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Women in Public Policy

Which veteran lawmaker is tone-deaf? Which one would pass out campaign yo-yos if she could? One even says she eats dessert first if it is available “just in case something happens” that would prevent her from enjoying it later. The 50th Legislature, which started in January, features 31 women lawmakers, which is an increase of three over the 49th Legislature’s total of 28. While this group grapples with the most daunting budget situation ever in Arizona, we wanted to find out how much hope they have in the legislative process and what they think their co-workers might say about them. We gave each woman lawmaker the chance to answer a four-question survey, with the caveat that each answer could only be two sentences.

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Lawmaker gives booster seat bill second chance despite opposition

For 15 years, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has urged states to pass laws requiring children to ride in booster seats up to age 8 or until they are 4 feet 9 inches tall. But Arizona remains one of three states that doesn’t require the use of booster seats, as bills have repeatedly failed at the state Legislature. Current Arizona law requires child restraints until age 5.

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