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PHOENIX -- A new law signed by Gov. Doug Ducey is designed to provide legal protections to those who drill wells into underground streams they are not legally entitled to tap.

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PHOENIX -- House Republicans rejected a bid to put another $178,000 into an $11.8 billion state budget even though one of them conceded it probably would save the state far more than that in the long run.

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Rejecting objections from prosecutors, the state House voted 42-16 to limit their ability to charge criminal defendants as serial offenders.

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Republican lawmakers voted Wednesday to put some new hurdles in the path of groups that seek to propose their own laws and constitutional amendments.

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Republican lawmakers on Wednesday approved new mandates on schools to report violent incidents in what Democrats say is feel-good legislation to hide the shortfalls in education funding.

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PHOENIX -- Lobbied by the industry, state lawmakers are not going to help those who bought timeshares get out from under what is often a lifetime obligation.

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Three steps remain for the bill to become law, as the House Committee of the Whole – COW – and the House Floor will now need to pass the bill before Gov. Doug Ducey could render final approval.

By Bill Helm April 4, 2019
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With an 8-to-0 vote Monday, the State House’s Rules Committee unanimously passed the consolidation bill known as SB 1073.

By Bill Helm April 2, 2019
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The state House voted Monday to create some new crimes for certain voter-registration activities in a move several lawmakers suggested will suppress voting, particularly by the young and minorities.

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HB 2115 would leave untouched any ordinance that already was in place at the beginning of the year. But the measure, approved by the Senate Government Committee on a 4-3 party-line vote, says anything new would be strictly off limits.

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SB 1046 would not deny the right to vote to those who don’t drop their ballots into the mail in time to arrive by Election Day. They would still get the right to cast a regular ballot a polling place.

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Republican lawmakers agreed to put new limits on the regulations that cities and counties can enact on landlords.

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

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

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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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PHOENIX -- Saying voters are purposely being misled, organizers of the #InvestInEd initiative asked a judge on Friday to force lawmakers to recraft the description of the measure that will go to voters.

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PHOENIX -- A Republican-dominated legislative committee decided Wednesday that voters don’t need to be told that if they approve a business-backed tax-limiting measure the state could be foregoing more than $5.2 billion a year in revenues.

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PHOENIX -- Arizona voters will be inundated with nearly 500 arguments about why they should support or oppose the seven different measures that will be on the November ballot.

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PHOENIX -- The admission by a juror in the Corporation Commission bribery trial that she made some notes at home and brought them to deliberations could lead to a new trial even after all the testimony has been heard.

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PHOENIX -- Got an opinion on whether to hike income taxes on the most wealthy?

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PHOENIX -- Key state lawmakers want to take advantage of a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling which lets states collect online sales taxes.

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PHOENIX -- Top Republicans are huddling to see if they can reach an accord over the issue of teacher pay ahead of Thursday’s strike deadline, potentially forestalling or at least undermining the walkout.

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The way Attorney General Mark Brnovich sees it, you can’t get on your computer and order booze between 2 and 6 a.m., even if you’re not planning to have your order delivered until more reasonable hours -- and even if that order is going out of state.

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State to test regulated marijuana for mold, disease before sale
Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott, pointed out that state voters in 2010 made marijuana legal for medical use

PHOENIX — Sometime next year medical marijuana users will get a guarantee of sorts that the drugs they are buying is both as good as they’ve been promised.

February 27, 2018
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PHOENIX -- Unable to get the votes to hike the gas tax, a Mesa senator is settling for what might be a weak second best: Allowing counties to raise their own cash for their own road needs.

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PHOENIX -- While public education is expected to be the top issue when lawmakers return on Monday, a few other subjects are likely to command some attention.

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PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Monday to let the state’s three universities borrow $1 billion for repairs and new buildings -- but with nothing to directly relieve the increasing burden of tuition.

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PHOENIX -- Over the derision of Democrats, Republican state senators voted Tuesday to expand the ability of people without specific education training to become teachers as a method of dealing with a shortage of people in the classroom.

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PHOENIX -- Members of the Arizona House are finally going to get the chance to decide whether the state’s newest drivers should also be using their cell phones.

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Gov. Doug Ducey late Thursday signed legislation to make all public school students in Arizona eligible to get state money to attend private and parochial schools.

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PHOENIX -- The state’s largest electric utility may have outmaneuvered a utility regulator in the fight over its records about its campaign spending.

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PHOENIX -- State senators voted Tuesday to forever block cities from requiring background checks when people sell weapons at gun shows.

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PHOENIX -- Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad -- even before anything actually happened.

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PHOENIX -- Federal judges are giving Democrats one more chance to convince them that people who cast their ballots in the wrong polling place should have their votes counted anyway.