Bret Roberts

Jan 3, 2021

GOP lawmaker seeks legal opinion on Pima County curfew

A state legislator is asking Attorney General Mark Brnovich to investigate whether Pima County is acting illegally in establishing and maintaining a curfew. Rep. Bret Roberts, R-Maricopa, is questioning the authority of the county supervisors to tell people they cannot be out between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. except for certain specified reasons. That, Roberts […]

Dec 10, 2020

Brnovich at arm’s length in election suit

Arizona is seeking a voice in the lawsuit Texas has brought against some other states won by President-elect Joe Biden. But exactly who Attorney General Mark Brnovich will side with remains unclear.

Nov 3, 2020

Blame falls on Fernandez for Dems not taking House

Several key races in the state House remain too close to call with the first batch of Election-Day ballots counted, though Democrats, as has been the trend for the last week, are leading in early votes.

Mar 3, 2020

Chamber calls for killing remaining sanctuary-city bill

The head of a major business organization wants state lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to quash a proposal to allow individuals to sue cities that refuse to cooperate with federal immigration officials.

Jan 22, 2020

Tough opioids bill draws skepticism from lawmakers

Legislation to require mandatory 5-year prison terms for anyone who sells even the slightest amount of opioids appears dead, at least in its current form.

Dec 2, 2019

Panel recommends less prison time for low-level offenders

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wants to give people serving time for low-level felonies the opportunity to reduce their sentences by up to 60 percent, but selling the rest of their colleagues on the idea could be tough.

Oct 25, 2019

GOP lawmakers have ‘both barrels’ aimed at Tucson over sanctuary measure

The ballots that landed in Tucson mailboxes contain routine political questions such as who’s the best candidate for this race? And, Should elected officials get raises? But there was one philosophical question: Is taking a stand against federal immigration practices worth promised retribution from state lawmakers?

Aug 5, 2019

Blackman relaunches effort to release prisoners early

A 2020 legislative effort to expand early release opportunities for prisoners kicked off Monday morning with exhortations from advocates to think beyond incremental steps and warnings from the Arizona Department of Corrections that it doesn’t have the budget or staff to handle big changes.

May 21, 2019

Bret Roberts: Diverse background fits good at Capitol

Rep. Bret Roberts once thought he’d have to be nuts to run for a seat at the Legislature.

Apr 10, 2019

House passes proposed repeal of ‘no promo homo’ law

The House voted today by a wide margin to strike down the state’s “no promo homo” law and render a lawsuit against the decades-old provision moot.

Mar 4, 2019

House approves bill to allow loaded guns inside cars on school campuses

Calling it a matter of constitutional rights, the House of Representatives voted to allow parents and others to drive onto school campuses with loaded weapons in their cars.

Feb 13, 2019

Bill proposes municipal judges face retention election

Saying magistrates can be squeezed politically, a House panel voted Wednesday to all but strip city councils of their ability to fire them.