text messages

Harris, House, ethics, disorderly behavior
Apr 11, 2023

House ethics panel rules Harris engaged in disorderly behavior 

The House Ethics Committee determined that Rep. Liz Harris, R-Chandler, engaged in disorderly behavior related to testimony she invited to a February joint elections committee. 

Apr 20, 2017

Texting ban on teenage drivers now only needs Ducey’s signature to become law

On a 32-24 margin, the state House today gave final approval to legislation banning teens with a learner’s driving permit from texting or making calls from their cell phones while behind the wheel. SB1080 also extends that to the first six months they have their actual Class G license, which is reserved for the newest drivers.

May 31, 2016

Judge again rules against watchdog group on Stump texts

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge ruled today that a watchdog group seeking a utility regulator’s texts will not get another crack at inspecting the regulator’s phone.

Blackman, text, racist
Mar 23, 2016

Some of Stump’s texts are public records, AG says

Some of what was found on Bob Stump's cell phone is a public record, the attorney general's office said Tuesday.

Mar 8, 2016

Watchdog group doubles down on public records case against Stump

A lawsuit against the Arizona Corporation Commission indicates how a shift in technology could allow public officials to skirt public records laws, an attorney argued in Maricopa County Superior Court today.

Jan 20, 2016

Judge rules public can’t see Stump’s text messages

The public is not entitled to see any of the text messages recovered from the state-owned cell phone used by Bob Stump.

Blackman, text, racist
Nov 25, 2015

Judge orders review of Stump’s text messages

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge has taken the first steps in what should result in the public finally getting a look at text messages Bob Stump sent and received during last year's election.

Nov 19, 2015

Stonewalled: Legislature redacts, delays and denies access to messages

Four months ago, the Arizona Capitol Times set out to learn how much of the state’s business is being conducted on smartphones, via newer technologies like text messages, social media chats and third-party messenger applications. But getting access to those messages, which most experts and public officials agree are covered under the state public records laws, can be extremely difficult.

Oct 28, 2015

Advanced forensics equipment examining Stump’s phone texts, AG’s spokesman says

State investigators are working to recover text messages that utility regulator Bob Stump sent and received during last year's Republican primary, Capitol Media Services has learned.

Oct 28, 2015

Watchdog group sues to get Corporation Commissioner’s texts

After months of threatening a lawsuit, the Checks and Balances Project today sued the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Corporation Commission to get immediate access to a commissioner’s text messages.

Jul 24, 2015

Stump Q&A: ‘I certainly wish the text messages still existed’

Arizona Corporation Commissioner Bob Stump, who is under fire for deleting text messages on his commission-issued phone, including content that was considered public records, has finally answered one the most pressing questions in the controversy: Why?

Jul 14, 2015

Corp Comm obtaining system to automatically copy and save text messages

The Arizona Corporation Commission is obtaining software designed to help ensure the public has a chance from now on of getting access to text messages of state utility regulators.