When bills get hung up, is it policy or personal?
Bills die for a variety of reasons at the Arizona Capitol, but none go down in a more explosive manner than when personal politics outweigh the merits of legislation in the eyes of bill sponsors and lawmakers who vote on the measures.
Brewer signs bill permitting marijuana research
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that would allow public colleges and universities to conduct medical marijuana research.
Brewer signs bill requiring taxi driver drug tests
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill requiring taxi, livery and limousine companies to drug-test drivers before they’re hired and re-test them at least once a year.
New Ariz. law classifies what is a service animal
People will soon no longer be allowed to carry parrots, squirrels, cats and ferrets into Arizona restaurants claiming they are service animals, under a new law that restricts the types of animals people can use to help them in public places.
10 new laws that could make a difference
The battle over Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposed Medicaid expansion has dominated the 2013 session, often obscuring action on other matters.
But the first 109 days of the session have been notable for a number of other reasons. Here are 10 measures passed by the Legislature and signed by Brewer that could have an impact on Arizona.
Biggs, Brewer, Tobin have options on Medicaid issue
Gov. Jan Brewer is determined to expand Arizona’s Medicaid plan, Senate President Andy Biggs has vowed to prevent it, and House Speaker Andy Tobin is somewhere in the middle.
Medicaid Options: Brewer says only 1 choice is viable, but key Republicans balk
Gov. Jan Brewer believes she found her “game-changer” in her quest to expand Arizona’s Medicaid program.
On April 25, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a guidance memo for the states that appeared to answer a question that has been hovering over Brewer’s top agenda item — whether the state can continue its enrollment freeze for childless adults in the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.
Divided House overhauls religious freedom bill
The Arizona House of Representatives moved Thursday to temper a divisive bill that sought to wildly expand religious freedom protections and had drawn opposition from civil liberties groups and Democratic lawmakers.
Some ‘dead’ bills get a 2nd chance, but tactic doesn’t always work
More than a dozen bills have been reconsidered on the floors of the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives after their earlier demise, and while most have passed when given a second thought, a few have stalled or met another death by vote.
Ariz. lawmakers slow work as big 3 issues remain
The Arizona Legislature has gone from the fast track to stuck in the mud as lawmakers have become bogged down by the three key issues: Medicaid, sales taxes and the state budget.
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