Though debate lingered on far longer than most lawmakers had hoped, the Arizona Legislature adjourned sine die at 1:46 a.m. Thursday, ending a sometimes tumultuous 101-day legislative session with work left on the table.Read More »
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After years of trying and failing to outlaw texting while driving, Arizona lawmakers are on the cusp of approving a bill to that would target the practice for underage teen drivers.Read More »
Now that app-based ridesharing technology in the hands of companies like uberX and Lyft is helping change the way people get around, state policymakers should take a measured regulatory approach. Let’s not kill this new industry – and the jobs that go with it – before it even gets established.Read More »
Government regulations on business and the free market are a favorite target of scorn from Republicans in the Legislature, but members of the party of limited government have introduced legislation this year to increase and expand regulations on a variety of businesses.Read More »
A bill to allow Arizona high school students to take a computer science course in place of a required math course would make them more competitive for the growing number of technology jobs, two state lawmakers say.Read More »
Former Paradise Valley mayor and two-time Republican congressional candidate Vernon Parker today filed paperwork to run for the Arizona Corporation Commission, despite having raised more than $400,000 in 2013 to run against U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in Arizona’s 9th Congressional District.Read More »
Arizona's bid to become a test site for unmanned drones was rejected Monday as federal officials picked six other proposals.Read More »
The award for best legislative batting average for the session — the calculation of bills introduced versus bills signed into law — goes to Rep. David Livingston, a freshman Republican lawmaker from Peoria who has been vocally critical of the governor.Read More »
The bill moratorium that rankled lawmakers as Gov. Jan Brewer started applying pressure to pass her Medicaid expansion plan helped push her to a near-record number of vetoes in 2013.
Brewer vetoed 26 bills this year, the second highest total of her career, behind the 29 she rejected in 2011.
A bill that began its life as a small tax break for companies that rent ignition interlock devices for people with DUI convictions but ended up as a catch-all for tax breaks that lawmakers could find no other place to stash in the Legislature's final hours is now law.Read More »