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Patchwork changes to immigration law came in waning hours of session

Rep. Russ Jones and Sen. Russell Pearce, sponsor of S1070, negotiated 11th-hour changes to Arizona’s strict new immigration law. Key changes were made to Jones’ trailer bill, H2162, that clarified the definition of “lawful conduct” and prescribed guidelines for law enforcement. But not everyone is pleased with the amendments.

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The time is now for job recovery

Arizona is in desperate need of a job-creation package that will accelerate economic recovery. Our budget challenges will remain until 2014, 2015 and possibly 2016. Arizonans cannot afford to wait five years for a jobs-package.

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Biggs was Pearce’s S1070 emissary in House (access required)

Biggs changed the section allowing civil suits against governments and agencies that use sanctuary policies to require the courts to award legal fees to those entities if they prevail in their lawsuits. Another provision was added to protect Child Protective Service workers and emergency medical technicians from legal action as a result of the bill.

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Reporter Jeremy Duda says Brewer likely to sign S1070

Governor's office reporter, Jeremy Duda talked to ABC15 about the considerations Gov. Brewer has to weigh while she decides whether to sign or veto a recently-passed immigration bill. The bill, S1070, will significantly change the way local law enforcement agencies can investigate and enforce immigration policy in Arizona.

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83 bills signed so far, three vetoed

Gov. Jan Brewer on April 16 signed 25 bills, including legislation allowing most Arizonans to carry concealed weapons without permits, and a bill creating a one-year pilot program for the Department of Public Safety to use motion-detecting seismic sensors in rural areas where illegal immigration and cross-border drug trafficking are prevalent.

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