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Cowboy lawmaker Brown rides off after 36 years (access required)

The state is losing an icon and one of the last remaining cowboy legislators. Although Jack Brown's legacy in Arizona history has been cemented by his 36 years as a legislator, his departure will be bittersweet, as his effort to keep all state parks open fell by the wayside this year.

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Clergy group files first suit against S1070

A national group of Latino clergy leaders filed the first lawsuit against S1070 on April 29, arguing that it infringes on the federal government's right to enforce illegal immigration laws and will lead to racial profiling against Hispanics.

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Day 2: Lawmakers end session sine die (access required)

The Senate also passed former senator Jonathan Paton's bill, S10756, which changes the name of the Arizona State Boxing Commission to the Arizona State Boxing and Mixed Martial Arts Commission. The bill modifies rules governing mixed martial arts and allows the Commission to test contestants for drugs.

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Patchwork changes to immigration law came in waning hours of session

Rep. Russ Jones and Sen. Russell Pearce, sponsor of S1070, negotiated 11th-hour changes to Arizona’s strict new immigration law. Key changes were made to Jones’ trailer bill, H2162, that clarified the definition of “lawful conduct” and prescribed guidelines for law enforcement. But not everyone is pleased with the amendments.

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