The 2014 legislative session will forever be remembered as the year lawmakers attempted to approve a bill allowing religious-minded business owners to discriminate against gay people, landing Arizona in the national spotlight as much as the immigration measure, SB1070, previously did. But lawmakers debated dozens of other bills that made interesting headlines and many that flew below the radar. The Arizona Capitol Times takes a stroll down memory lane to recall some of the most attention-grabbing bills of 2014.Read More »
Jockeying for Senate leadership positions has begun, and one incumbent member of the Republican’s leadership team may be in jeopardy of losing his post.Read More »
The Senate approved a measure directing Arizona officials to advise residents how to prepare for a disaster of Armageddon-like proportions.Read More »
After initially denying rumors that she planned to resign from the Arizona State Senate, Sen. Linda Lopez finally conceded that she’ll leave her post in January. But rather than resign immediately, the Tucson Democrat has drawn criticism from her colleagues for staying at the Legislature to gain another year of service in order to pad her retirement benefits.Read More »
Early voting in the 2014 primary begins in nine months, and candidates are already firing up their campaigns.Read More »
New lawmakers could change dynamics of Senate
Two new lawmakers arrived at the Legislature this summer to fill vacancies in the Arizona Senate, potentially altering the dynamics of a chamber that left the Capitol bitterly divided on the issue of Medicaid expansion.
GOP leaders in Maricopa County selected Republicans Dave Farnsworth, John Fillmore and Rep. Kelly Townsend as nominees to serve as the next state senator in Legislative District 16. The slate of nominees will be forwarded to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, which will select one of three to replace former Sen. Rich Crandall.Read More »