A legal opinion Legislative Council issued late last month to Ugenti concluded that the portion of the health care BRB (Laws 2013, First Special Session, Chapter 10) that authorizes the AHCCCS director to administer and collect a hospital assessment is subject to the Constitution’s referendum powers “because it provides monies to meet the costs of functions the agency does not currently have.”Read More »
The chorus of lawmakers calling for an overhaul of the Voter Protection Act quieted to a low murmur in 2011, but supporters say the dormant issue will be back on the Legislature’s agenda next year.
Several Republican legislators said they will revive their plans to change Proposition 105, the 1998 ballot measure that strictly limits the Legislature’s ability to tamper with voter-approved measures.
A portion of recently approved changes to state drunk-driving laws could face a challenge from Arizona citizens, as a Phoenix defense attorney has registered a referendum committee to protect a suspected drunk drivers' right to a trial by jury.Read More »
Critics defeated five controversial immigration measures at the Capitol this month. But their legislative victory might have only spawned a bigger, more public battle. Some of the bills’ supporters are now threatening to bring the fight to the ballot box.Read More »
I know there will be plenty to debate regarding immigration, but I assume much time will also be given to the fiscal health of Arizona and to sensible state laws. Along that line, here are three questions people should ask political candidates as we get closer to the election:Read More »
When lawmakers voted in March to put the referendum on the ballot — a measure that would sweep and dismantle the Early Childhood Development and Health Board Fund — they expected it to put about $325 million into the state’s cash-starved coffers. But as of Sept. 1, the agency had about $100 million more than that on hand.Read More »
Legislative budget analysts project that 66,000 Arizonans would register under a proposed medical marijuana program that is the subject of a November ballot question.Read More »
Voters will consider up to 10 ballot measures in November, including the constitutional protection for hunting and fishing, elimination of affirmative action and decriminalization of medical marijuana.Read More »
A judge's ruling is now awaited on whether Arizona's general election ballot in November will include a referendum on secret ballots.Read More »
A Maricopa County Superior Court judge hears arguments Tuesday on whether Arizona's general election ballot in November will include a referendum on secret ballots.Read More »