Recall elections played a pivotal role in Arizona statehood. President William Howard Taft, a former judge who was later appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court, actually vetoed the enabling act that would have granted Arizona statehood in 1911 because the proposed state Constitution included a recall provision for judges.Read More »
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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.Read More »
The chorus of lawmakers calling for an overhaul of the Voter Protection Act quieted to a low murmur in 2011, but supporters say the dormant issue will be back on the Legislature’s agenda next year.
Several Republican legislators said they will revive their plans to change Proposition 105, the 1998 ballot measure that strictly limits the Legislature’s ability to tamper with voter-approved measures.
Arizona’s years-long crusade to lead the nation in school choice policies hit perhaps its greatest roadblock in 2009, when the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that a limited voucher program violated a constitutional ban on providing state money to private or sectarian schools.Read More »
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has created a stir with recent comments suggesting she believes she could run for another term — despite state constitutional limits that many believe would prohibit a campaign in 2014.Read More »
In a matter of hours, a dispute over a single word transformed a minor reform of county personnel systems into a full-blown overhaul.
County officials across the state are wary of a bill that many say was pushed through too hastily in the middle of the legislative session’s final night, with little input from the counties themselves. The bill wasn’t vetted properly, critics said, and is ripe for far-reaching unintended consequences.
A bill approved by the Arizona Legislature would end the flat right that misdemeanor DUI defendants now have under state law to a jury trial for a first offense.Read More »
In a major victory for opponents of the state’s Clean Elections system, the Senate approved a ballot referral Monday that aims to gut public financing for candidates of public office.Read More »
The Arizona House postponed a preliminary vote Tuesday on a proposed ballot measure that would lengthen the terms of judges and lessen the State Bar of Arizona's voice in appointing judges.Read More »
The Arizona House is scheduled to take a preliminary vote Tuesday afternoon on a proposed ballot measure that would lengthen the terms of judges and lessen the State Bar of Arizona's voice in appointing judges.Read More »