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The leaders of Colorado River basin states are asking Congress to approve the newly adopted drought contingency plan that they admit is not a long-term solution to a dryer future and less water in the river.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner March 19, 2019
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An Arizona firm that already grows, processes and sells marijuana in multiple states is buying another company to create was will likely be the nation’s largest operation.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner March 17, 2019
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It’s billed by proponents as a way moms can defend themselves from attackers while dropping their children off at school.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner March 16, 2019
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A now-divorced woman is entitled to implant some fertilized embryos created before she was married despite the objections of her former husband, the state Court of Appeals has ruled.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner March 16, 2019
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The 16-13 vote against suspending the rules to permit a vote came after even two Republicans who are cosponsors of SCR 1009 refused to side with the Democrats.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner March 14, 2019
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Getting ready to renew the registration on your car or truck?

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner March 12, 2019
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Arizona House rejects tax break for vets
Bill would have exempted portion of military pensions from income tax

It looks like retired military are not going to be getting a bigger state tax break

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner March 12, 2019
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Arizona's jobless rate jumped two-tenths of a percentage point in January to 5.1 percent and is now higher than Mississippi and equal to Louisiana.

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By a 2-1 margin the state Senate on Monday approved what would be Arizona's first-ever universal ban on texting while driving.

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The 31-27 party-line vote for HB 2693 in the Republican-controlled chamber came amid pleas from some lawmakers who said they feel safer for themselves and their children when dropping them off and picking them up. Rep. Regina Cobb, R-Kingman, said she can attest to that based on personal experience.

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In a new order, Judge Steven Logan acknowledged that Polk, in her role of prosecutor, had absolute immunity from being sued.

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The 32-28 vote by the full House came following pleas from lawmakers representing agricultural communities that it’s unfair to require those who grow food for Arizonans and people across the country to pay taxes on items they need.

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Auditor General Debra Davenport said the instructional share is still 4.6 percentage points below the high point in 2004. And even after adjusting for inflation, total per pupil spending is $177 less now than it was in 2004 and $861 below the high point in 2008 before the Great Recession.

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Ducey told Capitol Media Services he believes there’s plenty of water for everyone. And he rejected any suggestion that Arizona needs to cut back on water for agricultural use – about 70 percent of what the state consumes now – if the state is continue to grow.

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Saying it’s good for the economy long term, a Senate panel voted to exempt retired veterans from having to pay state income taxes on their pensions.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 27, 2019
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Saying innocent motorists are being coerced, the state House voted Monday to let them take their case to court and yet still escape the ticket even if they’re found guilty.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 26, 2019
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There’s nothing illegal about taxing tourists renting cars in Arizona to pay for sports facilities in Pima and Maricopa counties, the state Supreme Court ruled Monday.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 25, 2019
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Republican lawmakers and business interests are pushing a plan that would allow residents of any one legislative district - or, in some cases, a handful of neighborhoods - to block an initiative drive.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 25, 2019
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he Gila River Indian Community will provide the promised 500,000 acre feet of water for the state’s drought contingency plan after being assured that legislation the tribe opposed is dead.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 24, 2019
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On a 4-3 vote Thursday the House Committee on Land and Agriculture voted to make it illegal to call something “meat" or a “meat food product" if it is “not derived from harvested production livestock." The same restrictions would apply to calling something chicken if it did not start as live poultry.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 24, 2019
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Arizona lawmakers approved three measures that foes said could result in fewer children being vaccinated even amid outbreaks of measles in pockets across the nation.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 23, 2019
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A House committee voted Wednesday to ensure that edible forms of marijuana remain legal in Arizona, no matter what the Arizona Supreme Court decides.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 22, 2019
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Courting a possible lawsuit, state senators voted Wednesday to direct the Board of Regents and community college boards to create a special tuition for those who graduate from Arizona high schools but don't qualify as in-state residents.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 21, 2019
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If Rep. Bob Thorpe gets his way police will no longer need an excuse to pull over a motorist who isn't buckled up.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 21, 2019
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The next big winner of the Arizona Lottery could be “none of your business."

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 20, 2019
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House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Tuesday withdrew his legislation that would have repealed state laws on when farmers forfeit their water rights – legislation that the Gila River Indian Community said would cause it to withdraw from the multi-state drought contingency plan.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 20, 2019
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HB 2476, set for a hearing Tuesday before the House Committee on Natural Resources, Energy and Water, would eliminate that automatic forfeiture.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 17, 2019
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The statute says if 10 percent of voters in any city or town sign a petition, the council has to put a measure on the ballot asking to create a band fund. And the levy, if approved, could be as high as one mill a year.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 16, 2019
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SB 1451, approved Thursday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would impose new requirements on paid circulators and the organizations that hire them to collect signatures.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 16, 2019
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Rejecting claims they are ignoring the will of voters, a Senate panel voted Wednesday to alter the rules governing the use of vouchers of state dollars by parents to send their children to private and parochial schools.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 14, 2019
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Rep. Kelly Townsend says she knows her phone is watching and listening to her, even when she is not talking on it.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 14, 2019
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Saying state and county prosecutors may balk, a House panel voted Tuesday to let anyone file suit to claim that public dollars are being used to influence elections.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 14, 2019
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Saying magistrates can be squeezed politically, a House panel voted Wednesday to all but strip city councils of their ability to fire them.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 13, 2019
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Insisting it will be good for young people, a House panel voted Monday to let employers pay students who are part-time workers just two-thirds as much as they do anyone else.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 12, 2019
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The state Court of Appeals has slapped down efforts by Republican lawmakers to block local governments from mandating that private employers provide workers with even more fringe benefits than required by state law.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 12, 2019
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State lawmakers are picking another fight with Gov. Doug Ducey over taxes and fees.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 11, 2019
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Need a quick styling? Or has your “do’’ gone flat?

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 10, 2019
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A stalemate at the Capitol over changes in income tax laws has the head of the Senate Finance Committee wanting to give Arizonans more time to file their returns

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 9, 2019
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What's behind the measure are contentions by proponents that it takes too long for voters to learn who actually has won elections.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 7, 2019
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Hoping to help charities fearing changes in federal tax laws, a House panel voted Wednesday to let Arizona residents take both the standard deduction on state tax forms and also write off their charitable giving.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 7, 2019
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Good news for Arizonans who fashion themselves as the next Bruce Lee.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 7, 2019
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With tobacco use on the rise, a state lawmaker and the American Cancer Society want to ask voters to sharply increase the taxes paid by smokers on the cigarettes and similar products they buy.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 6, 2019
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The state Court of Appeals has slapped down efforts by Republican lawmakers to block local governments from mandating that private employers provide workers with even more fringe benefits than required by state law.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 5, 2019
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A Cave Creek Democrat has taken the first legal steps that could lead to a recall of state Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 5, 2019
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Gov. Doug Ducey is waiting for Republican lawmakers to blink in his bid to collect more taxes from Arizona residents.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 4, 2019
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The state’s new schools chief is calling on lawmakers to repeal a law that prohibits any courses on AIDS and HIV from portraying homosexuality “as a positive alternative lifestyle."

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 4, 2019
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Attorney General Mark Brnovich is quietly dropping the defamation lawsuit he filed last fall against backers of the Proposition 127 campaign and the California billionaire who financed it.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 4, 2019
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Gov. Doug Ducey signed a drought contingency plan Thursday afternoon, just six hours ahead of the deadline set by a key federal official for the state to act or face having their Colorado River water supply determined by her.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner February 1, 2019
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Picking a fight with Gov. Doug Ducey, Republican lawmakers in the House and Senate voted Thursday to conform Arizona’s allowable income tax deductions to federal law and offsetting that with a drop in tax rates.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 31, 2019
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David Stringer’s legal problems multiplied Wednesday as the State Bar of Arizona launched an investigation to determine if he lied on his application to practice law here.

By Howard Fischer, for the Miner January 31, 2019

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