State Capitol News

State Capitol News
8:28 am
Tue February 4, 2014

State Senate Panel Votes to Shut Out Federal Investigators

Sen. Kelli Ward, R-Lake Havasu City
Credit Capitol Media Services file photo by Howard Fischer

A Senate panel voted Monday to block state and local police from using certain information they might get from federal agents despite claims it could lead to people dying in terrorist attacks. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:44 pm
Mon February 3, 2014

Senate Panel Opens the Door to More Urban Fowl

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A Senate panel voted today to open the door to your neighbor raising chickens — whether you like it or not. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:43 am
Mon February 3, 2014

Gov. Brewer Building Funds to Elect Fellow Republicans

Gov. Jan Brewer
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Gov. Jan Brewer is building up her war chest to help elect like-minded Republicans to Congress. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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3:00 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

Systematic Failure Found at Child Protective Services

Charles Flanagan, director of Child Safety and Family Services
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A special team named to find out what led to 6,500 cases of child abuse going uninvestigated concluded Friday there was a systematic failure requiring a total revamp of how the state handles child welfare. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports.

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8:30 am
Fri January 31, 2014

State Legislature Adds Additional Specialty License Plates

The guessing game you can play while driving — what state is that license plate from — could soon get a bit more difficult. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:30 am
Thu January 30, 2014

CPS Funding Approved, But is it Enough?

House Speaker Andy Tobin
Credit arizonatax.org

State lawmakers gave final approval this afternoon for additional funding for the new child welfare agency. But, Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer reports there was some grumbling.

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8:04 am
Thu January 30, 2014

State House Kills Drive for a Public Vote on Election Laws

Rep. Justin Pierce
Credit East Arizona Courier

A Republican-dominated House panel took the first steps Thursday to kill a referendum drive to force a public vote on changes to state election laws. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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8:00 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Legislators Want County Sheriffs to Police Federal Agencies

State Sen. Chester Crandell
Credit tucsonsentinel.com

State senators took the first steps Wednesday to put county sheriffs between federal agencies and local residents and businesses. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains.

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4:09 pm
Wed January 29, 2014

Legislation Underway to Draw Hollywood Filming to Arizona

"Raising Arizona"
Credit Courtes photo

A Senate panel took steps today to help ensure that the next Hollywood film featuring this state is actually filmed here. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer explains

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8:48 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Debate Underway as to Whether Statewide Taxes Should Pay for Big Events

The University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale
Credit glendaleaz.com

Lawmakers are poised to debate whether taxpayers everywhere, from Page to Nogales and Yuma to St. Johns, should help Glendale pay its costs for hosting next year’s Super Bowl. Arizona Public Radio’s Howard Fischer takes a closer look.

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