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State schools chief wants to repeal ‘no promo homo’ law

The state’s new schools chief is calling on lawmakers to repeal a law that prohibits any courses on AIDS and HIV from portraying homosexuality “as a positive alternative lifestyle.’’

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Multiple or single consolidation ballot issue stalls hearing on SB 1073

Sen. Allen considers whether consolidation election should be three ballots, or one

PHOENIX – Whether the consolidation of Cottonwood-Oak Creek and the Mingus Union school districts should be resolved with three ballots or with one ballot, Sen. Sylvia Allen decided to not bring SB 1073 to Arizona State Senate’s Committee on Education on Tuesday.

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Governor signs Colorado River drought plan before federal deadline.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a drought contingency plan Thursday afternoon, just six hours ahead of the deadline set by a key federal official for the state to act or face having their Colorado River water supply determined by her.

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Legislative plan would force liability-only auto insurance rates in Arizona to increase

Arizona motorists who purchase just the bare minimum liability insurance now required could be forced to spend more -- if Gov. Doug Ducey goes along.

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Prescott lawmaker seeks gas tax hike to pay for Arizona road system

The legislation by Republican Rep. Noel Campbell would hike the levy most motorists pay in three steps, reaching 43 cents a gallon by the middle of 2021. And HB 2536 would automatically adjust it annually to reflect inflation.

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Shooter sues state over his removal from Arizona House of Representatives

Claiming his rights were violated, ousted state Rep. Don Shooter has filed suit demanding unspecified damages.

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Proposed law would extend time frame for sex abuse lawsuits

State lawmakers want to give child sex abuse victims more time to sue their assailants, saying they need more time to process and understand what happened to them.

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Vote expected today on Ducey's drought contingency program

State lawmakers are set to vote -- and presumably give final approval -- sometime today to a drought contingency plan designed to help deal with how Arizona deals with being able to draw less water from the Colorado River.

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Lawmaker wants physicians to list ingredients, side effects of vaccines

PHOENIX -- Would you agree to immunize your child if you knew the vaccine had aluminum phosphate, bovine serum or formaldehyde?

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GOP lawmakers vote to cut Arizona income tax rates

Defying both Democrats and their own Republican governor, GOP lawmakers voted Monday to cut income tax rates across the board to prevent what they believe would be a “windfall’’ to the state on the backs of Arizona residents.

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Effort underway to oust Prescott Republican David Stringer from AZ House of Representatives

PHOENIX -- House Republicans sidelined a bid Monday to oust Rep. David Stringer, preferring instead to give the Prescott Republican a chance to explain his 1980s arrest and comments about race and immigration to the House Ethics Committee.

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Rep. Stringer responds to 1983 accusations of sex-related crimes and child pornography

"I have never been convicted of a crime”

State Rep. David Stringer acknowledged Friday he had been arrested decades ago on multiple sex-related charges but insisted he has “no criminal record’’ despite a plea deal.

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Lawmaker seeks reduced fees, longer terms for medical marijuana cards

A Lake Havasu Republican lawmaker wants to reduce the financial burden on medical marijuana patients.

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Senate panel agrees to tighter restrictions on vaping devices

Hoping to curb teen use, state lawmakers are moving to put new restrictions on where and how vaping devices can be sold.

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Ducey consents to issue driver’s licenses for ‘Dreamers’

PHOENIX -- After fighting the issue in court for years, Gov. Doug Ducey has finally agreed to issue driver’s licenses to all deferred action recipients.

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Lawmaker advocates ‘porn tax’ to help build borderwall

What if you knew that money could help build a wall with Mexico?

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AZ Medicaid recipients may have to work for benefits

About 126,000 Arizonans who get free health care will soon be required to work if they can.

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Gila River tribe threatens to leave drought plan

The Gila River Indian Community is threatening to blow up the drought contingency plan because of efforts it says will undermine its claim to water rights.

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Gov. Ducey spending plan comes in at $11.4 Billion

PHOENIX -- Flush with cash, Gov. Doug Ducey is proposing an $11.4 billion spending plan for the coming year.

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Proposed change in law would ensure edible medical marijuana remains legal

PHOENIX -- A Peoria Republican lawmaker is moving to alter state law to ensure that edible forms of medical marijuana remain legally available to patients.

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Water conservation plan pits cities vs. Pinal farmers

PHOENIX -- An organization that represents major Arizona cities is effectively warning Pinal County farmers not to demand more in the proposed drought contingency plan.

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Arizonans consumed nearly 60 tons of medical marijuana in 2018

PHOENIX -- The number of pounds of medical marijuana being purchased and consumed in Arizona is increasing at a rate twice as fast as the number of people legally entitled to use it.

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Governor pushes school safety, drought contingency in State of State

PHOENIX -- Undeterred by last year's defeat, Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday he will make another run at getting lawmakers to approve his school safety plan -- including a controversial provision to allow judges to take weapons away from people considered dangerous.

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Legislation seeks to outlaw sale of vaping products to teens

PHOENIX -- Calling the current law fatally flawed and ineffective, a veteran lawmaker wants the state to impose far more restrictions on access to vaping products by teens.

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Governor Doug Ducey demands Colorado River drought plan for Arizona before feds get involved

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey used his second inaugural speech Monday to exhort lawmakers and others with a claim to Colorado River water to approve a drought contingency plan before a solution is imposed by the Bureau of Reclamation.