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Isela Blanc

Mar 24, 2020

Mayors at odds with Ducey’s list of essential services

A new executive order by Gov. Doug Ducey on "essential services'' appears less designed to empower him to force people to stay home than to preclude Arizona cities from once again getting out in front of him on actions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Feb 28, 2020

Fate of most 2020 bills met at Legislature’s deadline

Silent death has come for about two-thirds of the 1,842 bills and resolutions introduced this year in the Legislature.

Feb 28, 2020

Lobbyists navigate lawmakers’ bad behavior, professional relationships

In 2018, at the height of the Me Too movement, investigators for the House of Representatives dismissed a lobbyist’s allegations of harassment against a state representative because the lobbyist sent friendly text messages after the alleged incident occurred.

Feb 18, 2020

State House passes measure to remember victims of Communism.

State lawmakers decided Tuesday that Arizona needs to remember the victims of Communism.

Feb 14, 2020

Panel OKs Ducey project to lift low-performing schools

Gov. Doug Ducey’s proposal to give money to low-income schools through a pilot project dubbed “Project Rocket” is taking shape and moving through the House of Representatives, but not everyone is pleased.

Feb 3, 2020

House education committee grills apologetic Hoffman over voucher blunder

Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman faced tough questions from Republicans on the House Education Committee Monday over her department’s mishandling of private Empowerment Scholarship Account data that was improperly redacted and given to the press and an advocacy group opposed to voucher expansion.

Jan 29, 2020

Part of ‘dead’ sex education bill revived in House

A portion of a controversial Republican sex education bill that Senate leadership killed early in the session has been revived as an amendment to legislation in the House.

Jan 17, 2020

Shope to carry Sanctuary City bill at Ducey’s behest

A Republican lawmaker from Coolidge will carry the water for the governor’s forthcoming effort to enshrine a ban on so-called sanctuary cities in the state Constitution.

Nov 15, 2019

First day of bill filing brings out early birds with ERA, title lending, short-term rentals measures

Victoria Steele walked into the Arizona Senate before the sun rose Friday, wearing a purple, white and green suffragette sash over her dark pantsuit and holding the most important piece of legislation she plans to run next year.

Nov 15, 2019

Dems present proposal to repeal 2016 law on short-term, vacation rentals

Calling the law a mistake, two House Democrats are leading the charge to repeal a 2016 measure that stripped cities and towns of their ability to regulate short-term and vacation rentals.

Sep 30, 2019

Group to write alternative to recreational marijuana ballot proposal

A group of businesses has united to oppose the initiative being circulated to legalize marijuana for recreational use.

Jun 7, 2019

Legislation to immunize well owners becomes law

A new law signed Thursday by Gov. Doug Ducey is designed to provide legal protections to those who drill wells into underground streams they are not legally entitled to tap.