JLBC: New sales tax reform plan will increase revenue
The newest incarnation of Gov. Jan Brewer’s sales tax reform plan will be a net positive to the state’s general fund that could bring in nearly $37 million in new revenue next year, according to the Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
Franks aims to take abortion limits national, despite court ruling on state law
Rep. Trent Franks, R-Glendale, said Wednesday he will push for a national prohibition on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, just one day after a court ruled a similar law in Arizona unconstitutional.
Federal court strikes down Arizona 20-week abortion ban
Arizona’s law banning abortion at 20 weeks amounts to a prohibition on abortion, not just a limitation, making it unconstitutional, a unanimous 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled today.
Brewer: Senate budget means end is near
Gov. Jan Brewer said the budget introduced today by Senate President Andy Biggs is fairly close to her own and that she has few problems with the proposal, except for one major exception – it doesn’t include the expansion of Arizona’s Medicaid program.
Task force hopes to clean up sex trade in time for Super Bowl
The Governor’s Task Force on Human Trafficking took its first steps Wednesday in trying to clean up Arizona’s illicit sex trade in time for the 2015 Super Bowl to be played in Glendale.
Todd Lang to leave Clean Elections Commission
Long-time Arizona Clean Elections Commission executive director Todd Lang is leaving his post to work as assistant U.S. attorney.
Horne pays fine to settle traffic case initiated by FBI probe
Attorney General Tom Horne pleaded no contest and paid a $300 fine to settle a misdemeanor traffic charge stemming from an incident in which he backed into another car in a downtown Phoenix parking garage.
The payment of the fine settles the case in which Horne was charged in Phoenix Municipal Court with failure to notify a vehicle’s owner after hitting his car. According to police reports, Horne backed into the car and left the scene without leaving any contact information for the owner.
Judge rules casino may be built within metro Phoenix
A 2002 gaming compact between the state and Indian tribes does not prohibit the construction of casinos in the Phoenix metro area, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.
Brewer signs more lenient resign-to-run bill
Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill Tuesday making it easier for elected officials to seek new offices without violating the state’s resign-to-run law.
Thomas files to run for governor, maintains innocence after disbarment for abuse of power
Disbarred former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas maintained his longstanding insistence that he was unfairly targeted for taking on corrupt officials as he jumped into the 2014 governor’s race, attempting to revive his political career.
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