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Let’s forge sensible short-term rental solutions (access required)

A recent poll commissioned by Airbnb found 89% of Arizona voters support the state’s tourism industry and the economic benefits it generates. The positive sentiment extends to short-term rentals: six in 10 voters support allowing Arizonans to share their homes to supplement their income and spread tourism benefits to communities across the state. In the past year, as many Arizonans faced economic uncertainty, new Hosts on Airbnb with only one listing and who have welcomed their first guests since the start of the pandemic have already earned more than $15 million in supplemental income.

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Time to crack down on short-term rentals abuses

In “The Conscience of a Conservative,” Senator Barry Goldwater wrote: “Local problems are best dealt with by the people most directly concerned.” I couldn’t agree more. At a fundamental level, every Arizona citizen deserves to be able to live in their home, free from nightly chaos, disruptions and crime. We encourage the Legislature to pass HB2481 and urge Gov. Doug Ducey to sign it into law. Give back cities and towns the proven tools we need to protect our neighborhoods and our residents.

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New water law helps conservation work for all Arizonans

Governor Ducey recently signed important legislation that updates how Arizona’s longstanding “use it or lose it” water policy is applied. That’s good news for Arizonans, our economy and the environment. Under the new law, HB2056, water right holders such as ranchers and farmers can intentionally and voluntarily leave their water in a stream without fear of losing their water rights through forfeiture or abandonment.

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Disenfranchising voters is not ‘election reform’

Arizonans have an election system that is safe, secure, and convenient. Through the hard work of election officials and leaders from both parties, our voting system serves as a national model. Despite this success, we are now witnessing legislative efforts aimed at not only undoing this carefully crafted system, but actually attempting to suppress the votes of Arizonans. These efforts are misguided and must be defeated.

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HB2005 would benefit billionaires at expense of Arizona developers

If you read “It’s time to free ourselves from ‘Big Tech’ monopoly” by Reps. Regina Cobb and Leo Biasiucci, you might think Arizona’s economy hinges on the success of Candy Crush and Fortnite. And if you read a little further, HB 2005 is all about giving Arizonians relief from “Big Tech” for better prices on Cardinals skins to use in Fortnite.

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Christian nationalism is coming for you

Project Blitz was a blitzkrieg by Christian nationalists to bombard the states with legislation granting outsized power to their beliefs.  In October 2019, Project Blitz was renamed.  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Project_Blitz One of the main architects of this political movement is our very ...

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Here’s why women need our bill

Let’s not allow lives to be lost and women to struggle alone when help exists. Let’s save lives and prevent decades of suffering and regret. No woman should have to feel that abortion is her only option. The time to pass this bill is now.

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