State Capitol News

Advocates who want the state's children's health insurance program restored plan to rally at the Capitol to try to persuade the Arizona Senate to consider a proposal the House has already approved.

Monday's planned rally will include parents, pediatricians, nurses, children's advocacy and faith and women's groups.

House Bill 2309 passed the House on a 47-12 vote on March 2. But Senate President Andy Biggs has blocked consideration because he opposes the program.

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The Arizona attorney general's office has opened an investigation into House Speaker David Gowan to determine if he misused state resources while campaigning for Congress.

Spokeswoman for the attorney general Mia Garcia confirmed the investigation Thursday but would not go into detail because the investigation is ongoing.

Gowan requested the attorney general look into the issue after the Arizona Capitol Times published an analysis of the Sierra Vista Republican's use of rented state vehicles and his claims for daily per diem payments.

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The Arizona Senate has given initial approval to a bill opponents say is designed to make it easier to cut off Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood Arizona and other abortion providers.

House Bill 2599 passed on a voice vote Tuesday and awaits a formal vote. The House passed the bill last month with only Republicans in support.

UPDATE: The Arizona Senate has rejected House Bill 2201. It failed by a vote of 15-14 Tuesday afternoon.

The Arizona Senate is set to vote on a bill that would allow the state to ignore actions of the federal government not approved by Congress. Arizona Public Radio’s Ryan Heinsius reports.


John Samora/The Republic

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan is set to certify results of the March 22 presidential primary that prompted lines of more than five hours after Maricopa County slashed the number of polling places.

Reagan is the state's top election official and will officially release the statewide vote courts and is expected to certify the results on Monday.

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