Arizona Legislature

KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Funding for Granite Mountain Hotshots Memorial Approved

The Granite Mountain Hotshots

A bill funding a memorial site honoring the 19 Granite Mountain Hotshots who died last year’s Yarnell Hill Fire has been passed by a committee in the Arizona House. As Arizona Public Radio’s Parker Olson reports, the representatives also created a committee to oversee the project.

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State Capitol News
8:30 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Legislators Propose Spending $30 Million for Border Webcams

Sen. Bob Worsley said this box of radar and infrared cameras — and 29 of them just like it — will help Arizona determine if the federal government is living up to its promise to secure the border. However, that will cost state taxpayers $30 million.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

State taxpayers may spend $30 million determine if the federal government is living up to its commitment to secure the border. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:24 am
Fri February 14, 2014

Panel Votes to Let Dying Patients Access Experimental Drugs

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Saying that some chance is better than none, a House panel voted Thursday to let terminally ill patients get drugs that have not yet been approved for use. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
3:21 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

House Panel Votes to Allow Unannounced Inspections at Abortion Clinics

Rep. Debbie Lesko
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A House panel voted along party lines today to allow unannounced inspections of abortion clinics despite a 1995 court ruling saying they’re unconstitutional. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
9:07 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Panel Votes to Curb Federal Agents’ Powers in Arizona

Sheriff Joe Arpaio
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A Senate panel voted Wednesday to make it a crime for federal agents to operate in the state without first getting approval from the local sheriff. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
12:54 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Lawmaker Aims to Save Taxpayers from Cost of Inflation

Rep. J.D. Mesnard
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A state lawmaker wants to save taxpayers from the cost of inflation. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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KNAU and Arizona News
8:35 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Lawmaker Seeks to Curb Civilian Drone Use

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For $200 you can go to an electronics store, buy a remote control helicopter, strap a camera to it and fly it over your neighbor’s property and peek through the windows. As Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, now a state lawmaker wants to put a stop to all that.

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State Capitol News
8:23 am
Wed February 12, 2014

House Committee Tightens Animal Abuse Regulations, and Loosens Them

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The House Agriculture and Water Committee voted today to stiffen penalties for those who abuse pets — but only after carving out what essentially amounts to special treatment — and looser regulations — for farmers and ranchers. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
9:23 am
Tue February 11, 2014

State Lawmakers Move to Outlaw Female Circumcision

Sen. Judy Burges
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State lawmakers took the first steps Monday toward outlawing what some call female circumcision. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
8:57 am
Tue February 11, 2014

House Committee Votes to Boost Voucher Education

Rep. Bruce Wheeler
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The House Ways and Means Committee voted Monday to allow hundreds of thousands of children to attend private and parochial schools at public expense, a vote one legislator said is part of a radical agenda to destroy public schools. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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