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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Jan Brewer Signs Repeal of Last Year's Changes to Voting Laws

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Matthew Hendley
Several Democratic lawmakers joined members of the Protect Your Right to Vote Coalition last week to demand lawmakers not repeal this law.


Governor Jan Brewer signed the repeal of last year's House Bill 2305, a bill that made several controversial changes to the elections process in Arizona.

After a coalition of non-Republican groups quickly gathered enough signatures to put the issue to voters after the bill's passage last year, the Republican majority decided to repeal the law this year ahead of any vote by the citizens.

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Bill to Kill Public-Records Access with High Fees Advances in State Legislature

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A bill that would all but destroy the public's ability to receive public records critical of the government has been approved by a State House committee.

The bill, HB 2419, sponsored by Representative David Stevens, a Republican from Sierra Vista, would allow government agencies to charge $20 an hour for their "labor" in locating and producing any records for public inspection.

State Attorney General Tom Horne supports the bill, despite Horne's ruling in December that such a system would hinder the public's access to government records.

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Arizona Senate Approves Recognizing Gold and Silver as Legal Tender

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American gold coins from the mid-1800s.


With all the hubbub over Arizona's Senate Bill 1062, you might be saying to yourself, "Self, don't these lawmakers have anything better to do?"

The answer to that lies in the fact that the senate voted on, and approved, a bill yesterday to recognize gold and silver as legal tender in Arizona.

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See the Other Laws Being Pushed by the Force Behind Arizona's SB 1062

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By Matthew Hendley


If you've got your undies in a bunch over the possible passage of Senate Bill 1062, then you should see what other bills the organization behind 1062 is pushing.

That's the Christian Right group Center for Arizona Policy. (You may have seen the organization's president Cathi Herrod on CNN recently, doing a horrible job at defending SB 1062 from allegations that it's anti-gay.) Those tuned in to the Legislature are likely well aware of the Center for Arizona Policy's efforts, but here's what else they're working to pass this session:

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Political, Business Leaders, Gay-Rights Activists Call On Governor To Veto "Religious Freedom" Bill

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The clock is ticking ... and many are waiting to see whether Arizona Governor Jan Brewer will sign into law the so-called "Religious Freedom" bill.

The measure, SB 1062, aims to give expanded protection to business owners who refuse to provide goods or services in situations or to individuals that offend their religious beliefs.

But it's clear, based on how proponents themselves have framed the issue, that the bill is designed to protect "any individual, association, partnership, corporation, church or other business organization" should they discriminate against members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community.

Members of the gay community, their friends and allies, are meeting up at 4 p.m. today at the Arizona Capitol for a rally, urging Brewer to veto the bill.

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