Latest Arizona State Legislature News

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,...

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...

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...

Arizona lawmakers vow to boost firefighter cancer coverage

Jan. 16, 2020 3:20 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A group of Arizona lawmakers on Thursday vowed to boost protections for firefighters and other first responders who are diagnosed with a cancer linked to the workplace to address concerns that some cities are denying coverage. Republican Sen. Heather Carter said the bill she's introducing...

Republican state Sen. Sylvia Allen speaks to opponents of Arizona's current sex education laws at the state Capitol in Phoenix, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Allen conceded that her proposal to ban instruction before 7th grade and tighten parental notification requirements was going nowhere but vowed to keep trying. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Arizona bill banning sex ed before 7th grade going nowhere

Jan. 14, 2020 7:39 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A conservative Arizona Republican senator who was pushing a contentious proposal that would bar any sexual education instruction for students before the 7th grade and create new requirements for the subject conceded Tuesday that her proposal stood no chance of advancing. Sen. Sylvia Allen...

Kelly tops McSally in fundraising for Arizona Senate race

Jan. 14, 2020 12:22 PM EST

Democratic challenger Mark Kelly has again topped Arizona Republican Sen. Martha McSally's fundraising in one of the top 2020 Senate races, according to numbers released by both campaigns Tuesday. Kelly, a retired astronaut, raised $6.3 million in the fourth quarter and had $13.6 million in the bank at the end of...

FILE - In this June 27, 2018 file photo, then Arizona state Rep. David Stringer, R-Prescott, speaks at a community forum in Phoenix. Stringer, a former Arizona state legislator who resigned last March amid an ethics investigation of 1983 sex charges and his comments on race and immigration is running for office again. He announced his candidacy, Friday, Jan. 10, 2019 for Yavapai County attorney, an office now held by a fellow Republican whom he accused of wasting tax dollars by locking up low-level offenders. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, File)

Legislator who resigned amid probe to run for county office

Jan. 11, 2020 5:16 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Former Arizona state Rep. David Stringer is running for office again, just nine months after the Republican lawmaker resigned amid an ethics investigation of 1983 sex charges and comments he made on race and immigration. Stringer announced his candidacy on Friday night for Yavapai County...

FILE - In this Aug. 15, 2019 file photo State Rep. Charlene Fernandez, right, the State House Minority Leader, speaks during an economic roundtable discussion at Greater Yuma Economic Development Corporation in Yuma, Ariz. Republican and Democratic Leaders of the Arizona House are again eyeing the state's water supply as a major issue in the coming legislative session. Fernandez and House Speaker Rusty Bowers both highlighted overpumping in the state's rural areas as a major issue when lawmakers return to work Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP, File)

Arizona's water supply a major issue for legislative session

Jan. 9, 2020 4:11 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Republican and Democratic Leaders of the Arizona House are again eyeing the state's water supply as a major issue for the coming legislative session that starts next week. GOP House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Democratic Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez both highlighted overpumping in the...

Arizona Senate leaders hope for short session, expect fights

Jan. 3, 2020 1:48 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Arizona Senate expect a short, ugly session when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Jan. 13. The short is driven by lawmakers who want to hit the campaign trail in an election year. The ugly is blamed on the toxic national political atmosphere...