Latest Arizona State Legislature News

Trump endorses GOP rival to Jan. 6 witness Rusty Bowers

Jun. 29, 2022 20:04 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Donald Trump on Wednesday endorsed the Republican running against Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers, who last week gave powerful testimony to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection. Bowers, who is blocked by term limits from seeking another term...

Dueling narratives of Arizona protests ended with tear gas

Jun. 26, 2022 15:41 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Protests outside the Arizona Capitol over the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade that ended with a volley of tear gas were variously described Saturday as either peaceful or driven by anarchists intent on destruction. Republican Senate President...

Police at Arizona Capitol fire tear gas, disperse protesters

Jun. 25, 2022 16:19 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Police fired tear gas to disperse abortion rights supporters demonstrating outside the Arizona Capitol Friday night, forcing lawmakers to huddle briefly in a basement inside the building as they rushed to complete their 2022 session. Thousands of protesters had...

Probe of Arizona senator's comments on Buffalo shooting done

Jun. 24, 2022 23:06 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The attorney for the Arizona Senate's ethics committee submitted a report Friday on his investigation of a Republican lawmaker's online comments that appeared to blame the federal government for a supermarket massacre in Buffalo, New York. But the report from...

Arizona lawmakers push final bills as adjournment looms

Jun. 24, 2022 00:55 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature was moving Thursday night to vote on a flurry of bills lawmakers need to clear off their desks so they can adjourn for the year. Waiting in the wings for Friday's expected last day of the session was one of the most contentious bills of the...

Arizona lawmakers approve bipartisan $18 billion budget

Jun. 23, 2022 11:29 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's legislature approved a bipartisan $18 billion spending plan early Thursday that will make substantial investments in public schools, build new highways and pay down long-term debts. Lawmakers in the House and Senate ended a months-long impasse, working...

Senate panel OKs last minute bills on initiatives, schools

Jun. 22, 2022 22:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate's appropriations committee on Wednesday advanced a series of last minute measures on hot-button issues as the Legislature prepares to adjourn for the year. The new or revived bills that now move to the full Senate include a big new tax credit for...

Arizona House GOP backs universal school voucher expansion

Jun. 22, 2022 21:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Republicans in the Arizona House approved a massive expansion of the state's private school voucher program Wednesday, voting to allow any of the state's 1.1 million public school students to apply to use public money to attend private schools. The measure comes just...

House approves ban on city home, apartment rental taxes

Jun. 22, 2022 20:39 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona House on Wednesday approved a ban on cities and towns levying taxes on rent for apartments and homes, a move that will save renters but cost municipalities about $200 million a year. The measure has support from Republican Senate President Karen Fann,...

Arizona lawmakers begin hearings on state budget plan

Jun. 21, 2022 21:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature began hearings Tuesday on a long-delayed state budget plan that was immediately panned by some Democrats and public school advocates for failing to use a huge surplus to significantly boost school funding. But the plan...