Latest Arizona state government News

Arizona Senate on track to pass budget after House Dems walk

Jun. 22, 2021 20:57 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona House Democrats refused to show up at the Capitol on Tuesday, blocking debate on a budget and a major tax cut primarily benefiting the wealthy. But the Senate plowed ahead and was on track to pass the budget plan, advancing many of the 11 bills...

Ex-CEO of Phoenix health facility pleads guilty to fraud

Jun. 22, 2021 00:31 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The former CEO of a Phoenix health care facility has pleaded guilty to two counts of felony fraud, according to state prosecutors. William J. Timmons is scheduled to be sentenced on July 22. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office...

Arizona House schedules budget debate as deal solidifies

Jun. 21, 2021 20:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature has scheduled debate on a $12.8 billion state budget plan for Tuesday as a pair of Republican lawmakers who had blocked it because of concerns over massive tax cuts and their effects on city finances said they now mainly back the plan. ...

Arizona House Republicans advance 2 election bills

Jun. 21, 2021 19:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona House Republicans on Monday advanced a measure requiring election officials to give prosecutors records of mail ballots that get rejected because the signature doesn’t match the one on file. Republicans said the measure would help find...

Arizona governor signs $100M wildfire funding plan

Jun. 18, 2021 19:02 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a bill rushed through in a special legislative session that provides $100 million in funding this year to battle wildfires, react to the damage they cause and to create a new force of more than 700 state inmates to clear brush. ...

Arizona GOP budget holdouts near win on tax cut changes

Jun. 17, 2021 21:00 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A pair of Republican Arizona lawmakers who objected to a $1.9 billion tax cut in a $12.8 billion GOP budget deal were close Thursday to winning major concessions that would secure their support for the spending plan before the whole deal came to a halt over the tax cut's...

Arizona Legislature passes $100M fire funding plan

Jun. 17, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency as fires continue to burn across the state. Despite the broad approval — the House vote was 56-2 and the Senate vote was...

Arizona lawmakers advance $100M fire fund in special session

Jun. 16, 2021 20:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature advanced bills Wednesday creating a $100 million fund to respond to a wildfire emergency after hearing dire warnings from state officials and praise from worried leaders of rural counties and cities amid a brewing fight on the role of climate change in...

Senators would stop 'micropolitan' label for 144 US cities

Jun. 16, 2021 18:45 PM EDT

Some lawmakers are trying to stop 144 U.S. cities from losing their designations as “metropolitan areas" as the federal government updates its standards, doubling the minimum number of residents required in a city's urban core to 100,000 people. Sens. John Thune, a...

Florida gov heeds call from Texas, Arizona for border help

Jun. 16, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis castigated the Biden administration for what he called “a disaster and an emergency” at the nation's border with Mexico and said Wednesday that he would send law enforcement to Texas and Arizona, whose Republican governors have appealed...