Latest Arizona State Legislature News

Kelly outraises McSally in Arizona Senate race

Jul. 16, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Democrat Mark Kelly has again outraised Republican Sen. Martha McSally in the Arizona Senate race. Figures released by the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday show Kelly raised $4.2 million in the second quarter of 2019. Kelly, a retired astronaut, had just under $6 million in the bank on...

Suit seeking election for Arizona US Senate seat dismissed

Jun. 28, 2019 2:45 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit seeking to require Arizona's governor to call a snap special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Martha McSally. The lawsuit filed by a small group of voters alleged that Gov. Doug Ducey deprived them of the right to vote by...

Arizona lawmakers will study earned release for inmates

Jun. 20, 2019 11:47 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A bipartisan group of Arizona lawmakers will look at earned release credits for prisoners. House Speaker Rusty Bowers on Thursday appointed Republican Rep. Walter Blackman to lead the panel. Bowers says the study committee will allow lawmakers to gather input and develop recommendations for...

Arizona lawmakers OK start of $46M prison lock, alarm plan

Jun. 18, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Department of Corrections received legislative approval Tuesday to begin replacing cell door locks, fire alarms and air conditioning at two state prisons after a contentious meeting where Democrats criticized the prisons director for allowing the systems to deteriorate. The move...

Ex-Arizona lawmaker sentenced in fatal Alaska shooting

Jun. 17, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A former Arizona lawmaker convicted in the shooting death of a man at a remote cabin site in Alaska is 2016 was sentenced Monday to 65 years in prison, with 20 years suspended. Mark Desimone showed little expression as he was sentenced. A jury last year convicted him of first-degree...

Judge tosses part of expelled Arizona legislator's lawsuit

Jun. 8, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed part of a lawsuit filed against current and state officials by a former Arizona legislator who became the first state lawmaker expelled for sexual misconduct after the #MeToo movement swept the nation. U.S. District Judge Dominic W. Lanza's ruling Friday...

High-profile Arizona abortion foe strikes out at Legislature

Jun. 8, 2019 11:39 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A powerful social conservative group that pushes anti-abortion bills in each session of the Arizona Legislature struck out this year after a last-minute proposal to fund a program designed to dissuade women from seeking to terminate their pregnancies hit a roadblock in the state Senate....

Arizona governor vetoes repetitive offender legislation

Jun. 7, 2019 10:24 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has vetoed legislation that would have barred judges from sentencing people as repeat offenders if they've never before been convicted of a felony offense. The legislation vetoed Friday had overwhelming bipartisan support in the Legislature. Supporters say overzealous...

Governor signs law tightening initiative signatures rules

Jun. 7, 2019 9:46 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday signed a bill pushed by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry adding new requirements for citizen initiative petition circulators. The new law is the latest hurdle for promoters of ballot measures and was championed by Republicans and...

Arizona governor signs bill cutting taxes on farm fertilizer

Jun. 7, 2019 9:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov Doug Ducey has signed legislation eliminating sales taxes farmers pay for fertilizer and pesticides. The proposal signed into law Friday will cost the state about $15 million a year and was pushed by Republican Rep. Tim Dunn. He is a Yuma farmer who said Arizona is one of just two states...