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Arizona Democrats Still Fearing Return of Now-Repealed Changes to Election Laws

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Matthew Hendley
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Republican majority, which was then referred to the ballot thanks to Democrats and third-party supporters, before being repealed by that same Republican majority? Well, some Dems aren't convinced that some of the provisions from that now-repealed law won't make a comeback this legislative session, which is likely to end in the near future.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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Jan Brewer Signs Bill Allowing Warrantless Searches of Abortion Clinics

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Matthew Hendley


Governor Jan Brewer has signed a bill that allows the state health department to search abortion clinics without an administrative warrant.

Brewer didn't make any public comments on her signing of the legislation, House Bill 2284.

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Arizona Lawmakers Vote to Expand Church Tax Exemptions; Could Cost State $2.1 Million

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Matthew Hendley


A bill expanding tax exemptions for churches passed the Arizona Legislature yesterday, and could cost the state $2.1 million in lost revenue.

The bill, House Bill 2281, is also the third bill pushed by the Center for Arizona Police that legislators have passed this session. Others include the notorious anti-gay Senate Bill 1062, and HB 2284, which allows for the state health department to search abortion clinics without a warrant.

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Legislators Pass Budget With CPS Funding Well Below Jan Brewer's Proposal

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Matthew Hendley


Arizona lawmakers approved a $9.2 billion budget yesterday.

The budget, which still needs Governor Jan Brewer's approval, shaved off roughly $25 million from Brewer's proposal for Child Protective Services spending for next year. Between the scandal of thousands of cases getting ignored at CPS, and the growing foster-care system, Brewer's made it clear that CPS is one of her top priorities this session.

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Arizona Bill To Legalize Fantasy Sports Fails

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The bipartisan Senate bill that would have legalized fantasy sports in Arizona failed before reaching the floor.

Although Senate Bill 1468 originally started with a considerate amount of bipartisan support, Republican senator and primary sponsor Adam Driggs believes the bill failed because of a possible conflict with the Arizona's Indian Gaming Preservation and Self-Reliance Act.

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Arizona Lawmakers Proposing State Immunity for Things Like Fighting Wildfires

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Firefighters at the scene of the Yarnell Hill Fire.


State legislators are proposing a law that says the state isn't liable for state employees fulfilling its duties on state land.

Fighting wildfires happens to fall under the scope of that law, and the proposal is no coincidence, as precursors to lawsuits have been filed against the state in recent months by homeowners who lost their homes in the Yarnell Hill Fire, plus a parent of one of the 19 firefighters who died while fighting the fire.

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