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Montgomery: Lawmakers ‘screwed up’ but no prosecutions (access required)

Bad legal advice and confusing and conflicting lobbying statutes allowed 16 current and former lawmakers who accepted football tickets and other gifts from the Fiesta Bowl to avoid criminal charges.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said today that after an eight-month probe he can’t prove whether any of the lawmakers “knowingly” failed to disclose trips they took at Fiesta Bowl expense and game tickets they received.

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Fat stacks of cash

Thanks to a significant uptick in tax collections that began in the last half of FY11, JLBC is now estimating the surplus for FY12 will be $510 million, though it seems likely that number will rise in the coming months.

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Gallardo inspired by Bundgaard

On the eve of tomorrow’s ethics hearing, Gallardo introduced a bill inspired by Bundgaard’s roadside scuffle and the ensuing plea deal he struck that some feel carried too light a punishment.

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Bundgaard ethics, Fiesta Bowl investigations move forward

As if Arizona’s political world isn’t abuzz enough, two major developments are expected to take place this week. On Tuesday, the Senate Ethics Committee is scheduled to meet to hash out details about how the ethics investigation of Sen. Scott Bundgaard will move forward. And on Wednesday, Maricopa County’s top prosecutor is expected to unveil the findings of his Fiesta Bowl investigation.

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Arizona joins national effort to address homelessness among veterans

Arizona has a higher number of homeless veterans than most other states, in part because of the draw of its mild winters. More than 2,200 veterans are homeless in Arizona on any given night, making up one of every five people on the street, according to estimates from the state Department of Veterans Services.

Alarmed by the scale of the problem and the lack of resources available, state and private organizations are joining a national effort to make help available to those on the street.

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