social media, parents, vlogs, children, Illinois, legislation, Arizona
Sep 19, 2023

Protecting children from their opportunistic social influencer parents

A new law in Illinois will require parent social media influencers to set aside money for their children, under age 16, who appear in the parents’ vlogs. Sounds like a good intentioned law, right? Well, it’s a bit complex.

Maricopa County, Arizona Republican Party,presidential preference, election, GOP, Republicans,
Sep 13, 2023

State GOP not giving up attempts to evade sanctions tied to lawsuit

They've lost big in court. Twice. But the Arizona Republican Party isn't giving up its efforts to evade sanctions for filing what judges have called a baseless and politically motivated lawsuit attacking election processes Maricopa County used during the November 2020 election that saw then-President Donald Trump go down in defeat.

GOP, Republicans, freedom, school choice, businesses
Sep 11, 2023

Republicans are protecting the Arizona we love

When you think of Arizona, you can’t help but think of freedom. Freedom to keep the money you earn. Freedom to send your kids to the school you want. Freedom to start a business without layers of red tape. And freedom to work – our licensing reform has become a national model.

groundwater, Griffin, House, legislation, groundwater management area, rural management areas
Sep 7, 2023

Prescott Valley takes water reform into its own hands

The town of Prescott Valley adopted a policy that is not strictly legal: requiring all types of housing developments to provide proof their projects will have water. 

ESA, Empowerment Scholarship Account, Arizona Department of Education, Save Our Schools Arizona, Horne, Beth Lewis
Sep 7, 2023

ESA program added almost 50,000 students in the past year, state reports

The state added nearly 12,000 students to the Empowerment Scholarship Account program in the last quarter, bringing total enrollment to 61,689 at the end of June and renewing debates about the costs and benefits of the program.

Hobbs, county attorneys, abortion, Planned Parenthood,
Sep 1, 2023

Toma and Petersen claim doctors have no legal right to challenge abortion ban

Arizona's top two Republican lawmakers say doctors have no legal right to challenge a 2021 ban the GOP-controlled Legislature enacted on abortions due to fetal abnormalities because they aren't saying they intend to violate it.

rentals, Bliss, Fernandez, Sedona
Aug 31, 2023

Effort to regulate short-term rentals will resume

Stakeholders and lawmakers say that they will renew efforts in the next legislative session to increase municipalities’ ability to restrict short-term rentals to increase the amount of long-term rental properties and for-sale residential properties.

Sierra Club, report card, Sandy Bahr, Hobbs, Legislature
Aug 31, 2023

Sierra Club report card lauds environmental funding, laments climate inaction

The Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter Wednesday released its fall 2023 Environmental Report Card for the Arizona Legislature and governor, and though the organization gave a majority of the state’s legislators negative marks for climate inaction, it praised the state budget’s climate initiatives.

ESAs, Arizona Department of Education, tuition, public schools, private schools, parents, Hobbs, Lewis, Ladner
Aug 25, 2023

Attempts to curtail universal ESA program fail

In the first legislative session following the universal expansion of the Empowerment Scholarship Account program, attempts to curtail or enact further oversight for the program fell flat.

legislation, batting average, Weninger, Osborne
Aug 25, 2023

Getting a bill passed takes ‘compromise’ and persistence 

After a record number of vetoes from a governor during the 2023 legislative session, Republicans saw a fewer volume of the amount of bills signed than in recent years. 

attendance, legislature, lawmakers
Aug 25, 2023

Lawmakers had high attendance on fewer days 

This session, lawmakers had very good attendance records, but only came to work a fraction of the time the Legislature was technically in session. 

Democratic bills, legislature, Hobbs
Aug 25, 2023

Under Hobbs, Dems struggle to get bills advanced, signed

The 2023 legislative session was comprised similarly to the previous two, with all three having narrow Republican majorities in the House and Senate.