House and Senate lawmakers are scheduled to hold a joint hearing Monday to hear testimony on the impact of a recent federal order instructing Arizona power companies to install pricey pollution control equipment at coal plants.Read More »
Saying the state’s gas tax is “dying and never coming back,’’ a Democratic lawmaker wants to study tax alternatives and allow the Department of Transportation to run pilot programs testing the ideas.Read More »
A Republican lawmaker is trying to revive a bill that would prohibit the enforcement of any new federal gun laws in Arizona. Lawyers had brought up concerns that the bill was unconstitutional and could force the state to mount a costly defense in court.Read More »
A bill to establish an online voting pilot program in time for the 2014 primary election is drawing bipartisan support in the Arizona State Senate.
Sen. Bob Worsley, R-Mesa, said the technology is readily available to ensure the safety and accuracy of online voting – an effort that could save the state millions of dollars in expenses racked up by mailing ballots to voters, he added.
Lawmakers are questioning how Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposed tax on Arizona hospitals won’t turn out to be a hidden tax passed on to insurance providers and patients, and some hospital providers want to ensure the assessment won’t have a negative effect on medical services.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer signed an emergency appropriations bill today that provides $4.4 million for Child Protective Services to hire new staff, and lawmakers sent another bill to her desk to continue funding the Independent Redistricting Commission as it heads to trial in federal court.Read More »
An Arizona Senate committee passed a bill that would, in theory, prohibit federal officials from enforcing any new gun control laws in Arizona so long as a weapon is manufactured, sold and owned in the state.Read More »
Lawmakers plan to send two bills to Gov. Jan Brewer’s desk by the end of the week: an emergency provision to hire new staff for Child Protective Services and $500,000 for the Independent Redistricting Commission for an upcoming trial in federal court.Read More »
Immigration reform proposals coming from the District of Columbia have Arizona lawmakers’ interests piqued, and some are planning trips to Las Vegas Tuesday to hear President Obama’s new plan to overhaul immigration laws.Read More »
Before lawmakers decide what kind of discretionary spending they want added in the fiscal 2014 budget, Rep. John Kavanagh said they have to make a choice about whose revenue projections they’re going to believe.Read More »