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7:58 am
Tue April 14, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Bill Blocking Plastic Bags Bans By Cities

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Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a bill that prevents towns and cities from banning single-use plastic shopping bags. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, supports say such bans are costly to businesses, but opponents say they’re more costly to the environment.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Mon April 13, 2015

Lawsuit Challenges State Minimum Wage Law

Flagstaff City Council member Eva Putzova and attorney Mik Jordahl represent the Flagstaff Living Wage Coalition. The group filed a lawsuit against the State of Arizona to allow cities to determine local minimum wages.
Credit Ryan Heinsius

A group advocating for higher minimum wages in Arizona has filed a lawsuit against the state. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the suit seeks to overturn a law it says unconstitutionally takes power away from the local level.

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State Capitol News
12:00 pm
Sat April 11, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Tax Bill That Trims $31 Million in State Revenue

Gov. Doug Ducey
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A bill designed to align the state's income tax code with federal tax law that will cut state revenue by $31 million has been signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.

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State Capitol News
8:22 am
Sat April 11, 2015

NAU Could See 3 Percent Tuition Increase Due to State Budget Cuts

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The presidents of Arizona's three state universities are proposing to increase revenues through tuition or fee increases in the coming school year to make up for part of a $99 million cut in state funding.

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State Capitol News
2:01 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Gov. Ducey: University Budget Cuts Could be Permanent

Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit The Republic

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants the board that oversees the state's three public universities to come up with a new strategic plan that cuts administrative expenses and makes college more affordable.

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KNAU and Arizona News
4:26 pm
Wed April 8, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Delayed Birth Certificate Bill into Law

While Coconino County Supervisor Lena Fowler greets Lola Bennett in her crowded Tuba City office, Matilda Perdue (in the office behind) meets with clients to help them navigate through the complicated process of applying for delayed birth certificates.
Credit Cindy Carpien/NPR

Governor Doug Ducey has signed a bill that streamlines the process for Native Americans to obtain delayed birth certificates. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the bill will open eligibility for a wide range of benefits to many more people.

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State Capitol News
11:25 am
Fri April 3, 2015

State Lawmakers Adjourn After Passing Driver’s License and Bag-Ban Bills

The Arizona legislature passed a bill that would prohibit towns and cities from banning plastic shopping bags and other disposable containers. It would also bar local governments from requiring business owners to measure and report energy use.
Credit KUT

The Arizona legislature has wrapped up its 2015 session, making it the shortest in nearly 50 years. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, lawmakers passed several bills in the final hours that will head to Governor Doug Ducey’s desk.

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State Capitol News
7:34 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs Abortion Medication Law

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Monday that requires abortion providers in Arizona to tell women they can reverse the effects of a drug-induced abortion and also bars women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

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State Capitol News
6:58 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Gov. Ducey Vetoes Bill Shielding Officer Names

Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation Monday requiring law enforcement agencies to keep the names of officers involved in shootings secret for two months, nixing a bill that was inspired by last year's events Ferguson, Missouri, and similar incidents around the country.

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State Capitol News
12:58 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

Arizona House to Consider Making State Licenses Federally Compliant

The Arizona House is attempting to update the state’s driver’s license standards to be in compliance with federal law. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, without the changes license-holders could be kept from boarding airplanes and entering federal facilities as soon as next year.

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