Departing Arizona Sen. Jack Jackson, Jr., leaves behind a vacancy on a number of committees, including a key seat on the Senate Ethics Committee.Read More »
A committee made up of law enforcement and criminal defense officials, members of the media and lawm...
Just one day after the First Things First board formally opposed legislative leadership’s plan to sw...
Arizona is on track to collect revenues not seen since before the beginning of the Great Recession, ...
Education funding fever has gripped the Arizona Capitol, and just about everyone has a plan. Republi...
A member of the Tempe City Council is suing over a state law that prevents cities and towns from ban...
In response to education funding plans proposed by the governor and legislative Republicans, Democra...
Democrats in the Arizona Legislature are set to roll out a school funding plan to compete with propo...
Conservative LD leaders reprimand GOP lawmakers for pro-Medicaid votes; competitive LD leaders say it’s counterproductive
Long before lawmakers took a vote on Medicaid expansion, Republican precinct committeemen across the state issued a warning to GOP legislators: If you vote for expansion, we will do everything we can to take you out in the next primary election.Read More »
Two laws that have spent several years in limbo may have new life, thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that freed Arizona from a key provision of the Voting Rights Act.Read More »
This year marked a recent low in proposed legislation, with only 1,158 bills introduced and 256 signed into law, compared to 1,395 and 362 respectively last year.
There were also fewer “kooky” bills than in past years, and fewer of Arizona’s proposed laws made fewer national headlines this year than in previous sessions.
Doug Cole, a longtime lobbyist and veteran of the Capitol, said freshmen used to simply fall in line with leadership and sit on the back bench to learn during a session or two.Read More »
The award for most missed floor votes and most missed days of the session goes to Republican Sen. Rich Crandall of Mesa, who showed up to vote on only 64 percent of the bills that made it to the Senate floor, and was present for only 61 percent of the days the Senate met.Read More »
A law enacted to give the governor more choices in appointing judges is expected to join Medicaid expansion and an elections package as 2013 legislation that will wind up in court.Read More »
One marked difference in 2013 was the lack of legislative mid-session resignations, particularly following lawmaker scandals.Read More »
Quiet about his thoughts on Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid proposal for most of the session, Senate Majority Leader John McComish emerged late as a key player in the push for AHCCCS expansion in the Senate.Read More »
The special session on the budget and Medicaid expansion was the product of a five-month battle that took more twists and turns than a rattlesnake on a blistering sidewalk.Read More »