Arizonans want legislators to reject gifts
Arizonans responding to an open invitation from one of the state’s legislative leaders overwhelmingly think lawmakers should reject all gifts, no matter how small.
Public safety employees eying possible pension reform lawsuits
Unions representing police officers, firefighters and other public safety employees worked with lawmakers for months on the Legislature’s marquee pension reform bill, but that may not stop them from suing the state over it anyway.
Bennett holds first lobbying workshop
Secretary of State Ken Bennett held a workshop with public sector lobbyists, the first in a proposed series of post-Fiesta Bowl meetings on state lobbying requirements.
Brewer on the Fiesta Bowl issue: Some freebies should be permitted
Gov. Jan Brewer says Arizona lawmakers should review state laws governing gifts to public officials in light of the Fiesta Bowl scandal, but the former legislator says there are legitimate grounds for gifts of travel and token items of appreciation.
Bowled over: Fiesta fallout may claim elected officials
As near-daily revelations pour out of the Fiesta Bowl investigation, allegations that lawmakers benefitted from the besmirched bowl game’s largesse may come back to haunt their campaigns.
Among the allegations in a 276-page report — the result of an investigation commissioned by the Fiesta Bowl board of directors — were claims that bowl lobbyists illegally gave football tickets to legislators. In subsequent days, it was learned that Fiesta Bowl trips and gifts that are perfectly legal weren’t listed on many of the lawmakers’ financial disclosure forms.
Bennett, Horne may push lobbying law changes
Two of Arizona’s top-ranking elected officials may take a stab at reforming Arizona’s lobbying laws.
Arizona politicians figure in Fiesta Bowl scandal
A report from an investigation disclosed unseemly ties between the Fiesta Bowl and prominent Arizona politicians, including at least one big-name lawmaker who pushed legislation that benefited the organization.
Women in Public Policy
Which veteran lawmaker is tone-deaf? Which one would pass out campaign yo-yos if she could? One even says she eats dessert first if it is available “just in case something happens” that would prevent her from enjoying it later.
The 50th Legislature, which started in January, features 31 women lawmakers, which is an increase of three over the 49th Legislature’s total of 28. While this group grapples with the most daunting budget situation ever in Arizona, we wanted to find out how much hope they have in the legislative process and what they think their co-workers might say about them.
We gave each woman lawmaker the chance to answer a four-question survey, with the caveat that each answer could only be two sentences.
New lawmaker profile: Rep. Chester Crandell
This is one of a series of biographical sketches Cronkite News Service is producing about new members of the Arizona State Legislature.
Ariz. House to consider bill to block new casino
Legislation intended to derail a Southern Arizona tribe’s plan to build a Las Vegas-style casino-hotel in a Phoenix suburb is on a fast track in the Arizona Legislature’s 2-week-old session, with the full House scheduled to consider it Tuesday.
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