State Capitol News

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11:25 pm
Tue April 1, 2008

Vote gives domestic partner benefits to state employees

Phoenix, AZ – The Governor's Regulatory Review Council has voted unanimously to extend health and other benefits to the domestic partners of state and university employees. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, the testimony, unlike the vote, was divided.


State Sen. Ken Cheuvront said the move is simply a recognition
that many private companies already offer such benefits, as do
several Arizona cities. That fact, he said, is well known by
state employees.

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11:29 pm
Mon March 31, 2008

Williams can continue pumping from illegal well

Phoenix, AZ – The state House has agreed to let Williams keep pumping water it gets from an illegally drilled well. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports some lawmakers are not happy about it.

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11:31 pm
Sun March 30, 2008

Arizona struggling to create guest worker program

Phoenix, AZ – Efforts to enact the first-ever state-run guest worker program have hit a snag over the question of which industries should
benefit. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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9:46 pm
Tue March 25, 2008

Senate panel tweaks employer sanctions law

Phoenix, AZ – A Senate panel voted Tuesday to make some changes in the state's new employer sanctions law. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports some controversy remains.

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9:52 pm
Sun March 23, 2008

Senate panel redues penalty for carrying a concealed weapon

Phoenix, AZ – A Senate panel voted Monday to sharply reduce the penalty for those who carry a concealed weapon without getting the necessary permit. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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10:46 pm
Thu March 20, 2008

Governor signs autism coverage bill

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano has signed legislation to eventually require insurance companies to provide coverage for autism. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

The Centers for Disease Control say one child out of 150 has some
form of autism which, in its most severe form, alters the
thinking, feeling, language skills and ability to relate to
others. Gretchen Jacobs said the condition historically never was
covered by insurers.

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11:22 pm
Wed March 19, 2008

State unemployment drop misleading

Phoenix, AZ – The state's jobless rate dropped last month. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, it's not because the economy is improving.

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9:35 pm
Mon March 17, 2008

House votes to loosen gun law

Phoenix, AZ – The state House voted Monday to let people pull out their guns --
and even point them at someone else -- when they feel threatened.
Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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9:02 pm
Thu March 13, 2008

Governor vetos university hiring freeze

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet has rejected a legislative plan to freeze all state and university hiring. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.


In her second veto of the session, the governor called the measue
-- quote -- an unwarranted intrusion -- unquote -- into her power
as the state's chief executive. But Rep. Bob Robson who crafted
the bill said it is Napolitano who doesn't understand the
constitution.

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1:42 am
Thu March 13, 2008

Governor wants Guard to stay on border

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano wants federal officials to delay the
pullout of National Guard troops from the border. Arizona Public
Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

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