Arizona's 49th Legislature has been tasked with keeping the state financially afloat during the most troubling economic times in state history. But the choices lawmakers made this year in an effort to balance the budget have led to six lawsuits challenging the state's use of fund sweeps to fill in deficits.Read More »
Gov. Doug Ducey is defending a budget proposal that would take more money from Arizona's universitie...
Speeding just a little bit over the limit might soon result in just a slap on the wrist. On a 40-...
Today’s legislative session included the House moving measures forward outlawing "revenge porn"; all...
The Arizona House is set to vote on a bill revising a 2014 law barring so-called "revenge porn." ...
The House is set to vote on a bill making the maximum penalty for driving up to 10 miles per hour ov...
Action from yesterday’s legislative session included passage of bills disallowing cities to dictate ...
A solar demand charge from SRP and a Senate bill aimed at adding requirements to solar leases both m...
The Citizens Clean Elections Commission has renewed a $6,500-per-month contract with lobbyist Mike Williams, setting up another battle over the fate of the public campaign-funding system. Todd Lang, director of the Clean Elections Commission, said hiring a lobbyist was necessary to protect a system he credits with increasing political participation of the public and encouraging people to run for office.Read More »
Barring any surprises, Gov. Jan Brewer is expected to call the Legislature into special session in the next few days. But her 1-cent sales tax hike won't be on the table - at least not this time. Still up in the air is the possibility of doing a second special session, possibly in December, for another round of cuts and potentially approving revenue generating options.Read More »
Chris Deschene hasn't even finished his first term as a legislator and he's already eyeing higher office and laying the groundwork for a statewide campaign.Read More »
A recent vote by the League of Arizona Cities and Towns to sue the Legislature in an attempt to undo provisions passed in the most recent special session could have broader effects on the lobbying group for local governments.Read More »
If there's a message in the results of this month's school bond and budget override votes, the meaning is up for wide interpretation. The approval rate for overrides and bond issues requested by school districts on Nov. 2 was lower than the five-year average, leading some to conclude that the public's willingness to pay more taxes for education has decreased.Read More »
All or parts of four prison complexes are among a dozen state properties on a shortened list of facilities being proposed for sale-leaseback refinancing to help balance Arizona's state budget.Read More »
A conservative advocacy group's report card on how Arizona lawmakers uphold its definition of liberty rates every Republican ahead of every Democrat in both houses of the Legislature.Read More »
TUCSON - "Life's too short for beige," Steve Farley said, standing in his backyard looking at the color palette he's painted his home: sandy peach, Easter-egg turquoise and a rich purple. But what stands out the most also happens to be what Farley does for a living: hundreds of painted ceramic tiles on the back of his house together form a two-story saguaro cactus in shades of green and gray.Read More »
A joint legislative panel approved a recommendation on Nov. 9 to extend the Department of Health Services, which was the subject of a sunset review, for another decade. That was the easy part.Read More »