Law & Government

Some mobile home owners aren’t allowed to install air conditioners. A proposed law would change that.

BY: - February 9, 2024

Heat deaths hit a record in Maricopa County in 2023, and 40% of those occurred in mobile homes, even though mobile homes make up just 5% of Arizona housing. Spurred by that staggering statistic, the Arizona House of Representatives unanimously approved a measure to give residents in mobile homes more freedom in how they cool […]

Republicans renew effort to allow concealed firearms on college campuses

BY: - February 9, 2024

A Republican bill that would allow individuals with concealed carry weapon permits to bring their firearms onto college campuses passed an initial hurdle, though it’s all but certain the proposal won’t become law.  Arizona law prohibits firearms on school grounds, including the campuses of universities, colleges and community colleges. Sen. Wendy Rogers, a Republican from […]

People who don’t vote could defeat bond elections under a GOP proposal

BY: - February 9, 2024

Republicans would throw out any city or school district bond election if fewer than 60% of voters cast a ballot — even if it passes. The goal, according to Rep. Michael Carbone, R-Buckeye, is to ensure more voters weigh in when local governments take on more debt. But the proposed new law would actually give […]

School hallway with lockers and students in the distance.

AZ House votes to equip schools and nurses with critical diabetes drug

BY: - February 8, 2024

Because Arizona schools gained the ability in 2017 to store albuterol inhalers for emergency use, Scottsdale Unified School District school nurse Will Graham was able to act immediately when he noticed a student was experiencing breathing difficulties.  “That treatment was so effective that, by the time the fire department got there, the student required no […]

GOP anti-trans school measures are back, and this time they may avoid Hobbs’ veto pen

BY: - February 8, 2024

Faced with the certainty of Gov. Katie Hobbs’ veto, GOP lawmakers are hoping to circumvent her entirely by sending a proposal to voters in November that would restrict how teachers respect the identities of their trans students, and bar those same students from using school facilities that best fit who they are.  “This bypasses the […]

Resolution that would ask voters to require life sentences for sex traffickers clears first hurdle

BY: - February 7, 2024

A number of proposals in the Arizona legislature aimed at sex trafficking, including one that would make the punishment for conviction a life sentence, moved forward Wednesday with support from groups inspired by a QAnon-linked film. House Concurrent Resolution 2042 by Rep. Selina Bliss, R-Prescott, would let voters decide later this year if criminals convicted […]

Freedom Caucus leader wants to limit religious freedom by barring Satanic displays in Arizona

BY: - February 7, 2024

In a bit of irony, the leader of Arizona’s far-right Freedom Caucus has sponsored a bill that clearly infringes on the right to religious freedom.  Sen. Jake Hoffman, a Queen Creek Republican, wants to ban Satanic displays on public property in Arizona, claiming that Satanism is not a real religion, and therefore not owed protection […]

Children’s medical confidentiality would be eliminated under GOP proposal

BY: - February 7, 2024

Arizona children wouldn’t be able to count on the confidentiality of their doctors under a Republican proposal that the American Civil Liberties Union warns will turn minors away from health care providers.  The legislation would give parents unfettered access to their child’s medical records upon request, unless the minor secures confidentiality via a written statement […]

GOP bid to ‘protect’ cis women would scrap all legal protections for trans Arizonans

BY: - February 7, 2024

In a bid to keep transgender women off of girl’s sports teams and out of public restrooms, Arizona Republicans are pushing to insert a narrow and inflexible definition of biological sex into state law that would effectively eliminate all legal recognition of transgender people.  The proposal would remove any reference to gender in Arizona’s laws […]

Republicans, Hobbs on a collision course over how to fix the election recount law

BY: - February 6, 2024

Republican lawmakers are gearing up for a showdown with Gov. Katie Hobbs over creating a fix for an impending election timeline issue created by Republican changes to the state’s recount law which could lead to overseas and military voters becoming disenfranchised and the state’s choice for president not being counted.   The Republican proposal, which also […]

COMMENTARY

Psychologists don’t have the medical and science backgrounds needed to prescribe drugs

BY: - February 6, 2024

A proposal that backers claim will improve access to mental health treatments will, in fact, put Arizonans in danger. If it becomes law, Senate Bill 1249 would give Arizona psychologists the authority to prescribe powerful medication to treat mental health conditions.  But those medications can be harmful if not prescribed correctly. And, unlike the physicians, […]

Should drunk drivers who kill someone be forced to pay child support for orphaned kids?

BY: - February 6, 2024

Arizona has joined dozens of other states in considering a bill that requires drunk drivers to pay child support for children left orphaned in accidents caused by their impaired driving.  “This is a proposal for victim rights,” Rep. Selina Bliss, R-Prescott, said. “If a person makes a choice to drive substance impaired and kills a […]