Democrats on the Senate Appropriations Committee made things as unpleasant as they could for proponents of Gov. Jan Brewer’s personnel system overhaul, but the plan came another step closer to fruition after the panel approved HB2571 on a party line vote.Read More »
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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.
While many Arizonans are enjoying spring break and our beautiful weather, it is an appropriate coincidence that this past week was also designated “Sunshine Week,” a nationwide initiative that draws public attention to the need for increased government transparency and accountability.Read More »
A panel of senators today approved legislation to bar the Arizona Corporation Commission from adopting renewable energy standards that are more stringent than what is currently in place. Many consider the bill an attempt by lawmakers to assert control over the state’s energy policy, but critics said it infringes on the commission’s constitutional authority to set rates for public utility companies.Read More »
The Arizona Legislature is considering HB2789, which significantly increases government regulation by requiring every rule the Arizona Corporation Commission (ACC) makes that affects “public service corporations” (a.k.a. utilities) go before the full House, the Senate and the governor for approval ...Read More »
Republican lawmakers are moving to grab control of energy policy from state utility regulators in a political turf fight over the future of Arizona's solar power industry.Read More »
Majority Republicans at the Arizona Legislature are moving to grab control over energy policy from state utility regulators in a move that supporters say would help protect consumers but that critics say puts at risk growth of the state's solar industry.Read More »
It’s like a bad re-run. A few legislators are trying to revive Arizona’s film production tax credit (SB 1170) that lapsed in 2011.Read More »
A coalition of unions rallied at the Capitol to oppose a slate of anti-union legislation, warning that the passage of the bills would carry dire consequences for both workers who would lose their rights and lawmakers who would lose their elections.Read More »
After being pulled from the debate calendar twice, a proposal that would prohibit public employees from being paid for union work finally received Senate approval today.Read More »