T.J. Shope

budget, lawmakers, House, Senate, continuation budget,
Jan 24, 2023

GOP lawmakers ready budget to send to Hobbs

Legislative Republicans are gearing up to send a budget to Gov. Katie Hobbs soon, which will likely be met with a hasty veto.  

Jan 19, 2023

Tax free diapers, feminine hygiene products have bipartisan support

The governor and two lawmakers have shown their support for eliminating taxes on “essentials” including diapers and feminine-hygiene products. 

Nov 8, 2022

Incumbent Sen. T.J. Shope gains major lead over Kerby

Preliminary election night results show that Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, is falling behind his Democrat challenger Taylor Kerby. 

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 25, 2022

Ethics probe of Rogers’ social media posts underway

The Senate Ethics Committee voted unanimously Wednesday to investigate an inflammatory comment Sen. Wendy Rogers, R-Flagstaff, posted on social media about a May 14 shooting that left 10 dead in Buffalo.  

May 19, 2022

Sustained absence leads to Senate ethics complaint

Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, is fed up with another Senator who has been absent for the majority of this legislative session and will show it with an ethics complaint.

May 12, 2022

Dog lover lawmaker pushes vet loan program

A bill that forgives student loan debt of up to $100,000 for some graduating veterinarians sits idle in the Senate but has a promising future.  

Mar 18, 2022

Community colleges seek change to spending limit

Semiconductor bootcamp training. Artificial intelligence associate degrees. Nursing simulation programs. 

legislation, child sex dollars, Senate, House, Nguyen, Bliss
Jan 6, 2022

Repeal, replace ‘21 tax cut aims at Prop. 307

Education groups pushing a referendum to repeal the almost $2 billion in tax cuts passed last year say a new Republican plan to repeal and replace the cuts, which would nix their effort, is an attempt to undercut the will of the voters. 

Prop 400, senators, committee, Farnsworth
Nov 24, 2021

Cities, towns seek transportation tax extension

Legislation is in the works to extend an extra half-cent sales tax that has funded major expansions of Maricopa County’s highways and public transportation systems over the past few decades. 

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.

Sep 21, 2021

Pratt – elder statesman of Legislature – dies

Rep. Frank Pratt died on Tuesday.