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. 

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Mar 8, 2023

Voters to decide if state should levy new fine to help victims’ families

Arizona voters will get to decide next year whether the state should levy a new $20 fine on each criminal conviction in order to pay an extra $250,000 to the families of police officers, firefighters, EMTs and corrections officers killed on the job because of a criminal act.

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Mar 3, 2023

After budget veto, more GOP bills likely for Hobbs’ rejection

It’s been more than a decade since Arizona had a divided government, but Republican legislators are signaling they’re willing to send bills to die at the desk of Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs.  

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Oct 6, 2022

Arizona weighing in-state tuition rate for some non-citizens

Arizona voters this November will decide whether to allow students, regardless of their immigration status, to obtain financial aid and cheaper in-state tuition at state universities and community colleges.

Jul 22, 2022

Lawmakers’ attendance, voting records vary

Despite going 166 days, the second regular session of Arizona’s 55th Legislature saw generally good attendance from lawmakers in both the House and Senate. Beyond the standouts, however, there were also some exceptions.  

Jul 22, 2022

Lawmakers adopt historic bipartisan budget

Arizona passed its first truly bipartisan budget in years after some Republicans refused to budge on conservative issues and forced leadership to meet Democratic demands. 

Jul 21, 2022

Election reform flopped in 2022, likely to return   

Republican lawmakers fell short in their efforts to revamp election laws this session but could have a much better chance of success in 2023.  

Jul 21, 2022

Dems pass liberal bills under GOP members’ names 

Democrats in Arizona are passing liberal legislation disguised under the names of cooperative Republican members in a hyper-partisan political climate. Sen. Martín Quezada, D-Glendale, told the chamber on the last day of session that Republicans supported him more than they knew. “I do want to give a shoutout to Senator Shope because you may have […]

Jul 7, 2022

Fire districts urge voters to support tax hike

Rural firefighters are working to drum up support for a statewide tax increase that would fund rural fire districts.  

Jul 6, 2022

Governor vetoes transportation tax extension, draws criticism

Gov. Doug Ducey killed a huge tax extension on Wednesday that many Republicans have been pushing for months, angering politicians and lobbyists across the state.  

Jun 28, 2022

Activists, lawmakers divided on officers’ response to protests

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers fired tear gas at pro-abortion protestors at the Capitol after some in the crowd attempted to enter the Senate, drawing praise from some legislators and criticism from protestors and civil rights advocates. 

Jun 23, 2022

Bill to criminalize some filming of police activity advances 

The Senate passed a bill on Thursday morning to criminalize filming police activity within eight feet despite constitutional concerns.