State Capitol News

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Phoenix, AZ – The House voted Tuesday to permanently repeal the only statewide
property tax. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer reports.

Phoenix, AZ – The state's retirement systems are going to have to get rid of
any investments they have in companies that do certain kinds of
business in Sudan -- unless it costs too much. Arizona Public
Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

Phoenix, AZ – The lawyer for state lawmakers is due in court today to explain to a federal judge why his clients need more time to comply with his English Language Learners order. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer explains.

Phoenix, AZ – State school superintendents want a reprieve from new
requirements on how they teach English, even if it has to come
from a federal judge. Arizona Public Radio's Howard Fischer
explains.

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