Briefs

Senate committee urges congressional action on border wall

BY: - January 29, 2019

The Senate Government Committee voted to urge Congress to pass a border wall bill that is virtually dead.   Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, who chairs the committee, introduced Senate Concurrent Memorial 1001 to urge federal lawmakers to “enact the Fund and Complete the Border Wall Act or similar legislation” at the request of U.S. Rep. […]

Drought resolution plan introduced, Legislature has three days to approve

BY: - January 28, 2019

With only three days left before reaching a federal government deadline, Arizona lawmakers finally have something to vote on for the state’s drought contingency plan. About two weeks ago, Gov. Doug Ducey, flanked by Democratic and Republican leaders, urged lawmakers to approve the drought contingency plan before the Jan. 31 deadline. The plan is part […]

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Tax conformity bills set up possible showdown with governor

BY: - January 23, 2019

Two Republican lawmakers have introduced legislation that would compensate Arizonans for money they’ll lose if the state conforms with the federal tax code, but Gov. Doug Ducey hasn’t budged from his position that the money should be socked away for the next recession and budget crisis. Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, and Rep. Ben Toma, R-Peoria, […]

Lawmaker not pushing porn tax for border wall bill

BY: - January 23, 2019

The lawmaker behind the bill that aimed to tax pornographic material to, among other things, build a border wall with Mexico has said she won’t let it advance in the Legislature. Rep. Gail Griffin, R-Hereford, introduced House Bill 2444 last week, which would make “distributors” of devices that allow access to the internet install software […]

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Rep. Salman: AZ Constitution needs amendment to protect right to vote

BY: - January 17, 2019

Rep. Athena Salman, D-Tempe, will introduce legislation to amend the Arizona Constitution and add a section to explicitly state the right to vote is a fundamental right, she said during a press conference Thursday.

Mesnard bill would increase rainy day fund size

BY: - January 17, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey’s desire to see Arizona’s rainy day fund increased is one step closer reality, as Sen. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, has introduced legislation to increase the cap on how much the state can save.

He’s back: Shooter seen on Senate floor, says he’s working on water plan

BY: - January 16, 2019

The 2019 legislative session is on its third day and expelled lawmaker Don Shooter couldn’t stay away.

How prepared is Arizona for the next economic downturn?

BY: - January 16, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey said in his State of the State address that he wants the state’s rainy day fund to be $1 billion, a figure that comports with recent research showing Arizona is ill prepared for the next recession.

Grijalva: Trump’s shutdown is irrevocably harming public lands

BY: - January 15, 2019

An influential Arizona Democrat is placing the blame for the government shutdown -- and the lasting impacts on public lands and Native American tribes -- squarely on President Trump.

National controversy won’t slow down Women’s March Phoenix, organizers say

BY: - January 15, 2019

The Phoenix group said it was never an official chapter under the national organization Women’s March Inc., and only had “little connections” related to web listings and conference calls.

Can Brnovich sue ASU?

BY: - January 11, 2019

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich on Thursday filed a lawsuit claiming massive real estate deals done by Arizona State University violate state law, but ASU and others are arguing he cannot sue his own client.

Sinema and McSally aren’t the first senators to serve together after being campaign rivals

BY: - January 11, 2019

They’re not the first senators who duked it out during a campaign before going on to work together.