State officials warn that legislation to require drug testing for all people applying for unemployment benefits conflicts with federal rules and law.Read More »
Backers of anti-union bills are planning to parcel out the provisions of a measure that is advancing in the Senate, an apparent move to give each idea the best chance of passing. The Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday approved an amendment to prohibit pay to public employees who do union activities, a practice called “release time.”Read More »
House Speaker Andy Tobin is planning to ask lawmakers to sue the state’s redistricting commission over the constitutionality of the legislative map the panel crafted.Read More »
Sen. Paula Aboud said she’s staying in the race for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, despite Ron Barber’s announcement that he’ll seek a full term after the special election to replace former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.Read More »
Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee made things as unpleasant as they could for proponents of Gov. Jan Brewer’s personnel system overhaul, but the plan came another step closer to fruition after the panel approved HB2571 on a party line vote.Read More »
Russell Pearce, the architect of many of Arizona's anti illegal immigration laws, vowed tonight to return to the state Capitol, months after he was ousted in a recall election.Read More »
The Arizona House of Representatives today gave preliminary approval to a plan that would give the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission $700,000 to get through the rest of the fiscal year, after a series of costly court battles drained the commission’s $3.5 million in yearly operating money.Read More »
Hours after announcing he was running for a legislative seat that pits him against immigration hawk Russell Pearce, a prominent Mesa businessman deleted his comments from a church website that were critical of Arizona’s controversial anti-illegal immigration laws.Read More »
Supporters of an Arizona legislative bill on health plan coverage for contraception plan to change it to provide reassurances that employers won't get information about workers' private health care information.Read More »
The bill, SB1061, stalled this week in the House after its author, Sen. Rich Crandall, asked for it to be held because he said it became a distraction to other education bills he sees as a priority.
The Mesa Republican asked the House Education Committee chairwoman to kill the bill on March 12, even though Crandall said he believed it had the votes to pass. The measure sailed through the Senate last month, 19-10.