Senate Government Committee

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May 8, 2023

Senate considers measure to ask voters to approve constitutional change tied to emergencies

The state Senate was likely just a few minutes away from approving a measure last week that would ask Arizona voters to OK a constitutional amendment requiring the Legislature to reauthorize any state of emergency called by the governor every 30 days.

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Mar 29, 2023

School for the Deaf and Blind can continue, may face extra scrutiny

The Arizona State School for the Deaf and Blind is facing a shorter continuation timeline because Republicans in the Senate say there are issues with the agency that need to be scrutinized but would not clarify what those may be.

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Mar 13, 2023

Hoffman aims to ban public funds for programs promoting diversity, inclusion, equity

Two years after banning the use of public funds for so-called "critical race theory,'' a Queen Creek Republican lawmaker is now going after programs that promote diversity, equality and inclusion.

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Mar 3, 2023

Nomination picture still muddy going forward

A month after the Arizona Senate formed an extraordinary new committee to vet Gov. Katie Hobbs’ appointments, the picture still looks muddy for the governor’s nominees to lead key agencies. 

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Mar 1, 2023

Senate gives initial approval to cutting time Arizonans can collect jobless benefits

State lawmakers are moving to cut the time Arizonans can collect jobless benefits -- even when unemployment hits double digits.

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Feb 17, 2023

GOP still pressing Hobbs on inaugural fundraising

Republican lawmakers continue to take aim at Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs’ extraordinary inaugural ceremony fundraising. But their efforts might be limited to sending a message. In a letter sent earlier this week, Rep. David Livingston, R-Peoria, asked Hobbs to report information relating to inaugural funding. 

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Feb 2, 2023

Republicans move to make it more challenging for citizens to make own laws

Republican legislators are moving to throw another roadblock in the path of people to make their own laws.

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Feb 1, 2023

Senate committee approves measure prohibiting public from accessing lawmakers’ addresses

State lawmakers voted Wednesday to make it a lot harder to find out where they live. But they said that threats they face make the move necessary.

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Nov 23, 2022

Senate Government Committee head demands county produce election documents

The head of the Senate Government Committee is demanding that Maricopa County officials produce a laundry list of documents and records regarding the just completed general election.

Oct 7, 2021

Senate panel chair hot seat in 2022

Some conservatives who want to see the Legislature take a harder line on election issues are hoping Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, who is the Government Committee’s vice chairwoman, be appointed to lead it.

Jan 25, 2021

GOP lawmaker urges colleagues not to end Covid restrictions

As a Senate panel prepares to vote on legislation that would immediately end Gov. Doug Ducey’s Covid-caused state of emergency, an influential House Republican and legislative attorneys are warning it would have unintended consequences.

Mar 19, 2019

Senate panel votes to handcuff cities on tenant protections

A Senate panel voted Monday to slam the door on future efforts by cities, towns and counties to enact their own regulations to protect tenants.