Gail Griffin

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Dec 8, 2022

Groups push statewide groundwater protection plan 

An environmental lobbyist is crafting a sweeping groundwater protection bill that he hopes will pass in the next legislative session, but past attempts have failed.   

Jul 6, 2022

Ducey signs bill to address dwindling water supply

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday to provide $1.2 billion to fund grandiose projects to find new water for Arizona and smaller ones to conserve what the state already has.

Apr 27, 2022

Bill limiting electricity competition gets Ducey’s OK

On April 26, Ducey signed House Bill 2101, which repeals language passed in 1998 that was meant to increase competition in the electricity sector. 

Dec 3, 2021

Slew of newcomers fill empty seats in Legislature

The House will start 2022 with nine new members who were appointed to fill spots that opened due to a slew of resignations after the 2021 session. And that means new faces will be heading a couple of powerful committees. 

Jun 25, 2021

New law targets wildfires, rehabs prisoners

As wildfires rage across Arizona and threaten numerous communities, legislators and forestry officials have had to come up with innovative ways to combat the problem.

Apr 26, 2021

New law gives more money for water projects

Gov. Doug Ducey on April 21 signed a bill that provides larger grants for developing water projects in rural areas, but questions linger on whether there will be any money for them.

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Mar 31, 2021

Senate to vote on taking power from regulators

Rejecting arguments about economic development, clean air and even constitutional issues, a Senate panel voted along party lines March 31 to strip the Arizona Corporation Commission of its power to set energy policy for utilities.

Feb 4, 2021

Lawmakers’ focus veers from Covid relief in 1st weeks of session

After nearly four full weeks of session, none of the bills lawmakers sent to the governor’s desk deals with the Covid pandemic, a shift in emphasis that’s especially noticeable given lawmakers’ insistence to help residents and businesses survive the crisis.

Feb 6, 2020

House passes bill to cut red tape on border wall construction on private land

Calling it a matter of property rights and security, the state House voted Thursday to let those living along the border to construct walls without first getting local permission or building permits.

Jan 15, 2020

Lawmakers want end to archaeological commission

A spat between ranchers and Native American tribes is threatening to torpedo a special panel which seeks to keep construction projects from damaging tribal remains and antiquities.

Sep 24, 2019

Lawmakers to look at shifting Santa Cruz, Cochise county lines

Despite being rebuffed by her colleagues, a Southern Arizona lawmaker has found a new way to pursue her plans to see if parts of Santa Cruz County should be merged with Cochise County.

Jun 24, 2019

Democrats discouraged despite getting more bills passed

Senate President Karen Fann can boast a 333 percent increase in the number of bills sponsored by Democrats that passed out of her chamber in 2019 compared to last year.