Hobbs, committees, Republicans, Petersen, Toma, Ducey, Lake, Marsh, Burch, Shope, Kerr, Senate, transition team, nominations, House, Senate
Feb 2, 2023

Senate alters governor nominee review process  

Republicans in the Senate deviated from past precedent on Thursday, creating a new committee to review Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ nominations to various offices.  

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Feb 2, 2023

Republicans move to make it more challenging for citizens to make own laws

Republican legislators are moving to throw another roadblock in the path of people to make their own laws.

record retention, public records, Senate, House, Republicans, emails, Democrats,
Feb 1, 2023

Senate denies records request after limiting retention  

After changing rules around public records retention last week, legislators are now free to delete vast swaths of electronic records, and they’re turning down requests to get those records before they can be destroyed.  

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Feb 1, 2023

Budget bills advance through the Senate and House 

Republicans in the state Legislature are closing in on sending a budget that is likely dead on arrival to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs next week.  

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Feb 1, 2023

Drug trafficking homicide bill fails in House Judiciary committee 

For the second year in a row, a bill that would establish homicide charges to individuals who sell drugs that contribute to a person’s death will not become law.  

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Jan 27, 2023

Lawmakers back Rio Verde in water dispute 

State legislators are prepared to intervene in a conflict between Scottsdale and Rio Verde over dwindling water supply that Scottsdale says it is not required to share with the community.  

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Jan 26, 2023

Top Republicans ask judge to save Hamadeh from legal fees

The top Republicans in the House and Senate are asking a judge to save failed GOP attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh from having to pay the legal fees of others he sued in his unsuccessful lawsuit to be declared the winner.

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Jan 25, 2023

Dems oppose rules limiting record retention, expanding leadership power 

The Arizona Senate and House of Representatives adopted new rules packages on party lines this week that would expand the powers of the House speaker and Senate president and drastically reduce requirements for members to retain records.  

Hobbs, Legislature, Toma, Petersen, budget, bills, legislation, education, vouchers, ESA, State of the State
Jan 24, 2023

As session shifts into gear, bipartisan overtures turn to politicking

In the past few weeks, Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs and top Republican lawmakers have engaged in some public mudslinging. 

affordable housing, rent, Petersen, Senate, Republicans
Jan 20, 2023

GOP rental tax ban bill introduced, opposed by cities

One of the Republicans’ pillars to reducing housing costs – banning the rental tax – is now filed in the Legislature.  

Jan 20, 2023

Parents protest Hobbs’ proposed repeal of universal ESA

A brigade of strollers and children toting magic marker-adorned posters descended upon the Capitol to protest Gov. Katie Hobbs’ proposed repeal of the universal Empowerment Scholarship Account program. Hobbs announced her proposed budget with public education funding hinging on savings from repealing universal ESAs.  

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Jan 20, 2023

Bills raise, lower minimum age for public offices

House Republicans have filed two competing bills that determine age requirements for public offices.