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IT’S NOTHING PERSONAL, WE JUST HATE YOUR IDEA

PHOENIX, April 2 – Senate Republicans never showed up to a conference committee in the House for H2595 (late filings; campaign finance reports) yesterday, a snub aimed at Rep. Michelle Ugenti, who was trying to amend her H2072 (ballot measures; Proposition ...

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THESE ARE NOT THE DROIDS YOU’RE LOOKING FOR

PHOENIX, April 1 – Gov. Ducey yesterday defended his decision to sign S1318 (abortion; health care exchange; licensure), but struggled to explain the provision requiring doctors to inform patients that they may be able to reverse their medication-induced abortions, focusing ...

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AS USUAL, THE ANSWER IS COMPLICATED (BLAME ANOTHER LEGISLATURE)

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PHOENIX, March 27 – Joint Legislative Budget Committee’s (JLBC) Steve Schimpp had already explained to the board the FY16 budget estimates Peoria Unified School District funding would increase by between $0 and $200,000, but likely not decrease. He noted that, after ...

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LAWMAKERS WALK OUT OF SCHOOL BOARD MEETING

PHOENIX, March 27 – Several West Valley lawmakers walked into a hostile crowd last night when they attended the Peoria Unified School District governing board meeting to discuss the recently passed state budget. The Senate press release announcing the legislators’ ...

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GOVERNOR CAREFULLY CONSIDERING SHIELDING OFFICERS’ NAMES

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PHOENIX, March 25 – Gov. Ducey said he’s weighing the arguments on S1445 (public records; peace officer’s name), which would keep the names of police officers who are involved in shootings secret for 60 days. “We’re very thoughtfully reviewing that, ...

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HOUSE APPROVES ABORTION BILL

PHOENIX, March 24 – After retaining the legislation twice on the House committee of the whole (COW) calendar last week, yesterday the House approved Sen. Nancy Barto’s S1318 (abortion; health care exchange; licensure) on a 33-24 vote. The original bill would ...

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LEGISLATION NOT NEEDED

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PHOENIX, March 23 – Gov. Ducey this morning left little doubt as what he’ll do if H2190 (schools; Common Core; replacement) reaches his desk. After today’s Board of Education meeting, in which he asked for a review of Common Core to ...

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FUTURE UNCERTAIN FOR GUN BILLS

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PHOENIX, March 20 – After lawmakers pulled two gun bills from the Senate gov calendar on Wednesday following the shooting spree in Mesa that left one dead and six injured, the fate of the bills is in doubt. It will take ...

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NO OFFENSE INTENDED

PHOENIX, March 20 – Before S1340 (voted early ballots; delivery; identification) was defeated yesterday in elect, State Election Director Eric Spencer defended its goal of allowing only immediate family members and candidates to collect early ballots and deliver them to election ...

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FINALLY, SOMEONE TO INSPECT OUR GENERALS

PHOENIX, March 18 – Gov. Doug Ducey today will take the first step in fulfilling another pledge from his State of the State address – creating the post of an inspector general, whose job will be to root out waste, abuse, ...

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