizona lawmakers appear to have stepped back from the trenches of the states’ rights issue after years of incessant fighting with the federal government.Read More »
Fred DuVal said there is a “high probability” that he will officially begin his campaign for governor later this month.
DuVal, a former regent, former Clinton White House aide and longtime Democratic operative, said he expects to file his campaign committee with the Secretary of State’s Office by the end of February.
A Republican state senator is gaining bipartisan support for bills that would reform Arizona’s medical marijuana law rather than repealing it, as one Republican lawmaker would prefer.
Sen. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, introduced four bills late Monday that she says strengthen Arizona’s medical marijuana program, making it more workable in the long term.
Yee’s proposals come as Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, wants voters to repeal the medical marijuana law in 2014 with a revote on the system narrowly approved by Arizona voters in 2010.