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Howard Fischer, For Prescott News Network

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State senators on Tuesday rejected the one tax break sought by Gov. Doug Ducey in his State of the State speech.

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The U.S. Supreme Court has spurned a bid by Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich to sue California over how it applies its business tax on residents and investors here.

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A House panel took the first step Wednesday to what would be a major reform of the state’s sentencing policy.

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Calling it a better alternative to direct election, a House panel voted Thursday, Feb. 20, to let the governor name the state’s five utility regulators.

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State lawmakers took the first steps Feb. 19 to what could be a doubling of the state’s gasoline tax.

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Arizona Republicans are continuing to advance another measure related to the controversial issue of sanctuary cities despite the decision by the governor not to try to amend the state constitution.

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Hispanic activists and their Democrat allies celebrated Friday, Feb. 21, the death of a proposed constitutional ban on “sanctuary cities,” as Republican Gov. Doug Ducey who had crafted the plan sought to do damage control.

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State lawmakers are moving to undo some of the restrictions they placed on cities four years ago to regulate short-term rentals.

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A federal judge has concluded that Customs and Border Protection is detaining people in a way that violates their rights.

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State lawmakers are looking to let students wear items of “cultural significance’’ to their graduation ceremonies.

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Calling it a less expensive and more accessible alternative, a House panel voted Monday to allow community colleges to offer four-year degrees.

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A House panel agreed to add “anti-Semitism’’ to what is considered a hate crime amid questions of exactly what that includes — and what that change in state law would mean to those who are accused.

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Republican legislators are moving to erect new hurdles in the path of Arizonans who want to propose their own laws and constitutional amendments.

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A Gilbert Republican lawmaker wants to limit the number of unmarked cars that police can use for traffic stops.

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The attorneys for groups suing the Arizona Legislature over claimed violations of the state’s Open Meeting Law are accusing state officials of playing a bit of legal hide-and-seek.

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State lawmakers are moving to ensure that owners of vacation rentals are paying what some believe is their fair share in property taxes.

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The Republican-controlled Legislature took the first steps Thursday to create a constitutional ban on “sanctuary” policies by government agencies.

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State lawmakers voted this past week to create a financial disincentive for state and local governments — and even schools — to try to keep weapons off their property.

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The state’s high court has agreed to decide whether Attorney General Mark Brnovich needs the permission of Gov. Doug Ducey to sue the state’s three universities over what he says has been unconstitutional tuition hikes.

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Arguing that it’s a matter of fairness, a House panel voted Thursday to ban transgender girls and women from participating in intramural or interscholastic athletics that do not match their “biological sex.”

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Facing a federal lawsuit, federal officials have agreed to conduct environmental studies before deciding whether to lease out more than 4,000 acres of land near the Petrified Forest National Park for oil and gas exploration.

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Parting ways with party members, a Prescott Republican wants to allow “dreamers’’ who attend Arizona colleges and universities to pay the same in-state tuition as any other resident.

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Saying the state has more money than it needs, Republicans on a House panel voted Wednesday to cut state taxes to the tune of nearly $162 million this coming budget year — and an undetermined amount years down the road.

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Arizona’s ban on “ballot harvesting” will remain in place, at least for the March 17 presidential primary.

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State lawmakers are making another bid to more than triple the amount that they now get for coming to the Capitol during the Legislative session.

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State lawmakers are moving to end “social promotion.”

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Calling it a matter of property rights and security, the state House voted Thursday to let those living along the border construct walls without first getting local permission or building permits.

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A Senate panel voted Thursday to erect some new hurdles in the path of those seeking to recall state and local elected officials.

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Two months after throwing out a lawsuit against the Arizona Board of Regents, the judge who heard the case ordered the state to pay nearly $1 million in the agency’s legal fees.

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Abortion foes are making another bid to get state tax dollars to pay private organizations that will urge women not to terminate their pregnancies.

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Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday brushed aside questions of whether migrants, legal or otherwise, should be concerned abo ut answering questions for the upcoming census.

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Arizonans who violate traffic laws could soon get a chance to decide if they’re willing to work off at least part of the fine.

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A Senate panel voted Wednesday to bar insurance companies from denying coverage for those with preexisting medical conditions.

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Mohave County is going to get its own state-run home for veterans. Maybe. On a 27-2 margin the Senate voted Feb. 3 to allocate $19 million for the state’s share of a new 80-bed facility to be built somewhere in the county. That sends SB 1112 to the House.

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Backers of a bid to ask voters to outlaw high-interest title loans have quit amid the inability to raise the cash they need to get it — and keep it — on the November ballot.

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Secretary of State Katie Hobbs is asking a federal judge to declare there’s nothing unconstitutional about requiring people to get their early ballots to county offices by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

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Alarmed by viral videos of what appear to be teen hijinks, a House panel voted Wednesday to make it a felony to tamper with food products and post the deed on the internet.

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State lawmakers are moving to subject noise complaints to the same standards as speeding violations. Only cops could issue them.

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A House panel voted last week to ask voters to remove restrictions on how English can be taught to students who come to school speaking another language.

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Arizona’s top prosecutor is urging a federal appeals court to allow a Colorado woman and the company she owns to refuse to design a website for a same-sex wedding.

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Attorney General Mark Brnovich is asking a federal appeals court to allow Arizona to continue enforcing the “ballot harvesting’’ law that a majority of the panel just found unconstitutional.

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Bill looks to keep out-of-state money out of elections
Sponsor expects court challenges, hopes for US Supreme Court review

The way Rep. Bob Thorpe sees it, it’s illegal for foreigners to try to use their money to influence elections in this country.

Legislation to let landowners living along the border erect fences without getting building permits hit a barrier of its own on Jan. 30.

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Gov. Doug Ducey is asking a federal appeals court to overturn a ruling that could affect his ability and that of future governors to tap a special education trust account to funnel more cash into schools.

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A veteran lawmaker is making another bid at blocking students from voting where they go to school.

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Arizonans legally smoked, ate or otherwise consumed nearly 83 tons of marijuana last year.

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State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to further reduce state revenues in the name of providing more incentives for Arizonans to donate to charity.

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Prescott has a 2.75% sales tax rate, which includes 1% each for the general fund and road improvements, and another 0.75% to pay down the city’s pension debt with the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS).

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State lawmakers took the first steps Tuesday to asking voters to sharply increase the special sales tax for education, setting the stage for voters to be able to pick and choose between two proposals — or potentially adopt or reject them both.

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