Latest Arizona state government News

Top Arizona court: Divorced woman can't use frozen embryos

Jan. 23, 2020 2:01 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman can't use her frozen embryos to have a baby over opposition from her ex-husband under terms of the contract they signed with a fertility clinic, the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The high court ruling ends a case that drew support from social conservative groups for the...

FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo passengers find their rides at the Ride Share point as they exit Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix. A new $4 fee on Uber and Lyft rides to and from the Phoenix airport is

Phoenix halts rail-hailing fee hike at airport until ruling

Jan. 22, 2020 8:29 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The city has decided not to move ahead with higher fees for ride-hailing companies at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport until the Arizona Supreme Court rules on a petition challenging the constitutionality of the ordinance, the state attorney general said Wednesday. The increased...

Arizona bill would make building private border wall easier

Jan. 22, 2020 7:09 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Legislature would let property owners along the U.S.-Mexico border build a wall without seeking a city or county construction permit under a measure that advanced Wednesday. Republicans on the House Federal Relations Committee approved the measure in a 4-3 party-line vote,...

Charges against former Apache Junction school exec dismissed

Jan. 22, 2020 6:03 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Charges have been dismissed against a former superintendent of the Apache Junction Unified School District who was accused of theft and misuse of public money. The Arizona Attorney General’s Office filed a motion conceding that the matter should be remanded back to a state grand jury...

Bill boosting sentences for fentanyl sales meets resistance

Jan. 22, 2020 4:41 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A proposal in the Arizona House to impose mandatory five-year minimum sentences on people who sell any amount of the opioids fentanyl or heroin appeared in major trouble Wednesday, even according to majority Republicans on the committee that heard the proposal. The bill by GOP Rep. Steve...

Arizona lawmaker denies relationship with suspended lobbyist

Jan. 22, 2020 2:06 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona agriculture lobbyist was put on leave from her job after a newspaper raised questions about a possible romantic relationship with a lawmaker, The Arizona Republic reported Wednesday. Republican Rep. David Cook of Globe and Western Growers lobbyist AnnaMarie Knorr told the...

Arizona inmate’s release held up by molestation allegation

Jan. 21, 2020 11:48 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona inmate whose life sentence for a murder conviction was commuted nearly two months ago by Gov. Doug Ducey remains incarcerated as authorities examine an allegation that he molested a girl during a 1989 prison visit. The Arizona Capitol Times reports the molestation allegation...

In this Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, photo, Sen. David Livingston, R-Peoria, smiles as he walks into the House of Representatives chamber on the opening day of the legislative session to listen to the State of the State speech at the Capitol, in Phoenix. The Arizona lawmaker wants the state's voters to approve a measure that would ensure the families of police, firefighters and other public safety officers get at least $1 million if their loved one dies on the job. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona lawmaker wants fallen officers' families to get $1M

Jan. 18, 2020 5:32 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker wants the state's voters to approve a measure that would ensure the families of police, firefighters and other public safety officers get at least $1 million if their loved one dies on the job. Sen. David Livingston said his intent is to add state money to any other...

Tucson police withdraws from federal border-security grant

Jan. 18, 2020 1:01 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Tucson Police Department is withdrawing from the Operation Stonegarden border security grant program after claims the program does not align with their mission, police department leaders said. The state Department of Homeland Security was notified of the decision in a December...

Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, front, raises his arm as he makes a pledge as he speaks during his State of the State address about Arizona's economy, new jobs, prison reform, and education as Senate president Karen Fann, R-Prescott, back right, and House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, back left, listen in on the opening day of the legislative session at the Capitol, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Poorest, best schools a focus in proposed Arizona budget

Jan. 17, 2020 6:31 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey proposed a $12.3 billion spending plan Friday that would send more money to Arizona's best-performing and poorest schools while boosting the budget for repairing schools and building new ones. Ducey's budget would raise state spending by about 6% over the budget enacted last...