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Legislature passes quirky laws in elongated session | Arizona News

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PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) — Arizona’s 54th legislative session wrapped up earlier this week and Governor Doug Ducey signed the $11.8 billion budget Friday. During the legislative session about 1,300 bills were introduced, and the session ran about a month long. [VIDEO: AZ Legislature passes some quirky laws] “It had its own personality quirks, it had a very thin majority, and it had a lot of scar tissue,” political consultant Stan Barnes said. But despite the difficulties, some unique laws came out of all of it – nunchucks are now legal, and lemonade is the official state drink. “It is completely typical […]

Legislature set to work during weekend amid budget impasse • Arizona Mirror

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Photo by GotCredit.com | Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0 The Legislature appeared poised to work through the Memorial Day weekend as the budget stalemate continued at the Capitol on Friday. Lawmakers spent much of Friday, traditionally a day off for the legislature, waiting for news as Republican leaders and Gov. Doug Ducey’s office sought to persuade several GOP holdouts in the Senate to support the $11.8 billion budget plan. After working until 2 a.m. the night before to pass three budget bills, the House of Representatives planned to come back Friday night to vote for the remaining bills, though House Republican spokesman […]

House passes parts of budget in late-night action, but Senate still appears stalled • Arizona Mirror

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Photo via Facebook Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives moved forward on the budget without their Senate colleagues, working into the early morning hours of Friday in the hope of spurring the legislature’s upper chamber into action. The House recessed shortly after 2 a.m. after four hours of work, which saw lawmakers pass three budget bills and several other pieces of legislation. The House and Senate are both expected to reconvene at 10 a.m. Friday. But while the House may forge ahead with the remaining seven bills for the proposed $11.9 billion budget agreement reached by GOP legislative leadership […]

AZ Republican lawmakers caught on hot mic threatening retaliation | Arizona Politics

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PHOENIX, AZ (3TV/CBS 5)– Arizona Republican lawmakers were heard Thursday evening threatening retaliation against two of their colleagues, who are pushing legislation to protect victims of childhood sexual assault. The threats were caught on an open microphone during, what was supposed to be, a closed-door meeting of Arizona House Republicans. [WATCH: Arizona Republican lawmakers heard making threats on ‘hot mic’] Rep. Ben Toma, a Republican from Peoria, demanded repercussions for Sen. Paul Boyer and Sen. Heather Carter, who are refusing to support the budget. [LISTEN: Full recording reveals hot mic picked up retaliation threats from Arizona lawmakers] Boyer and Carter have frustrated […]

Arizona legislators aim to triple their own allowance money | Local news

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PHOENIX — Republican and Democrat lawmakers finally found a spending proposal they can agree on: Tripling the allowance lawmakers get for coming to the Capitol. Legislation introduced Thursday would tie the rate for lawmakers from outside Maricopa County to what the federal government allows for travel. At current numbers, that computes to $129 a day for lodging and $56 for meals. Out-of-county legislators now get $60 a day for the first 120 days of the Legislature’s session. They also get it for weekends and days there is no session. There is near unanimous backing for the increase. Most lawmakers say […]

Arizona bill would award $7.5M to prevent abortions

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Arizona legislative committees on Wednesday pushed forward a bill that seeks to prevent abortions by directing $7.5 million over the next three years to adoption services and apparently funding crisis pregnancy centers that abortion-rights advocates say provide “misleading” information. The bill passed along a party-line vote in the Arizona House and Senate appropriations committees, sending the measure to full votes in both chambers, AZ Central reported. The Republican-backed measure would direct $2.5 million each year to a nonprofit group that would “implement a statewide system to provide direct services, support services, social services case management and referrals to the biological or […]

Arizona Legislature begins debate on budget bills

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PHOENIX — The state budget proposal negotiated by Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and top Republican lawmakers would charge Flagstaff for raising its minimum wage higher than the state’s and create an anti-abortion hotline. Those are among hundreds of items in the $11.8 billion budget that lawmakers began debating publicly Wednesday ahead of votes that could come later this week. But even as legislative committees began daylong hearings to discuss and likely advance the spending plan, Senate leaders struggled for another day to build support. Five GOP senators told The Associated Press this week that they will not vote for the […]

Pro-voucher group exploiting Navajo students

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The plan to amend the state’s voucher-like Empowerment Scholarship Account program is being pushed by Republicans after the school-choice advocacy group American Federation for Children amplified concerns that some students in Window Rock might be kicked out of program for using public money to pay private school tuition in New Mexico. (Photo: via Hilltop Christian School website) State schools Superintendent Kathy Hoffman on Tuesday slammed the pro-school-voucher group behind a late-session push to allow Arizona vouchers to be used at some out-of-state private schools, contending that the American Federation for Children was exploiting Native American students’ situation to further its policy agenda. Hoffman, said AFC recruited the children…

Arizona law will crack down on short-term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO

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A home being run as an Airbnb is now for sale after experiencing pushback from neighbors in the Royal Crest Villa community of Phoenix Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018. (Photo: Tom Tingle/The Republic) Neighbors struggling with grief from short-term rentals will soon get a reprieve. But will it be enough? Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed a bill allowing for more regulations of short-term rental operators in the state. Residents across Arizona have raised complaints about increased noise, trash and traffic in their neighborhoods after a 2017 law expanded protections for short-term rentals. The new law, House Bill 2672, was sponsored by Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain […]

Arizona groups join nationwide protest against restrictive abortion laws

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CLOSE Abortion-rights activists gather at the Arizona state Capitol May 21, 2019, as part of a nationwide effort to protest laws placing restrictions on abortion. Nick Oza, The Republic | azcentral.com Dozens of abortion-rights activists gathered at the state Capitol in Phoenix Tuesday morning as part of a nationwide effort to protest laws placing extreme restrictions on abortion recently adopted in some states.  Carrying signs and chanting, activists gathered on the lawn to listen to speakers and stand in opposition to the bans happening across the country.   “We are going to fight for our reproductive rights regardless of what they have been trying […]