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Sep 21, 2023

Consultant: data hard to find on ESA program

The first of several planned legislative hearings to study Arizona’s growing Empowerment Scholarship Account program ended Wednesday with many unanswered questions.  

Aug 17, 2023

GOP leaders enter Hamadeh fray over vote count

As attorney general candidate Abe Hamadeh seeks to send his failed motion for a new trial directly to the Arizona Supreme Court, he’s met with stark opposition from the sitting attorney general and the secretary of state, and veiled support from the legislative leaders. 

Aug 15, 2023

Petersen threatens lawsuit if state elections manual not revised

The top Senate Republican in Arizona is threatening litigation against Secretary of State Adrian Fontes over a proposed elections manual.  

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Aug 14, 2023

Transgender girls can still play girls sports, appellate court rules

Two transgender girls will get to play on girls' teams, at least for the time being.

Aug 1, 2023

Lawmakers send bill to ban rental tax to Hobbs

A bill repealing a tax on home and apartment rentals that has been a key issue for Republicans in the Legislature for two sessions was sent to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs on Monday after sitting on the Senate president's desk for seven weeks.

Jul 31, 2023

Arizona Legislature sends transportation tax proposal to voters

The longest legislative session in state history came to an end Monday after 204 days as lawmakers in both chambers succeeded in adjourning sine die shortly after 5 p.m., finally addressing a transportation tax extension they’d wrestled with for months. 

Jul 3, 2023

Toma calls executive order on conversion therapy illegal, unconstitutional

The top House Republican contends a new order by Gov. Katie Hobbs banning the use of public funds for "conversion therapy'' is illegal and appears to violate the rights of parents to make decisions for their children.

Jun 11, 2023

Hobbs, GOP lawmakers clash over new Prop 400 proposal

Gov. Katie Hobbs claims to have a deal backed by a majority of lawmakers from both parties to let Maricopa County voters decide whether to extend a half-cent sales tax for road and transit issues.

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May 20, 2023

Petersen praises Hobbs for budget negotiations

Republican Senate President Warren Petersen is heaping praise on Hobbs for the deal, saying she negotiated in good faith, kept her promises and made a rare bipartisan budget happen.

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Jan 24, 2023

GOP lawmakers ready budget to send to Hobbs

Legislative Republicans are gearing up to send a budget to Gov. Katie Hobbs soon, which will likely be met with a hasty veto.  

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Dec 15, 2022

Incoming lawmakers, governor-elect aim to tackle housing

Republicans and Democrats want to address housing in the upcoming legislative session, and some of their proposals overlap.  

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Dec 6, 2022

Petersen unveils inflation reduction plan, mirrors Lake’s

Senate President-Elect Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, unveiled a new plan to mitigate inflation on Tuesday, like the one gubernatorial candidate Kari Lake presented, but the measure will likely face heavy opposition.