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Despite concerns, firings haven’t increased since 2012 personnel reform (access required)

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A massive personnel reform package pushed through the Legislature by Brewer in 2012 dramatically shifted the balance of power between the state and its employees. The law made most new employees at-large, or “uncovered,” and required covered employees to give up their merit protection in order to receive promotions or raises. Covered employees were offered bonuses to entice them to switch to uncovered status.

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Stonewalled: Legislature redacts, delays and denies access to messages

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Four months ago, the Arizona Capitol Times set out to learn how much of the state’s business is being conducted on smartphones, via newer technologies like text messages, social media chats and third-party messenger applications. But getting access to those messages, which most experts and public officials agree are covered under the state public records laws, can be extremely difficult.

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‘Revenge porn’ law fix is first 2016 bill (access required)

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Arizona lawmakers next year will again consider a bill designed to outlaw “revenge porn” after legislation fell just short of passage in April. Arizona lawmakers next year will again consider a bill designed to outlaw “revenge porn” after legislation fell just short of passage in April.

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