Arizona Legislature

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

Gov. Ducey Won't Scrap Common Core — Yet

Gov. Doug Ducey
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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KNAU and Arizona News
2:11 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Civics Test Bill First Legislation Heading Gov. Ducey’s Desk

Gov. Ducey being introduced before his first state-of-the-state address Monday. Behind him are House Speaker David M. Gowan (left) and Senate President Andy Biggs.
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The first bill likely to arrive on Governor Doug Ducey’s desk would create a statewide high school civics test. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, state lawmakers are fast-tracking legislation that could be ready for the governor’s signature this week.

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KNAU and Arizona News
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

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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