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Lawmakers divided as ever on school safety

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(Source: 3TV/CBS 5) PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - Following the latest shooting school shooting in Indiana, Republicans and Democrats in Arizona are as divided as ever on the best way to protect Arizona children. A week after legislative Democrats called for a special session to deal with school safety, Sen. John Kavanagh, a Republican from Fountain Hills, said he was open to ideas. However, the influential GOP lawmaker said he would not be open to any including any gun control measures like the banning of bump stock devices or closing the so-called gun show loophole. But Democratic lawmakers like Sen. Steve Farley, […]

Circumstances sweep away some of Ducey’s agenda – Arizona Capitol Times

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Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, middle, pauses as he gives his state of the state address as he is flanked by House Speaker J.D. Mesnard, left, R-Chandler, and Senate President Steve Yarbrough, right, R-Chandler, at the capitol, Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) Gov. Doug Ducey has faced difficult legislative sessions before. He has handled tight budgets, contentious issues and a slew of criticism from legislative Democrats. But this session was on another level. The “Red for Ed” movement and corresponding teachers strike that closed schools across the state were new for Ducey. As was working […]

Tucson Hispanic Chamber honored to host Gov. Ducey | Business Chatter

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The Tucson Hispanic Chamber was honored to host Arizona Governor Doug Ducey’s Legislative Luncheon earlier this month. As an annual event we provide to our members and the business community, this was Ducey’s first public event following the recent Arizona state legislative session.   He spoke on May 10 to a sold-out ballroom of more than 500 of our members and a variety of business and community leaders.  Key points focused on Arizona’s improving economy and the recent education initiative he led to increase teacher pay by 20 percent by the year 2020.  From passing an extensive legislative package, addressing […]

Don Shooter supporters work to get him on ballot for Senate – Arizona Capitol Times

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Rep. Don Shooter asks colleagues Feb. 1 not to expel him from the House on the heels of a report saying he is guilty of multiple counts of sexual harassment. (Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer) Asked earlier this month if he’d run for office again following his historic expulsion from the Arizona House of Representatives, former legislator Don Shooter said, “Hell no. Now Shooter claims he’s willing to serve, but only if a small band of Yuma Republicans can gather enough petitions for the disgraced politician to qualify for the ballot. Shooter was voted out of the Legislature […]

Court overturns law prohibiting medical marijuana on Arizona college, university campuses – Arizona Daily Star

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Arizona Daily Star Court overturns law prohibiting medical marijuana on Arizona college, university campusesArizona Daily Star“If the Legislature was able to get away with here tampering with a voter-passed initiative, and to do so in a way that’s contrary to its stated purpose … then the camel’s nose is under the tent and they’d be able to do the same thing to all voter … and more » Source link

Medical pot on Arizona campuses not a crime, but school rules on use OK, court says | Local news

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Medical marijuana patients are free to have the drug on college and university campuses without having to fear arrest, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The justices said the 2010 Arizona Medical Marijuana Act gave those who have certain medical conditions permission to obtain up to 2 1/2 ounces of marijuana every two weeks. That initiative also set out specific places where even those entitled to otherwise use the drug legally may not have it. That includes school buses, public schools and correctional facilities. Two years later, responding to concerns by university officials, lawmakers added the language at issue here, […]

Tax the Rich to Fund Education? It Could Happen in Arizona.

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Only weeks after a statewide education walkout, Tucson teacher Mendy Gomez is devoting her free time to a new push to increase K-12 funding in the state. A proposed ballot initiative would ask voters to hike income taxes on high wage earners to fund public education. Gomez is getting the word out to gather signatures. “You’re talking to your friends and neighbors after school and on weekends, you’re using your social media,” said Gomez, 50, who mentors new teachers in a Tucson school district and is running for a seat in the state senate. Organizers suggest the proposal would raise […]

Arizona Governor Vetoes Legislation Requiring Additional Regulatory Sales Tax Collection

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At the urging of CAWA and its auto parts retailer members in Arizona, Governor Doug Ducey vetoed Senate Bill (SB) 1091, which would have impacted sales tax collection and distribution of Arizona businesses by implementing a real-time remittance of transaction privilege tax (TPT). Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed SB 1091 last week citing concerns about the unintended consequences the bill could have on private industries. CAWA’s legislative team, including Phoenix-based legislative advocate, has been aggressively working to oppose the legislation because implementation of real time remittance of TPT would have required significant changes to the current electronic payment systems for members, […]

Arizona Catholic Conference 2018 Legislative Wrap-Up

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Legislators and bishops are honored guests at the Catholic Schools Week Rally at Arizona State Capitol Jan. 31. (Billy Hardiman/CATHOLIC SUN) Arizona Catholic Conference The Arizona Catholic Conference is the public policy agency for the Diocese of Phoenix, the Diocese of Tucson, the Diocese of Gallup and the Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Phoenix. Bishops from each of these dioceses comprise the Board of Directors of the ACC. Through its executive director, the ACC represents the Church on a variety of public policy and legislative matters. MORE INFORMATION REGISTER FOR E-MAIL UPDATES By Ron JohnsonArizona Catholic Conference On May 4, the […]

Arizona Legislative Season Ends With Some Insurance-Related Measures

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey took the final action of the state legislative session last week when he signed 55 new laws and vetoed seven others, including a measure that could have hiked drivers’ insurance rates. The legislative session officially ended on May 4 when lawmakers adjourned. But the governor had until Wednesday to decide whether to sign or veto dozens of bills that were passed in the final days when lawmakers voted on a flurry of bills as well as a $10.4 billion spending plan for the state’s next fiscal year. Overall this year, Ducey signed 346 bills and vetoed […]