The Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed Sen. Steve Yarbrough’s plan for overhauling pension systems for public safety employees, despite the near-unanimous opposition of the groups that would be affected.Read More »
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When the property-tax cuts in the jobs bill go into effect, the financial safety net school districts use may get significantly thinner. And the property tax cuts will be especially problematic for districts that already have reached or exceeded their bonding limits.Read More »
The Legislature can retroactively apply a 2006 law that shifted the burden of proof in self-defense claims from defendants to prosecutors, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday.Read More »
Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce says it's OK for State Senators to carry guns inside the Senate building.Read More »
A bill aimed at stopping the Tohono O’odham tribe from building a casino in Glendale passed the House of Representatives on a near-party line vote, but the lone Republican dissenter may keep the bill from having any effect.Read More »
Legislative leaders, who remember the confusion peculiar to being a new lawmaker, are working to help freshmen members begin working effectively as soon as possible, especially since they make up one-third of the House seats this year.Read More »
Mark Schnepf and Stephen Sossaman may be surprised to learn that their resignations from the pool of applicants for the next Independent Redistricting Commission won’t end their involvement or the drama surrounding it.Read More »
An alcoholic’s first step toward recovery is to admit being powerless to stop drinking even though it’s making life unmanageable.
Now a Tucson lawmaker wants to use the same approach to the state’s addiction to borrowing.
Rep. Vic Williams, a Republican from Tucson, said he plans to introduce a bill that would require the state to report annually all borrowing, as well as effect it will have on the state’s general fund.
The original Arizona Constitution was on display Thursday — the 100th anniversary of its signing — for a day to mark the opening of an Arizona Capitol Museum display on the 21,603-word document that gave the 48th state its legal and policy framework.Read More »
Some Arizona history is on display Thursday for one day only.Read More »