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All indications are that Prop. 123 narrowly approved by voters
Figures as of late Thursday shows 520,425 votes in support of the measure to boost school funding, with 503,659 against.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Arizona jobless rate stands at 5.5% in April
PHOENIX -- The state's jobless rate ticked up last month amid continued weakness in the computer and electronics sector.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor agrees cities cannot block puppy mill pet stores
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Thursday to kill the ability of cities to keep pet stores from selling commercially bred animals.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Governor signs student intrusion measure into law
PHOENIX -- Responding to concerns of unnecessary intrusion, Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday to preclude students from being asked certain questions on assessments without first getting parental consent.
Friday, May 20, 2016

Prop. 124 gains voter approval
Proposition 124 is part of a series of changes adopted earlier this year by lawmakers to restore financial stability to the Public Safety Personnel Retirement System.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Still no final answer on Prop. 123
PHOENIX -- It should have been a slam dunk.

An extra $3.5 billion for public schools over the next decade. No tax hike. A promise of more. And more than $5 million to spend for the campaign.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Statistics show May most dangerous month for young drivers
VERDE VALLEY - According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), May is one of the most dangerous months for young drivers ages 16-24 due to crashes involving alcohol.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

'Dark money' debate to fall into hands of voters
PHOENIX -- Arizonans could get the last word on whether to uphold or reject newly enacted campaign finance laws that would allow more "dark money' to flow into state elections.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Dog racing to become illegal in Arizona
Dog racing in Arizona will be history before you know it.

Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation on Friday that will outlaw the practice by the end of the year.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

'Liddy light' legislation becomes law
PHOENIX -- Sometime this summer, police will have a new excuse to pull you over.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Governor vetoes leadership succession protocol
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey isn't worried that a disaster, natural or otherwise, is going to leave Arizona without a leader.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Free speech goes both ways as Ducey signs HB2548 into law
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Monday that could result in longer jail time for some protesters even as it gives additional rights to others.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New law gives municipalities ability to regulate sober living homes
PHOENIX -- Cities and counties are getting new powers to register "structured sober-living' homes.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Governor agrees to tweak conflict of interest law
PHOENIX -- The state's newest utility regulator will get to vote on efforts by Arizona utilities to change what they charge to customers who generate their own power.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

New challenges ahead for Planned Parenthood
Planned Parenthood could soon find itself in another legal battle to keep its Medicaid funding.
Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Governor signs vacation rentals bill into law
Warren Woodward: "We resent being dictated to by legislators who do not even live in Sedona or anywhere near it."
Friday, May 13, 2016

AG refuses to make effort to cancel Tuesday special election
PHOENIX -- Attorney General Mark Brnovich refused today to try to cancel next week's special elections despite foul-ups by Secretary of State Michele Reagan, saying there's nothing in state law to permit that.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Election will proceed despite pamphlet snafu
PHOENIX -- Secretary of State Michele Reagan won't cancel next week's special election even though her office failed to mail out on time more than 200,000 pamphlets with details of what's on the ballot.

Reagan spokesman Matt Roberts conceded the law about when voters need to get the brouchures was broken. And while saying the fault lies with an outside company that made up mailing lists, Roberts acknowledged the foul-up is Reagan's responsibility.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Governor signs law to protect Salt River wild horses
Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that makes it illegal to harass, shot, injure or slaughter a horse that is part of the herd. And even capturing or euthanizing a horse that is injured or is causing problems would require written authorization from either the state Department of Agriculture or the Maricopa County Sheriff.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Gov. Doug Ducey penned his approval to "structurally balanced budget.'
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey penned his approval Tuesday to a $9.6 billion budget that actually spends more than he wanted.

In a prepared statement, Ducey touted the fact that Arizona now has a "structurally balanced budget.'

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

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