State officials on Thursday reached an interim settlement with plaintiffs in a decades-old court case over the adequacy of Arizona's community-based services for the seriously mentally ill.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer vetoed a bill that would made criminals of police officers who enforce controversial provisions of a federal anti-terrorism law.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have changed how the state regulates online education.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer on Thursday signed a bill to eliminate merit protections for most state employees, which she called a historic reform that will modernize the way Arizona manages its employees.Read More »
The Arizona Board of Regents began the legislative session seeing nothing in any budget proposal for two of its prime spending requests: Money for parity among the three universities and for the Phoenix campus of the University of Arizona medical school.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court was able to work out a deal allowing the Legislature to take money from a variety of smaller accounts rather than a larger, more critical one that lawmakers were targeting.Read More »
Lawmakers wrapped up their work at 8:25 p.m. on May 3 after nearly four months in session, having stashed away money for anticipated rainy days ahead, approved a sweeping measure that allows state workers to be more easily fired and fought on the unending battlefronts of abortion, taxation and border security.
And like the year before, lawmakers with conservative leanings shaped the agenda at the Capitol.
The GOP-controlled Senate today approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to overhaul the rules that govern state workers. The measure seeks to remove workers from the state’s merit system, giving supervisors more flexibility in firing them. The measure split the Senate along party lines.Read More »
Reforming the pension system for Phoenix employees may have to wait until city officials see how an overhaul of the state employee system plays out. Some reforms the city is considering are similar to state proposals that would force workers to pay more into the system. But a judge recently ruled that unconstitutional in a case brought against a state pension plan.Read More »
After wrapping up work on the budget, senators immediately turned their attention to a sweeping proposal by Gov. Jan Brewer to overhaul the rules that govern state employees.Read More »