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Rep. Gallego coyly mulling Senate bid as liberal groups push him to run

BY: - February 22, 2019

“We’re heading in the direction to make a decision,” was the most that he would concede.

DCS-backed proposal an ‘absolute devastation’ for unaccompanied migrant youth

BY: - February 21, 2019

A policy proposal introduced twice in the Senate could have devastating consequences for migrant minors in Arizona who were abandoned, abused or neglected and arrived in the country alone to seek protections, advocates said.

Is your genetic information really safe?

BY: - February 21, 2019

Is genetic information truly safe, even in the hands of a government agency that promises to anonymize the data? The answer, like our DNA, is complicated.

Committee passes sex offender registry bill, urges broader reforms

BY: - February 20, 2019

The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously in favor of a limited proposal to slightly expand the number of people who are eligible to be removed from Arizona’s sex offender registry, lauding a proposal that many called an incremental step in the right direction while calling for Arizona to go further.

Tuition bill covering dreamers approved by Senate

BY: - February 20, 2019

The state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to offer a special tuition rate to all graduates of Arizona high schools that will cover immigrants known as dreamers.

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Republicans force debate over Dem-sponsored abortion bill, despite sponsor’s objection

BY: - February 20, 2019

Two hours of political theater ensued on Wednesday after the Republican chairman of the House Judiciary Committee forced a hearing on a bill to repeal a 2017 abortion law, despite repeated requests by the bill’s Democratic sponsor that he pull it from the agenda. Rep. Raquel Terán, D-Phoenix, sponsored House Bill 2696, which aimed to […]

Rental vacancy rates back to pre-recession levels as bills threaten to create more evictions

BY: - February 20, 2019

Two bills working their way through the Arizona House of Representatives could harm renters in the Grand Canyon State, which currently is at its lowest rental vacancy rate since before the Great Recession.

ESA bill that GOP supporters said wasn’t an expansion will cost $1.7M over 3 years

BY: - February 20, 2019

The Joint Legislative Budget Committee conducted a fiscal analysis of a bill that Republican lawmakers insisted in committee last week didn’t expand who could participate in the state’s school voucher program, and concluded what was obvious to everyone but the GOP backers of the bill: It expands enrollment and will thus cost the state more money.

Bowers holds water bill that threatens the drought plan

BY: - February 19, 2019

A bill that could have derailed a seven-state Drought Contingency Plan that lawmakers passed last month was put on ice at the request of its sponsor, House Speaker Rusty Bowers, after a lengthy and contentious committee hearing.

House lawyer: Student employment bill conflicts with AZ’s minimum wage law

BY: - February 19, 2019

A bill to pay some students less than the state’s minimum wage conflicts with Arizona’s voter-approved minimum wage statute and is thus unconstitutional, a staff attorney told  the House Rules Committee on Monday.

Former Arpaio top aide running for sheriff

BY: - February 19, 2019

Jerry Sheridan, who served as Joe Arpaio’s chief deputy and faced civil contempt of court charges alongside his boss in a long-running racial profiling lawsuit, is running for Maricopa County sheriff in 2020.

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Bill would make Section 8 and other assistance not count as rent

BY: - February 19, 2019

A bill under consideration at the Capitol could give landlords the ability to evict tenants who pay their rents with assistance from non-profits, churches and the federal government’s Section 8 housing voucher program.