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All AZ public school students are now eligible for a voucher. But the debate continues
All of Arizona’s 1.1 million public school students would be eligible for a voucher to attend a private school under a bill approved by Republicans in the state Legislature during the final hours of the session.
SCOTUS ruling allows Biden to end Remain in Mexico
A Supreme Court Ruling will allow the Biden administration to scrap the Trump-era policy commonly referred to as “Remain in Mexico.”
Maricopa County attorney: Pre-statehood abortion law is enforceable
While state prosecutors are still navigating the legal landscape after the overturning of Roe v. Wade, Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell believes a pre-statehood law can be enforced.
New HOA flag law ripe for a constitutional challenge
Earlier this month, Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill into law that would force HOAs to allow residents to fly flags that support law enforcement and first responders. But they won’t be able to raise a flag proclaiming gay pride or Black Lives Matter unless their HOA approves.
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June 20, 2022
A new law requires AZ hospitals to allow daily in-person visitation. Heres why hospitals support it
The pandemic saw many families unable to say goodbye to their loved ones due to visitation rules and quarantine. In response, Gov. Doug Ducey signed H.B. 2633 into law earlier this month.
June 20, 2022
AZ lawmakers have a little more than a week to pass a budget. Heres where things stand
The state’s fiscal year ends at midnight June 30, which means lawmakers have, including weekends, 11 days to pass a new state budget.
June 20, 2022
Scottsdale police accept campaign signs for target practice
The Scottsdale Police Department accepts campaign signs donated by candidates for use as target practice.
June 20, 2022
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers slated to testify at Tuesdays Jan. 6 committee hearing
Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers is expected to testify at Tuesday’s Jan. 6 committee hearing. According to CNN, the testimony will focus on former President Donald Trump’s pressure of state officials to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in 2020.
June 18, 2022
Maricopa County will present new maps at redistricting meeting
The Maricopa County board of supervisors Monday will hold a redistricting hearing at 1:30 p.m. Officials will present new maps for the county’s five supervisor districts and give the public an opportunity to comment on the proposals.
June 20, 2022
NewsCap: Republicans revive efforts for school vouchers
This week saw Republican lawmakers reintroduce efforts for universal school vouchers — a move similar to one voters rejected four years ago.
June 17, 2022
AZDHS director speaks to panel about report on nursing home complaints
The acting director of the Arizona Department of Health Services spoke to state lawmakers Thursday about a report that found the agency has failed to ensure patients safety in state-run nursing homes.
June 17, 2022
AZ House to vote on bill requiring AZDHS oversight on marijuana product
A bill awaiting a vote from the Arizona House would help ensure marijuana buyers in the state are getting what they pay for, and avoid possibly dangerous surprises.
June 17, 2022
Interim Maricopa County attorney wants money to help bolster recruitment
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office has a 20% vacancy across all types of jobs.
June 16, 2022
As possible end of Roe looms, some providers taking it one day at a time
Abortion in Arizona could soon be highly restricted or banned completely, which means providers are taking things one day at a time.
June 17, 2022
Fann says still no concrete deal made on AZ budget
Arizona Senate President Karen Fann says there is still no concrete deal on a budget. While Fann says progress is inching forward, she says partisan disagreements have led to stalled deals.
June 16, 2022
AZ Senate gives tentative OK on bill on minimum distance to record police
The Arizona Senate gave tentative approval to a bill that would allow citizens to record police, only if they are at least eight feet away. An officer must verbally warn a witness who is believed to be too close.
June 16, 2022
She was imprisoned for 2 years. Now, she covers criminal justice
Keri Blakinger spent two years in prison after police caught her with heroin. Now, she works as a reporter for the Marshall Project, covering injustices within the criminal justice system.
June 16, 2022
City Council votes to make Phoenix police Arizonas highest paid law enforcement
In less than two months, Phoenix police officers will collect bigger paychecks, making Phoenix Police Department the highest paid law enforcement agency in Arizona. The City Council approved a $20 million boost Wednesday night.
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June 16, 2022
Republicans again propose universal school vouchers for 1.1M AZ students
Republican leaders of the Arizona House introduced legislation Tuesday that will substantially revamp the state's school funding formula, add about $200 million in new yearly funding for K-12 schools and create a universal private school voucher system.
June 15, 2022
Survey: Voters prefer investing AZs massive surplus over cutting taxes
Rather than cut taxes, most likely Arizona voters would prefer if state lawmakers used a $5.3 billion surplus to invest in education, public safety and infrastructure.
June 15, 2022
U.S. Supreme Court rules against GOP defense for Trump-era immigration rule
The U.S. Supreme Court will not allow Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich and other Republicans to defend a Trump-era immigration rule.
June 15, 2022
AZ attorney Roopali Desai nominated for 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals
President Joe Biden announced Wednesday that he has nominated Arizona attorney Roopali Desai as a judicial candidate for the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
June 15, 2022
Kelly: Gun reform legislation expands background checks, addresses mental health
A bipartisan group of senators has reportedly come to a consensus on gun reform legislation. The package could include funding for school safety, expansions of the background check system and incentives for states to strengthen red flag laws.
June 15, 2022