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PHOENIX — Arizona’s top water official said Wednesday that a lawsuit filed by California’s Imperial Irrigation District could pose a threat to the newly approved multi-state drought contingency plan.

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House Bill 2318 was not the only measure to pass on Thursday. While it passed 44-16, lawmakers also voted 31-29 – strictly along party lines – for SB 1141. That is a totally separate measure to outlaw “distracted driving,’’ which also will go to the governor.

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Arizona lawmakers gave final approval Thursday to a comprehensive statewide ban on the use of hand-held cellphones by motorist, sending the bill already approved by the Senate to Gov. Doug Ducey for his anticipated signature.

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House may vote Thursday on banning cellphones while driving in Arizona
New law may supersede Prescott, Prescott Valley hand-held ordinances

PHOENIX -- Arizona is on the verge of no longer being just one of three states without a comprehensive ban on texting while driving.

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PHOENIX — President Trump on Tuesday signed the plan for how Arizona and other Colorado River basin states will divide up the limited water that is now available.

PHOENIX — State lawmakers are moving to curb the ability of regulators to seek documents from some private companies because of a fight with one firm that doesn't want to cough up the information.

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PHOENIX — Lobbied by the industry, state lawmakers are not going to help those who bought timeshares get out from under what is often a lifetime obligation.

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PHOENIX — Claiming boycotts are anti-Semitic, the state House voted last week to deny public contracts to firms that refuse to do business with other companies that do business in Israel.

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PHOENIX — Ousted state Rep. Don Shooter wants the Senate Ethics Committee to determine whether former House Speaker J.D. Mesnard acted unethically in refusing to release parts of an investigative report on Shooter that resulted in his expulsion.

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PHOENIX — Rising beef prices are pushing up the cost of eating at home.

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