Rebecca Rios

Dec 21, 2022

Lawmakers object to desal process, can’t do anything about it

Lawmakers grilled representatives of the Water Infrastructure Finance Authority and a company that wants to build a desalination plant in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico on Tuesday over a proposal they say was not handled transparently.  

Ducey, free enterprise, unemployment benefits, Covid pandemic
Dec 15, 2022

Ducey, lawmakers disagree on special session support 

Gov. Doug Ducey said that even though he promised to call a special session, he’s not sure if he has support for it. Lawmakers say that’s not the case.  

AEL, Aggregate spending limit, Reginald Bolding, education, public education
Sep 15, 2022

Special session pushed to avoid over $1B in school funding cuts

Democrats and public school officials are again asking Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special legislative session to avoid over $1 billion in K-12 funding cuts this school year, months after Republicans used the promise of a special session as a carrot to bring Democrats on board with this year’s historic bipartisan budget. 

May 31, 2022

Tactic to force vote on gun bill fails

Senate Republicans quashed a bid Tuesday to force a vote on legislation to forbid people from buying weapons unless they first have a background check.

Apr 8, 2022

State flush with cash makes for difficult budget negotiations

A Republican lawmaker who says he wants more money for public education is leaving Senate President Karen Fann without the votes she needs for the budget.

Feb 17, 2022

Senate panel moves bill to create Lt. Governor

A Senate committee voted Thursday to approve bipartisan legislation that will let voters decide if they want to establish a Lieutenant Governor in Arizona.  

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, […]

Hobbs, Lake, governor, debate
Nov 16, 2021

Hobbs damaged by Senate staffer verdict

A federal judge Tuesday denied a bid by the Senate to overturn a $2.75 million discrimination award against the Senate, leaving Secretary of State Katie Hobbs and state Democrats scrambling to blunt the effects of the verdict on her gubernatorial ambitions. 

public records, Fann, Supreme Court, public access, First Amendment Coalition, Cyber Ninjas
Aug 27, 2021

Getting around public records law

When one Democratic state senator was arrested at the start of August, his colleagues snapped into action.

Jul 26, 2021

Driving forward for clean air, climate action in Phoenix

While the previously outlined Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework may be a necessary step toward passing a major climate bill, it does not go far enough in addressing air pollution and the climate crisis.

Jul 19, 2021

Q&A with Senate Minority Leader Rebecca Rios

The 2021 budget was the worst that Senate Minority Leader Rebecca Rios can remember from the three decades she spent in and out of the Legislature.

Jul 15, 2021

Senate threatens lawsuit if Maricopa County balks at potential subpoenas

A plan to contact voters at their doors, which Fann nixed after the U.S. Department of Justice warned it could constitute voter intimidation, could be back on the table after the Senate’s contracted auditors insisted they need door-to-door canvassing to verify results.