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Senate OKs overhaul of state personnel system (access required)

The GOP-controlled Senate today approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to overhaul the rules that govern state workers. The measure seeks to remove workers from the state’s merit system, giving supervisors more flexibility in firing them. The measure split the Senate along party lines.

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Arizona Senate OKs states’ rights ballot measure

The Arizona Senate has reversed itself and approved a proposed ballot measure to declare that the state has sovereignty over the air, water and other natural resources within its boundaries. The proposed constitutional amendment failed on its initial Senate vote but was approved Monday on a 16-14 vote.

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Contraception bill now ready for governor

The Senate today gave final approval to a scaled-back proposal to allow religiously motivated employers to deny contraception coverage to their workers. The measure, which now only needs the governor’s signature to become law, sailed through after a passionate debate on the floor.

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