An increasing percentage of bills introduced in the House and Senate are labeled technical corrections, which some lawmakers and political observers say are being abused and making it more difficult for people to track the legislative process.Read More »
Critics vow to battle costly federal plan for coal-powered plants
The edict by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would affect the Apache, Cholla and Coronado plants and could collectively cost Arizona utility companies as much as $1 billion.
All eyes will be on Tucson Unified School District in the next year as it establishes a court-ordered “culturally relevant” classes.
And while most are going to see how the process unfolds, Attorney General Tom Horne is certain the curriculum merely will be a resurrected version of the banned Mexican American Studies program because the new classes are under development by the same person who designed the defunct program.
Next time you’re dining in a fine restaurant, you may find yourself breaking bread next to a miniature horse – but at least it won’t be a ferret, squirrel or snake.Read More »
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 »