Forced to dramatically cut payrolls, some states are finding low-cost ways to boost employee morale, even as they struggle to maintain basic human resource functions such as training, recruiting, hiring and regular performance reviews.Read More »
A new independent state agency charged with investigating cases of child abuse and neglect may inclu...
The removal of a controversial provision didn’t go far enough to bring critics of a livestock cruelt...
The Arizona House approves bill criminalizing “revenge porn.” ...
The Senate gave preliminary approval on March 5 to a bill that would use Arizona’s Medical Marijuana...
A bill that would clarify and clean up last year’s campaign finance law overhaul hit a snag after an...
Senate President Bob Burns has appointed a Paradise Valley Republican to the position of Senate President Pro Tempore. Sen. Barbara Leff replaced Sen. Steve Pierce, the majority whip.Read More »
Brightly colored posters urge Arizona State University students to cover coughs with tissues or sleeves. Northern Arizona University's computer labs now feature hand sanitizer dispensers. Freshmen settling into University of Arizona dorms received pamphlets urging them to stay away from class if they have aches or fever.Read More »
Sen. Pamela Gorman has been selected to serve on the governing body of the National Conference of State Legislatures, which lobbies the federal government on behalf of the states. Gorman, who recently resigned her leadership position in the Senate majority caucus, will serve as chairwoman of the 2009-2010 NCSL standing committees.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer won't be quite as quick on the trigger when it comes to calling a fourth, and hopefully final, special session of the Legislature.Read More »
The Arizona Legislature ended its special legislative session at 1:42 p.m. Aug. 25, although it may be a short-lived break from the Capitol. "Well, I'll see you next week," Rep. Warde Nichols, a Gilbert Republican, said as he prepared to leave the House of Representatives.Read More »
The one budget bill that garnered a signature from Gov. Jan Brewer would fundamentally change the way the state Land Department is funded. Brewer on Aug. 21 signed H2014, which creates a self-funding mechanism for the Land Department and addresses issues at the Parks Department, the Department of Agriculture and other agencies.Read More »
Republican and Democratic leaders met with Gov. Jan Brewer on Aug. 21, the first such meeting during the special session that the governor called in order for the Legislature to pass a budget packet that includes her proposal for a sales tax referral.Read More »
It's extremely unlikely that Gov. Jan Brewer will sign all of the budget bills that the Legislature sent to her Aug. 20. She has nothing to gain and everything to lose by allowing this budget to stand.Read More »
Most community banks in Arizona are losing money, lending is down, and a veteran banker concedes that every day is a challenge. It was a little too challenging for two Arizona banks, which were closed by state and federal regulators Aug. 14. A third bank is operating under federal orders to improve what were found to be “unsafe and unsound banking practices.”Read More »