Gallego, Valenzuela divided over city-funded sports venues

BY: - February 13, 2019

Phoenix mayoral candidates disagreed over the controversial Phoenix Suns arena deal during a debate hosted by KJZZ Tuesday. Kate Gallego said she doesn’t think city money should be used to subsidize professional sports venues, while Daniel Valenzuela argued the facilities are economic drivers.

Bill to give pregnant women on AHCCCS dental coverage moves forward

BY: - February 13, 2019

Legislation to add dental coverage for pregnant woman on the state’s Medicaid program has cleared another hurdle and is one step closer to becoming law.

Tribal leaders testify on climate change’s outsized effect on Indian Country

BY: - February 13, 2019

Clayton Honyumptewa says the Powamuya ceremony will be observed this weekend as usual on parts of the Hopi reservation, but the planting that traditionally follows the ceremony might not come until May.

Legislature takes aim at short-term rentals

BY: - February 13, 2019

A bill with the backing of 57 Arizona lawmakers from both parties aims to add new regulations to short-term and vacation rental properties, like those rented through popular online rental websites AirBnB and VRBO.

Bill would ban mugshot websites from charging for removal

BY: - February 12, 2019

A state lawmaker wants to make it illegal for companies to make people pay money to have their mugshots and other criminal justice records removed from websites, though it’s unclear how such a law would be enforced against people outside of Arizona.

Advocates hope poll buoys sentencing reform efforts

BY: - February 12, 2019

A national organization advocating for criminal justice reform in Arizona is touting a new poll showing strong support for a host of issues being considered by the Legislature this year, including a proposal to reduce the state’s strict sentencing requirements.

Lawmaker wants working students to earn less than minimum wage

BY: - February 12, 2019

A Republican legislator wants to allow Arizona businesses to pay some students 34 percent less than the state’s minimum wage, and his GOP colleagues on a House panel gave the measure preliminary approval Monday. House Bill 2523 gives employers the discretion to pay the federal minimum wage rate, which is $7.25, to full-time students younger […]

Rep. Gosar rips Dem’s ‘socialist fairy tale’ climate plan

BY: - February 12, 2019

Gosar called the Green New Deal plan a “socialist fairy tale” at a U.S. House hearing on climate change Tuesday morning.

Licensing bill backed by Ducey moves forward

BY: - February 11, 2019

A House committee approved a bill that Gov. Doug Ducey touted in his State of the State address that would allow professionals who are certified in other states to practice their trades in Arizona without a new license. House Bill 2569 states that any person who has an occupational license from another state is automatically […]

Dems propose to add state, community oversight of migrant youth shelters

BY: - February 11, 2019

Democratic lawmakers have proposed several bills intended to increase protections for children at migrant shelters, which are privately operated and under the purview of federal agencies. Rep. Kelli Butler, D-Paradise Valley, has two bills that would increase background check requirements for all residential facilities that service children and allow state health regulators to conduct compliance […]

House panel moves to curb agency authority over fees

BY: - February 11, 2019

Republican lawmakers are responding to the recent uproar over a new $32 vehicle registration fee by seeking to limit the ability of state agencies to impose similar fees in the future. Under Sen. J.D. Mesnard’s Senate Bill 1482, state agencies would only be able to increase fees in amounts corresponding with the consumer price index […]

Bannon and his ‘OG MAGA’ crew rally in Arizona for a private border wall

BY: - February 10, 2019

Steve Bannon and other Trump acolytes gathered in a conference room in a gated community in Sahuarita on Friday evening to speak to members of the Quail Creek Republican Club and their guests about their plan to use private funds to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.