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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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Patterson demands ethics hearing to cross-examine accusers (access required)

Rep. Daniel Patterson today demanded that the House Ethics Committee give him an opportunity to testify before its members, cross-examine his accusers and address each incident of impropriety anonymously claimed against him.

Patterson said the ethics charges against him result from a group of lobbyists and lawmakers who sought a reason to have him kicked out of office, and one civil rights activist even said the Tucson lawmaker is being treated unfairly because he is white.

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Senate skips voting on contraception bill

The Senate today skipped voting on legislation to allow employers with a religious objection to deny contraception coverage to their workers, which indicates that proponents have yet to persuade enough lawmakers to back the controversial proposal.

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