Mobile home owners forced out of parks to get larger payouts under new law
Residents of three mobile home parks facing imminent eviction could get bigger payouts from the state for leaving or moving their homes following a new law.
Yavapai County judge has cases reassigned after a DUI arrest
The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that all cases currently assigned to a Yavapai County Superior Court judge recently arrested on suspicion of extreme DUI will be reassigned to other judges.
Judge prohibits state from enforcing law limiting attorneys from directly contacting crime victims
A federal judge is barring the state from enforcing a 31-year-old law that prohibits defense attorneys from directly contacting crime victims or their families, calling it a violation of their constitutional rights.
HB2492, other extreme voting bills must be stopped
The Arizona Legislature is apparently done paying lip service to protecting voter access. A number of extreme bills that will upend Arizona’s well-functioning election system are rocketing through the Legislature. One standout in a crowded field of anti-democratic legislation, HB2492, has passed the House and is moving to the Senate. Several of its provisions are […]
Republican Party asks Supreme Court to nullify early voting
The Arizona Republican Party is trying to kill the method of voting preferred by more than 80% of state residents. Legal papers filed Friday ask the Arizona Supreme Court to conclude that there is nothing in the state constitution to allow for early voting. Attorney Alexander Kolodin told Capitol Media Services the only form of voting […]
Why is GOP bucking Arizonans’ abortion wishes?
The freedom to decide if, when, and how to start or grow a family is fundamental to Arizonans. No matter your personal beliefs, most folks here believe that everyone should be free to decide what is best for them. That is why it is so surprising to see an emboldened Arizona Legislature, controlled by a […]
Police, legislators seek new oversight for officer shootings
A bipartisan bill that would require an outside agency to review when a police officer fires their gun or uses deadly force is making its way through the House. “We have had civilian fatalities, and many times that is accompanied by a lot of feelings and emotions in the community,” House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, […]
Bowers backs bid to stop gay, transgender discrimination
House Speaker Rusty Bowers is throwing his weight behind a bill to ban discrimination against gay and transgender people. “It is the doctrine of my faith that we are all brothers and sisters, and we belong to the family of God,” Bowers, R-Mesa, who is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day […]
House panel OKs gender standards for state documents
Insisting that boys are boys and girls are girls, Arizona lawmakers are moving to block state agencies from giving a third option for those who identify as neither. HB2294 would put in statute that any document issued by a state agency, board, commission or department that now is required to indicate an individual’s sex may […]
Bill advances restoring peremptory juror strikes
Arizona made national headlines last year when it became the first state to eliminate peremptory strikes of potential jurors. But most of the Arizona Supreme Court’s rule change, which took effect in January, would be short-lived if HB2413 becomes law. The bill, which passed out of the House Judiciary Committee on February 2 on party […]
House moves critical race theory ban to Senate
Two controversial education bills, one banning “critical race theory” in Arizona schools and one that, supporters say, would keep sexually explicit materials out of schools, passed the House on party-line votes Thursday. Gov. Doug Ducey called for a critical race theory ban and giving more power to parents in his State of the State address. […]
Rogers wins defamation case
The Arizona Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled in favor of Sen. Wendy Rogers in a defamation lawsuit, pointing to the First Amendment and citing concerns on chilling political speech while establishing that most private individuals don’t have legal recourse if they’re entangled in the political sphere. The First Amendment protections extend to “both the profound and the […]