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Multistate compacts in vogue, not ready for prime time in Arizona (access required)

The sheer number of legislative proposals that were introduced this year seeking to defy the federal government seemed to affirm Arizona’s credentials as a bastion of the states’ rights movement.

But nearly all of the bills that would have allowed Arizona to band together with other states in attempts to check federal overreach fell by the wayside.

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Brewer backing away from special session talk (access required)

Lawmakers may not have to return to the Capitol this year after all.

Gov. Jan Brewer told the Arizona Capitol Times that she had no specific plans for special session and played down the possibility of calling legislators back, just weeks after she first said she was considering the idea for her state employee personnel reform plan.

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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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