Criminal justice reform advocates split on GOP bills to reduce sentences

BY: - February 5, 2019

A bill that would reduce sentencing requirements for people convicted of drug offenses isn’t nearly as ambitious as another far-reaching sentencing reform proposal, but may have significantly better odds of passage this legislative session.

Trump nominates ex-Rosemont mine lobbyist to lead Interior

BY: - February 4, 2019

President Trump on Monday announced that he’ll nominate David Bernhardt, a former lobbyist for the Rosemont copper mine in Arizona and George W. Bush administration official, to become the next Interior secretary.

Bills aim to create committee to study violence against Native women

BY: - February 4, 2019

Data on murders of indigenous women is hard to come by, and bills proposed in the Arizona House and Senate aim to shine a light on that and more.

Tax conformity veto sets up showdown

BY: - February 1, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed a tax conformity bill, setting up a showdown with Republican legislators and injecting more uncertainty for Arizonans who are preparing to file their 2018 taxes.

Man who sexually abused 7 boys at Southwest Key facility sentenced to 19 years in prison

BY: - February 1, 2019

A federal judge sentenced Levian Pacheco, who sexually abused several teenage boys at a shelter in Mesa for migrant youth, to 19 years in prison and a lifetime supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office of Arizona.

Voters just rejected expanding ESA access. This bill would do the opposite.

BY: - February 1, 2019

Less than three months after voters rejected a legislative attempt to broadly expand a controversial school choice program, a Republican senator is hoping lawmakers will approve a narrower expansion for middle-class students. Senate Bill 1396, sponsored by Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, would increase access to Empowerment Scholarship Accounts to families at or below 185 percent of […]

Despite last minute passage of legislation, feds say drought plan is not complete

BY: - February 1, 2019

Arizona lawmakers approved and Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation related to a seven state drought contingency plan just hours before a federal deadline Thursday, but the federal government has said that the deal is not complete. “Until all seven are done, it’s not done,” Bureau of Reclamation spokeswoman Patricia Aaron told the Arizona Mirror. The […]

Number of Arizonans who see climate change as ‘serious problem’ jumps

BY: - February 1, 2019

The number of Arizonans who believe climate change is a “serious problem” has grown sharply in the past three years, according to an annual survey of Western-state voters’ opinions on environmental issues.

Gallego, Valenzuela will draw from experience to address homelessness in Phoenix

BY: - January 31, 2019

Kate Gallego shared examples of existing programs she’s worked on that would continue to guide her policy on housing and services for homeless people, while Daniel Valenzuela centered the discussion around his personal experiences with housing instability as a child during a mayoral forum on health, housing and homelessness Tuesday. Both stressed that, as mayors, […]

Gallego’s office asks Capitol Police to investigate extremist group

BY: - January 31, 2019

Staffers of U.S. Rep. Ruben Gallego have asked the U.S. Capitol Police to investigate the extremist group Patriot Movement AZ after its leaders posted photos, video and information about security measures of the congressman’s house, the Southern Policy Law Center’s Hatewatch blog reported today.

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AZGOP audit says Fontes actions questionable, not illegal

BY: - January 31, 2019

Preliminary results of an audit commissioned by the Arizona Republican Party concluded that Maricopa County’s Democratic recorder didn’t violate any laws during the 2018 general election and that two disputed policies he implemented didn’t affect the outcomes of any races.

Drought plan clears committee, despite fears on both sides

BY: - January 30, 2019

Arizona is one step closer to finalizing the drought contingency plan, but lawmakers have less than 36 hours to do so. The plan is a seven-state agreement, including Mexico, that aims to mitigate the impacts of a water shortage and protect water sources like the Colorado River and Lake Mead. After a marathon five-hour meeting […]