Hobbs, Toma, Petersen, Hoffman, budget, housing,
May 15, 2023

Hobbs, GOP lawmakers tout wins in budget as battle to define spending ahead

Two media events on Monday highlighted the coming political battle to define the $17.8 billion budget that lawmakers passed, and the governor signed last week.

LD26, Legislative District 26, Democrats, Bravo, House
May 12, 2023

LD26 Dems choose nominees for House vacancy 

Democratic precinct committeemen in Legislative District 26 chose three nominees Friday evening to fill the district’s vacant state House seat.  

May 11, 2023

House passes bill getting water to Rio Verde

More than four months after residents in the Rio Verde community northeast of Scottsdale lost access to the city’s water supply, a short-term remedy appears to be close after legislation to address the issue passed the Arizona House on May 10.

per-pupil funding, education funds, K-12, Education Law Center
May 10, 2023

Bipartisan house leaders form ESA study committee

House leadership agreed to form an Empowerment Scholarship Account Governance and Oversight Committee today to look at the administration of the state’s fast-growing school choice program.  Democrats failed to pass budget amendments in both chambers to cap off universal ESA enrollment, which remained a central budget request among legislators, public education advocates and some families of [&[...]

budget, Hobbs, Legislature, Democrats, Republicans, Epstein, Livingston, Kavanagh, Senate, ESAs
May 8, 2023

$150 million for housing, half a billion for education in budget proposal

A new budget proposal emerged today that delivers a child tax rebate, major spending on housing and education, and a reshuffling of money destined for water projects. 

Bibles, Stahl Hamilton, House, members' lounge
May 8, 2023

Stahl-Hamilton wants complaint against her dropped

A Democratic Representative is asking for an ethics complaint filed against her for hiding Capitol Bibles to be dismissed.

May 8, 2023

Bravo to move to Senate to replace Terán

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to select former Rep. Flavio Bravo, D-Phoenix, to replace former Sen. Raquel Terán in the state Senate, meaning the district will now have to select a replacement for Bravo in the House of Representatives. 

emergencies, Hobbs, Bennett, Senate, governor, amendment
May 8, 2023

Senate considers measure to ask voters to approve constitutional change tied to emergencies

The state Senate was likely just a few minutes away from approving a measure last week that would ask Arizona voters to OK a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to reauthorize any state of emergency called by the governor every 30 days.

Democrats, House, legislature, Republicans, bills, Hastert Rule, Cano, Gress, Longdon, Shah, Alma Hernandez, Grantham, Teresa Martinez, Petersen,
May 6, 2023

Cano to leave Legislature for grad school

The top state House Democratic is quitting at the end of the legislative session to pursue a graduate degree in public administration. Tucsonan Andres Cano, the House minority leader, said Saturday he has been accepted into the Harvard Kennedy School. The one-year program begins in early July. Cano said there appears to be a deal […]

transgender girls sports, Petersen, Toma, lawsuit, Utah
May 5, 2023

GOP leaders defend transgender ban in lawsuit

Senate President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, and House Speaker Ben Toma, R-Peoria, filed a motion to intervene in a federal suit to defend the 2022 law banning transgender girls from participating in girls' sports. 

May 5, 2023

Rogers gets lawyers to defend injunction against reporter

State Senator Wendy Rogers intends to defend an injunction against harassment awarded to her by a Flagstaff court against a reporter investigating whether the senator lives in the district she represents.

Willoughby, Harris, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, LD 13
May 5, 2023

Willoughby picked to fill vacant House seat and replace expelled lawmaker  

The Republican runner-up in the 2022 Legislative District 13 House of Representatives race will take the district’s vacant seat after being appointed to the position Friday.