Latest Arizona State Legislature News

QAnon figure says he's running for Congress in Arizona

Oct. 15, 2021 19:20 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Ron Watkins, a prolific promoter of false conspiracies about the 2020 election who is closely tied to the QAnon movement, says he is running for Congress as a Republican in Arizona. Watkins has a large and fervent following among Donald Trump supporters...

Arizona Senate's election review records again ruled public

Oct. 15, 2021 14:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A judge has rejected the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate’s contention that it can withhold a raft of communications between its leaders and private contractors they hired to conduct an unprecedented review of the 2020 election results in the state’s most populous...

US House panel examines Arizona election review effects

Oct. 07, 2021 19:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic members of a U.S. House committee on Thursday questioned Arizona officials on the potential damage that a partisan review of the state's 2020 election results had on trust in American elections. Two Republican leaders of the county subjected to...

Arizona Senate argues for secrecy of election review records

Oct. 07, 2021 16:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A lawyer for the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate told a judge Thursday that he would cause permanent damage to the legislative process if he requires lawmakers to release records about their private deliberations over the Senate GOP's review of the 2020 election. ...

Ducey appoints House chief clerk, 3 others, as judges

Oct. 02, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday appointed three people to the Maricopa County Superior Court, including the chief clerk of the Arizona House of Representatives. Jim Drake has been chief clerk of the House since 2015 and previously was a deputy secretary...

Foes of massive Arizona tax cuts file to block them

Sep. 28, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A group of public education advocates on Tuesday filed enough signatures to at least temporarily block a massive tax cut championed by Republicans in the Arizona Legislature and a second tax cut aimed at exempting small-business owners from a new tax on the wealthy. ...

Foes of tax cuts, voting law changes ready petition filings

Sep. 27, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Massive income tax cuts passed by the Arizona Legislature earlier this year and a series of election law changes could be put on hold until voters weigh in next year if opponents turn in enough signatures by a midnight Tuesday deadline. A coalition of...

Buckle up: Arizona Republicans to show 2020 recount results

Sep. 23, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Donald Trump supporters hired by Arizona Senate Republicans to review the 2020 vote count are preparing to deliver their findings on Friday, the climax of a bizarre quest to find evidence supporting the former president’s false claim that he lost because of fraud. ...

Frank Pratt, longtime Arizona GOP lawmaker, dies at 79

Sep. 21, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — Longtime Arizona Rep. Frank Pratt has died following a long illness. He was 79. Speaker Rusty Bowers announced Pratt's death on Tuesday, calling the Casa Grande Republican “an irreplaceable figure in the Arizona state Legislature.” ...

Arizona lawmaker quits to focus on run for governor

Sep. 20, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Rep. Aaron Lieberman has become the second Democratic lawmaker to leave office to focus on a run for higher office. Lieberman announced Monday that he's immediately resigning from the House so he can devote himself fulltime to his campaign for...