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State lawmakers took the first steps Thursday to providing a secure and reliable source of water for Arizona.

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The Arizona Senate's appropriations committee on Wednesday advanced a series of last minute measures on hot-button issues as the Legislature prepares to adjourn for the year.

By Associated Press June 23, 2022
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Republican leaders of the Arizona House introduced legislation Tuesday that will substantially revamp the state's school funding formula, add about $200 million in new yearly funding for K-12 schools and create a universal private school voucher system.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press June 15, 2022
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Majority Republicans in the Arizona House are working to finalize a deal that would substantially boost funding for K-12 public schools and enact a major expansion of the state's private school voucher system.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press June 7, 2022
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Arizona Republican lawmakers heard Tuesday from members of the Texas-based conservative group that provided research for a widely debunked documentary that alleges widespread voter fraud led to former President Donald Trump's loss in the 2020 election.

By BOB CHRISTIE and JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press June 1, 2022
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Minority Democrats in the Arizona Senate used a procedural move Tuesday to force a vote on legislation that would require background checks for any firearm purchase.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press May 31, 2022
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Two Arizona lawmakers face ethics complaints that one of their attorneys said was prompted by a bitter divorce involving the Scottsdale man who filed them and his apparent intent to get back at anyone connected with his former wife.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press May 3, 2022
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The Arizona Legislature could soon approve changes to the teacher certification process designed to address a shortage of classroom instructors by allowing more people without regular teacher training to lead a class.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press April 12, 2022
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The Arizona Legislature passed bills Thursday to prohibit gender reassignment surgery for minors and ban transgender athletes from playing on girls sports teams, joining a growing list of Republican-controlled states attempting to restrict transgender rights as they gain more visibility in culture and society.

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press March 25, 2022
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The Arizona Legislature on Thursday joined the growing list of Republican-led states to pass aggressive anti-abortion legislation as the conservative U.S. Supreme Court is considering ratcheting back abortion rights that have been in place for nearly 50 years.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press March 24, 2022
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It took a lengthy filibuster on the Arizona House floor while Republican backers of a big business property tax break leaned on a fellow GOP lawmaker to switch her vote to yes, but the tax cut is close to heading to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his certain signature.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press March 24, 2022
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An Arizona Senate committee on Monday revived and advanced a wide-ranging election bill that would eliminate nearly all forms of early voting and require ballots to be counted by hand.

By JONATHAN J. COOPER, Associated Press March 22, 2022
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A former Arizona state legislator and ex-Pima County justice of the peace has been sentenced to six months in prison after pleading guilty in a tax case that his defense lawyer called “a massive fall from grace."

March 19, 2022
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Talks among Arizona Republican lawmakers who want to sidestep a voter referendum that has blocked the nearly $2 billion income tax they passed last year are heating up, and a special session to repeal and replace the tax cuts could be called at any time.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press March 16, 2022
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The Arizona Senate on Wednesday voted down a plan to require the state auditor general to conduct an exhaustive review following every election.

By Associated Press March 10, 2022
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A bill sponsored by a Republican state senator set for a vote at any time would allow business owners or their employees to use deadly force to defend their property against smash-and-grab robbers if the robber possessed a dangerous weapon.

By Associated Press March 8, 2022
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A handful of Republican House members joined with all minority Democrats Wednesday to defeat a bill that would have allowed a lawmaker to request an attorney general investigation of public schools they believe are violating the law.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press March 3, 2022
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An Arizona House committee on Monday approved a proposed law that would make it illegal to make video recordings of police in many circumstances after the Republican sponsor made changes he said were designed to address constitutional concerns.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press February 22, 2022
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The Arizona House on Thursday approved two Republican-backed bills that would loosen gun laws by allowing firearms in libraries and many other public buildings and by permitting loaded weapons to be carried in vehicles on school grounds.

By Associated Press February 19, 2022
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The Arizona House on Thursday approved two Republican-backed bills that would loosen gun laws by allowing firearms in libraries and many other public buildings and by permitting loaded weapons to be carried in vehicles on school grounds.

By BOB CHRISTIE, Associated Press February 18, 2022
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Republicans in the Arizona House approved a measure Thursday that would ask voters to amend the state constitution to ban the teaching of so-called “critical race theory” in schools and bar any preferential treatment based on race.

By Associated Press February 17, 2022

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