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Brewer OKs limits on shackling pregnant inmates

Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill that limits the use of restraints on pregnant inmates. The bill signed into law Monday by Brewer would ban state or county jails and prisons from shackling inmates or detainees while they're being transported for delivery or during labor, delivery or postpartum recovery.

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Conservatives scrambling to get bills through with supermajority (access required)

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.

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Brewer calls contraception debate a ‘Democrat ploy’ (access required)

Gov. Jan Brewer said she’s uncomfortable with a bill that would require some women to prove they’re using birth control for non-contraceptive reasons, but said the debate raging at both the state and national level is just election-year politics by Democrats who are hoping to drive women from the GOP.

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Brewer personnel plan sails through House

A personnel reform plan championed by Gov. Jan Brewer sailed through the House on a party line vote, with a few tweaks to soften the blow for law enforcement officers and other state employees who will retain their civil service protections.

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