Latest Arizona State Legislature News

House ethics chair drops probe of Arizona lawmaker

Jul. 8, 2020 6:56 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The head of a special Arizona House ethics committee on Wednesday said he was dropping an investigation into the actions of a fellow Republican lawmaker who faced complaints that he engaged in an improper relationship with a lobbyist and helped her avoid a tax seizure. Rep. John...

FILE - In this June 5, 2020, file photo, people hold signs as they listen to a speaker in front of city hall in downtown Kansas City, Mo., during a rally to protest the death of George Floyd who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25. In the wake of Floyd's death, state lawmakers around the country want to make it easier to hold police legally accountable for their actions. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Floyd death sparks efforts to hold more officers accountable

Jun. 13, 2020 10:14 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The murder charges against the four police officers involved in George Floyd's death present rare instances of officers being held legally responsible for their actions. Now state lawmakers around the country want to make it easier to do. In the days since protests rocked cities across...

Outside probe backs compaints against Arizona lawmaker

Jun. 12, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An investigation by a law firm hired by the Arizona House of Representatives' Ethics Committee has concluded that a Republican lawmaker appeared to have had an improper romantic relationship with a lobbyist and apparently used his power to help her personally avoid a tax seizure. The...

FILE - In this Jan. 13, 2014, file photo, Arizona state Rep. Doris Goodale, R-Kingman, gets a standing ovation while speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives prior to Gov. Jan Brewer's State of the State address at the Arizona Capitol in Phoenix. She had suffered a stroke the previous year. Goodale, a former member of the Arizona House who was one of a handful of Republican lawmakers who joined with minority Democrats in 2013 to back former Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan, died Friday, June 5, 2020. She was 71. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Former state lawmaker Doris Goodale dies at age 71

Jun. 5, 2020 8:59 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Doris Goodale, a former member of the Arizona House who was one of a handful of Republican lawmakers who joined with minority Democrats in 2013 to back former Gov. Jan Brewer’s Medicaid expansion plan, has died. She was 71. Goodale died Friday, said Rep. Regina Cobb, a...

Arizona Democrats seek police reform, offer suggestions

Jun. 3, 2020 3:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democratic lawmakers in Arizona have asked Republic Gov. Doug Ducey to call a special session to address police reform in the state following the death of George Floyd, according to a letter. “The disparate treatment of people of color by law enforcement is a serious issue that will...

FILE - This Jan. 30, 2020, file photo, shows members of the Mexican gray wolf recovery team preparing to load a wolf into a helicopter in Reserve, N.M., so it can be released after being processed during an annual survey. One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that have died so far this year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a combination of lethal management by U.S. wildlife officials and private trapping is making it difficult to recover the species. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Rough start to the year for Mexican gray wolves, cattle

May. 26, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One Mexican gray wolf died after being caught in a trap in April and another was found dead in the wild, bringing the total to more than a dozen of the endangered predators that died in the first four months of the year in New Mexico and Arizona. Environmentalists say a...

Arizona Senate adjourns without taking up coronavirus bills

May. 26, 2020 7:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate abruptly adjourned for the year Tuesday, leaving for an expected special session legislation protecting businesses from liability lawsuits if their employees or patrons contract the coronavirus. The liability proposal passed by the House last week had faced an uphill...

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...