Latest Arizona State Legislature News

Arizona Senate to take up series of House measures Tuesday

May. 22, 2020 3:04 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz (AP) — The Arizona Senate plans to return to the Capitol on Tuesday to deal with measures the House enacted this week. It also will take up 28 House bills that have been awaiting votes since the Legislature halted major work in March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republican Senate...

Arizona House OKs virus liability shield for businesses

May. 21, 2020 10:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House voted Thursday to give businesses sweeping protections from lawsuits if their customers or employees get sick from the coronavirus and to eliminate criminal penalties for violating the governor's public-health orders. Republicans, who approved the bill in a party-line...

Arizona House has heated debate over Obamacare protections

May. 20, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House on Wednesday advanced a measure that would require health insurance companies to issue policies to people with pre-existing conditions if the Affordable Care Act is overturned by a court. But minority Democrats decried the measure, saying it was just providing cover to...

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, speaks during a vote in the Arizona House of Representatives to end the 2020 session due to the coronavirus Tuesday, May 19, 2020, in Phoenix. Arizona House voted Tuesday not to join the Senate in ending the the 2020 legislative session, going ahead with legislation that had been in the pipeline before lawmakers paused the session in March amid concerns about the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona House votes not to join Senate in adjourning

May. 19, 2020 7:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in the Arizona House voted Tuesday not to join the Senate in ending the the 2020 legislative session, vowing to press ahead with legislation that had been in the pipeline before lawmakers paused the session in March amid concerns about the coronavirus. Democrats pushed to...

House Republicans push virus liability, Democrats object

May. 18, 2020 5:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans who control the Arizona House hope to rush through a bill this week protecting businesses that reopen from lawsuits by employees or patrons who contract coronavirus. The push comes as lawmakers return to work following a two month recess triggered by the pandemic and the Senate...

Arizona House to resume work despite Senate vote to adjourn

May. 17, 2020 6:33 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona House plans to return to work this week after a two-month recess triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and despite the Senate's decision to try to adjourn for the year. A top priority is enacting a measure that would shield businesses that reopen from lawsuits, protecting...

Democratic state Sen. Jamescita Peshlakai wears a mask as she tells member how the coronavirus has devastated the Navajo Nation while urging members to approve a move to end the legislative session at the state Capitol in Phoenix, Friday, May 8, 2020. The Senate by a 24-6 vote approved a move to adjourn pending approval by the House. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Arizona Senate votes to adjourn; House remains in session

May. 8, 2020 7:49 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate returned to work Friday and voted to adjourn for the year, but House Republican leaders refused to follow suit, throwing the Legislature into limbo. Republican Senate President Karen Fann faced opposition from some in her own party who wanted to return to regular work...

Arizona House balks at Senate plan to adjourn Friday

May. 8, 2020 1:10 AM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Speaker of the Arizona House pulled the plug late Thursday on the Senate's plan to meet Friday just to adjourn the session for the year, but the Senate is moving ahead anyway. Republican Speaker Rusty Bowers announced late in the evening that the House would not convene as...

President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 5, 2020, before boarding Marine One for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Phoenix, Ariz. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

As Trump resumes travel, staff takes risks to prepare trip

May. 5, 2020 11:39 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — For much of the last two months, President Donald Trump has rarely left the grounds of the White House as he’s dealt with the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic and sought to minimize his own exposure to the disease. But that changed Tuesday: Trump revved up Air Force One and...

Plan for Arizona Legislature to meet Friday called off.

Apr. 30, 2020 8:12 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Legislature won't meet as planned Friday after Republican leaders failed to reach agreement on whether to adjourn for the year or resume a session interupted by the coronovirus pandemic. Sen. David Bradley, leader of minority Democrats in the Arizona Senate. said...