Lawmakers may not be finished with their work for the year, but many are already looking ahead to 2010, when they can resurrect the plethora of bills that fell victim to the budget crisis. Senate President Bob Burns’ strategy of ...Read More »
State lawmakers are moving to put apples and pears on equal footing, at least for tax purposes. Legi...
Lawmakers are taking aim at the endangered Mexican Gray Wolf, approving a host of proposals attackin...
An Arizona Supreme Court ruling that struck down a 2011 pension reform law as unconstitutional is le...
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...
Lawmakers and legislative staff members say there are two distinct sides to Bob Burns: The ideological Burns shows up in January, and the pragmatist Burns usually winds down the session.Read More »
Lawmakers saw little success in 2009 when it came to getting legislation approved. Much like the mighty Casey of baseball lore, representatives and senators were sent back to the dugout with little to show for their turn at bat.Read More »
(Note: This is the second part of a series on a new law signed by Gov. Jan Brewer that will change how Arizona schools address daily conflicts between freedom of religious expression and the U.S. Constitution’s non-establishment clause.)Read More »
The Senate met for a few minutes today (July 31), but only to adjourn the special session until Aug. 4. Even then, though, it’s not clear whether leaders in the Senate will be able to gather enough votes to pass the budget legislation that has tied them up for the past several days.Read More »
The budget package passed by the House includes the repeal of a bill that was originally intended to help lenders recoup losses from foreclosed homes.Read More »
In the early days of the session, several key House Republicans assembled to announce their intention to take on what they lambasted as a tool of Big Brother and a monument to shady and secretive government action – photo traffic ...Read More »
With the changes being proposed to her renewable energy tax credits bill, Rep. Lucy Mason believes the legislation can now pass muster with Gov. Jan Brewer. But whether the governor is willing to amend the special session so the bill ...Read More »
Despite intense lobbying, Republican leaders failed to persuade Sen. Pamela Gorman to vote for a referral for a sales tax increase. Brewer talked with Gorman, the majority whip, for more than an hour at Gorman's Senate office, but the governor was apparently unable to persuade the senator to change her mind.Read More »
The House of Representatives has given its approval to a budget deal that was hammered out with the governor earlier this week, but it is unknown when the Senate will take up the matter as it isn’t clear if they have the votes needed to pass it.Read More »