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Gov. Ducey Ending Pandemic Occupancy Limits For Businesses
Gov. Doug Ducey has issued a new executive order that lifts pandemic occupancy limits on businesses. Under the executive order, occupancy percentage limitations will expire for businesses such as restaurants, gyms, theaters and bars.
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Mesa Mayor Advocating For Federal Aid To Cities, States
The U.S. Senate has started working on the nearly $2 trillion COVID-19 relief package that the House approved last week. Mesa Mayor John Giles has been lobbying for one provision that would provide money to states and cities.
March 5, 2021
Senate Gives Preliminary OK To Bill That Curbs Emergency Powers
Arizona legislators voted Thursday to curb the governor’s emergency powers. The Arizona Senate gave preliminary approval to a bill that if passed in both the Senate and House would immediately terminate the emergency Gov. Doug Ducey declared nearly a year ago.
March 5, 2021
Arizona House OKs Gambling Bill Amid Transparency Questions
Some Democrats in the Arizona House on Thursday raised transparency and fairness questions about a major expansion of gambling Republican Gov. Doug Ducey needs as part of his thus-far secret deal with Native American tribes to update their gambling compact.
March 5, 2021
Finchem Claims Democratic Leader Smeared His Name
Upping the stakes in what has become a political feud over the 2020 election, Republican Rep. Mark Finchem is suing a Democratic lawmaker, charging she "smeared" his name.
March 5, 2021
Rogers Ex-Assistant Sues State For Wrongful Termination
A former assistant for GOP Sen. Wendy Rogers plans to sue the state of Arizona for wrongful termination.
March 4, 2021
Census Count Delays May Hit California Harder Than Other States
Every state — whether it has an independent or citizens or lawmaker-run commission — is going to be affected by delays in official census numbers. Because of its size and number of congressional and legislative districts, California may be uniquely affected.
March 4, 2021
AZ House Republicans Vote To Block Clean Energy Standards
House Republicans voted to strip the Arizona Corporation Commission of its power to require utilities to get more electricity from solar and other clean energy sources. The bill would bar the regulators from adopting new proposed standards that would require most of the state’s utilities to get half their power from solar, wind and other renewable sources by 2035.
March 4, 2021
Arizona House OKs Bill On Businesses Ignoring Mask Mandates
The Republican-controlled Arizona House on Wednesday approved a measure that would let businesses ignore government mask mandates imposed to slow the spread of the coronavirus despite emotional opposition from minority Democrats who say it could cost lives.
March 4, 2021
DEA: Mexican Cartels Remain Untouched By The Pandemic
The DEA has just released its 2020 National Drug Threat Assessment, an annual publication to understand the impact of drug trafficking in the U.S. According to the federal agency, the pandemic has not seriously impacted these illicit activities, and Mexican drug cartels are even taking some advantage from it.
March 4, 2021
Energy Counter-Reform In Mexico Brings Concerns
During a fast-track session, the Mexican Senate reformed its energy laws; a change promoted — and applauded — by the president. But others fear the new laws could hurt the environment and trade relations with the United States.
March 4, 2021
The Driving Force Behind Natural Hair Anti-Discrimination Laws
There are now 10 cities in the country that have approved a measure making it illegal to “enforce a dress code or grooming policies that discriminate against a person’s natural hairstyle.” Tucson became the most recent municipality with that designation when it passed the CROWN ordinance.
March 3, 2021
How Officials Can Use Their Own Vaccinations To Promote Public Health
Gov. Doug Ducey received a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine March 2 as appointments began for Arizonans between 55 and 65 years old. Both his and former president Donald Trump's near-secret vaccinations have been criticized for not being used as opportunities to inform the public and demonstrate the safety of vaccines.
March 3, 2021
Newest AZ Lawmaker Transforming Traditional Role Of Caretaker
Jasmine Blackwater-Nygren was appointed last month to fill the seat left open in the House when former Rep. Arlando Teller resigned to join the transportation department. Blackwater-Nygren represents legislative District 7, which covers the Navajo Nation and other parts of northeastern Arizona. And at 25, she’s the youngest member of the house.
March 3, 2021
What Arizonas Supreme Court Cases Mean For Voting Rights In America
Two Arizona voting laws were considered by the U.S. Supreme Court March 2. One had to do with the state’s ban on so-called ballot harvesting — or ballot collecting. The other had to do with throwing out the ballots of people who voted in the wrong precinct. The issues gave the justices the opportunity to revisit one key element of the Voting Rights Act.
March 3, 2021
Bill Limits Sex Ed, Discussion Of Sexual Orientation
Arizona lawmakers are considering banning sex education before fifth grade. The measure also would require written parental permission before discussing sexual orientation or gender identity in any class.
March 3, 2021
Bill Purging Arizona Early Voting List Clears Senate
Republicans in the Arizona Senate voted Tuesday to purge people from the permanent early voting list if they skip two consecutive election cycles, advancing one of several proposed mail-voting changes after Democratic President Joe Biden's narrow victory in the state last year.
March 3, 2021
AZ Ethics Panel Tosses Complaint Against Rogers
A divided Arizona Senate’s Ethics Committee has dismissed a complaint against a Republican lawmaker accused by her former assistant of berating and cursing him during a tirade, asking him to work while sick and damaging his belongings.
March 2, 2021
Brnovich Appears Before SCOTUS In Voting Rights Case
Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich argued in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday morning, where Justice Sonia Sotomayor pressed him about an election law test, which looks at how a voting law might cause disparities and why the state put it in place.
March 2, 2021
Arizona Legislative Hearings Have Gone Digital, With 2 Exceptions
There are many steps a bill at the Arizona Legislature must take to become a law. And for two weeks in February, two pit stops in the legislative process were conducted behind closed doors. No access was offered, to the media or the general public. Senate leadership blamed COVID-19, but also, the reporters who cover the Capitol.
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March 2, 2021
Mexican President Holds Virtual Meeting With Biden
President Biden and Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador held a virtual bilateral meeting, along with other high-ranking officials. According to the White House, both presidents agreed to secure trade, develop legal pathways for migration and tackle the climate crisis.
March 2, 2021

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