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Watch your step: snakes and more begin to emerge
KINGMAN - For those wishing to avoid potentially dangerous encounters with some of Arizona's more notorious creatures, there is one basic rule to follow.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

AZ Senate says OK to guns in public buildings
PHOENIX -- Calling it a right of self-defense, a Senate panel voted late Tuesday to give the go-ahead for hundreds of thousands of Arizonans to bring their guns into public buildings.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

HB 2608 good for GOP, Dems; not so good for other parties
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers -- all of whom are Republicans and Democrats -- are moving to make it harder for the candidates from other political parties to run for office.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

State News Update ...
State prison inmates could be paid up to $1.50 an hour under the terms of legislation approved by a 42-16 vote Tuesday by the House.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

AZ senator says 60-day delay provides cooling off period in police shootings
PHOENIX -- It is now up to Gov. Doug Ducey whether Arizonans will be denied for 60 days the names of police officers who kill civilians.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Taxes no fun for the poor, says WalletHub
PHOENIX -- There's little question that it's not fun to be poor.
Thursday, March 26, 2015

Panel votes to kill Common Core academic standards
PHOENIX -- With foes blaming them for everything from the use of a sexually graphic book in one high school to making automatons of Arizona children, a Senate panel voted to kill the Common Core academic standards.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

House panel rejects Thorpe bid to outlaw 'powdered alcohol
PHOENIX -- Sometime later this year, Arizonans should be able to have a shot of vodka -- and if they have enough of them, even get drunk -- from a packet of powder.
Saturday, March 21, 2015

Lawmakers consider allowing schools to pick their own assessment test
PHOENIX -- State schools chief Diane Douglas is backing legislation that would allow school districts to choose whatever tests they want for their students -- including keeping the Common Core standards she wants to kill.
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Ducey wants to take $$$ from state land trust fund
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is betting that voters are willing to take money from the state land trust, cash now earmarked mainly for schools, to balance the budget.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Bill allowing concealed weapons in public buildings gains steam
PHOENIX -- Calling it part of the right of self defense, the state House voted Thursday to let those with permits to carry concealed weapons bring them in to public buildings.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Senate panel OK's Ducey request for 'inspector general'
PHOENIX -- Insisting there's waste and corruption to be found, a Senate panel on Wednesday approved a request by Gov. Doug Ducey to let him hire someone who would have broad authority to poke into what state agencies are doing.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Arizona jobless rate stands at 6.6%
PHOENIX -- Arizona lost 30,800 private sector jobs in January.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Law allows police to shield names of officers involved in shootings
PHOENIX -- Saying it's a matter of officer safety, the state House voted Tuesday to require police departments to shield the names of officers involved in shootings.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

State pre-empts cities, counties from grocery bag regulation
PHOENIX -- State lawmakers are moving to kill efforts by cities and counties to regulate grocery bags before the idea spreads.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Legislative update
Stores that sell beer, wine and liquor could spring up next to churches and schools under the terms of legislation approved Wednesday by the House Judiciary Committee.
Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Flex loan legislation appears doomed to failure
PHOENIX -- State senators are balking at a House-backed bill to allow lenders to charge triple-digit interest rates to Arizonans, signaling the industry-backed measure could be doomed to failure.

Rep. J.D. Mesnard, R-Chandler, yanked his HB 2611 from consideration Wednesday by the Senate Finance Committee when he could not line up the necessary votes.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

DPS seizes 4,610 pounds of marijuana in past 8 days
Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) officers recovered about 4,300 pounds of marijuana Thursday when the driver was stopped for a traffic violation. The marijuana has a street value of approximately $2.1 million dollars.
Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ducey pledges to index state income tax to inflation
PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey said Thursday he intends to approve legislation cutting millions more in taxes even as he signed a budget that cuts millions of dollars from education and social programs.

"We're going to index the income tax to inflation,' Ducey said ahead of signing a new $9.1 billion spending plan which includes close to $500 million in cuts to existing programs. While the overall amount of the budget remains level, it adds funding for more prison beds even as it takes $99 million from the universities.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Proposed laws designed to make it tough to panhandle
A House committee approved two measures Wednesday designed to keep beggars at bay.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

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