Petersen, Senate, session wrap, legislature, Republicans, Toma, housing, ESA
Aug 26, 2023

Q&A with Senate President Warren Petersen 

Senate President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, reflected on the 2023 legislative session.

election, 2024, legislative races, Republicans, Democrats, House, Senate
Jul 20, 2023

Early look at 2024’s competitive legislative districts

As the 2024 state election draws closer, Republicans and Democrats are already targeting several key competitive legislative districts that could determine which party has control of the Legislature.

Kaiser, Bolick, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Senate
Jul 19, 2023

Former lawmaker Shawnna Bolick will join Senate

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously on Wednesday to appoint former lawmaker Shawnna Bolick to replace former Sen. Steve Kaiser in the Senate.

precinct committeemen, Harris, House, Senate, boards of supervisors
Jul 6, 2023

Lawmakers consider changing replacement process 

Some lawmakers say that they want party precinct committeemen to solely handle the process of replacing House and Senate members who leave before the end of their term, cutting out county boards of supervisors.  

Cano, resignation, House, legislative vacancy
Jul 5, 2023

Cano resigns for graduate school at Harvard, creating fifth legislative vacancy this session

The former state House minority leader has officially resigned, creating the fifth legislative vacancy this session. Rep. Andrés Cano, D-Tucson, sent his resignation letter Tuesday to state officials including Gov. Katie Hobbs, Secretary of State Adrian Fontes and Speaker of the House Ben Toma, R-Peoria.

Prescott Frontier Days, rodeo, lawsuit
Jun 27, 2023

Treasurer’s office won’t release funds to Prescott Frontier Days until lawsuit resolved

The State Treasurer’s Office has agreed not to release any of the $15.3 million budget appropriation to the Prescott Frontier Days, the nonprofit running the “World’s Oldest Rodeo,” until the resolution of a lawsuit brought by two Prescott residents and the Arizona Center for Law in the Public Interest today.

jobs, unemployment rate, Office of Economic Opportunity, Kaiser, Cook
Jun 15, 2023

Arizona’s unemployment rate at historic lows, jobless benefits won’t be cut

The state's unemployment rate remains at historic lows. But those Arizonans who do find themselves out of work through no fault of their own won't see their benefits cut, at least not this year.

Jun 14, 2023

Kaiser cites putting ‘family first’ for resignation

Sen. Steve Kaiser, R-Phoenix, is resigning at the end of the week, as first reported by ABC15’s Dennis Welch. He said Wednesday that he’s made this decision to spend time with his family, and he would have resigned regardless of whether his housing bills passed this week.

Petersen, Senate, rental tax
Jun 13, 2023

Senate pushes rental tax elimination (again)

The Senate voted Tuesday to pass a revised version of the rental tax elimination bill that was vetoed by Gov. Katie Hobbs a few months ago.

housing, Kaiser, Senate, League of Arizona Cities and Towns, Freedom Caucus, Nick Ponder, Sundareshan, Anna Hernandez
Jun 13, 2023

Final housing reform effort dies

After two years of effort, the last in a series of attempts to reform housing laws has failed in the Legislature. Sen. Steve Kaiser, R-Phoenix, started the session with a substantive housing bill, which was killed in the Senate, but revived in three other pieces of legislation – all of which died on Monday afternoon.

housing, Kaiser, Ponder, affordable homes, cities, towns
Jun 8, 2023

Kaiser, cities reach compromise on housing bills

Republican lawmakers and a lobbying group for Arizona cities and towns have reached a deal on legislation they say will address rising housing costs in the Valley and across the state.

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Jun 1, 2023

More GOP PCs are censuring their lawmakers

A recent trend is growing among Arizona Republican precinct committees of censuring their state elected Republicans after the expulsion of a former Republican lawmaker.