All 90 lawmakers kept their noses clean through the legislative session, marking 2014 as one of the rare years when a personal legal trouble didn’t become an issue at the Capitol.Read More »
Sen. Debbie Lesko is again trying to eliminate a tax mechanism that allows some Arizona school distr...
In her quest to reform the state’s public safety pension system, Sen. Debbie Lesko has been credited...
Republican lawmakers are hoping to go to the ballot box to settle a dispute over whether the Citizen...
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Calling Israel “one of our greatest allies,” a House panel voted Wednesday to stop doing business wi...
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Pulling apart what was a carefully crafted deal, a House panel voted Tuesday night to open up a much...
The 2014 legislative session will forever be remembered as the year lawmakers attempted to approve a bill allowing religious-minded business owners to discriminate against gay people, landing Arizona in the national spotlight as much as the immigration measure, SB1070, previously did. But lawmakers debated dozens of other bills that made interesting headlines and many that flew below the radar. The Arizona Capitol Times takes a stroll down memory lane to recall some of the most attention-grabbing bills of 2014.Read More »
The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in the Legislature’s lawsuit against the Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission on March 2.Read More »
As one of his first acts as Speaker-elect, David Gowan is making some renovations to the “People’s Chamber.” Gowan has spent and accepted bids totaling more than $335,000 for a variety of renovations in the House, including a new coat of paint throughout the building, testing for asbestos and installing new carpet on the House floor and members’ lounge.Read More »
Try to change Arizona’s budget-making process, and you’re bound to bruise a few egos. Sen.-elect Jeff Dial found that out the hard way this week, as word of his proposal to bring back appropriations subcommittees – once a staple of the budget process for Arizona lawmakers – spread throughout the Capitol.Read More »
In light of devastating projections of a $1.5 billion budget shortfall in the current and next fiscal years, a Democratic lawmaker is proposing a tax on e-cigarettes, saying that the modest revenues the new tax could bring in would be a small start to bridging the deficit.Read More »
An Arizona Department of Public Safety officer reported finding more liquor than coffee in Rep. Albert Hale’s car when he arrested the Arizona Democrat in November. Prosecutors are awaiting the results of a blood test to determine if Hale, D-St. ...Read More »
Prosecutors dropped charges against Republican Rep. Bob Robson of Chandler for allegedly stealing a roadside political sign that was critical of him during the Republican primary, but one of his fellow GOP lawmakers isn’t letting the issue die.Read More »
Hoping to bring some free market principles to the prison industry, Sen.-elect John Kavanagh wants to raise the wage cap on inmates’ hourly pay.Read More »
Soon-to-be-freshmen representatives swarmed the halls of the state House on Dec. 8 and 9 for a two-day crash course, cramming in bits and pieces of what they need to know to be successful lawmakers.Read More »