An Arizona Senate committee decided Jan. 27 to hold off on a proposal to legalize industrial hemp production until at least next week over concerns raised by state police that such a move could increase drug testing for criminal prosecutions.Read More »
A Democratic lawmaker was issued a public records request by a conservative watchdog group requesting any correspondence related to the passage of SB1070.Read More »
Against the odds, a new bill has been introduced to ban free tickets from lobbyists for sporting and entertainment events.Read More »
The Arizona Senate GOP’s second in command won’t seek re-election this fall. Senate Majority Leader John McComish announced Monday afternoon he’ll leave the state Legislature when his term expires in January 2015.Read More »
The Arizona Supreme Court today agreed to hear arguments in the case over Arizona’s new campaign contribution limits.
The court agreed to accept the case and scheduled oral arguments for Dec. 17. Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker Andy Tobin want the Supreme Court to overturn the Court of Appeals’ injunction against HB2593, which dramatically raised contribution limits for state-level races.
Senate President Andy Biggs has created an independent expenditure group to help Republicans defend their seats and capture new ones in next year’s elections.Read More »
Rep. Debbie Lesko will challenge incumbent Republican Sen. Rick Murphy in Legislative District 21, citing concerns that his ongoing “personal struggles” could cost the GOP a seat in the Arizona Senate.Read More »
Sen. Linda Lopez was hired by the Easter Seals Blake Foundation in Tucson, the organization announced Oct. 7. The Tucson Democrat began working as the director of children and family services on Nov. 4, a new job that prompted her to step down from her role as assistant minority leader in the Senate on Oct. 21.Read More »
Former lawmaker Manuel “Lito” Peña, who served as an Arizona legislator for 30 years, died on Oct. 12. Peña had been ill for several years, according to Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, and died suddenly Saturday morning. He was 88.Read More »
A Department of Revenue spokesman said Greene died last night. He did not have any information on the cause of death. Greene was 65 years old.Read More »