The board that oversees Arizona’s pension system for police, firefighter and other public safety employees voted to urge Gov. Jan Brewer to call a special session to fix funding problems in the state’s public employees’ pension system, though it declined to recommend the only concrete plan proposed so far.Read More »
The budget framework approved by legislative leadership and Gov. Doug Ducey appears to give a green ...
An Arizona House committee in the middle of the night approved a package of budget bills and seemed ...
Republican lawmakers agreed Thursday to ask voters to increase the state's minimum wage -- but in a ...
Solar and utilities dropped all plans for three ballot measures and instead decided to begin settlem...
Gov. Doug Ducey is looking to maintain the status quo in the in the face of a proposed policy change...
A Senate committee on Wednesday advanced a package of budget bills that outline a $9.58 billion spen...
Republican lawmakers are moving to use state funds to help privately run charter schools borrow mone...
An environmental activist collapsed and died as he was waiting to testify at the Arizona Capitol.Read More »
Republican Rep. Michelle Ugenti is citing her legislative privilege in an attempt to block a subpoena to obtain her text messages in what is becoming a contentious divorce battle with her husband, Frank Ugenti.Read More »
Sen. Rick Murphy won’t seek reelection to the Arizona State Senate, and will instead run for the Peoria City Council.Read More »
The Senate gave preliminary approval to Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to create a new child safety department over objections from some Republican lawmakers who were outraged by the level of new spending being appropriated without the accountability measures they desired.Read More »
For the first time since we began doing them, a leader has refused to sit down for a Session Wrap Q&A interview. Arizona House Speaker Andy Tobin's office refused multiple requests to sit down for an interview, and the only explanation given was that he “wanted more control” over what would be printed. As a result, we were unable to ask Tobin about his experiences this year — or get his thoughts on his nearly eight years as a legislator, six years in leadership and three years as speaker, given that he is leaving the Legislature after this year.Read More »
After eight years at the Capitol, House Democratic leader Chad Campbell is going back to private life. Campbell has seen the state through good times and bad, and in this May 16 interview, he reflected on his time in the House with an air of relief to be leaving, and very little nostalgia.After eight years at the Capitol, House Democratic leader Chad Campbell is going back to private life. Campbell has seen the state through good times and bad, and in this May 16 interview, he reflected on his time in the House with an air of relief to be leaving, and very little nostalgia.Read More »
Sen. Anna Tovar led the Senate Democratic caucus in 2014 under uncomfortable circumstances, having helped lead a coup of the old leadership team in October 2013. That vote left some bad blood among members of the minority party in the Senate, and the awkwardness of a failed vote to put back in place some of the old leadership team, led by Sen. Leah Landrum Taylor, in April.Read More »
A year after being rolled by Gov. Jan Brewer and key members of his own caucus, Senate President Andy Biggs found himself in the yes column, voting for a budget that he helped guide through the Legislature by first introducing it himself.Read More »
Arizona lawmakers opened a special session to overhaul the state’s child welfare system with a sputter, beginning the session without having finished preparing the bills needed to create a new Department of Child Safety.Read More »