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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Arizona's Pro-Tesla Bill Suddenly Back in Play

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Though the bill proposed at the Arizona Legislature to legalize the sale of Tesla vehicles in the state essentially died, it's suddenly been brought back to life.

The move happens to come just as Arizona and Texas became considered two of four finalists for a large battery factory planned by the electric car-maker, whose cars can't be legally sold in either state.

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Arizona Senate Budget Proposal Cuts Down on Jan Brewer's Recommended CPS Funding

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Matthew Hendley


Budget bills were introduced in the Arizona Senate yesterday, with a spending plan that's roughly $150 million less than Governor Jan Brewer's proposal.

One of Brewer's priorities in her budget proposal, more than $73 million in new spending for Child Protective Services, is cut down in Senate President Andy Biggs' proposal.

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Arizona House Passes Bill Easing Up on Penalty for Livestock Abuse

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A bill that was blasted by animal-rights advocates as an "ag gag" proposal was watered down a bit before being passed by the House yesterday.

In its initial form, House Bill 2587 would have made it a crime to not turn over evidence of livestock abuse within five days -- which would have thwarted long-term exposés carried out by undercover operations. That provision was cut out.

However, the bill as passed still makes the penalty for abusing livestock a misdemeanor. In current law, any "cruel mistreatment" of an animal is a felony.

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Arizona House Passes Bill to Allow Warrantless Searches of Abortion Clinics

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Matthew Hendley


The Arizona House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday to allow the state health department to conduct warrantless searches of abortion clinics, among other things.

This comes less than a week after Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, pointing out that it had nothing to do with her legislative priorities, like passing a budget and fixing Child Protective Services. This abortion bill, House Bill 2284, is pushed by the Center for Arizona Policy, the same force behind SB 1062.

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Arizona House Moves More Bills Pushed by the Force Behind SB 1062

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Matthew Hendley


On Wednesday evening, Governor Jan Brewer vetoed Senate Bill 1062, pointing out that it had nothing to do with her legislative priorities, like passing a budget and fixing Child Protective Services.

By Thursday afternoon, members of the Arizona House of Representatives were back to discussing and advancing bills pushed by the same lobbying group that was behind SB 1062 -- bills that don't fit into the description of legislative priorities reiterated by Brewer less than 24 hours prior.

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