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Builders, cities finally agree on impact fees (access required)

Late last year, the city of Mesa won a hard-fought court case over its use of impact fees to pay for cultural facilities, a use that homebuilders and others howled was an egregious abuse of the law allowing municipalities to impose a fee on new development so that growth pays for itself.

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Tobin picked as new Arizona House speaker

Andy Tobin has been unanimously elected to be the new speaker of the Arizona House of Representatives as the former speaker.

He replaces Kirk Adams, who stepped down as speaker in advance of his resignation from the Legislature. Adams and his aides have not said why he is leaving, but he is widely expected to run for Congress.

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Mortgage bill striker draws ire for Reagan and McLain (access required)

A pair of Republican lawmakers was on the defense yesterday after bloggers began weaving a tale of conspiracy, alleging a piece of real estate legislation was killed in exchange for a lawsuit against one of the lawmakers being settled.

But according to the two lawmakers, the issue is an overblown case of coincidence and ignorance about the mechanics of how bills move through the Legislature.

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