Latest Arizona State Legislature News

Arizona state senator seeks cap pay bill for city officials

Sep. 20, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona state senator has announced plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit city officials from earning more than the governor, officials said. Republican Sen. Paul Boyer said that would mean no employee could make more than Republican Gov. Doug Ducey's current $95,000 salary....

Arizona lawmaker sorry for comments about minorities, guns

Sep. 16, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona state Rep. Jay Lawrence is apologizing for saying that black and Hispanic communities "are better armed than the police officers who are supposed to be controlling them" and that they "have firearms galore." The Scottsdale Republican said Monday that he "shouldn't have singled out...

Attorneys: Court seat puts Montgomery in far different role

Sep. 9, 2019 12:19 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Attorneys say Gov. Doug Ducey's appointment of now-former Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery to the Arizona Supreme Court puts Montgomery in a new role that could silence his public advocacy on policy issues. Montgomery for years has been a power-broker at the Arizona Legislature on...

Tom O'Halleran draws primary challenge from former lawmaker

Aug. 30, 2019 6:08 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona lawmaker says she'll challenge U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran in the Democratic Primary. Barbara McGuire announced her plans on Friday and noted that O'Halleran is a former Republican. Arizona's sprawling 1st Congressional District includes northern and eastern parts of the state,...

McSally gets GOP primary challenger in Arizona Senate race

Aug. 28, 2019 10:29 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix-area businessman said Wednesday he'll challenge U.S. Sen. Martha McSally in the Republican primary, setting up a potential threat to GOP efforts to hold onto John McCain's former Senate seat. Daniel McCarthy, who founded a cosmetics company and real-estate brokerage with his wife,...

Ex-pitcher says he's interested in running for House seat

Aug. 21, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — If former major league pitcher Curt Schilling runs for Congress in Arizona, he said it might be for Democratic U.S. Rep. Tom O'Halleran's seat. Schilling announced last week that he's thinking about a bid for a U.S. House seat, and he has reached out to the Arizona Republican Party, the...

Expelled lawmaker back in hospital, in stable condition

Aug. 16, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona legislator Don Shooter is back in a Phoenix hospital after being released earlier in the week following emergency surgery. His son, D.J. Shooter, said Friday that his father is suffering from abdominal infection but his condition is improving. He says Shooter remains "in good...

Curt Schilling says he may run for Congress in Arizona

Aug. 13, 2019 2:59 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former major league pitcher Curt Schilling says he's thinking about running for Congress in Arizona. Schilling confirmed in an email to The Arizona Republic on Monday that he's considering a run. He declined to say which district he'd run in and wrote that "the illegal immigration issue is...

Lawmaker expelled in misconduct case released from hospital

Aug. 13, 2019 1:35 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Arizona legislator who was the first state lawmaker in the United States to be expelled for sexual misconduct since the #MeToo movement began has been released from a hospital after being seriously ill. The Arizona Republic reports that ex-Rep. Don Shooter was released Monday and...

Report: Arizona lawmaker won't run for re-election in 2020

Aug. 10, 2019 3:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A conservative lawmaker who has played a leading role in deciding what criminal justice proposals advanced or died in the Arizona Legislature reportedly won't seek re-election in 2020. The Arizona Republic reports that Republican Sen. Eddie Farnsworth of Gilbert announced during a Thursday...