State Capitol News

Phoenix, AZ – The House voted this afternoon to ask state residents whether they want to constitutionally ban gays from marrying. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.


State law already limits marriage to one man and one woman. That
statute has been upheld by the state Court of Appeals, a ruling
the Supreme Court refused to disturb. But Rep. Steve Yarbrough
said there's a good reason to put the language in the
constitution.

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano is defending plans to hike the state sales tax rate to among the highest in the nation to fund transit improvements. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

Phoenix, AZ – State senators agreed this morning to let Williams continue pumping water from an illegally drilled well. But as Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports, they want to be sure this kind of thing does not happen again.

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers are debating whether to allow companies to import foreign workers to fill some jobs. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports that one state senator has a different idea.


Jack Harper said he hears the complaints of businesses that they
can not fill certain jobs.

Phoenix, AZ – A state panel gave final approval today to letting the Department of Environmental Quality enact new greenhouse gas emission
standards for cars and trucks. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

Phoenix, AZ – The English language learner lawsuit is headed back to court. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano made a personal plea to lawmakers today to fund a 1-point-4 billion bonding plan for state universities. But Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports not everyone is
convinced.

Phoenix, AZ – State lawmakers have finally approved a revised budget to bring the current budget into balance. Arizona Public Radio's
Howard Fischer reports.

Phoenix, AZ – Governor Janet Napolitano received her annual briefing on the upcoming fire season. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports on some of what she learned.

The governor said a lot of what to expect depends on where you
live.

Phoenix, AZ – Legislators won't tinker with the phrases on the state's 9-11 Memorial -- at least not this year. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

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