House gives hemp farming preliminary approval
Arizona is on the verge of authorizing its farmers to start growing hemp. But how quickly fields of the relative of the better-known marijuana plant will start springing up around the state remains unclear.
New State Bar section delves into religious freedom and the law
Two underlying forces are at work behind a new section of the State Bar of Arizona on the intersection of religious liberty and the law.
AG withdraws opinion on use of public dollars on elections
Following a barrage of criticism, an opinion by Attorney General Mark Brnovich that allowed officials to use public resources on election topics has been withdrawn.
Border fence: Once again, the $264,000 question goes unanswered
A legislative panel that is looking into border security skirted a nagging question at a meeting this morning – what to do with roughly $260,000 that was raised to build a fence on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Federal, state laws at odds on lobbyist political contributions
To curtail the inappropriate influence of money in politics, Arizona law prohibits lobbyists from contributing to lawmakers’ campaign committees while the Legislature is in session.
3 years later, still no groundbreaking on donation-funded state border fence
Nearly three years after lawmakers started soliciting public donations to build a portion of fence along Arizona’s border with Mexico, lawmakers still don’t have a plan to build a fence with the $264,028 they have received.
Ruling on Arizona race, sex abortion ban appealed
Groups opposed to an Arizona law banning abortions based on the race or sex of the fetus are challenging a ruling that dismissed their suit.
Panel: Harsher penalties for straw buyers could curb gun traffic to Mexico
Stricter U.S. gun measures are needed to stem the flow of guns to Mexico, where the weapons are fueling violence and leaving people “under siege” with little hope of help from their government, activists said Thursday.
Arizona tries to conceal identity of firm that makes chemical for lethal injections
Masks are synonymous with executioners. So in keeping with that tradition, the Arizona Department of Corrections tried to follow other states and extend anonymity to the company that makes the chemical used in lethal injections.
Detention of men prompts immigration protest
Tucson's police chief says officers were following the law during a traffic stop of two immigrants that turned into a heated protest.
Judge backs Legislature in sweep of foreclosure funds
The Legislature’s decision to sweep $50 million intended to help the state with the consequences of the foreclosure crisis was legal, according to a Maricopa County judge.
Young Arizona immigrants fight for a piece of the American dream
Early in September, Reyna Montoya awoke to hear the heavy downpour outside her home in Mesa. She reacted the way most Arizonans would — with a giddy enthusiasm and a sense of wonder at seeing a million tears fall from the sky to wash away the desert heat. “We never get to see the rain here,” she said. Montoya, 21, was recounting the story to make a point: Arizona is her home and she’s n[...]