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Hobbs vetoes bill to eliminate local grocery taxes
Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed two more bills on Tuesday, including a measure that would’ve blocked cities and towns from taxing groceries. In a veto letter, the Democratic governor wrote that eliminating the grocery tax wouldn’t actually provide relief in municipalities that rely on that local revenue to fund services, like public safety.
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2 bar complaints filed against former AG Brnovich
The State Bar of Arizona confirmed it’s received two complaints against former Attorney General Mark Brnovich related to reports that he concealed records debunking election fraud claims.
Feb. 23, 2023
Bill raising penalties for sexual misconduct with minors passes House
The Arizona House of Representatives has passed a bill that would raise penalties for adults who have sex with minors. The bill makes the offense a Class 4 felony for someone over 20 years old who has sex with a minor who is at least 15. Currently it is set as a Class 6.
Feb. 23, 2023
Arizonas Ukrainian community marks war anniversary
Friday marks one year since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which triggered the largest conflict in Europe since World War II. And it’s had worldwide impacts, all the way to Arizona.
Feb. 23, 2023
Hobbs fires DCS director after less than 2 months
Gov. Katie Hobbs has fired the director of the Department of Child Safety less than two months after appointing him to lead the state’s child welfare agency.
Feb. 23, 2023
How the YIMBY organization is working to pass laws to make it easier to build housing
We’ve all heard of NIMBYism — the "Not In My Backyard" phenomenon that’s shaped the conversation around housing development in cities around the country. M. Nolan Gray has taken the opposite approach.
Feb. 23, 2023
Arizona senator announces Black Caucus in Legislature
State Sen. Catherine Miranda announced in a press release Monday she will be forming the Legislature’s first-ever Black Caucus. Miranda said the move will give Black Arizonans a voice at the Capitol despite lack of elected representation.
Feb. 22, 2023
Bill bans cities, counties from forcing hotels to take housing vouchers
A new bill passed by the Arizona House of Representatives will ban cities, counties from forcing hotels to accept housing vouchers.
Feb. 22, 2023
Lawmakers vote to cut taxes nearly in half for corporations doing business in AZ
State Republican lawmakers voted to cut taxes nearly in half for corporations doing business in Arizona. The bill, passed by the House on a party-line vote, would drop the corporate tax rate to 2.5% in 2026.
Feb. 22, 2023
When his office debunked election fraud claims, AG Mark Brnovich concealed the reports
As former Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich released a report casting doubt on the 2020 election, his own staff was busy debunking claims of voting irregularities and fraud. But Brnovich never released the results of their labors.
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Feb. 22, 2023
Access to period products a makes difference for students
An Arizona House committee this is scheduled to debate a bill on Wednesday that would get rid of the state sales tax on diapers and feminine hygiene products. The issue of period poverty has gained momentum in recent years, and Arizona-based nonprofit Go with the Flow has been at the forefront of those conversations.
Feb. 22, 2023
Hobbs fires entire AZ-Mexico Commission board
The Arizona business community is reeling from Gov. Katie Hobbs' move to fire en masse the entire board of directors for the Arizona-Mexico Commission.
Feb. 22, 2023
Panel passes 2 bills boosting teacher pay and benefits
Despite a 20% pay raise in 2018, Arizona teachers are still some of the lowest paid in the nation. A state House committee passed a bill that would boost teacher salaries by $10,000.
Feb. 21, 2023
AZ Senate bill would require cities to destroy homeless encampments
The Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced a bill that would require counties, cities and towns to get rid of homeless encampments.
Feb. 21, 2023
Schools are the focus of several AZ gun bills right now
Every year, Arizona lawmakers introduce and debate gun-related bills — both those that seek to expand where and how gun owners can have and use them, and measures that would limit those things. This year, as Gloria Gomez writes, guns in schools seems to be a prominent issue.
Feb. 21, 2023
This is how Arizonas most far-right lawmakers want voting to work
Arizona lawmakers are continuing to debate election-related bills. Some of the recent proposals include getting rid of vote centers, and requiring all voters to re-register every decade. Jen Fifield of Votebeat joined The Show to talk about what’s been going on at the state Capitol.
Feb. 21, 2023
Hobbs pledges at least $500K to flip Legislature blue in 24
Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs is facing resistance from the Republican-led Legislature on several fronts — including the state budget and her nominees to run agencies.
Feb. 21, 2023
WATCH: Biden speaks on Russia-Ukraine war anniversary
President Joe Biden is delivering remarks in Poland on the one-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden on Monday made a secret visit to Kyiv and met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in a show of U.S. support.
Feb. 21, 2023
Republican lawmakers want Arizonas digital highway signs to stay in their lane
The way Rep. Neal Carter sees it, those electronic signs along freeways and major Arizona roads should be spreading safety messages to motorists, not telling them how to run their lives.
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Feb. 21, 2023
Díaz: City Council runoff could shape south Phoenix
On Wednesday evening, the Arizona Republic Editorial Board is hosting a debate at South Mountain Community College between the two candidates in the 8th district — Kesha Hodge Washington and incumbent Carlos Garcia.
Feb. 20, 2023
Senate committee OKs ADOT nominee after grilling
The Senate committee vetting Gov. Katie Hobbs’ nominees to lead state agencies will be meeting later this hour to consider two more nominees. But a third potential director has been removed from the agenda.
Feb. 20, 2023