What's become a yearly effort at the Arizona Legislature to end a requirement for governments to publish notices in newspapers has hit a major snag in the Senate.Read More »
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The battle over who gets to print public notices continued in the House on Monday, as a bill that had been killed was revived and passed, and another bill went down in flames.Read More »
A bill to remove the requirement that cities and counties publish public notices in a newspaper – and instead allow them to publish the notice only on the municipality’s website – was voted down in the House on Wednesday. But the battle over is far from over.Read More »
Small claims courts won’t be so small anymore if a bill approved by the House Tuesday becomes law.Read More »
School teachers who undergo special training would be allowed to have a gun in a locked area of a school, including their classroom, under a bill being pushed by a Republican lawmaker and Attorney General Tom Horne.Read More »
A divided Arizona House committee on Thursday gave initial approval to a pair of bills that change the way public notices are required to be published, pushing the bills forward despite strong opposition from the newspaper industry.Read More »
Despite all the typical partisan political disagreements, lawmakers seem to have found at least one proposal that has bipartisan support: increasing their daily pay.Read More »
The unprecedented supermajorities the GOP won in both legislative chambers in the last election are likely nearing an end. Between the natural loss of seats most observers expect this November — following the 2010 Republican wave — and the lingering uncertainty from the redistricting process, 40 and 21 will almost certainly be a thing of the past.
With the window closing on the two-thirds majorities some conservative groups are acting with a greater sense of urgency.
Thwarted in his attempt to allow statutory public notices to appear on websites rather than in newspapers, a lawmaker now wants to create a state-run database of public notices that have been published in newspapers.Read More »
Long before transparency was the catch phrase of government watchdogs, Arizona newspapers have been the primary fighters in the battle to keep government records open to citizens. In the last few years, the transparency fight has moved to protecting the public’s right to know by keeping public notices in newspapers.Read More »