Jan Brewer Vetoes Third Gun-Related Bill

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Governor Jan Brewer has now acted on all six gun-related bills passed by the Legislature this session -- and vetoed half of them.

Earlier this week, Brewer vetoed two of the bills, one that would have allowed guns in more public buildings and another that would have created more restrictions against a city trying to make its own gun regulations. On Wednesday, Brewer vetoed a third gun-related bill, which would have made the act of trying to take someone's gun from them a crime of felony aggravated assault.

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Jan Brewer Vetoes New Tax Break for Religious Groups

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Matthew Hendley


Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy that would have created new property-tax exemptions for religious groups.

Legislative budget analysts predicted the bill could have cost the state an additional $2.1 million starting in 2016.

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Jan Brewer Vetoes Two Pro-Gun Bills; Signed Two Into Law Last Week

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Gale82


Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a pair of pro-gun bills, just a few days after she signed two other pro-gun bills.

The two she vetoed yesterday were House Bill 2339 and House Bill 2517. The first was another version of a bill she's vetoed before, which would have allowed people to carry concealed weapons into public buildings under certain circumstances. The other bill would have made tougher penalties for counties and cities that try to make their own gun regulations that are illegal under state law.

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Arizona Legislators Pass Bill to Remove Words "Disabled" and "Handicapped" From State Law

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A parking spot for a person with disabilities.


The Arizona Legislature has passed a bill that would replace the words "disabled" and "handicapped" in state law.

Democratic Representative Stefanie Mach, who was seriously injured in a car accident nearly two decades ago, says in a statement that the current language is "offensive." House Bill 2667, which passed the House and Senate unanimously, changes various laws to refer to a "person or persons with disabilities" instead.

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"Revenge Porn" Bill Passed by Arizona Senate Would Make It a Domestic-Violence Crime

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The Arizona Senate approved a bill that would make it a felony to share someone else's nude pictures without his or her permission.

Although the House already approved the bill, it was amended in the Senate to classify the sharing of "revenge porn" as a domestic-violence crime, which essentially makes the penalties even tougher.

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Arizona's Anti-Panhandling Bill Vetoed by Governor Jan Brewer

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Governor Jan Brewer has vetoed a bill that would have outlawed "aggressive solicitation," also known as panhandling.

Arizona's old anti-begging statute was found unconstitutional in federal court last fall, thanks to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Arizona House Votes Down Expansion of Taxpayer-Funded Private School Scholarships

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Matthew Hendley


The Arizona House of Representatives voted down a bill that would have expanded the taxpayer-funded private school scholarships known as Empowerment Scholarship Accounts.

The ESA program is similar to a voucher program, but has been held up in court because it's not quite a voucher program -- the taxpayer money that would have gone to the public school district for a child is instead given to the parent (it's actually a little more money), and that money can only be spent on various, yet specific, education-related expenses, including private-school tuition.

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Arizona House Votes Down Proposal to Let Everyone Keep Backyard Chickens

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Arizonans won't necessarily have the right to keep chickens in their backyards.

A bill intended to prohibit municipalities from creating zoning restrictions to prevent homeowners from keeping chickens easily passed the Senate in February, but was voted down by the House yesterday, by a 25-32 vote.

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Arizona Democrats Still Fearing Return of Now-Repealed Changes to Election Laws

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Democrats and third-party supporters at the state capitol this year, demanding that Republicans not overturn HB 2305 just to pass it again.


Unfortunately, the process of passing bills in Arizona isn't as easy as the Schoolhouse Rock explainer, "I'm Just a Bill."

Remember House Bill 2305, the package of election-law changes passed last year by the Republican majority, which was then referred to the ballot thanks to Democrats and third-party supporters, before being repealed by that same Republican majority? Well, some Dems aren't convinced that some of the provisions from that now-repealed law won't make a comeback this legislative session, which is likely to end in the near future.

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Arizona Legislature Passes Five Gun-Related Bills

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No Arizona legislative session is complete without some attention paid to guns.

The Senate this morning voted to approve five gun-related bills, the majority of which generally would be considered pro-gun bills, naturally.

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