The national mood on immigration has changed dramatically since Arizona approved a first-of-its-kind immigration law, igniting a furor over border security and the country's treatment of immigrants.Read More »
The Arizona Senate is set to vote again on a bill allowing lottery winners to keep their anonymity. The Senate rejected Republican Rep. John Kavanagh's bill on a 16-11 vote last week but it is on the calendar for a reconsideration vote Tuesday. The House voted 51-8 in favor of the bill in February.Read More »
Figuring out how to avoid Gov. Jan Brewer’s veto pen is a guessing game that leaves even some of the most seasoned veterans at the Capitol perplexed.
Many lawmakers and lobbyists say there are no hard and fast guidelines for avoiding a veto from a governor who vetoed 91 bills in her first four legislative sessions.
Despite a two-hour marathon of opposition testimony from dozens of transgender people and their allies, the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a measure that has become known as the “bathroom bill.”Read More »
A House committee is set to consider a watered-down version of a bill that would have barred transgender people from using public bathrooms not associated with their birth gender.Read More »
Faced with a chorus of criticism from LGBTQ groups and even some fellow lawmakers, Republican Rep. John Kavanagh of Scottsdale is modifying his “bathroom” bill – his reaction to Phoenix’s decision to expand its anti-discrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation, gender identity or expression.Read More »
Republican state Rep. John Kavanagh of Fountain Hills is the third public official in the state facing a possible recall campaign, as opponents filed a recall petition against him today citing “attacks on students, LGBTQ individuals and attempts to thwart legitimate recall efforts.”Read More »
Many notable bills that seemed on their way to success this session suddenly faltered — sometimes for personal reasons, sometimes for ideological reasons and sometimes because there just wasn’t enough time to smooth out the details.Read More »
A bill that would change the way the state handles money from court settlements with the Attorney General’s Office could help prevent the kinds of court battles that ensued after the Legislature swept $50 million into the general fund last year.Read More »
Mayors of Arizona cities offered an alternative plan to simplify the state’s sales tax code today, hours before a Senate panel began tackling key provisions of Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal.Read More »