Athena Salman

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Dec 9, 2022

Husband, wife lawmakers will attend after long absences  

Rep. Athena Salman, D-Tempe, and her husband Sen. Juan Mendez, D-Tempe, will return to in-person meetings at the Legislature next session, according to Mendez. Salman and Mendez have avoided coming to the Capitol in-person since the onslaught of the Covid pandemic in March of 2020, but the other 88 lawmakers came back to work in person last year.   

May 19, 2022

Sustained absence leads to Senate ethics complaint

Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, is fed up with another Senator who has been absent for the majority of this legislative session and will show it with an ethics complaint.

Sep 7, 2021

State scraps investments over Ben & Jerry’s Israel policy

State Treasurer Kimberly Yee announced Tuesday she is selling off all of the state's notes it holds in loans to Unilever, which follows the announcement that the company will no longer sell its Ben & Jerry's brand ice cream in Israeli-occupied territories.

Jun 28, 2021

House approves easier access to birth control for women

Women in Arizona may soon find it a lot easier to get to get birth control.

Jun 18, 2021

GOP House leaders to appease Townsend with bill to organize national convention

As budget negotiations remain stalled, House GOP leaders decided to grant one conservative holdout a late hearing on a bill to organize a national convention to combat federal policies perceived as threatening “constitutional and traditional rights.”

Jun 18, 2021

Sinema, Kelly, uncommitted on D.C. statehood

Thirty-three Democratic state senators and House members are calling on the state’s congressional delegation to support Washington, D.C., statehood, in advance of a June 22 U.S. Senate hearing on the topic.

Jun 1, 2021

Ducey signs bill to prohibit changes to election deadlines

Gov. Doug Ducey on May 24 signed into law a measure that prevents government officials from changing election deadlines established by statutes.

May 26, 2021

Bad handwriting could lead to criminal probe

A change in your signature could lead to a criminal probe.

May 21, 2021

Bill improves treatment of pregnant prisoners

Arizona lawmakers are weighing whether they should enshrine in statute rules governing access to feminine hygiene products for female prison inmates and regulating the treatment of pregnant prisoners.

May 5, 2021

House approves measure to govern ‘controversial issues’ in class

Republican lawmakers voted today to punish teachers who don't present both sides of controversial science or events, a move that some lawmakers say could force them to seek out and present contrary views on everything from climate change and slavery to the 9-11 terrorist attacks, the Holocaust – and even whether Joe Biden really won the election.

Apr 14, 2021

Sex education bill goes to governor

State lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to legislation that will require special parental permission before a student is taught anything about sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Apr 9, 2021

Ducey signs controversial bills

Gov. Doug Ducey signed two controversial bills late Friday -- one that exempts businesses from following mask mandates and another that bans private funds for election administration.