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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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KNAU and Arizona News
5:00 am
Wed January 28, 2015

Concussions to be Discussed in AZ Legislature

A bill introduced in the State Legislature would establish a concussion awareness day in Arizona. As Arizona Public Radio’s Justin Regan reports, it’s an issue that’s gained national attention in recent years.

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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.
Credit Michael Chow/The Republic

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
3:51 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

On Arizona Visit, Obama Announces Lower Mortgage Insurance Rates

Obama speaks Thursday at Central High School in Phoenix about the nation's recovering housing market.
Credit Carolyn Kaster/AP

During his visit to Arizona this week President Obama announced the lowering of federal mortgage insurance rates. As Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports, the move is designed to boost the housing market by helping first-time home buyers.

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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
4:24 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Former Congressman Rick Renzi’s Conviction

Rick Renzi (right) was convicted of 17 counts last year and sentences to three years in prison.
Credit AP

A federal appeals court today upheld the conviction of former Republican Congressman for Arizona’s first district, Rick Renzi, on charges of extortion, fraud, conspiracy and racketeering. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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State Capitol News
2:43 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Gay Marriage Hold in Idaho Puts the Brakes on Efforts in Arizona

Brandon Armstrong, left, and Thomas Etheridge kiss and embrace after they were wed at the Pulaski County Courthouse in Little Rock, Ark., in May.
Credit AP/Stephen B. Thornton, The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

The path to same-sex marriages here hit a bump this morning Wednesday as a justice of the U.S. Supreme Court temporarily stayed Tuesday's ruling by the 9th S. Circuit Court of Appeals voiding a similar law in Idaho. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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State Capitol News
8:19 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Many Aiming to Overturn Arizona’s Same-Sex Marriage Ban

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Attorneys for same-sex couples hoping to marry are moving today to finally get a judge to overturn the state’s ban. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer has details.

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State Capitol News
8:11 am
Wed October 8, 2014

Goddard, Reagan Clash on SB 1062 in Secretary of State Debate

Michele Reagan and Terry Goddard face off in a debate Tuesday for secretary of state with host Ted Simons of KAET-TV.
Credit Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

The debate Tuesday night for secretary of state was supposed to be about qualifications to be the state’s chief election officer. But, as Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports, it turned into a discussion of religious discrimination.

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