Hobbs vetoes mainly partisan bills, draws ire for nixing elections legislation
So far this session Gov. Katie Hobbs has vetoed 92 bills, 22 of which had the support of at least one legislative Democrat, leading to criticism from Republicans about her treatment of bipartisan bills.
Bill keeps home addresses secret, impact unclear
Citing death threats, lawmakers passed a bill May 3 meant to seal their home addresses from the public if a judge agrees, but it’s not clear how the new legislation will work in practice or if anyone will still be able to check that lawmakers live in the districts they represent.
Hobbs vetoes bill aimed at motivating banks to work with gun makers, dealers
Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed legislation Tuesday designed to bribe or blackmail Arizona banks into doing business with gun manufacturers and dealers.
GOP pushes ‘vague’ ballot security measures
Last-minute amendments to Arizona’s $12.8 billion budget codify election security concerns could pose trouble for the election officials required to carry out the new provisions from Trump supporters who say they believe the election was stolen and there is a deep bias against conservatives.
Ducey gets proposed ban on private funds for elections
Republican legislators voted April 7 to block counties from applying for private grants to make up for shortfalls in what they say they need to properly run elections.
Senate panel moves to block private funds for elections
Raising the specter of Mark Zuckerberg influencing who holds office in Arizona, Republican lawmakers moved Monday to block counties from taking money from any private source to help run future elections.
All mail election debate gets new life, spurred by virus
A fight is brewing in Arizona over whether to switch to an all-mail ballot for the primary and general election in order to combat the spread of COVID-19.
Jennifer Marson: A trained debater, ready to sing
There isn’t an issue at the Capitol that Jennifer Marson hasn’t dealt with throughout her nearly 20-year career, but this former high school debater is always ready for the unpredictable – even if it means singing for a vote.
Committee moves bill to purge permanent early voting list
Signing up to receive a ballot by mail in Arizona, a system known as the Permanent Early Voting List, may no longer be as permanent as the name suggests.
New session, old story – cities, counties fend off Legislature’s reach
The League of Arizona Cities and Towns and the Arizona Association of Counties fended off a bonding plan that would have allowed the state’s three public universities to keep the sales taxes they ordinarily would have paid to the state, cities and counties.
Bill would require daily early ballot reports from rural counties
Currently, Pima and Maricopa counties must maintain daily updated lists of those who have turned in early ballots if requested by state or county party chairpersons.
Backers of medical marijuana launch effort to legalize recreational use in Arizona
The people who brought medical marijuana to Arizona four years ago now want marijuana legal for everyone over the age of 21.