Arizona Association of Counties

Feb 17, 2014

What is ‘PILT’ and why do we need a permanent solution?

The acronym “PILT” is more than just an odd abbreviation. PILT stands for Payment In Lieu of Taxes, a program created by Congress in 1976. Simply put, PILT provides federal funding to counties that host large tracts of non-taxable federal land, reimbursing the counties for services required on those lands and making it possible for county governments to provide police and fire protection, road[...]

Rep. Michelle Ugenti, R-Scottsdale, wants ballots in Arizona to note that voter-approved laws are difficult for lawmakers to change. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Jessica Boehm)
Jan 29, 2014

Lawmaker: Note on ballots that voter-approved laws tough to change

Arizona voters need to better understand that when they approve a ballot initiative it’s almost impossible for lawmakers to make changes when they are needed, a state lawmaker contends.

In Maricopa County precincts with higher minority populations, greater chance of casting provisional ballots
Apr 24, 2013

Election bills face further problems in conference committee

Lawmakers attempted to push through a set of bogged-down election bills in a comprehensive 43-page amendment in conference committee Wednesday afternoon, but the committee was called off minutes after the amendment began circulating at the Capitol.

Some Arizona voters find ‘convenience voting’ adds to their confusion
Mar 21, 2013

Two early voting bills get uncertain new life

Two controversial early voting reform bills have been cleared for a vote in the House, but their future remains uncertain. The bills advocated by county elections officials had been going nowhere, held up in the House Government Committee.

Rep. Michelle Ugenti-Rita (R-Scottsdale)
Dec 27, 2012

Ugenti’s bill would bar future League employees, others from joining ASRS

Following her public feud with an association representing Arizona municipalities this year, a Republican from Scottsdale wants to bar the association’s new employees from joining the state’s retirement system.

Jan 26, 2012

Keep the public noticed

Take public notices away from newspapers and accountability goes out the window. The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors is a case in point.

Dec 19, 2011

Counties try to derail plan to shift prisoners

County officials don't like either Door No. 1 or Door No. 2 when confronted with the approaching 2012 implementation of an Arizona law that would shift costs for housing thousands of prisoners from the state to the 15 counties.

Feb 14, 2011

Crandell to feds: Sign up and pay up, or stay out

State Rep. Chester Crandell, R-Heber, wants the state to regulate federal regulators. Crandell is pushing HB2077, which would require visiting officials from any federal regulatory agency to register with the sheriff of the Arizona county they are working in.