Arizona Legislature

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8:56 am
Fri March 27, 2015

State House to Vote on Third-Party Ballot Drop-off Ban

Credit Ryan Heinsius

The Arizona House is set to vote on a bill making it illegal for anyone except a family member or candidate to collect more than two early ballots from voters. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, some say the method increases voter turnout while others say it can increase voter fraud.

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State Capitol News
9:03 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Critics Question Science Behind AZ Abortion Bill

The Arizona State Capitol Building

The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill that requires abortion providers to tell women the effects of an abortion medication might be reversible.

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KNAU and Arizona News
5:49 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Arizona House Passes Bill On Abortion Restrictions

The Arizona state capitol building

The Arizona House has approved a bill barring women from buying any health care plan through the federal marketplace that includes abortion coverage.

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KNAU and Arizona News
11:27 am
Mon March 23, 2015

Gov. Ducey Won't Scrap Common Core — Yet

Gov. Doug Ducey
Credit The Republic

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey wants the state Board of Education to thoroughly review the Common Core school standards but is not calling for them to be scrapped immediately.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:54 pm
Fri March 13, 2015

Gov. Ducey Signs $9.1 Billion Budget

Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a $9.1 billion budget that includes nearly $100 million in cuts to Arizona's universities.
Credit KTAR

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey has signed off on a $9.1 billion dollar budget that includes deep reductions in state spending. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, higher education in the state will bear the brunt of the cuts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
9:19 am
Tue March 10, 2015

Flagstaff Rep. Thorpe: State Budget Cuts Necessary to Boost Economy

Flagstaff Republican state Rep. Bob Thorpe is the chairman of the House Government and Higher Education Committee. He and other lawmakers recently passed a budget that reduces state government spending by nearly 2-and-a-half percent, and includes almost $100 million in cuts to higher education.
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Last weekend, the Arizona state legislature passed a $9.1 billion budget, which includes significant cuts to some state services including higher education. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius recently spoke with Flagstaff Republican Representative Bob Thorpe, chairman of the Government and Higher Education Committee, about the cuts.

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KNAU and Arizona News
3:26 pm
Thu March 5, 2015

NAU to Lose $18 Million in State Budget Proposal

Gov. Doug Ducey (pictured) and Republican state lawmakers struck a deal this week that would cut $104 million from Arizona's universities. Northern Arizona University alone would lose more than $18 million in the next fiscal year. The budget proposal would also completely eliminate state funding from three of Arizona's community colleges.
Credit The Republic

A budget deal struck between state lawmakers and the governor includes more than $100 million in cuts to higher education. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, Northern Arizona University’s president Rita Cheng released a statement outlining the domino effect the cuts could have to the local economy.

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KNAU and Arizona News
2:42 pm
Tue February 24, 2015

Bill Legalizing Sawed-Off Shotguns, Silencers Headed to State Senate

Lake Havasu City Republican senator Kelli Ward is pushing for the legalization of sawed-off shotguns, silencers and nunchucks as part of an amendment to a bill she authored.
Credit CBS 5 News

Four firearms-related bills have received initial approval this week from the Arizona state legislature. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, one of those bills would legalize some weapons and accessories currently outlawed.

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KNAU and Arizona News
12:34 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Bill Allowing More Private Meetings for Lawmakers Off the Table, For Now

Republican State Senator for Legislative District 6 Sylvia Allen. Her bill, SB 1435, would have allowed lawmakers and public officials to meet behind closed doors unless a vote was being held. It did not receive a committee hearing, which takes the bill off the table.
Credit Photo by Kylee Gauna

A state senate bill that would have allowed lawmakers expanded ability to meet in private, outside the public eye, did not receive a committee hearing. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, it’s uncertain whether the bill’s sponsors will try again.

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KNAU and Arizona News
1:28 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Native American Birth Certificate Bill Unanimously Passes House Committee

Helene Nockideneh outside a Tuba City office last fall after completing her application for a delayed birth certificate.
Credit AP Photo/Felicia Fonseca

On Thursday, a state house bill that would simplify the process for Native Americans seeking delayed birth certificates passed a key legislative committee. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, if ultimately passed by the legislature, the bill is expected to ease many hardships encountered by tribal members.

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