Quezada, Senate committee, rejected
Jun 1, 2023

Senate panel rejects former lawmaker over incendiary politics

A Senate committee voted Wednesday, as expected, to recommend the rejection of a former Democratic lawmaker to lead a state agency, citing his past political comments.  

Covid, Senate panel, Shamp, Will Humble
May 25, 2023

Panelists make outrageous claims in conservative Covid committee 

Conservative lawmakers hosted a panel today with speakers who claim that the federal government intentionally lied and mishandled Covid, that hospitals intentionally killed people, and made statements that medical professionals say are untrue. 

Hobbs, Toma, Petersen, Hoffman, budget, housing,
May 15, 2023

Hobbs, GOP lawmakers tout wins in budget as battle to define spending ahead

Two media events on Monday highlighted the coming political battle to define the $17.8 billion budget that lawmakers passed, and the governor signed last week.

Covid, Senate, House, committee, Shamp
May 5, 2023

GOP Covid panel to hold people ‘accountable’

A new committee run by Republicans who are critical of how Covid was managed will convene this month and hold unspecified people “accountable” for their role in the pandemic, but members haven't said how that will be done.  

May 4, 2023

Bill keeps home addresses secret, impact unclear

Citing death threats, lawmakers passed a bill May 3 meant to seal their home addresses from the public if a judge agrees, but it’s not clear how the new legislation will work in practice or if anyone will still be able to check that lawmakers live in the districts they represent. 

Hobbs, Lake, election contest, court
May 1, 2023

Hobbs still mum on what she wants changed to sign new home-cooked foods bill

Nearly two weeks after vetoing a widely popular bill to expand the sale of home-cooked foods, Gov. Katie Hobbs still won't say what she wants changed in order to get her to sign a new version.

cottage food industry, Alma Hernandez, veto, veto override, Hobbs
Apr 27, 2023

Override falls short after partisan fireworks

The effort to override Gov. Katie Hobbs’ veto of a bill that had received bipartisan backing ran out of gas on April 25 when the Arizona House of Representatives mustered a simple majority vote – but not the necessary supermajority.

governor, Hobbs, vetoes
Apr 21, 2023

Hobbs tops Napolitano’s veto record – 63 so far

Gov. Katie Hobbs shattered a state record for the largest number of bills vetoed in one year on April 18 – the Democratic governor rejected 11 bills, bringing her to a total of 63 for the year.

cochlear implants
Apr 18, 2023

Arizona Senate bill could expand cochlear implant state Medicaid coverage

The Arizona Senate has passed a bill that aims to expand cochlear implant coverage for adults through Arizona’s Medicaid program.

Hobbs, vetoes, governor, bills
Apr 6, 2023

Hobbs vetoes 8 more bills, headed for record number

Proposals to cut food and rental taxes; a bill banning some messages on highway billboards; a measure to stop unhoused people from camping on streets and sidewalks. They’ve all died on the desk of Gov. Katie Hobbs, who reached a new veto milestone on Thursday morning when she rejected eight bills, bringing her total number of vetoes this year to 37.

I-10 expansion, Cook, Martinez, Kavanagh
Apr 5, 2023

I-10 expansion bill survives latest hurdle in saga 

One senator’s last-minute amendment saved I-10 expansion funding from making it through the Legislature as a bill this session. 

renovations, Senate, House, caucus meetings, Petersen, Toma, Shope
Mar 28, 2023

Legislature spent $8.5 million on renovations, more spending possible

The Senate spent millions on renovations inside the building and a new fence at the Capitol, including more than $20,000 for a new majority caucus table and almost $70,000 on new door handles, but Sen. President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, said he won’t approve the last $2 million in spending that was originally planned.