Arizona Politics News


Senate panel OKs last minute bills on initiatives, schools
The Arizona Senate's appropriations committee on Wednesday advanced a series of last minute measures on hot-button issues as the Legislature prepares to adjourn for the year.
Kelly co-sponsors bill to help grandparents raising kids
Arizona Sen. Mark Kelly co-sponsored a bill to connect grandparents raising grandchildren with additional services and resources. Kelly said the Informing Grandfamilies Act would have a meaningful impact on families like those who testified in favor of the bill on Thursday.
Report: Trump campaign boss in AZ subpoenaed by DOJ
The Washington Post reports that a Trump campaign official who worked in Arizona has been subpoenaed by the Justice Department. The summons comes after Tuesday’s Jan. 6 hearing, where the House Select Committee said the former president was directly involved in a scheme to have phony electors replace real ones in states, like Arizona, that Trump lost.
AZ lawyers cant dismiss jurors without cause. Some lawmakers want to change this new rule
When facing trial by a jury of your peers, who can best decide if the jurors are fair or biased? That’s the question facing Arizona representatives.
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Feb. 22, 2022
Phoenix adopts Vision Zero to reduce pedestrian deaths
The Phoenix City Council recently voted to adopt a roadway strategy known as Vision Zero. The move is expected to better position Phoenix to get more federal funding.
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Feb. 21, 2022
House moves to end algebra II requirement for students
The Arizona House of Representatives has voted to remove algebra II as a requirement for high school students. While algebra 2 would no longer be mandatory, four years of math still is. The state Board of Education would have to come up with an alternative such as statistics or business math.
Feb. 21, 2022
By next week, unless AZ Senate intervenes, schools must cut over $1B from budgets
There’s one week left for the Arizona Senate to vote on whether to lift a spending cap on education funding.
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Feb. 21, 2022
Tempe affordable housing project celebrates anniversary
Tempe’s affordable housing initiative “Hometown for All” is celebrating its one-year anniversary this month. Tempe Mayor Corey Woods told PBS’s “Arizona Horizon” that a study that showed Tempe’s need to meet affordable housing demands prompted the creation of the project.
Feb. 20, 2022
Navajo Nation miscommunication slows discussion on $900M infrastructure bill
The Navajo Nation received its first allocation of American Rescue Plan Act funding nearly nine months ago, according to Nation President Jonathan Nez. Nez has been pushing to get nearly $1 billion of the Nation’s remaining funds spent, but a lack of communication has led to a stall in spending talks.
Feb. 19, 2022
NewsCap: When will AZ stop school funding apocalypse?
This week, the Legislature made progress on the school spending cap, the Arizona Senate passed bill that would massively expand school vouchers, and leaders within Allister Adel's office called for the Maricopa County attorney to resign.
Feb. 18, 2022
AZ House passes bill preventing officials from closing businesses in states of emergency
While many of the closures in 2020 came from Gov. Doug Ducey, bill sponsor Rep. Leo Biasiucci says many small businesses were hit the worst.
Feb. 18, 2022
AZ House OKs bills to allow guns in libraries, school grounds
The bills passing on a party line vote would allow people to carry firearms in libraries, and allow loaded weapons in vehicles on school grounds.
Feb. 18, 2022
AZ lawmakers again considering bills to help grandparents raising grandkids
Roughly 60,000 grandparents in Arizona are raising their grandchildren. But raising children later in life can be financially difficult. Once again, efforts are being made again at the Legislature to boost state aid for kinship foster care.
Feb. 18, 2022
AZ Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick recuses himself from case related to election audit
Arizona Supreme Court Justice Clint Bolick recused himself from the state Senate’s appeal of an order for Republican leaders to disclose hundreds of records related to its partisan election review in Maricopa County.
Feb. 17, 2022
Bill would stop higher insurance rates for some dogs
A House panel approved a measure that would prohibit insurers from charging higher premiums for homeowners or renters with certain dog breeds.
Feb. 17, 2022
Immigration reform group finds rise in violence, racism depicted in GOP campaign ads
Candidates for governor and U.S. Senate have been releasing ads showing their stances on immigration and border policies. And the organization America’s Voice, which emphasizes the mission of immigration reform, has been looking into how Republican candidates are talking about immigration.
Feb. 17, 2022
House panel passes bill removing sales tax from firearms
The Arizona House Ways and Means Committee has passed a measure that would do away with the state’s sales tax on firearm purchases.
Feb. 17, 2022
Phoenix votes to speed up the plan to get drones for police
The Phoenix City Council voted to move forward with a plan for the police department to buy and use drones. But getting to Wednesday night’s vote ignited frustration among several members.
Feb. 17, 2022
Phoenix City Council approves $10 million to settle water and fatal fire engine crash claims
Phoenix will pay $3 million for a fatal crash involving a fire engine in 2019. The City Council also settled a claim by the Salt River Pima Indian Community for $7 million.
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Feb. 17, 2022
Ward, Finchem subpoenaed by Jan. 6 committee
The U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee wants to question an Arizona secretary of state candidate about what he did in Washington, D.C., as a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol. The committee also wants to interview the state GOP chair.
Feb. 16, 2022
How the U.S. military could diversify its ranks
The U.S. military has faced growing challenges, but many of those are occurring internally rather than with external adversaries. And one of those challenges involves diversity.
Feb. 16, 2022
Pima County votes to adopt voting centers
The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 4-1 on Feb. 15 to allow residents to vote on Election Day at vote-anywhere centers. This is a change from the current model, where you would need to vote in your specific precinct and could potentially end up in the wrong location.
Feb. 16, 2022
Blood shortage sees efforts to repeal donation ban on gay, bisexual men
Arizona Congressman Greg Stanton is calling on the Food and Drug Administration to end the policy of not allowing men who have sex with men to donate blood.
Feb. 16, 2022