State Capitol News

Arizona lawmakers have advanced three measures targeting abortion providers after hearings in the Arizona Senate. Republican Sen. Nancy Barto's Senate Bill 1474 also was sent to the full Senate on Wednesday. It makes it illegal for an abortion provider to sell or otherwise transfer a human fetus or embryo for use in research. Planned Parenthood of Arizona says it doesn't have a fetal tissue-donation program. Senate Bill 1324 requires the most commonly used abortion drug to be used only at FDA...

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A Senate panel plans to debate a measure to allow residents to sue the state for enforcing executive orders and actions that may limit a person's constitutional right to bear arms. Sen. Sylvia Allen of Snowflake sponsored the bill that would require the state to recognize as unlawful any executive order or action that limits a person's Second Amendment rights. It would prevent cities, counties and towns from knowingly enforcing or cooperating with any order or action that limits those rights....

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Arizona voters will go to the polls this spring to decide on Proposition 123. It settles a long-running lawsuit over school funding in the state, and the Navajo Nation Council has announced its unanimous support of the measure. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

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A new report estimates the state will end this fiscal year with a balance of more than half-a-billion-dollars. It follows the announcement of Governor Doug Ducey’s 2017 budget proposal, which doesn’t include last year’s steep cuts to higher education and other state services. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

A House panel is set to debate the merits of a tax credit for concealed carry permit holders. Rep. Steve Montenegro of Litchfield Park sponsored the bill to create a dollar for dollar tax credit up to $80 for people who get a concealed weapons permit. The measure states its purpose is to promote public safety. The National Conference of State Legislatures says this is the first they've heard of a state offering a tax credit for gun permits. State officials say Arizona has more than 250,000...

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