Arizona Politics News

Hobbs vetoes 3 bills relating to elections matters
Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed three election-related bills Thursday covering topics including political action committees and approval of the state’s elections procedures manual.
Bill to require election equipment be made only in the U.S.
Arizona lawmakers are moving to require all election equipment only be built with components made and assembled in the United States. There are no voting machines that currently meet those specifications. So if passed, the bill wouldn’t kick in until 2028.
March 23, 2023
AZ bill would require new elections for voting center delays
The Arizona Senate preliminarily approved a bill that would require new elections any time a certain number of voters claim they waited 90 minutes to vote.
March 22, 2023
Lawmaker attempts to revive AZ housing bill amid bipartisan opposition
A major controversial effort to combat the housing crisis at the state Capitol went down in bipartisan flames last week, but the bill’s sponsor isn’t giving up.
March 22, 2023
Fontes asks court to order Finchem to pay thousands in sanctions
Secretary of State Adrian Fontes has asked an Arizona Superior Court judge to order Mark Finchem to pay about $67,000 in sanctions.
March 22, 2023
Bill would ban toll roads on Arizona highways
In a bipartisan vote, the Arizona Senate overwhelmingly passed a Democrat-driven bill that would ban the conversion of state-maintained streets and highways into toll roads.
March 22, 2023
2 Arizona bills raise First Amendment questions
Several measures at the state Capitol this session take on free speech directly. One that has gotten unanimous support so far would make it easier for legislators, election officers and county officials to shield their home addresses and other personal information.
March 22, 2023
Bill to allow Education Dept. to create banned books list
The state Senate voted to have the Arizona Department of Education come up with a list of banned books in public schools. The bill would also have the department create procedures to allow parents to submit books to be included on the list.
March 21, 2023
Committee unanimously endorses Glover as top cop
The new head of the Department of Public Safety said there is "a disproportionate use of force against people of color'' on a nationwide basis.
March 20, 2023
AZ bill would limit options lawmakers have to circumvent state-debt limit
The debt limit is set to $350,000 in the state constitution and has not been changed to account for population growth or inflation.
March 20, 2023
AZ bill to put restrictions on early ballots dropped off on Election Day
A bill awaiting debate in the state Senate would implement new rules for those who bring an early ballot to polling places on Election Day.
March 20, 2023
AZ Arizona bill is the latest in a long history of Pledge of Allegiance fights
A bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature would require students in public schools to recite the pledge. They could only be excused by the request of a parent.
March 20, 2023
Nominee for DPS director appears before Senate committee
The state Senate committee set up to vet Governor Hobbs’ nominees to lead state agencies was back in action Monday.
March 20, 2023
California says it was left out of the multistate Colorado River water plan
Earlier this year, six of the seven Colorado River basin states signed off on a proposal to use less of that water. California was not one of those states. Officials from California say they weren’t consulted on the plan the six other states agreed to — one of many disagreements over the future of the Colorado River.
March 20, 2023
Díaz and Moore: Do new council members mean change for the Phoenix Black community?
When the two newest members of the Phoenix City Council are sworn in, it’ll mark the first time the body has had two Black members. Kevin Robinson and Kesha Hodge Washington won their run-off elections last week.
March 20, 2023
Plan would make guardianship automatic for some
For the past several years, Arizona legislators have considered measures that would increase autonomy for many people with disabilities. But some advocates say a bill under consideration this spring would move in the opposite direction.
March 20, 2023
AZ House to weigh in on bill that would charge fentanyl dealers with murder
The Arizona House Judiciary committee is weighing in this week on a controversial bill. It would let prosecutors charge fentanyl dealers with murder if what they sell kills someone. This bill has already passed in the Senate.
March 20, 2023
Phoenix mayor to attend water and heat resiliency conferences
Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego will appear at the United Nations Water Conference in New York this week where she will discuss work done by the city to conserve water.
March 20, 2023
Biden and Gosar agree: Chinese owners should sell TikTok
The Biden administration wants the Chinese owners of TikTok to sell the widely popular social media app or face a ban on it in the U.S.
March 20, 2023
Feds, states want Supreme Court to end Navajo fight for Colorado River water
States that rely on water from the over-tapped Colorado River want the U.S. Supreme Court to block a lawsuit from the Navajo Nation that could upend how water is shared in the Western U.S.
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March 20, 2023
Hobbs signs executive order to ban hair discrimination
Gov. Katie Hobbs on Friday forbade all state agencies under her control from discriminating against workers based on their hair texture and style. In signing the executive order on Friday, Hobbs said she wants to make sure that Black state employees as well as workers for companies that contract with the state "will be able to wear their natural hair without fear of discrimination."
March 17, 2023