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Interpreters for Maricopa County often sit idle

Late in 2009, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors began having an interpreter at their meetings, in response to a federal inquiry into the county's potential civil-rights violation for failing to provide an interpreter at public meetings for people who speak limited English. Since then, however, demand for the position has faded.

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Counties skittish about personnel reform bill (access required)

In a matter of hours, a dispute over a single word transformed a minor reform of county personnel systems into a full-blown overhaul.

County officials across the state are wary of a bill that many say was pushed through too hastily in the middle of the legislative session’s final night, with little input from the counties themselves. The bill wasn’t vetted properly, critics said, and is ripe for far-reaching unintended consequences.

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