Latest Arizona State Legislature News

Car-sharing apps' rising US popularity fuels tax debate

May. 2, 2019 7:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — When Chris Williamson was in the market for a new family car, a timely ad and conversations with a co-worker convinced him to try something out of the ordinary. He bought a BMW 3 Series convertible and covers the payments by renting it to strangers on a peer-to-peer car sharing app called...

Immigrant-heavy GOP states OK with census citizen question

Apr. 28, 2019 1:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — It's not just Democratic-leaning states at risk of losing federal money and clout in Congress if the Supreme Court says the upcoming census can include a citizenship question. Fast-growing Arizona, Florida and Texas all have large groups of immigrants, especially Hispanics, who might choose...

Arizona joins 47 other states with cellphone-driving law

Apr. 22, 2019 6:12 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona ended a decade of resistance to restrictions on using a cellphone while driving when Gov. Doug Ducey signed a law Monday outlawing holding a phone behind the wheel. It is now the 48th state to ban texting and the 18th to ban hand-held phone use while driving, according to the...

Arizona lawmakers OK ban on cellphone use while driving

Apr. 18, 2019 5:21 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The small list of states that allow either texting while driving or hand-held cellphone use is shrinking after the Arizona House on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a cellphone use ban and sent it to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey for his expected signature. Arizona, Missouri and Montana had...

Arizona House votes to repeal HIV/AIDS instruction law

Apr. 10, 2019 7:01 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers on Wednesday took a major step toward repealing a 1991 law that bars HIV and AIDS instruction that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle," a move prompted by the filing of a lawsuit by LGBT groups. The 55-5 House vote on a repeal came a day after Republican Attorney General Mark...

Arizona House votes to repeal HIV/AIDS instruction law

Apr. 10, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a move by Arizona lawmakers to repeal a law barring HIV education that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle." (all times local): 3:30 p.m. The Arizona House has approved the repeal of a 1991 law barring HIV and AIDS instruction that "promotes a homosexual lifestyle" following the...

Arizona becomes 1st to match out-of-state work licenses

Apr. 10, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday making the state the first in the nation to automatically grant occupational licenses to anyone who moves there with an unblemished credential from another state. The action removes a barrier for doctors, manicurists, home inspectors and...

Lawmaker denies sex-abuse allegations in 1983 police report

Mar. 30, 2019 9:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona Rep. David Stringer is denying that he paid two teens for sex in the 1980s. Stringer wrote on Facebook Saturday that he was the subject of "salacious allegations of sexual improprieties that had no basis in fact." The Prescott Republican lawmaker resigned on Wednesday when...

Police report: Former Arizona lawmaker paid boys for sex

Mar. 29, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker who resigned this week amid an ethics investigation was accused of paying boys for sex, according to a 1983 police report released Friday by the House Ethics Committee. The report, released with 426 pages of investigative files, offers details of the unspecified sex...

Arizona lawmaker resigns amid probe of 1983 sex charges

Mar. 27, 2019 9:31 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Rep. David Stringer resigned Wednesday amid an ethics investigation of 1983 sex charges and his comments on race and immigration. The Prescott Republican lawmaker stepped down as he faced a 5 p.m. deadline to hand over documents demanded by the House Ethics Committee. Earlier in the...