Alma Hernandez

Democratic bills, legislature, Hobbs
Aug 25, 2023

Under Hobbs, Dems struggle to get bills advanced, signed

The 2023 legislative session was comprised similarly to the previous two, with all three having narrow Republican majorities in the House and Senate.  

Threads, Instagram, social media, Meta, lawmakers, House panel, Hobbs,
Aug 2, 2023

From hot issues to hot dogs, politicians turn to Threads to reach voters

Among the 100 million users who reportedly signed up last month for Threads, Meta’s new social media platform, were Arizona politicians from state and federal offices and from both sides of the aisle.

Pima County Board of Supervisors, Cano, replacement, Villegas
Jul 25, 2023

Pima County appoints Democrat to House vacancy 

The Pima County Board of Supervisors filled a vacancy in the state House of Representatives Tuesday after appointing a Democrat who formerly sat on the board. 

Horne, dual language, English immersion, ELL, students, Alma Hernandez, Marsh
Jul 14, 2023

Protesters gather at Capitol to challenge Horne’s anti-dual language rhetoric

English learners, parents and teachers gathered at the state Capitol Thursday to protest Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Horne’s attack on Arizona’s dual language programs.

Cano, resignation, House, legislative vacancy
Jul 5, 2023

Cano resigns for graduate school at Harvard, creating fifth legislative vacancy this session

The former state House minority leader has officially resigned, creating the fifth legislative vacancy this session. Rep. Andrés Cano, D-Tucson, sent his resignation letter Tuesday to state officials including Gov. Katie Hobbs, Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and Speaker of the House Ben Toma, R-Peoria.

longest session, House, Senate, sine die
Jun 30, 2023

Legislature on track for longest session ever

The Arizona Legislature is officially tied with the longest session in state history as of June 30, and it will be the longest with no end date in sight. 

new leader, House
Jun 22, 2023

House Dems elect new leader after nine hours of voting

Democrats in the state House elected a new leadership team after the former leader stepped down from the Legislature to pursue a graduate degree.

cottage food industry, Hobbs, tamales, Senate, House, legislation, commercial kitchens, home-based businesses
Jun 14, 2023

Health records vindicate Arizona tamale vendors

Home cooking scares Arizona health officials, but real-world evidence should put them at ease. A new investigation finds no confirmed illnesses related to homemade meals or snacks sold in the seven states with the broadest laws.

Rio Verde, Scottsdale, Griffin, Senate, House, legislation, Kolodin
May 16, 2023

Lawmakers consider two potential Rio Verde water solutions

A potential solution to get water to the Rio Verde Foothills passed through the Legislature on Monday, but even though the residents like it, a different proposal might have a better chance of becoming law.

Hobbs, Lake, election contest, court
May 1, 2023

Hobbs still mum on what she wants changed to sign new home-cooked foods bill

Nearly two weeks after vetoing a widely popular bill to expand the sale of home-cooked foods, Gov. Katie Hobbs still won't say what she wants changed in order to get her to sign a new version.

internet porn, Kolodin, Rogers, legislation, Senate, House
Apr 28, 2023

Lawmakers struggle to find legal way to prevent minors from accessing internet porn

State lawmakers are struggling to find a way to keep minors from accessing internet porn that's legal, effective -- and politically acceptable.

cottage food industry, Alma Hernandez, veto, veto override, Hobbs
Apr 27, 2023

Override falls short after partisan fireworks

The effort to override Gov. Katie Hobbs’ veto of a bill that had received bipartisan backing ran out of gas on April 25 when the Arizona House of Representatives mustered a simple majority vote – but not the necessary supermajority.