Despite saying last week that he hoped to revive a controversial immigration bill that was defeated on the Senate floor last month, Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, now says he is letting it die.Read More »
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Lawmakers this year said they strove to keep non-budget policy changes out of the budget package and, while many that were originally considered were removed, they couldn’t completely insulate the final compromise from policies whose ties to the budget are tenuous, at best.Read More »
Advocates of stricter state-level immigration laws hinted at dire political repercussions for the 12 Republicans who voted against some or all of five controversial immigration measures on March 17.Read More »
A school district has launched an inquiry into a substitute teacher who wrote a letter that criticized Hispanic students and was read aloud last week at the Arizona Legislature during a debate on an immigration bill.Read More »
Arizona's Senate president is refusing to apologize to lawmakers who say he circulated a factually suspect letter about Hispanic students during a debate in hopes of getting his immigration bill passed.Read More »
Latino Democrats today said a Republican senator made an “offensive and ignorant” decision when she read a racially tinged letter on the Senate floor during the debate of an immigration bill last week.Read More »
Senate President Russell Pearce, Arizona’s most prominent anti-illegal immigration firebrand, has always argued that illegal immigration and the state’s budget woes are inseparable. But the two issues may have formed a diptych in ways that many, including Pearce, probably did not anticipate.Read More »
Sen. Andy Biggs, an eloquent speaker and conservative legislator from Gilbert, emerged as the new majority leader following a closed-door meeting this afternoon.Read More »
Building, buying & selling: Contractors, sellers, regulators and unions vie (hope) for positives in 2011
From homebuilders to Realtors, representatives of the recession-ravaged construction and real estate industries are doggedly pursuing dual legislative goals.
They’re determined to block legislation that they say would further sink their struggling businesses while supporting measures that might give them a financial boost. Several bills are under consideration that would make it easier to sell homes.
In banning some immigration activists from setting foot in the Senate building, Senate President Russell Pearce insists he has the backing of the state Constitution, which says each legislative chamber will determine its own rules and procedures.Read More »