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Let’s not go there

The Arizona Business and Education Coalition has some questions about Ducey’s land trust reform plan, and has some suggestions about how to improve it. ABEC CEO and President Dick Foreman said the organization is glad Ducey is addressing school funding, but hopes to work with lawmakers and Ducey to come up with a way to ensure the new funding is a steady, ongoing stream, and won’t drop off after the 10 years that Ducey’s plan outlines.

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Pension reform coming, but how remains unsettled

Firefighters have been working with Biggs and Lesko on a plan to reform PSPRS, and hope to push a constitutional amendment in 2016 – the only question is whether lawmakers will send the amendment to the ballot or whether the firefighters will have to dip into their own funds to launch an initiative campaign.

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Gay marriage fight ends with SCOTUS ruling

The US Supreme Court today ruled that gay couples have a right to marry anywhere in America. The ruling ended bans on gay marriages that still stood in 14 states and upheld lower courts’ opinions striking down laws in states like Arizona that defined the union between a man and a woman.

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SCOTUS: Legislative intent matters

The studies predicting doom and gloom for millions of Americans clearly weighed heavily on Roberts and the majority. Roberts explained that the ACA hinges on three “closely intertwined” measures: Insurers are forbidden from denying coverage based on a person’s health, from charging a higher premium for the same reason, and all Americans above a certain income are mandated to buy insurance or face a fine.

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The ‘purgatory’ of revenge porn

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery announced today that prosecutors have not been able to charge offenders in 10 cases of revenge porn because of ongoing issues with the statute covering the unlawful distribution of images. Lawmakers had failed to amend the statute before sine die this year.

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A ‘perfect’ opportunity if Obamacare collapses

Health care advocates dread the possibility that government subsidies on the federal exchanges would be struck down, but Barto would welcome a ruling against the federal government in King v. Burwell. Barto said it would provide the country its best opportunity to offer a better fix to America’s health care woes.

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Reagan walks back aide’s comments

Despite Election Director Eric Spencer’s comments to the contrary earlier this month, Reagan will continue enforcing a law requiring IEs to notify targets of attack ads within 24 hours. Secretary of state spokesman Matt Roberts said Reagan shares Spencer’s belief that the law is unconstitutional, but will not cease enforcement.

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