State law

Mar 12, 2013

Arizona law on medical malpractice suits upheld

A new Arizona Supreme Court ruling upholds a state law that seeks to screen out flimsy medical-malpractice suits by requiring that plaintiffs have a testifying witness from the same medical specialty as the doctor being sued.

In this April 3, 2012 file photo, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio listens in during a news conference in Phoenix. Sheriff Arpaio has been in office 20 years, mainly by being tough on crime and, more recently, illegal immigration. But the self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America is in the middle of the most difficult re-election fight of his career, largely because those themes are being turned against him. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)
Feb 20, 2013

Arpaio supporters demand end to recall effort

A group supporting metropolitan Phoenix's sheriff demanded Wednesday that organizers of an effort to recall the lawman immediately end their campaign, and vowed to go to court to stop them.

Arizona AG proposes arming 1 educator per school
Feb 20, 2013

Arizona lawmakers weigh public safety bills

Arizona lawmakers are weighing a trio of public safety measures that would help teachers and police officers identify mentally ill people, while also giving the public more access to guns.

Arizona court to hear appeal on marijuana ruling
Feb 18, 2013

Montgomery: I’m not targeting immigrants

Maricopa County's top attorney says an aggressive prosecution tool that can leave illegal immigrants stranded in jail for months before the cases go to trial has helped reduce Arizona's record identity theft issues.

Feb 14, 2013

Tucson district to begin new cultural studies program

All eyes will be on Tucson Unified School District in the next year as it establishes a court-ordered “culturally relevant” classes.

And while most are going to see how the process unfolds, Attorney General Tom Horne is certain the curriculum merely will be a resurrected version of the banned Mexican American Studies program because the new classes are under development by the same [...]

Feb 11, 2013

Federal judge strikes law targeting Planned Parenthood

In a major setback for the prolife movement in Arizona, a federal judge today struck down a state law that precludes public funds, such as Medicaid money, from going to any group that provides for an abortion.

Feb 11, 2013

Arizona Senate panel OKs child custody law changes

Parents with custody of their children who want to move across town would have to notify the other parent beforehand to give them a chance to object in court under a bill approved by an Arizona Senate committee Monday.

State Sen. Steve Gallardo, D-Phoenix, said his bills address discrimination against members of Arizona’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community in terms of marriage, employment and adoption. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Cortney Bennett)
Feb 11, 2013

Lawmaker: Criminal penalties for illegal campaign coordination

When Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery accused Attorney General Tom Horne of illegally coordinating his campaign with a supposedly independent expenditure group, state law restricted him to seeking civil penalties.

Rep. Karen Fann, R-Prescott, says it’s “a little silly” that Arizona communities may ban the use but not the sale of fireworks. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Matthew Longdon)
Feb 5, 2013

Bill would would allow communities to ban fireworks sales

Saying it would help reduce the risk of wildfires, a state lawmaker is trying again to give cities and towns the authority to ban the sale of sparklers and other fireworks legalized by a 2010 state law.

Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery addresses a rally outside the federal courthouse in Phoenix on the 40th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion. (Cronkite News Service Photo by Christina Silvestri)
Jan 23, 2013

Abortion foes mark 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade decision

At a rally marking the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion, Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery said Tuesday that Arizona is a leader in defending the unborn.

Jan 7, 2013

Arizona police grapple with law on confiscated guns

Some police agencies in Arizona are stockpiling weapons they used to scrap in response to a new state law designed to prohibit agencies from destroying weapons they confiscate.

Dec 15, 2012

Years after they became mandatory, employment checks are spotty

Five years after it took effect and more than year after it was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court, an Arizona law requiring that businesses check the citizenship of every new hire is often disregarded and rarely enforced.