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Arizona Senate, Private Companies Taking Donations For Election Audit
Just days after outlawing counties from accepting outside grants to run elections, the state Senate is now accepting private donations to complete its audit of the 2020 election. There are no answers so far about whether donors will be publicly disclosed.
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Bill To Ban Abortions After Fetal Heartbeat Heads To AZ Senate Floor
On a party-line vote, an Arizona Senate Committee approved legislation that would ban physicians from performing abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected, with some exceptions. For some pregnancies, that can be as early as six weeks and before a woman knows she is pregnant.
April 1, 2021
Legislature Targets Corp Commissions Renewable Goals
As Arizona’s utilities push for an increase in renewable energy, the Arizona Legislature is digging in its heels.
March 31, 2021
Arizona Senate Republicans Hired An Auditor Whos Promoted Election Conspiracies
Senate Republicans announced they’ve hired four firms to conduct an audit to the 2020 general election in Maricopa County, including a Florida-based company whose owner has spread conspiracy theories about the election.
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March 31, 2021
 Criminal Justice Group: Reform Bills Fall Short Of Impactful Change
Recent legislative sessions have begun with hopes for passing bipartisan bills related to criminal justice reform. Some progress has been made, but the bills signed by Gov. Ducey are considered to be rather modest. The Show spoke with Kurt Altman, the state director in Arizona and New Mexico for the group Right on Crime.
March 31, 2021
WATCH: Biden Announces Infrastructure Package
President Joe Biden is presenting his next big legislative move: infrastructure. The "Build Back Better" plan is expected to include funding for physical infrastructure like roads and bridges as well as for clean energy and energy efficiency projects. Watch his remarks live Wednesday.
March 31, 2021
AZ House Committee OKs Bill To Boost Jobless Benefits
Legislation to boost Arizona jobless benefits for the first time in 17 years cleared a crucial hurdle on Tuesday. A House committee approved the bill that would boost the maximum payments to $320 a week.
March 31, 2021
Chair Kelli Ward Calls Effort To Redo Arizona Republican Partys Election Illegitimate
Arizona Republican Party Chair Kelli Ward won’t allow a do-over of the party’s leadership election, claiming an effort to call a special meeting for that purpose failed to gather enough valid signatures.
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March 30, 2021
How Legalized Needle Exchange Program Could Impact AZ
Arizona could be on the verge of legalizing needle exchange programs. A bill to do that, among other provisions, has cleared the state Senate and is awaiting debate by the full House.
March 30, 2021
AZ Lawmakers Trying Again To Increase Per Diem Rates
Arizona lawmakers are moving to increase their expense allowance. Currently, state lawmakers with a permanent residence outside of Maricopa County are given $60 each day, during a regular or special session, for lodging and other expenses. Those in Maricopa County are given $35 a day.
March 30, 2021
House Passes Bill To Make It Harder To Sue For COVID-19 Negligence
On a party-line vote, Arizona House Republicans approved a bill that would make it harder to sue businesses over claims of negligence related to the pandemic. The bill now heads back to the Senate.
March 30, 2021
AZ House, Senate Lift Mask Requirements For Lawmakers
Arizona Senate Republicans on Monday suspended a rule requiring masks be worn in the chamber over the pleas of their Democratic colleagues, who warned it was too soon to let up on a simple measure that helps stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
March 29, 2021
Public Outrage In Mexico After Immigrant Woman Killed By Police
A police custody death in the Mexican Caribbean coast on Saturday resembling the George Floyd case is generating public outrage and concern among human rights activists. The death of a migrant woman is being considered a result of police brutality.
March 30, 2021
Phil Boas: How Sens. Sinema, Kelly Could Hurt Arizona Unions
In a new column for the Republic, Bob Robb argues Sinema and her Arizona colleague Mark Kelly should retain a moderate approach when it comes to unions — rather than go along with proposed changes by progressives.
March 29, 2021
How Changes To Education Rules Could Affect English  Learners
Two decades ago, Arizona voters approved Proposition 203 — also known as English for the Children. Among other things, it changed how English language learners — known as ELL students — were taught, putting more emphasis on immersion programs.
March 29, 2021
Lawmakers Propose More Changes To Ballot Initiatives
Arizona lawmakers are proposing several changes to the citizen’s initiative process this year. The Show heard from two perspectives on these changes — one critical, and one supportive.
March 29, 2021
AZ Lawmakers To Debate Business Liability, Bigger Unemployment Checks
Lawmakers are in for another busy week at the state Capitol, even though committee work is just about done for the year. Only the House and Senate Appropriations committees are still meeting regularly, but that will not stop big policy ideas from coming up for debate.
March 29, 2021
Pima Health Director Prepared For FEMA Help With Vaccine Site
Pima County is slated to open a vaccination points of dispensing site in partnership with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, as part of the effort to help vaccinate underserved communities.
March 29, 2021
Phoenix-Based Election Services Expert Affirms Arizona Election Security
Election security has been a sticking point for many members of the Arizona Legislature over the past few months, prompting several bills focused on election reform. One Phoenix-based elections expert says elections in Arizona are already secure.
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March 28, 2021
Flagstaff City Council Pushes Back On Gov. Duceys Mask Rules
Flagstaff City Council released a statement Friday objecting to Gov. Doug Ducey’s recent executive order and stating that the city does not plan to remove its current COVID-19 policies.
March 27, 2021
AZ Lawmakers Request Extension To Eviction Moratorium
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s national eviction moratorium ends on March 31, with families across Arizona at risk of eviction starting April 1. About 40 Arizona lawmakers sent a letter to Gov. Doug Ducey to establish a statewide eviction moratorium to replace the CDC's.
March 27, 2021

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