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Judge to rule on elected officials’ pension boosts

A judge is considering whether retired elected officials can again receive cost-of-living raises to their pensions. Maricopa County Superior Court Judge John Buttrick will hear closing arguments next month in a lawsuit brought against the Elected Officials' Retirement Plan by some state retirees.

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Patterson resigns before expulsion vote (access required)

Following the damning news that the House Ethics Committee formally recommended his expulsion, Tucson lawmaker Rep. Daniel Patterson resigned his seat today, before the full House could take a vote on the motion to expel him.

With no fanfare, House Speaker Andy Tobin announced that he accepted Patterson’s resignation.

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Ethics Committee: Expel Patterson (access required)

After two hours of back-and-forth discussion, the House Ethics Committee today voted to recommend Rep. Daniel Patterson’s expulsion from the House of Representatives, and one committee member said to expect a full House vote on the recommendation later this afternoon.

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