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 »
With the clock winding down on a court ruling that temporarily preserved millions in funding for the Arizona State Land Department, the agency is looking at a pair of contingency plans that could keep it afloat for the next year.Read More »
The effort to put a Clean Elections repeal on the ballot overshadowed two other legislative referendums this year, and it promises to be the most contentiously fought of the measures in the upcoming 2012 election.Read More »
The Arizona Court of Appeals on April 29 ruled in favor of a Gilbert nail salon owner who sued after the Board of Cosmetology prohibited her from using fish for pedicures.Read More »
They couldn’t win in court, so they took the fight to the Legislature – and won.
The Home Builders Association of Central Arizona and the Goldwater Institute, a litigious government watchdog group with a libertarian bent, were unable to convince the courts that impact fees Mesa charged to new home construction for cultural programs are illegal. Instead, lawmakers approved legislation that effectively curtails those fees.
A state Court of Appeals decision upholds the Arizona Corporation Commission's requirement that regulated electric utilities get some of their power from solar and other renewable sources.Read More »
A Superior Court judge may have given opponents of voter-mandated spending the leash they’ve been looking for to rein in big-spending initiatives for years.Read More »
A capital defendant accused in a 2006 mass murder and several organizations representing defense attorneys from around the nation will argue before the Arizona Supreme Court on March 22 to keep crime victims out of private hearings with the trial judge to discuss mitigation efforts of the defense.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court can comfortably death penalty cases at a pace of 10 to 12 per year. Most of their decisions are to uphold the death sentences. But now there are 27 capital cases, a number that has grown from 17 in 2008, and even more cases are reaching the appeal phase.Read More »
The conservative principle of eliminating judicial merit selection now has a poster child for Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican, who on Jan. 31 filed a stack of proposals to change how Arizona chooses its judges.Read More »