Latest Arizona State Legislature News

Arizona judge takes narrow view of legislative privilege

Nov. 30, 2021 18:35 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate can't claim legislative privilege to avoid releasing a wide variety of records from the review of the 2020 vote count conducted on behalf of Republican leaders, a judge ruled Tuesday. Meanwhile, a lawyer for Cyber Ninjas, the firm...

Trump endorses 2 Arizona audit supporters for state Senate

Nov. 29, 2021 19:38 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Former President Donald Trump has given his influential endorsement to two Arizona legislative candidates who gained national notoriety for promoting the state Senate's partisan review of the 2020 election. Trump issued statements Monday endorsing Sen....

Fernandez's son will replace her in Arizona House

Nov. 22, 2021 18:34 PM EST

YUMA, Ariz. (AP) — The son of a former Democratic lawmaker has been appointed to replace her in the Arizona House of Representatives. The Yuma County Board of Supervisors on Monday picked Brian Fernandez of Yuma to replace former Rep. Charlene Fernandez, who resigned...

Benson man picked as replacement Arizona House member

Nov. 19, 2021 19:40 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Board of Supervisors in Cochise County has chosen a replacement for a Republican lawmaker who resigned last month. The board chose Republican Lupe Diaz on Friday to replace Rep. Becky Nutt from three candidates they interviewed for the job. ...

Arizona legislators taking stock of challenging court ruling

Nov. 13, 2021 11:04 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona legislators are taking stock of the potential impact of the state Supreme Court’s decision that lawmakers violated the Arizona Constitution’s requirements that subjects included in each piece of legislation be related and also be expressed in bill titles. ...

AG candidate Diego Rodriguez resigns from Arizona House

Nov. 12, 2021 18:07 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Another member of the Arizona House of Representatives is stepping down. Democratic Rep. Diego Rodriguez of Phoenix, who is running for attorney general, submitted his resignation Friday and says it will be effective on Wednesday. ...

Fired Senate staffer awarded millions in discrimination suit

Nov. 11, 2021 20:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A jury has awarded $2.75 million to an Arizona legislative staffer who said she was fired from her job as a policy adviser for state Senate Democrats because of discrimination based on her race and gender. The verdict this week marks the second trial...

Prominent Democrats Fernandez, Friese quit Arizona House

Nov. 04, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Two prominent Democrats announced Thursday they're stepping down from the Arizona House, further shaking up a Legislature that has seen a flurry of resignations ahead of the 2022 session. Rep. Charlene Fernandez of Yuma, the former House minority leader,...

Hobbs pivots campaign for governor beyond ballot audit

Nov. 04, 2021 19:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic Secretary of State Katie Hobbs presented herself Thursday as an advocate for government efficiency, striking a centrist tone as she ramps up her campaign for Arizona governor in the wake of losses in Virginia that spooked Democrats around the country. ...

Cyber Ninjas fights Arizona audit public records demands

Nov. 03, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Two Maricopa County judges are growing increasingly frustrated that a cybersecurity consultant working for the Arizona Senate has not provided records related to its review of the 2020 election for release under the state's public records law. One judge...