Lela Alston

Kaiser, affordable homes, zoning, Senate
Dec 22, 2022

Housing panel recommends zoning law changes

The chairman of the Housing Supply Study Committee is proposing to alter zoning laws and permanently fund the Housing Trust Fund to create more affordable housing in the state.

Kaiser, affordable homes, zoning, Senate
Dec 15, 2022

Incoming lawmakers, governor-elect aim to tackle housing

Republicans and Democrats want to address housing in the upcoming legislative session, and some of their proposals overlap.  

Apr 22, 2022

Senate leadership scramble, 3 eye presidency

The Senate is preparing to select new leadership next year in both parties, and three Republicans seem confident that they can win the presidency. 

Apr 16, 2022

Budget talks stall, lawmakers consider scaled-down option

Legislative leadership is considering a “skinny budget” this year after struggling to get consensus on big projects. 

Feb 11, 2022

Beloved former senator passes away at 83

Former Senator Olivia Cajero Bedford’s passed away on Wednesday, Senator Lisa Otondo, D-Yuma, announced on the floor of the Senate.  “She was incredible and represented Southern Arizona values to her last breath,” said Rep. Andrés Cano   She made us proud and was always somebody who was present with the community,” said Rep. Andrés Cano, D-Tucson, […]

prescription drugs, Medicare, Congress, asthma, Biden Administration, penicillin, bronchodilators, inhaled steroids, seniors, Masters, Republicans
Oct 4, 2021

Prescription Drug Solutions Overdue, Sinema and Kelly Must Act

During my time as an elected official in Arizona, I have heard anecdotes about impossible decisions families are forced to make due to out-of-control prescription drug costs. Horrible choices like deciding to buy critical medications or paying the rent, buying groceries, or paying the utility bill. This is a choice no one living in a country as prosperous as American should ever have to make.  [...]

Mar 12, 2021

Bipartisan ‘political science experiment’ plays in Legislature

Usually, legislative Democrats are lucky if it takes two hands to count the number of bills they get signed into law.

Mar 11, 2021

Election measures keep moving along partisan lines

With most headline-grabbing election measures dead, numerous others that pit arguments of voter integrity against voter suppression are working their way through the Legislature.

Feb 23, 2021

Senate votes to add county supervisors in Maricopa, Pima

Residents of the state's two largest counties could find themselves with more people to call when something goes wrong. But it will cost them.

Nov 11, 2020

Bowers, Fann retain leadership posts; Dems choose Bolding, Rios

Legislative Republican and Democratic caucuses met separately this and last week to select leadership following a topsy-turvy election that saw statewide Democrats succeed but the party’s legislative candidates flounder under the weight of expectation. The GOP kept its top lawmakers in each chamber, with House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, and Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott, […]

Oct 15, 2020

Rosy state revenues belie need for recovery package

Rosy state revenues belie ongoing economic turmoil, particularly for lower-income Arizonans who have been disproportionately affected by job losses and wage cuts.

Aug 4, 2020

Veteran senator keeps win streak alive

Sen. Lela Alston continues a four-decade streak of never losing legislative races, easily fending off a Democratic primary challenge in Legislative District 24 from an opponent who sought to make the race about her age.