Covid, workers' compensation, Court of Appeals,
Sep 22, 2023

Court rules employee who contracts Covid on job entitled to benefits

An employee who contracts Covid on the job is entitled to benefits under the state's workers' compensation, the state Court of Appeals has ruled. And his survivor is entitled to benefit if the disease kills him.

May 17, 2022

Senate approves vaccine, masks bans

State senators voted Tuesday to forever bar the state Department of Health Services from requiring students to be vaccinated against Covid to attend school.

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 20, 2022

Covid battles rankle legislators

The House chambers have felt a little emptier this year.  A noticeable number of members have been absent forcing leadership at times to appoint new members to committees to replace absentee.   On January 18, for example, 10 House members and six senators were absent and excused. The House and Senate have largely gone back to […]

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 […]

virus, Covid, pandemic, vaccinations, University of Arizona College of Medicine, Department of Health Services, vaccines, mumps, measles
Jan 6, 2022

AZ response to Covid surge may be too late

Fueled by the highly transmissible omicron variant, surging Covid cases in Arizona have inspired another round of fractured, largely uncoordinated reactions around the state.

Nov 23, 2021

Medical adviser urges wearing masks

The governor's chief medical adviser said November 23 Covid infections could be cut sharply if people would do more to protect themselves, including wearing masks. 

Aug 25, 2021

Judge to hear arguments over legality of mask prohibition

A judge will hear arguments Sept. 13 over whether it is legal for state lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey to bar schools from requiring students and staff to wear masks. T

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.

Dec 21, 2020

Senate to require masks during 2021 session

Anti-mask Republican senators will lose their right to bare faces next legislative session, under a new set of COVID-19 safety guidelines shared with senators and staff this afternoon.

Dec 1, 2020

Tucson sets curfew in response to spike in COVID-19 cases

A move by the Tucson council to enact a curfew despite a gubernatorial prohibition could pave the way for a legal fight with Gov. Doug Ducey.

Nov 27, 2017

Wearing mask in public to become illegal under proposed law

Thinking of wearing a Trump mask to a political demonstration? A chicken suit to a protest? Or even fake nose and glasses to a public event? A proposed new law could send you to prison for a year -- and a dozen times longer if you or someone else at the event was involved in property damage.