The overwhelming display of bipartisanship that kicked off the special legislative session when it convened July 6 may be a precursor of how lawmakers will work to patch the $2.5 billion hole in the budget, but to what extent Republicans and Democrats work together likely won't be known until later this month.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer won’t call a special session requested by a contractors’ industry group to postpone ...
Jockeying for Senate leadership positions has begun, and one incumbent member of the Republican’s le...
Arizona high schoolers who can’t name at least one branch of government, define the United States as...
Away from the media limelight, another political race is shaping up that will have tremendous reperc...
The new Department of Child Services is asking for an additional $27.6 million for fiscal year 2016 ...
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is declaring a statewide emergency because of flooding from major storms tha...
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Arizona lawmakers sent more than 100 bills to Gov. Jan Brewer for her approval or veto earlier this month, but a few measures they passed don't need the governor to sign off - including one that asks Congress to reconsider a measure that would pull the United States out of the United Nations.Read More »
Members of the military were largely the beneficiaries of the first batch of non-budget bills signed into law by Gov. Jan Brewer. Brewer on July 9 signed 19 of the nearly 200 bills that were transmitted to her when the Legislature adjourned sine die on July 1.Read More »
In late June, the Arizona Supreme Court delivered what could be considered a draw for Gov. Jan Brewer and Republican legislative leadership, who argued over how long the Legislature can withhold bills from the governor after they have been approved. ...Read More »
The president of the Arizona Senate has removed Thayer Verschoor from his leadership position, replacing him with a freshman lawmaker. Sen. Steve Pierce, a lawmaker from Prescott, was appointed July 8 to replace Verschoor as Senate President pro tempore, as well as on the six-member Senate Rules Committee.Read More »
Legislative leaders from the two parties hunkered down July 8 to restart budget negotiations, marking the first meeting since the Legislature unanimously passed four budget bills two days before.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer has signed the four budget bills that restored nearly $400 million in spending for K-12 education.Read More »
Rep. Olivia Cajero Bedford, a Democrat from Tucson, was selected to participate in the 2009 session of the Senior Executives in State and Local Government program conducted at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard.Read More »
The Arizona Legislature voted unanimously July 6 to pass four bills, one of which would restore funding to public education and add another approximately $400 million to schools. The measures garnered bipartisan support, passing unanimously, first in the House and then in the Senate.Read More »
With the passage of four budget bills late July 6, lawmakers and Governor Jan Brewer seem to be moving toward a deal on the state budget, however, the futures of more than 180 other pieces of legislation remain uncertain.Read More »