Democratic Sen. Ed Ableser of Tempe regained his title of most absentee lawmaker this year, showing up for only 62 percent of Senate floor sessions, though he voted on 70 percent of all the bills put before the chamber.Read More »
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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 »
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.