Latest Arizona state government News

Yolanda Bejarano elected Arizona Democratic Party chair

Jan. 28, 2023 18:29 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Democrats intent on retaking the statehouse for the first time in decades elected longtime union organizer Yolanda Bejarano as their next party chair Saturday in one of the most competitive races for the post in recent history. Bejarano's victory is a blow...

Arizona GOP lawmakers OK rules to erase emails past 90 days

Jan. 27, 2023 13:12 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in Arizona's Legislature have voted along party lines to approve new rules that will allow state lawmakers to destroy emails after 90 days and delete text messages as quickly as they arrive. Democrats have criticized the change, along with a new limit of...

Pandemic, culture wars revive 'school choice' policy push

Jan. 27, 2023 08:07 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Nichole Mason first became concerned when she learned administrators at her children's public school were allowing transgender students to use girls' bathrooms. Her frustrations mounted when she felt her children's next school went too far with how they enforced COVID...

Governor creates commission to study Arizona prison problems

Jan. 25, 2023 19:05 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Katie Hobbs on Wednesday announced the creation of a commission to study problems in Arizona’s prisons, including staffing levels and the health care offered to those behind bars. The creation of the commission by Hobbs, Arizona’s first Democratic governor...

Rep. Gallego announces bid for Sinema’s Arizona Senate seat

Jan. 23, 2023 18:34 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego, a liberal firebrand and prominent Latino lawmaker, announced Monday he'll challenge independent U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema in 2024, becoming the first candidate to jump into the race and setting up a potential three-way contest. Gallego...

2 Tenn. officials fired after lethal injection errors noted

Jan. 19, 2023 17:07 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Department of Correction has fired its longtime top attorney and another employee following a scathing independent report on failures within the state's lethal injection system. Debbie Inglis, deputy commissioner and general counsel, and Kelly...

Appeals court: Arizona early voting system is constitutional

Jan. 18, 2023 14:46 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Court of Appeals has ruled that the state’s early voting system is constitutional. In an 11-page ruling Tuesday, the three-judge panel rejected the Arizona Republican Party’s argument that mail-in voting violates the secrecy clause in the state...

Neighbors sue Arizona city to restore water cut in drought

Jan. 17, 2023 19:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Residents of a community just outside Scottsdale, Arizona are feuding with the city they long depended on for water now that the Phoenix suburb has cut off their supply, saying it needs to guarantee there is enough for its own residents amid a deep, long-lasting drought. ...

Arizona judge delays trial in fight over education funding

Jan. 07, 2023 13:42 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawsuit over how much money Arizona's lawmakers allocate for school maintenance, buses, textbooks and technology won't go to trial next week, after a judge granted a request for a delay by the state’s incoming attorney general. Democratic Attorney General Kris...

Ex-Arizona Supreme Court judge to probe ballot printer issue

Jan. 06, 2023 15:14 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona Supreme Court judge will lead an independent investigation into how ballot printers at Phoenix-area polling sites became defective, sparking Election Day chaos and accusations of misconduct from Republican candidates. The Maricopa County Board of...