Latest Arizona State Legislature News

Lawmakers: Atmosphere at Arizona Legislature more toxic now

Sep. 20, 2021 07:03 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Senate President Karen Fann’s Sept. 10 press release was short on details but clear on one point – a senator had received a threat of some kind over the Senate’s audit of the 2020 election in Maricopa County. Sen. Michelle Ugenti-Rita,...

County cuts deal to end fight over Arizona Senate subpoena

Sep. 17, 2021 22:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Board members overseeing Arizona’s most populous county reached an agreement Friday evening with the Republican-controlled state Senate that will end a standoff over a Senate demand that they hand over computer routers for use in an unprecedented partisan election review. ...

Lawyer: Arizona Senate's 2020 election review out next week

Sep. 16, 2021 16:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An attorney representing the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate told a judge Thursday that the long-delayed review of 2020 election results in the state's most populous county will be released next week. The results of the so-called audit of President...

Arizona House member tapped for Navarette's old Senate seat

Sep. 15, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors on Wednesday selected a sitting member of the Arizona House to replace a state senator who resigned after being charged with child molestation. The board chose Rep. Raquel Teran from a list of three candidates...

Report: O'Halleran was regularly late paying property taxes

Sep. 12, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — U.S. Rep. Tom O’Halleran was late paying his Yavapai County property taxes 15 out of 16 years during a stretch that began in the mid-1990s and spanned his entire career in the Arizona Legislature. O’Halleran, D-Ariz., eventually...

Arizona Republican legislator abruptly announces resignation

Sep. 08, 2021 22:50 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona state Rep. Bret Roberts abruptly announced Wednesday he's resigning from the Legislature, just two weeks after he filed to run for reelection. The Republican from Maricopa said stepping down is what's best for his family. His resignation is...

Engel quits Arizona Senate to focus on congressional race

Sep. 08, 2021 14:07 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Democratic state Sen. Kirsten Engel of Tucson resigned from the Legislature on Wednesday to focus on her campaign for the U.S. House. Arizona's 2nd Congressional District race will be pivotal to the Democratic Party's efforts to retain the U.S....

Friese drops out of race for Tucson-area US House seat

Sep. 02, 2021 19:45 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — State Rep. Randy Friese of Tucson is dropping out of the race to replace retiring Democratic Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick. Friese, a trauma surgeon, said in a statement Thursday that he's not ready to give up his career in medicine. ...

Arizona Senate releases more records of 2020 election review

Sep. 01, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Lawyers representing the Republican-controlled Arizona Senate in a review of 2020 election results in the state's most populous county released a slew of communications between GOP lawmakers, their audit liasions and others under a court order obtained by a watchdog group...

Former Arizona legislator pleads guilty to false tax returns

Aug. 31, 2021 00:43 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Former Arizona legislator and ex-Pima County Justice of the Peace Keith Bee has pleaded guilty in federal court to submitting false income tax returns. Bee, a 55-year-old Republican, entered his plea last Friday in U.S. District Court in Tucson. ...