Arizona Politics News


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.
House passes bill making it illegal to film officers in some circumstances
The Arizona House voted Wednesday to make it illegal to take photos or video recordings of police officers in some circumstances after the Republican sponsor changed his proposal to address concerns it would be unconstitutional.
Feb. 24, 2022
The 2020 Arizona audit is still underway. Heres what is happening in 2022
While Arizona’s state senators busy themselves with bills, speeches and votes at the Capitol, the so-called Arizona audit is still underway in the background.
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Feb. 24, 2022
How AZ Ukrainian communities are reacting to Russias invasion
Hope for a diplomatic solution to the Ukrainian crisis was dashed as the world woke up today to find that Russian President Vladimir Putin had finally followed through with an invasion of neighboring Ukraine.
Feb. 24, 2022
WATCH: Biden speaks after Russia invades Ukraine
President Joe Biden is set to address the American people after Russia launched an invasion of Ukraine. Leaders across the world have condemned Russia's actions, and Biden on Wednesday night promised new "consequences" over the invasion.
NPR live coverage: Russia invades Ukraine
Feb. 24, 2022
NPR live coverage: Russia invades Ukraine
Russian military forces and Russian-backed separatists have invaded Ukraine. President Biden warned of a “catastrophic loss of life and human suffering.” Follow the latest updates on the crisis here.
WATCH: Biden speaks after meeting with G-7 leaders
Feb. 24, 2022
Countries fear cyberattacks as Russia increases hostility toward Ukraine
As Russia increases its aggressiveness toward Ukraine, countries around the world are imposing new and harsher sanctions. At the same time, many are concerned how Russian cyberattacks could target other nations.
Feb. 23, 2022
Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel tells division chiefs to quit if they dont believe in her
Negative publicity during a rough February for Maricopa County’s top prosecutor was punctuated by several of her own division chiefs saying she must resign. A reply sent Tuesday tells them to quit, if their lack of confidence in Allister Adel means they can’t do their jobs.
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Feb. 23, 2022
AZ Senate committee approves bill requiring cameras on ballot drop boxes
The Arizona Senate Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would put new security requirements on early ballot drop boxes. The measure would place a camera or video recorder to take images of each person depositing a ballot.
Feb. 23, 2022
Interior Secretary Haaland announces $1.7B for tribal water settlements
The money comes from funds set aside by the bipartisan infrastructure bill for tribal lands. Other projects will help with broadband expansion and roadwork.
Feb. 23, 2022
Babbitt returns to Capitol to encourage rural groundwater legislation
In 1980, then-Arizona Gov. Bruce Babbitt signed the Groundwater Management Act, which regulated the state’s urban areas. Babbitt was back at the state Capitol on Tuesday to support similar legislation for rural counties.
Feb. 23, 2022
Phoenix projects $76 million surplus for next budget
Budget projections show Phoenix will have an estimated surplus of $76 million going into the next fiscal year, which starts July 1.
Feb. 22, 2022
Bill moves through House to block cities from setting own minimum wages
The state House is moving to send a measure to the November ballot to require statewide standards for minimum wage. If passed by the Legislature, it will be required to be sent to the ballot as it would amend the state's constitution.
Feb. 22, 2022
House committee OKs bill that would set restrictions on recording police
A state House Appropriations Committee approved a bill that would make it illegal to videotape police in certain circumstances. The measure prevents those from recording if they are within 8 feet of an officer interacting with someone without given permission.
Feb. 22, 2022
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