Feb 22, 2022

Fed proposal to nix derogatory term targets Arizona sites

Federal officials have come up with a list of potential replacement names for hundreds of geographic features in three dozen states that include the word “squaw,” kicking off a public comment period that will run through late April.  As part of the process, the U.S. Geological Survey came up with five candidate names for each […]

Feb 10, 2022

House panel votes to override school mask mandates

Calling it a matter of parental rights, a House panel voted Wednesday to override mask mandates that exist in some public schools around the state.  HB2616 says schools can require masks of anyone younger than 18 only if they have “express consent of the person’s parent or guardian.”  It’s not just schools, however. The measure […]

Feb 8, 2022

Activists plan ballot measure to combat voting curbs

A coalition of community groups is asking Arizona voters to overturn a series of restrictions on registration and voting already enacted and those now being contemplated this year by the Republican-controlled legislature.  Arizonans for Free and Fair Elections has taken the first steps to put a measure on the November ballot that would restore the […]

Feb 3, 2022

House moves critical race theory ban to Senate

Two controversial education bills, one banning “critical race theory” in Arizona schools and one that, supporters say, would keep sexually explicit materials out of schools, passed the House on party-line votes Thursday.  Gov. Doug Ducey called for a critical race theory ban and giving more power to parents in his State of the State address. […]

Jan 27, 2022

Anti-masker asks House minority leader why he wears a slave muzzle, gets banned

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text css=”.vc_custom_1643324215517{padding-right: 20px !important;padding-left: 15px !important;}”]A Scottsdale anti-mask activist has been banned from the House and Senate buildings after asking a Black lawmaker why he was wearing a “slave muzzle.”  “The abhorrent and reprehensible behavior demonstrated by this individual toward our members, staff,[...]

Jan 11, 2022

Legislators propose revisit, repeal of vacation rental regulation ban

Some Republican lawmakers want to revisit — and repeal — the 2016 measure which stripped local governments of their ability to regulate short-term and vacation rentals.  Rep, Walt Blackman of Snowflake said the legislation pushed by Airbnb and its other companies and supported by Gov. Doug Ducey has had a serious negative effect on neighborhoods. […]

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Jan 6, 2022

AZ response to Covid surge may be too late

Fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant, surging Covid cases in Arizona have inspired another round of fractured, largely uncoordinated reactions around the state.

Apr 19, 2017

House OK for texting while driving ban for teens

The Arizona House given initial approval to legislation banning texting or other cellphone use by drivers with only a learners permit or during the first six months teenagers have a regular license.

Feb 13, 2017

Senate takes small step toward limiting teen drivers’ cell phone use

Arizona lawmakers may finally be ready to impose some limits on driving and cell phone use -- even if just slightly.

Jan 11, 2017

Texting-while-driving ban again on Legislature’s agenda

A new proposal that would ban texting while driving has emerged in the Arizona Senate.

Aug 3, 2016

State asks court to ban ‘ballot harvesting’ even with no evidence of fraud

Conceding there’s no evidence of fraud, an attorney for the state asked a federal judge Wednesday to allow enforcement of a new law making “ballot harvesting” a felony.

Apr 7, 2016

Arizona House bans reporters who won’t consent to background checks

Claiming it’s a matter of security, the state House on Thursday banned reporters from the floor who would not consent to extensive background checks.