Conservative lawmakers who rose to power following the last election set the tone for this session and left significant marks on major pieces of legislation that have come to define the achievements and failures of Arizona’s 50th Legislature, which wrapped up the annual legislative session just as the sun was rising this morning.Read More »
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A proposal by Gov. Jan Brewer would uncover employees from the state’s merit system, remove terms of office for agency heads, and alter the way employees may appeal disciplinary actions, according to a summary of a 300-page-plus bill that the governor wanted the Legislature to pass this session.Read More »
The Senate beat the sine die clock on Monday to pass legislation that contains major changes to the state’s pension systems.
The measure, which backers said would head off a collapse of the public pension programs, advanced on a party-line vote, 21-9.
The Legislature is likely to wrap up its work on Tuesday, Senate President Russell Pearce indicated today.Read More »
Judges in the state’s justice courts are redrawing their precinct boundaries, a process that attracts little public attention but carries a full measure of political drama and intensity.
And Justice of the Peace Lester Pearce oversees the politically-partisan process of redrawing Maricopa County’s justice court districts.
Merit selection proponents had to give ground this year in the annual struggle to do away with the state’s system of choosing judges.Read More »
With the budget out of the way, many legislators are getting anxious to wrap up their work and get back to their districts. For some, however, their focus turns to getting serious consideration for their own legislation before the session ends. Traditionally, these remaining measures are referred to as “going-home” bills.Read More »
Though union representatives are relieved to see the changes, they’re still disgruntled it wasn’t until the last minute before there was a compromise.Read More »
A proposal to give Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu money for immigration-related enforcement survived a rigorous debate in the Senate on April 14.Read More »
Lawmakers have been briefed about a plan by Gov. Jan Brewer to remove state employees from the state’s merit system.Read More »