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What we’re not IRC-ing: Map-drawing panel spends half its time meeting behind closed doors

Prior to voting to award a lucrative contract to a mapping consultant on June 29, the Independent Redistricting Commission had spent as much time in closed door executive meetings as it had before the public.

And public records held by the commission itself, as well as statements made by commissioners, indicate the IRC may have violated Arizona’s open meeting laws designed to maintain a level of transparency in government affairs – that is, if the state Constitution doesn’t grant the agency unfettered contracting authority.

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Arizona officials say medical pot questions remain

Arizona officials said a new federal memo they reviewed Friday on possible medical marijuana-related criminal prosecutions leaves unanswered questions as to whether state-licensed dispensaries and state employees who administer a fledgling medical marijuana program are at risk of prosecution.

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Judge expected to reject $20M fund sweep (access required)

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge is prepared to rule in favor of a special fund that was swept in 2009 to balance the state budget, but he is not likely to order the Legislature to return the nearly $20 million it took.

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Horne: Anticipated fed stance could clear path for medical marijuana program (access required)

While the U.S. Department of Justice is imminently expected to release a statement clarifying their stance toward medical marijuana, Attorney General Tom Horne said Wednesday that if the federal government’s 2009 position is reiterated in the awaited clarification, the lawsuit he and Gov. Jan Brewer filed in federal court late last month challenging the legality of Arizona’s new medical marijuana program could be unnecessary.

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