Arizona Legislature

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3:18 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

State Rep. Wants to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Ahead of 2016 Ballot Initiative

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Next year, an Arizona lawmaker plans to introduce legislation that would legalize recreational marijuana. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if passed, the law would mark the first such legalization in the U.S. by elected officials, rather than through a ballot initiative.

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State Capitol News
8:55 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Gov. Brewer Wants State Lawmakers to Pay Schools for Inflation

Gov. Jan Brewer
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Gov. Jan Brewer says state lawmakers should stop fighting public schools in court and come up with the money they are due to compensate them for inflation. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:29 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

State Representative Cleared on Sign Destruction Charges

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A Chandler lawmaker is off the hook on charges that he destroyed some political signs during last month’s primary. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
2:37 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Could Arizona’s ‘Revenge Porn’ Bill Make Iconic Images Criminal?

State Rep. J.D. Mesnard
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Booksellers and others asked a federal judge today to void a new state law aimed at “revenge porn” because it also could land them in prison. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:59 am
Tue September 23, 2014

School Officials and State Lawmakers Clash in School Funding Impasse

Jen Darland who has two children in Tucson elementary schools complained Monday the failure of the state to fund annual inflation adjustments has harmed her youngsters — and will continue to do so without a deal soon.
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School officials on Monday warned warning state lawmakers that if they don’t take a deal to settle the inflation adjustment lawsuit — and soon — taxpayers could be on the hook for another $1.3 billion. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:45 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Judge Orders State Legislature to Pay Public Schools More Than $300 Million

Rep. John Kavanagh
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Rejecting a last-minute plea for a reprieve, a Maricopa County Superior Court judge has ordered state officials to immediately start administering more than $300 million for public schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
9:07 am
Wed August 6, 2014

Supreme Court to Rule on State Independent Redistricting

Independent Redistricting Commission attorney Mary O'Grady
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The U.S. Supreme Court could announce at its first public session of the year whether lawmakers will get to redraw the state’s congressional lines. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
4:30 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

After Sen. Crandell’s Death, Questions Remain in Outcome of Primary Election

State Sen. Chester Crandell
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The state’s chief election official said this afternoon Chester Crandell will be declared the winner of the Republican state senate primary even though he died Monday. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
10:11 am
Tue August 5, 2014

State Sen. Chester Crandell Found Dead

Sen. Chester Crandell
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A state senator was found dead Monday on a Navajo County ranch, the possible victim of a horseback riding accident. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
4:06 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Huppenthal Requests More Money from Legislature as Arizona Schools Improve

State School Superintendent John Huppenthal boasts Monday of improvements in overall academic performance in Arizona schools despite "stresses" like cuts in state aid. Huppenthal said he wants lawmakers to boost funding or at least settle a lawsuit over withheld inflation funding.
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The state’s top education official said this afternoon lawmakers should provide schools with more money — or at least settle a lawsuit over what they are owed. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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