The Committee of the Whole, the last chance to amend measures in either chamber before bills go to the floor for a third read, can represent a tremendous hurdle for lawmakers guiding their legislation through the process.Read More »
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Sen. Kelli Ward’s bill to prohibit the enforcement of any new federal gun laws in Arizona cleared the Senate Rules Committee despite lawmakers’ strong concerns that the legislation, as written, is unconstitutional.Read More »
More than 50 gun rights activists rallied at the state Capitol on Friday, sporting high-powered firearms while protesting federal proposals to tighten gun regulations.
And although they were wary that Congress and President Obama will try to ban or confiscate their weapons, gun enthusiasts agreed that Arizona has fair gun laws and lawmakers are mostly on their side.
It's early on in the Arizona legislative session, but so far the proposals described by one top Republican as "esoteric" and criticized by Democrats as unconstitutional have dominated the headlines — despite promises from GOP leaders to focus on top-tier issues such as balancing the state budget and improving education.Read More »