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House speaker channels his ‘inner Russell Pearce’

Kirk Adams presided over the House of Representatives during what may go down as one of the most conservative legislatures in Arizona history. The past two years have seen more than $2 billion in spending cuts as lawmakers grappled with annual budget deficits totaling nearly three times that amount, as well as a raft of conservative policy decisions on everything from abortion to guns to immigration.

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Last-minute changes to S1070 broaden enforcement power

While supporters of Arizona’s immigration law have said repeatedly that it will allow police officers to check the immigration status of people during the enforcement of other crimes, the law actually gives police much broader enforcement power, according to legal experts and representatives of the law enforcement community.

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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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