A Senate panel voted Tuesday to set up a militia of 300 citizen volunteers who would have the authority to pursue, detain and arrest people.
The legislation would form the Arizona Special Missions Unit, separate from the National Guard. Under the control of the governor, it would respond to disasters and get involved in search and rescue efforts. But it also would be responsible in helping to secure the border and supplement law enforcement, including that power of arrest. Sen. Sylvia Allen said the move is long overdue.
Gov. Jan Brewer is not going to get her centennial wish for the state.
When the governor gave her State of the State speech last month she asked lawmakers to set aside $106 million to buy back the House, Senate and executive tower. They were sold off -- essentially mortgaged -- two years ago to raise operating cash. Brewer said lawmakers should use part of the current surplus to pay off the debt by the state's 100th birthday.
But John Kavanagh who chairs the House Appropriations Committee said today that did not happen because not everyone thinks that's a good idea.
The Brits: You've got to hand it to them. The Empire may be long gone, but they still reign supreme when it comes to effortlessly exuding mordant wit. For anyone who savors the acerbic literary likes of Evelyn Waugh or the Amises, father and son, Helen Simpson is just the ticket.
Originally published on Wed February 15, 2012 8:44 am
Valentine's Day brought new attention to an old issue. Is the amount of lead found in lipstick a health hazard?
The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics, a consortium of consumer and environmental groups, thinks so. They've argued that there's no safe level for lead in lipsticks — especially for pregnant women and kids — and want the agency to do something to bring the amount of the metal down.