More than a dozen bills have been reconsidered on the floors of the Arizona Senate and House of Representatives after their earlier demise, and while most have passed when given a second thought, a few have stalled or met another death by vote.Read More »
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Gov. Jan Brewer signed a bill Tuesday making it easier for elected officials to seek new offices without violating the state’s resign-to-run law.Read More »
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 »