Mar 4, 2022

Bill mandating parental oversight of school library books gets Senate panel OK

A bill requiring public review of all school library books has passed its first hearing in the Arizona Senate.  House Bill 2439 would establish parental review for books that are approved for school libraries, requiring schools to post the list of newly purchased books on their websites for at least 60 days after approval. The […]

Feb 10, 2022

House panel votes to override school mask mandates

Calling it a matter of parental rights, a House panel voted Wednesday to override mask mandates that exist in some public schools around the state.  HB2616 says schools can require masks of anyone younger than 18 only if they have “express consent of the person’s parent or guardian.”  It’s not just schools, however. The measure […]

Jan 30, 2022

HB2043: businesses face $500K fine for vaccine injury

Republican legislators are moving to punish businesses — and in a big way — if they force workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and any of them get sick.  Legislation awaiting a House vote effectively would require employers to honor each and every request for a religious exemption. That’s because anyone who suffers a “significant […]

Jan 14, 2022

Treasury: Arizona risks relief funds over anti-mandate rules

The Biden administration is threatening to recoup COVID-19 relief funds sent to Arizona over state provisions that it says discourage families and school districts from following federal guidance recommending face coverings in schools. At issue are two state programs meant to help schools and students but direct funding away from jurisdictions with mask requirements. Arizona’s […]

Sep 7, 2021

Tucson vaccine mandate illegal, AG says

A Tucson ordinance requiring city employees to get vaccinated or face suspension is illegal, Attorney General Mark Brnovich concluded Tuesday.

Aug 4, 2021

Judge refuses – for now – to grant TRO against Phoenix Union’s mask policy

A Superior Court judge did not rule on the claim by a teacher at Phoenix Union, which imposed a mask mandate, that the law banning schools from doing so is in effect. But he did not grant a request by Alexander Kolodin, the teacher’s attorney, for an immediate restraining order to bar the district from enforcing its new policy.

Oct 25, 2018

Arizona voters should reject big green tax on poor

Yes, sunny Arizona is an ideal state for solar power. As it gets cheaper, the state should use solar whenever it makes financial sense. But politicians shouldn’t force you to buy it regardless of cost. It doesn’t make sense to insert into the state Constitution a requirement on energy use that locks Arizona into 50 percent wind and solar. Betting the state’s financial future and job base on [...]

Dec 30, 2014

No health insurance? Penalties to rise in 2015

The cost of being uninsured in America is going up significantly next year for millions of people. It's the first year all taxpayers have to report to the Internal Revenue Service whether they had health insurance for the previous year, as required under President Barack Obama's law. Those who were uninsured face fines, unless they qualify for one of about 30 exemptions, most of which involve f[...]

David Garcia and Diane Douglas prepare for their Superintendent of Public Instruction Debate. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)
Nov 10, 2014

Garcia concedes schools chief race to Douglas

Democrat David Garcia conceded the race for superintendent of public Instruction late Monday to Republican Diane Douglas, who declared her slim margin of victory a mandate against Common Core learning standards.

Arizona charter schools oppose more state regulation
Oct 16, 2013

Arizona law on third-grade reading mandate goes live

Even as many districts and individual schools have ramped up their instruction, this year's implementation of a 2010 state law may mean an estimated 1,500 Arizona third-graders will be denied promotions to fourth grade for not meeting required reading levels

Feb 3, 2011

Ariz. panel endorses abortion ultrasound mandate

A legislative committee approved a proposal Wednesday that would require abortion doctors to offer their patients ultrasound images of their unborn child before ending their pregnancies.