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Jul 13, 2024

What are Hispanic voters looking for in the upcoming election

ABC15: What are the Hispanic voters in Arizona looking for in the upcoming election.

What are Hispanic voters looking for in the upcoming election

Jun 28, 2024

Arizona, Tucson actions on homeless may follow Supreme Court ruling

Arizona Daily Star: 


A U.S. Supreme Court ruling Friday empowers states and cities to enact laws designed to keep homeless people from sleeping on the street.


Arizona lawmakers are already making legislative plans and the Tucson City Council is now likely to consider a proposed ordinance banning people from camping in washes.


In a split decision, the justices ruled that laws banning camping on public property do not violate the Eighth Amendment ban against “cruel and unusual punishment.’’ The court also said such laws do not make being homeless a crime.

Arizona, Tucson actions on homeless may follow Supreme Court ruling

Jun 24, 2024

Arizona Republican bills were not real solutions to our water crisis

Arizona Republic: 


This year, for the first time in decades, Democrats in the Legislature were hopeful that the Republican majority was willing to take Arizona’s water security seriously and strengthen our urban water supplies while addressing the free-for-all that is rural groundwater pumping.


The state of our groundwater needs attention — desperately — as climate change is no longer a future fear but a reality we now live with daily.

Arizona Republican bills were not real solutions to our water crisis

Jun 11, 2024

Private school vouchers add to Arizona’s massive budget shortfall

12 News: 


Republican legislative leaders want to protect a wealthy family’s ability to obtain taxpayer-funded vouchers while they are simultaneously threatening to hamper public school districts from spending money already allocated to them, said Arizona State Senate Minority Leader Mitzi Epstein (D) on Monday.

Private school vouchers add to Arizona’s massive budget shortfall

Jun 1, 2024

Local lawmakers react to Trump verdict

KYMA: 


With the recent guilty verdict of former President Trump, some local lawmakers have mixed reactions.


Democratic Arizona Senator Brian Fernandez believes the trial was fair.


Fernandez mentioned how the former president was able to go without bond and continue to disparage the judge even after being warned not to do so.

Local lawmakers react to Trump verdict

May 31, 2024

Arizona advances in renewable energy with federal investments

AZPM:


Arizona is on the frontline for up-and-coming solutions to address climate change thanks to federal investments for renewable energy.


That’s what Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ) said today at a press conference alongside Arizona State Senator Priya Sundareshan (LD-18) and other local solar industry leaders outside of the local solar manufacturing facility, Solar Gain Inc. in Tucson.

Arizona advances in renewable energy with federal investments

May 31, 2024

Leaders celebrate clean energy boom in Arizona

KOLD: 


U.S. Sen. Mark Kelly and State Sen. Priya Sundareshan met with solar industry leaders Friday to celebrate the nearly $11 billion federal clean energy investment and incentives awarded to the state in 2021.


With Arizona being the sunniest state in the country, there are thousands of solar jobs and more than 300 companies, but the event made it clear that it goes much deeper than the jobs.

Leaders celebrate clean energy boom in Arizona

May 31, 2024

Senator: Border legislation more complex than ‘racial profiling’

Arizona Capitol Times: 


Foes of a Republican-backed border-security referendum say the “rushed” legislative process may have negative consequences for asylum seekers and mixed status families.


On top of that, pro-immigration organizations across the state are gearing up for an awareness campaign as the ballot referral approaches its final hurdle in the Legislature.


Sen. Flavio Bravo, D-Phoenix, said one of the largest failures of the proposal is how it would set up state immigration policy to clash with federal immigration law.

Senator: Border legislation more complex than ‘racial profiling’

May 30, 2024

Arizona doctors allowed to perform abortions in California

KYMA: 


Governor Gavin Newsom (D-California) signed a bill into law to temporarily allow Arizona abortion providers to perform abortions in California.


Arizona currently has a 15-week abortion ban that runs through September 26 and this new law is Governor Newsom’s response to it.

Arizona doctors allowed to perform abortions in California

May 28, 2024

Proposal to lower mandated pay for tipped Arizona workers dies in Senate

Fronteras: 


Two Republicans joined Democrats in the Arizona Senate last week to vote down a proposal to lower the minimum wage for tipped workers.


Arizona law allows employers to pay tipped workers $3 below the state’s hourly minimum wage, which is currently $14.35.


The proposed ballot referral would ask voters to change that law to allow employers to instead pay tipped workers 25% less than the minimum wage.

Proposal to lower mandated pay for tipped Arizona workers dies in Senate

May 23, 2024

Arizona Senate advances proposed ballot measure to let local police make border-crossing arrests

AP News: 


The Arizona Senate approved a proposed ballot measure that would ask voters in November to make it a state crime for noncitizens to enter the state through Mexico at any location other than a port of entry.

Arizona Senate advances proposed ballot measure to let local police make border-crossing arrests

May 22, 2024

Arizona Republicans move forward controversial immigration bill

AZPM:


House Concurrent Resolution 2060 makes it illegal under state law to enter the country anywhere besides a port of entry.


Opponents of the bill are comparing it to SB 1070 — the 2010 law that the US Supreme Court partially struck down as unconstitutional.

Arizona Republicans move forward controversial immigration bill

May 22, 2024

Senate approves proposed ballot measure to allow cops to arrest illegal border crossers

Arizona Capitol Times: 


A GOP-backed ballot measure that will make it a state crime to enter the country illegally passed out of the Senate with a 16-13 vote on Wednesday. The final vote on the measure was clouded with uncertainty before it was amended because a Republican senator had previously vowed to kill it if certain changes were not made.

Senate approves proposed ballot measure to allow cops to arrest illegal border crossers

May 22, 2024

Secure the Border Act passes in Arizona Senate, heads back to House

KOLD: 


HCR 2060, also known as the Secure the Border Act, was passed in the Arizona Senate on Wednesday, May 22.


Republicans argued that the act will help secure the border.


But on and off the floor, those against the bill described it as racist and harmful to Arizona, with some protestors even interrupting the hearing.

Secure the Border Act passes in Arizona Senate, heads back to House

May 22, 2024

Don't expect a real investigation into Arizona's indicted fake elector senators

Arizona Central: 


Finally, someone at the state Capitol is asking whether two senators awaiting trial on criminal charges meet the Arizona Legislature’s standards for ethical behavior.


Only I wouldn’t hold my breath awaiting an investigation into Republican Sens. Jake Hoffman and Anthony Kern, who stand accused of forgery fraud and conspiracy.


The Ethics Committee is chaired by a Trump-endorsed Republican who believes the devil stole the 2020 election.

Don't expect a real investigation into Arizona's indicted fake elector senators

May 21, 2024

Dem files ethics complaint against 2 Az GOP senators indicted as fake electors for Trump

The Tucson Sentinel: 


The two GOP state senators who were indicted last month for being fake electors who tried to help Donald Trump steal the 2020 election in Arizona are now facing an ethics complaint.


Democratic Sen. Brian Fernandez wants the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Republican Sens. Jake Hoffman and Anthony Kern. In a complaint filed Monday, Fernandez says the pair have broken the Senate’s rules by allegedly committing crimes.

Dem files ethics complaint against 2 Az GOP senators indicted as fake electors for Trump

May 21, 2024

Democrat wants ethics probe of indicted senators

Arizona Capitol Times: 


A Senate Democrat filed an ethics complaint Monday asking for an investigation to determine whether two Republicans should be temporarily removed from their committee assignments following their felony indictments for involvement in the 2020 “fake electors” scheme.


Sen. Brian Fernandez, D-Yuma, sent the 17-page complaint to the Senate Ethics committee chairman, Sen. David Farnsworth, R-Mesa, asking that he launch a probe of the two Freedom Caucus senators.

Democrat wants ethics probe of indicted senators

May 21, 2024

Arizona Democrat files ethics complaint against indicted senators

The Center Square:


Arizona Sen. Brian Fernandez, D-Yuma, is taking a different route in attempting to get two indicted senators removed from their committee assignments for the time being.


Fernandez filed an ethics complaint on Monday against his Republican colleagues, Sens. Jake Hoffman and Anthony Kern, who are indicted on fraud, forgery, and conspiracy charges for seeking to be “fake electors” in the 2020 election for former President Donald Trump, who narrowly lost the state. The Democrat sent a letter to Senate President Warren Petersen in April asking for their removal.

Arizona Democrat files ethics complaint against indicted senators

May 21, 2024

Democratic AZ senator files ethics complaint against 'fake electors'

KJZZ:


Democratic state Sen. Brian Fernandez filed an ethics complaint against Republican Sens. Jake Hoffman and Anthony Kern, two of the so-called fake electors indicted by an Arizona grand jury.


Fernandez asked Senate President Warren Petersen (R-Gilbert) last month to temporarily remove Hoffman and Kern from the legislative committees they chair, pending the outcome of the fake elector criminal case.

Democratic AZ senator files ethics complaint against 'fake electors'

May 21, 2024

Dem files ethics complaint against 2 GOP senators indicted as fake electors for Trump

Arizona Mirror: 


The two GOP state senators who were indicted last month for being fake electors who tried to help Donald Trump steal the 2020 election in Arizona are now facing an ethics complaint.


Democratic Sen. Brian Fernandez wants the Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Republican Sens. Jake Hoffman and Anthony Kern. In a complaint filed Monday, Fernandez says the pair have broken the Senate’s rules by allegedly committing crimes.

Dem files ethics complaint against 2 GOP senators indicted as fake electors for Trump

May 17, 2024

Arizona Republicans propose changes to early voting

ABC15: 


Voters in November could see a ballot measure that would change how early voting works in Arizona.


State senators on Thursday advanced a proposed ballot measure despite objections from state and county elections officials.


“There's not a single provision within this bill that I support,” Pima County Recorder Gabriella Cázares-Kelly told ABC15.

Arizona Republicans propose changes to early voting

May 16, 2024

Comprehensive election legislation gets initial approval

Arizona Capitol Times: 


A Senate elections panel advanced a GOP ballot referral package Thursday on party lines that foes say would impose restrictions on early voting.


The proposed measure, HCR2056, is heavily opposed by Democrats and would likely meet a veto from Hobbs, so Republicans are moving the measure as a concurrent resolution to put it on the November ballot and let voters decide.


Republicans passed the measure from the Senate Elections Committee 4-3. It will need to pass in both legislative chambers before going to voters.

Comprehensive election legislation gets initial approval

May 11, 2024

Democrats: Newest version of resurrected GOP immigration bill puts Arizona 'Dreamers' at risk

Fronteras: 


Arizona Senate Republicans amended border security legislation with language that could harm some immigrants if the federal government or judge ever ends the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.


The ballot referral from Republican lawmakers would ask voters to approve a new state law criminalizing crossing the border illegally outside of official ports of entry and empower local and state police to enforce that law.

Democrats: Newest version of resurrected GOP immigration bill puts Arizona 'Dreamers' at risk

May 8, 2024

Arizona Republican lawmakers propose taking vetoed border measure to voters

ABC15: 


Two months after the governor vetoed a bill to make illegal border crossings a state crime, Arizona Republicans are trying again. This time, they want to go directly to voters.


House Concurrent Resolution 2060 would make it a state crime to enter Arizona from Mexico at points outside of legal ports of entry, allowing local law enforcement to make arrests. Those convicted would be ordered to leave the country, and judges could dismiss the charge if the person voluntarily agrees to leave.

Arizona Republican lawmakers propose taking vetoed border measure to voters

May 5, 2024

Succeeding by failing: ‘Virtue signaling’ runs high in Arizona Legislature

Daily Independent: 


They can’t say they weren’t warned.


When Republican lawmakers pushed a bill that would rewrite state law to include “only two sexes” and specifically rejected “gender identity,” Gov. Katie Hobbs told them she would veto the bill if it passed, just like she vetoed a similar measure last year.


They passed it. She vetoed it, just one of 52 bills vetoed by the governor so far this year.

Succeeding by failing: ‘Virtue signaling’ runs high in Arizona Legislature

May 2, 2024

GOP-led Arizona Senate votes to repeal 1864 abortion ban, sending it to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs

CBS News:


Arizona's Republican-controlled Senate on Wednesday voted to repeal a Civil War-era abortion ban, one week after a similar motion passed the GOP-controlled state House. Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs said she will sign the bill on Thursday.


Two Republicans, TJ Shopes and Shawnna LM Bolick, joined all 14 Democrats to pass the measure.


After two failed attempts, three Republicans in the state House joined all the Democrats in successfully voting to repeal the law last week, sending it to the Senate.

GOP-led Arizona Senate votes to repeal 1864 abortion ban, sending it to Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs

May 1, 2024

Arizona Senate votes to repeal Civil War-era near-total abortion ban

CNN:


The Arizona Senate on Wednesday voted to repeal the state’s 160-year-old near-total abortion ban, three weeks after the state Supreme Court revived the law and thrust reproductive rights into the political spotlight.


Two Republicans – Sens. Shawnna Bolick and T.J. Shope – voted with the chamber’s 14 Democrats to advance the repeal, which passed 16 to 14.

Arizona Senate votes to repeal Civil War-era near-total abortion ban

May 1, 2024

Senate votes to overturn Arizona abortion ban, sends repeal of 1864 law to governor

Arizona Central: 


The Arizona Legislature on Wednesday left 19th-century abortion policy behind with a Senate vote to repeal a 160-year-old law.


Senate Democrats — along with Republican Sen. Shawnna Bolick of Phoenix and Senate President Pro Tempore T.J. Shope of Coolidge — voted 16-14 to pass House Bill 2677, which eliminates the near-total abortion ban from state statutes. The repeal bill's passage came after a procedural vote swapping it for a Senate repeal bill and ensuring it would go directly to Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs' desk.

Senate votes to overturn Arizona abortion ban, sends repeal of 1864 law to governor

May 1, 2024

Senado vota a favor de revocar ley que prohibe el aborto en Arizona; esperan firma de Hobbs

La Voz: 


El miércoles, la Legislatura de Arizona dejó atrás una política de aborto del siglo XIX con una votación en el Senado para derogar la ley de más de 160 años.


Los demócratas del Senado, junto con la senadora Shawnna Bolick de Phoenix y el presidente pro tempore del Senado, T.J. Shope de Coolidge, aprobaron el proyecto de ley 2677 de la Cámara el a temprana hora del miércoles. La aprobación del proyecto de ley de derogación se produjo después de una votación de procedimiento que lo cambió por un proyecto de ley de derogación del Senado y garantizó que iría directamente al escritorio de Hobbs. La votación aún no es definitiva, ya que los legisladores republicanos aún pronuncian discursos oponiéndose a la derogación.

Senado vota a favor de revocar ley que prohibe el aborto en Arizona; esperan firma de Hobbs

May 1, 2024

Arizona just repealed its 1864 abortion ban. Democrats don’t want voter outrage to disappear with it.

Politico: 


Arizona lawmakers on Wednesday voted to repeal the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban.


The legislation, which is expected to be soon signed into law by Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs, will preserve access to the procedure for millions of women. But there’s a potential political downside for Democrats, who had been using the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision last month upholding the law to foment outrage and boost turnout heading into the November election.

Arizona just repealed its 1864 abortion ban. Democrats don’t want voter outrage to disappear with it.

May 1, 2024

Trump Reveals the Truth About His “Leave Abortion to the States” Scam

The New Republic | The Daily Blast with Greg Sargent: 


In a new interview, Donald Trump gave away the game: If he wins the White House, he’d be fine with anti-choice crackdowns in red states going to horrific extremes. Trump vowed (unconvincingly) to leave abortion to the states, but when pressed, he suggested he’d be OK with prosecutions of women who get abortions and even with states monitoring their pregnancies. In addition to revealing what Roe v. Wade’s demise has wrought, that could give Democrats a boost in this fall’s state-level elections. We talked to Arizona state Senator Eva Burch about how the future of reproductive rights will raise the stakes in these contestsand about her own personal and emotional experiences with the issue.

Trump Reveals the Truth About His “Leave Abortion to the States” Scam

May 1, 2024

Arizona Legislature repeals 1864 abortion ban. Here’s what happens next.

Copper Courier: 


A territorial law banning abortion outright in Arizona has been repealed by the state legislature and is expected to be signed into law as soon as it hits the governor’s desk.


“This is about the Civil War-era ban that criminalizes doctors and makes virtually all abortions illegal, the ban that the people of Arizona overwhelmingly don’t want,” said Sen. Eva Burch, D-Mesa. “The majority of the people in this state believe that abortion is a decision that belongs to patients and providers.”

Arizona Legislature repeals 1864 abortion ban. Here’s what happens next.

Apr 30, 2024

Succeeding by failing: ‘Virtue signaling’ runs high in the Legislature

Cronkite News: 


They can’t say they weren’t warned.


When Republican lawmakers pushed a bill that would rewrite state law to include “only two sexes” and specifically rejected “gender identity,” Gov. Katie Hobbs told them she would veto the bill if it passed, just like she vetoed a similar measure last year.


They passed it. She vetoed it, just one of 52 bills vetoed by the governor so far this year.

Succeeding by failing: ‘Virtue signaling’ runs high in the Legislature

Apr 30, 2024

What to expect from Arizona State Senate on Wednesday on abortion

The Center Square:


The Arizona State Senate is expected to see some movement on abortion policy on Wednesday.


Senate Bill 1734 is likely to be brought up for a full vote, but Democrats may make a motion to bring House Bill 2677, which passed the House last week with three Republicans and all Democrats voting in favor. The bills would both repeal the abortion law that bans the practice in all circumstances except if a mother’s life is at risk.

What to expect from Arizona State Senate on Wednesday on abortion

Apr 25, 2024

Arizona House lawmakers vote to repeal 1864 abortion ban

Reuters:


Lawmakers in Arizona's House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to repeal an 1864 ban on abortion that could still go into effect within weeks if not also knocked down by the Senate.


House lawmakers voted 32-28 to repeal the law, which provides no exceptions for abortions even in cases of rape or incest. Three Republicans crossed party lines to join all 29 Democrats in voting for the repeal.

Arizona House lawmakers vote to repeal 1864 abortion ban

Apr 24, 2024

Democrats successfully force vote on repealing 1864 abortion ban, passes House

Copper Courier: 


The Arizona legislature moved forward two bills Wednesday that would repeal the state’s 1864 abortion ban.


A bill to repeal the ban has been introduced in both chambers of the Arizona Legislature. Both bills, Senate Bill 1734 and House Bill 2677, contain identical language: “Section 13-3603, Arizona Revised Statutes, is repealed.” If passed, the state would revert to its 15-week abortion ban, which also has no exceptions for victims of sexual assault.


Here’s where both bills currently stand. 

Democrats successfully force vote on repealing 1864 abortion ban, passes House

Apr 24, 2024

Arizona House Lawmakers Vote to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban

US News & World Report: 


Lawmakers in Arizona's House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to repeal an 1864 ban on abortion that could still go into effect within weeks if not also knocked down by the Senate.


House lawmakers voted 32-28 to repeal the law, which provides no exceptions for abortions even in cases of rape or incest. Three Republicans crossed party lines to join all 29 Democrats in voting for the repeal.


The Arizona Senate, where Republicans hold a slim 16-14 majority, could vote on the measure as early as May 1.

Arizona House Lawmakers Vote to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban

Apr 24, 2024

AZ House has voted to repeal the 1864 abortion ban upheld by the Supreme Court

Arizona Mirror: 


After two weeks of thwarted attempts, the Arizona House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal a near-total abortion ban from 1864, with three Republican lawmakers breaking from their party to join Democrats in striking it down.


Earlier this month, the Arizona Supreme Court upheld the 1864 law, which carries with it a mandatory prison sentence for doctors who provide an abortion for any reason other than saving a woman’s life, over a 15-week gestational ban passed in 2022.

AZ House has voted to repeal the 1864 abortion ban upheld by the Supreme Court

Apr 24, 2024

Arizona House approves repeal of pre-statehood abortion ban, sending it to Senate

LA Times: 


A proposed repeal of Arizona’s near-total ban on abortions has won approval from the state House, clearing its first hurdle two weeks after a court concluded the state can enforce the 1864 law, which only offers an exception for saving the patient’s life.

Arizona House approves repeal of pre-statehood abortion ban, sending it to Senate

Apr 24, 2024

Arizona House Votes to Repeal 1864 Abortion Law

New York Times: 


Arizona took a major step on Wednesday toward scrapping an 1864 law banning abortion, when three Republican lawmakers in the state House of Representatives broke ranks with their party and voted with Democrats to repeal the ban.


Republicans have narrow majorities in both chambers of Arizona’s Legislature, and had blocked earlier repeal efforts in the two weeks since the Arizona Supreme Court ignited a political firestorm by reviving the Civil War-era law.

Arizona House Votes to Repeal 1864 Abortion Law

Apr 21, 2024

Abortion law to dominate action at Legislature again this week

Arizona Capitol Times: 


State lawmakers return Wednesday with another attempt to deal with the 1864 abortion law.


But it won’t go away this week, no matter what happens in the House or Senate.


The Senate appears poised to approve repeal.

Abortion law to dominate action at Legislature again this week

Apr 20, 2024

Katie Phang & State Sen. Eva Burch nail Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban with a call to action.

Daily Kos: 


In a recent passionate broadcast, Katie Phang, a forthright journalist known for her unyielding stance on social justice issues, spotlighted the ongoing controversy in Arizona surrounding the application of a pre-Civil War abortion law. This archaic statute, dating back to 1864, has been thrust into contemporary discourse, revealing a stark discord between historic legal frameworks and present-day societal values. Phang, alongside Arizona State Senator Eva Burch, a vociferous advocate for women’s rights, eloquently dismantled the justifications for reviving such an outdated and oppressive law.

Katie Phang & State Sen. Eva Burch nail Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban with a call to action.

Apr 19, 2024

Ethics chair won't hear complaint by Senate Democrats against GOP leaders

KJZZ: 


The Senate Ethics Committee won’t hold a hearing to investigate accusations that Republican leaders in the chamber violated Senate rules when they ignored Democrats’ efforts to repeal the state’s near-total abortion ban.


Democrats in the Senate filed an ethics complaint against Sen. T.J. Shope (R-Coolidge) and Senate President Warren Petersen (R-Gilbert) on Monday.

Ethics chair won't hear complaint by Senate Democrats against GOP leaders

Apr 18, 2024

Arizona Republicans uphold 1864 abortion ban, Democrats still seek repeal

Reuters:


Democrats in the Arizona House of Representatives tried repeatedly to repeal an 1864 ban on abortion on Wednesday but failed to get the Republican support they needed against the Civil War-era measure poised to become state law once again.


In four votes, the chamber deadlocked 30-30 on a procedural motion that would have allowed a repeal bill to come to the floor, with one Republican joining the 29 Democrats.

Arizona Republicans uphold 1864 abortion ban, Democrats still seek repeal

Apr 18, 2024

Arizona legislature continues to navigate abortion next steps, Senate bill now in play

Washington Examiner: 


The Arizona State Legislature did not repeal an abortion law created in 1864 banning nearly all abortions on Wednesday for the second week in a row. However, the Senate did begin the process on a new bill Wednesday.


On the House side, a motion to get House Bill 2677 to go straight to the floor for a vote failed twice, as Democratic Reps. Stephanie Stahl-Hamilton and Alma Hernandez made motions but it got shot down during roll call votes over whether the motion was even allowed to be made. There were two other unsuccessful attempts made last week, The Center Square reported.

Arizona legislature continues to navigate abortion next steps, Senate bill now in play

Apr 18, 2024

Repeal of Arizona's abortion bill will dominate Legislature for weeks. What's the holdup?

Arizona Central: 


Abortion will be the dominant topic at the Arizona Legislature for weeks to come, thanks to Wednesday's action by state lawmakers.


House Republicans again rebuffed attempts to repeal a near-total abortion ban, while Democrats promised to keep trying. Three hours later, state senators on a bipartisan vote started the process to consider a repeal bill. Back in the House, a conservative lawmaker promised Republicans will soon unveil a plan to give voters a choice on abortion laws in November.

Repeal of Arizona's abortion bill will dominate Legislature for weeks. What's the holdup?

Apr 18, 2024

Arizona state Sen. Eva Burch talks abortion rights

Good Morning America: 


State senator and nurse practitioner Eva Burch talks about her personal journey with abortion and how her work in healthcare has influenced her fight for abortion rights.

Arizona state Sen. Eva Burch talks abortion rights

Apr 17, 2024

‘This is about control’: Arizona lawmakers block repeal of 1864 abortion ban

MSNBC:


Arizona State Senator Anna Hernandez joins Katy Tur to discuss Arizona Republicans blocking the repeal of the state's 1864 abortion ban that was reinstated.

‘This is about control’: Arizona lawmakers block repeal of 1864 abortion ban

Apr 17, 2024

Arizona legislature continues to navigate abortion next steps, Senate bill now in play

The Center Square:


The Arizona State Legislature did not repeal an abortion law created in 1864 banning nearly all abortions on Wednesday for the second week in a row. However, the Senate did begin the process on a new bill Wednesday.


On the House side, a motion to get House Bill 2677 to go straight to the floor for a vote failed twice, as Democratic Reps. Stephanie Stahl-Hamilton and Alma Hernandez made motions but it got shot down during roll call votes over whether the motion was even allowed to be made. There were two other unsuccessful attempts made last week, The Center Square reported.

Arizona legislature continues to navigate abortion next steps, Senate bill now in play

Apr 17, 2024

Arizona Senate takes first step toward repealing 1864 abortion ban

KJZZ:


Lawmakers in the Arizona Senate took a first step today toward repealing Arizona’s near-total ban on abortion that dates back to 1864.


Senate rules prohibit new legislation from being introduced this late in the legislative session, but Sen. Anna Hernandez (D-Phoenix) asked her colleagues to make an exception for a bill to repeal the near-total ban.

Arizona Senate takes first step toward repealing 1864 abortion ban

Apr 17, 2024

Inside the GOP reckoning over Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban

The Washington Post: 


A Republican state legislator proclaimed on the floor of the Arizona Senate two months ago that “abortion is the ending of an innocent human life.”


Another includes a declaration on his website that he will always “fight for the unborn.”


And a third championed a law to allow those who are pregnant to use the carpool lane, arguing that a “pre-born baby” should be treated “as the human they are.”


Now all three state lawmakers say that — if presented with the opportunity — they would be likely to vote to repeal a Civil War-era law that would soon ban abortion across the state.

Inside the GOP reckoning over Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban

Apr 17, 2024

Arizona Republican Lawmakers Reject Effort to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban Again

Shortly before going to floor session and successfully passing the motion to introduce SB1734, Sen. Anna Hernandez joined Katy Tur on MSNBC to talk about the 1864 Arizona abortion ban.

Arizona Republican Lawmakers Reject Effort to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban Again

Apr 16, 2024

Dems say Republicans broke rules by ignoring attempts to force a vote on an abortion ban repeal

Arizona Mirror: 


Two top Arizona Senate Democrats have filed an ethics complaint against Senate President Warren Petersen and President Pro Tem T.J. Shope for violating procedures by shutting down Democrats’ attempts last week to repeal the 1864 abortion ban.


The complaint addresses an occurrence on the Senate floor on April 10, where Democrats claim Shope failed to recognize Sen. Anna Hernandez and Senate Minority Leader Mitzi Epstien after both had made proper attempts to speak. Rather than recognizing the several motions made by the Democratic senators, the body instead adjourned.

Dems say Republicans broke rules by ignoring attempts to force a vote on an abortion ban repeal

Apr 15, 2024

Arizona Republicans considering putting multiple abortion measures on November ballot

The Daily Independent: 


House Republicans are weighing putting one or more of their own abortion measures on the ballot in a bid to undermine an initiative to enshrine the right to terminate a pregnancy in the Arizona Constitution.


The plan, obtained by Capitol Media Services, starts with one option that would appear to look like the Arizona Abortion Access initiative, but with additional restrictions. But its wording also would appear to preserve the right of lawmakers to enact new regulations of their own, something the initiative would not permit.

Arizona Republicans considering putting multiple abortion measures on November ballot

Apr 15, 2024

Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against 2 GOP leaders

Arizona Capitol Times: 


Democrat leaders in the Senate are filing an ethics complaint against two GOP leaders in the chamber for what they call a violation of rules during an attempt April 10 to repeal the pre-statehood ban on abortion.


The complaint alleges that Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, violated a Senate rule relating to proper procedures in the chamber. Sen. Mitzy Epstein, D-Tempe, said Shope violated practice that is outlined in Mason’s Manual of Legislative Procedure by refusing to acknowledge the multiple substitute motions made by Democrats after Borrelli made a motion to adjourn. Because the motion to adjourn had been made but not voted on yet, Epstein said Mason’s rules outline that the substitute motions should have been heard. She said Senate President Warren Petersen, R-Gilbert, was included in the complaint because Shope “broke the rules under the direction of the Senate President.”

Senate Democrats file ethics complaint against 2 GOP leaders

Apr 15, 2024

Arizona Senate Democrats file ethics complaint as abortion debate continues

The Center Square:


Arizona Senate Democrats are filing an ethics complaint against Senate President Warren Petersen and President Pro Tempore T.J. Shope for allegedly violating "parliamentary procedures" on Wednesday, specifically referring to Mason's Rules and the chamber's own guidelines.


The Democrats say that their attempts to motion were not properly recognized, including a motion that Sen. Anna Hernandez, D-Phoenix, tried to make for a late introduction of bills that would allow a process to kick off for a bill that would repeal the 1864 abortion law.

Arizona Senate Democrats file ethics complaint as abortion debate continues

Apr 13, 2024

Arizona Republicans Want to Throw My Doctor In Jail

Yahoo! News: 


Last month, I had a safe, legal abortion in Arizona. Today we are all tied up in white-knuckled knots, wondering if we’re going to start throwing doctors in jail for the care they gave me. People of America: We need to talk.


I am an Arizona state Senator. I’m also a nurse practitioner and a mother of two. My husband and I live in Mesa, where we look after my sons, our two dogs, and a very well-fed cat. Okay, fine, we have three cats.


Arizona Republicans Want to Throw My Doctor In Jail

Apr 13, 2024

Arizona State Sen calls GOP lawmakers irresponsible following near-total abortion ban ruling

MSNBC: 


Arizona State Senator Eva Burch, who shared her abortion story just a few weeks ago joins The Weekend to speak out on the near-total abortion ban about to go into effect in her state. Fatima Goss Graves also joins to discuss.

Arizona State Sen calls GOP lawmakers irresponsible following near-total abortion ban ruling

Apr 13, 2024

Senate Democrats to file ethics complaint after GOP blocks Arizona abortion law repeal

Fronteras:


Democrats in the Arizona Senate plan to file an ethics complaint against Republican leaders who blocked their attempt to repeal the state’s near-total abortion ban.


When the Senate met on Wednesday, Minority Leader Mitzi Epstein (D-Tempe) and Anna Hernandez (D-Phoenix) attempted to introduce a bill to repeal the state’s abortion ban that dates back to 1864.


But President Pro Tempore T.J. Shope (R-Coolidge), who was presiding over the chamber at the time, ignored their motions and instead adjourned the Senate’s session until next week.

Senate Democrats to file ethics complaint after GOP blocks Arizona abortion law repeal

Apr 13, 2024

Progressive candidates are increasingly sharing their own abortion stories after Roe’s demise

AP News: 


For decades, only three people knew Gloria Johnson had had an abortion.


But a year of watching women and doctors agonize under Tennessee’s strict abortion ban kicked up a fire in the longtime Democrat. She watched in dismay as her Republican colleagues in the General Assembly dismissed concerns that the law was harming women. Many GOP lawmakers argued that only on rare occasions was an abortion needed to save a life.

Progressive candidates are increasingly sharing their own abortion stories after Roe’s demise

Apr 12, 2024

‘This happened because of Trump’: AZ Dem who shared abortion story blasts GOP over ban

MSNBC: 


MSNBC’s Katie Phang is joined by Arizona Democratic state senator Eva Burch who shares her painful story of having to end a recent pregnancy. Burch puts the blame for Arizona’s abortion ban squarely on Donald Trump and the GOP.

‘This happened because of Trump’: AZ Dem who shared abortion story blasts GOP over ban

Apr 12, 2024

Harris, Arizona Democrats seize on abortion ban to blast Trump, GOP

Cronkite News: 


Vice President Kamala Harris blasted former President Donald Trump Friday as “the architect” of new abortion restrictions sweeping the country, including the near-total ban that was resurrected this week in Arizona.


The hastily arranged Tucson campaign stop came just three days after a divided Arizona Supreme Court ruled that, since the U.S. Supreme Court overturned its Roe v. Wade decision in 2022, an 1864 abortion ban that was still on the books in Arizona was back in effect.

Harris, Arizona Democrats seize on abortion ban to blast Trump, GOP

Apr 12, 2024

Arizona senator talks again about her own abortion after court ruling

KOLD: 


Arizona state Sen. Eva Burch shared her own abortion story after the Arizona Supreme Court's ruling upheld the near-total abortion ban.



 

Arizona senator talks again about her own abortion after court ruling

Apr 11, 2024

Republican lawmakers in Arizona block repeal of 1864 abortion ban

ABC News: 


When Democrats in the state house tried to move forward with a vote to repeal the bill one day after the Supreme Court’s controversial ruling, Republicans blocked their efforts.

Republican lawmakers in Arizona block repeal of 1864 abortion ban

Apr 11, 2024

Political War Over Abortion Brews

“They do not want to repeal the pre-Roe law, end of sentence. They know what we were asking, we were moving to repeal the 1864 ban.”  


Senate Democratic Leader Mitzi Epstein speaks with Maritsa Georgiou on Scripps News Tonight about the Arizona total abortion ban and how AZ Legislative Republicans refused to help repeal it.

Political War Over Abortion Brews

Apr 11, 2024

Arizona Republicans Shut Down Effort to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban

Jezebel:


On Wednesday, in the quiet of the night, Arizona Republicans in the legislature shut down an effort to repeal the state’s Civil War-era abortion ban following Monday’s state Supreme Court ruling that the 1864 law can be enforced. In the state House, Republicans called for a recess and adjourned until next week, blocking a member of their own caucus—Rep. Matt Gress—from trying to initiate a vote on Democrats’ bill. Earlier in the day, in the state Senate, Republicans shut down a similar bill from Democrats, gaveling down a motion from Sen. Anna Hernandez (D).

Arizona Republicans Shut Down Effort to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban

Apr 11, 2024

Arizona lawmaker shares personal story on abortion to shed light on misconceptions

AZ Family: 


An Arizona state senator is once again sharing her deeply personal firsthand experience with abortion to try and dispel misconceptions about who this ruling impacts.


Democratic Sen. Eva Burch is deeply disturbed by the state supreme court’s decision this week, which comes nearly one month after announcing her pregnancy and plans for an abortion. She had the medical procedure three weeks ago.

Arizona lawmaker shares personal story on abortion to shed light on misconceptions

Apr 11, 2024

Abortion Rights: Swing State AZ Now Epicenter of 2024 Politics

“[There is] a trend over here where we are silenced and we are not allowed to move solutions forward.”   


Senator Anna Hernandez joined Andrea Mitchell Reports on MSNBC to discuss the 1864 abortion ban and how Republican lawmakers shut down Democrats trying to repeal it.

Abortion Rights: Swing State AZ Now Epicenter of 2024 Politics

Apr 11, 2024

‘Shame! Shame!’: Arizona Republican leaders block effort to repeal abortion ban

The Guardian: 


Arizona’s state Republican leadership halted an effort by Democrats on Wednesday to repeal an 1864 law banning almost all abortions, which the state supreme court this week ruled could go into effect.


The move came after Republican lawmakers in the state had denounced the court’s decision, including some who previously expressed support for the law. Donald Trump and other high-profile Republicans, such as the Senate candidate Kari Lake, had also declared their opposition to the ruling with Lake urging lawmakers to “come up with an immediate commonsense solution that Arizonans can support”.

‘Shame! Shame!’: Arizona Republican leaders block effort to repeal abortion ban

Apr 11, 2024

Arizona Democrats tried to repeal abortion ban, but Republicans blocked them

The Hill: 


Democrats in Arizona attempted Wednesday to repeal a law banning nearly all abortions in the state that is set to take effect because of a state Supreme Court decision a day earlier, but they were blocked in both chambers by Republicans.


The action took place in both chambers of Arizona’s Legislature.


In the House, Phoenix Republican Rep. Matt Gress joined Democrats in seeking to bring up a bill to repeal the ban, set by an 1864 law the Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled must be enforced.

Arizona Democrats tried to repeal abortion ban, but Republicans blocked them

Apr 11, 2024

Arizona Republicans Block Attempt to Halt Reinstated Abortion Ban

NewsWeek:


Arizona Republicans have blocked an initial attempt to repeal a 160-year-old abortion ban that was controversially revived by the state's top court earlier this week.


The Arizona Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday a near-total abortion ban enacted in 1864, decades before Arizona even became a state, was still enforceable. Following the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to dismantle federal abortion protections by overturning Roe v. Wade in 2022, the procedure remained legal in Arizona through 15 weeks of pregnancy.

Arizona Republicans Block Attempt to Halt Reinstated Abortion Ban

Apr 11, 2024

Republicans thwarted attempts to repeal Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban, saying they need more time

AZ Mirror:


A day after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled to reinstate a near-total abortion ban from 1864, Republican lawmakers in the legislature blocked multiple efforts to repeal the law, saying they need more time to consider the repercussions of doing so.


On Tuesday, the state’s high court overturned the decision of an appeals court that preserved a 2022 law limiting abortions up to 15 weeks and concluded that a Civil War-era law which punishes doctors with prison time for performing an abortion should be the law of the land.

Republicans thwarted attempts to repeal Arizona’s 1864 abortion ban, saying they need more time

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona Republicans Chicken Out on Vote to Repeal Abortion Ban

The Daily Beast: 


Arizona Republicans refused to vote on a bill to repeal the state’s extreme abortion ban Wednesday, a day after Republicans—including President Donald Trump—attempted to distance themselves from the decision.


State Rep. Matt Gress (R) moved Wednesday to bring a Democratic bill repealing the ban, which outlaws all abortions except to save the life of the mother, to a House vote. Before a vote could be called, Rep. David Livingston motioned for a recess and all Republicans in the House—including Gress—voted to table the proceedings.

Arizona Republicans Chicken Out on Vote to Repeal Abortion Ban

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona Democrats Tried To Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban, But Were Shot Down By GOP

HuffPost: 


“By their actions, the message from this chamber is that they are so pro-life they will kill you,” a state senator wrote.


Arizona Democrats tried to repeal a controversial, 1864 law set to take effect that will effectively block almost all abortions in the state, but were stymied by Republicans in both chambers of the legislature on Wednesday.

Arizona Democrats Tried To Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban, But Were Shot Down By GOP

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona House GOP halt Democrats' effort to overturn Civil War era law in chaotic session

AZ Central: 


Chaos erupted in the Arizona House on Wednesday as Democrats attempted to repeal the 1864 near-total abortion ban, only to be thwarted by the Republican majority.


The raucous event, unusual for the chamber, came a day after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that Arizona's Civil War-era abortion law stands and laid bare the raw feelings and political divisions swirling around the issue.

Arizona House GOP halt Democrats' effort to overturn Civil War era law in chaotic session

Apr 10, 2024

House GOP leaders block attempt to repeal Arizona abortion ban

Arizona Daily Star:


House Republican leaders used procedural maneuvers Wednesday — twice — to block lawmakers from deciding or even debating whether to repeal the state’s 1864 law banning abortions except to save the life of the mother.


And one of those maneuvers was to adjourn until next Wednesday, so that means it will be at least a week before legislators have the chance to address whether women in Arizona will again be denied the right to terminate a pregnancy in all but the narrowest circumstances.

House GOP leaders block attempt to repeal Arizona abortion ban

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona’s abortion ban: A dangerous step back

The Copper Courier:


Several years ago, when the US Supreme Court began taking a hatchet job to our rights, protesters warned that we were headed for a reality that resembled The Handmaid’s Tale. This fictional TV show depicted a dystopian future where women had no rights and forced birth was the status quo.


Today, we took a dangerous step towards Hollywood’s imagination turning real. The Arizona Supreme Court’s decision to ban nearly all abortions in our state literally takes us back 160 years.

Arizona’s abortion ban: A dangerous step back

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona Democrats Tried To Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban, But Were Shot Down By GOP

Yahoo! News Malaysia:


Arizona Democrats tried to repeal a controversial, 1864 law set to take effect that will effectively block almost all abortions in the state, but were stymied by Republicans in both chambers of the legislature on Wednesday.


Lawmakers tried to repeal the law, which dates to the Civil War era and predates Arizona’s statehood, in both the state’s House and Senate on Wednesday. During a fiery moment, state House Rep. Matt Gress (R) tried to initiate a vote on the matter before he was shot down by others in the GOP who then called for a recess and adjourned until next week.

Arizona Democrats Tried To Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban, But Were Shot Down By GOP

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona Republicans block attempt to repeal abortion ban

Axios: 


Republican lawmakers blocked a legislative attempt to repeal the state's ban on nearly all abortions, one day after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that it's the law of the land.


Why it matters: Abortions are likely to become unavailable within two months if the ban isn't repealed. If it is repealed, a 2022 law allowing abortions through 15 weeks of pregnancy would go into effect — though that likely wouldn't be for a few months.


Arizona Republicans block attempt to repeal abortion ban

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona Republicans Propose Ballot Measure to End Term Limits for State Judges

Democracy Docket: 


Justices and judges in Arizona are currently subject to term limits, but a new amendment resolution proposed by state Republicans could allow for all members of the judiciary to serve lifetime terms.


Senate Concurrent Resolution 1044 (SCR 1044), which was introduced in the state Senate in early February, proposes a constitutional amendment that seeks to eliminate judicial retention elections in the Copper State.

Arizona Republicans Propose Ballot Measure to End Term Limits for State Judges

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona Democrats Tried To Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban, But Were Shot Down By GOP

Yahoo! News Singapore: 


Arizona Democrats tried to repeal a controversial, 1864 law set to take effect that will effectively block almost all abortions in the state, but were stymied by Republicans in both chambers of the legislature on Wednesday.


Lawmakers tried to repeal the law, which dates to the Civil War era and predates Arizona’s statehood, in both the state’s House and Senate on Wednesday. During a fiery moment, state House Rep. Matt Gress (R) tried to initiate a vote on the matter before he was shot down by others in the GOP who then called for a recess and adjourned until next week.

Arizona Democrats Tried To Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban, But Were Shot Down By GOP

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona Republicans Thwart Attempts to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban

NY Times: 


A decision by Arizona’s highest court upholding an 1864 ban on nearly all abortions created chaos and confusion across the state on Wednesday. As abortion providers were flooded with phone calls from frantic patients, Republican lawmakers at the State Capitol blocked efforts to undo the ban, prompting angry jeers from Democrats.


Democrats, who seized on the decision to resurrect the 160-year-old ban as a pivotal election issue, tried to push bills through the Republican-controlled Legislature to repeal the ban, a move they said would protect women’s health and freedom, and also force Republicans to take a formal vote on the law.

Arizona Republicans Thwart Attempts to Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban

Apr 10, 2024

Arizona Democrats Tried To Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban, But Were Shot Down By GOP

HuffPost:


Arizona Democrats tried to repeal a controversial, 1864 law set to take effect that will effectively block almost all abortions in the state, but were stymied by Republicans in both chambers of the legislature on Wednesday.


Lawmakers tried to repeal the law, which dates to the Civil War era and predates Arizona’s statehood, in both the state’s House and Senate on Wednesday. During a fiery moment, state House Rep. Matt Gress (R) tried to initiate a vote on the matter before he was shot down by others in the GOP who then called for a recess and adjourned until next week.

Arizona Democrats Tried To Repeal 1864 Abortion Ban, But Were Shot Down By GOP

Apr 10, 2024

GOP majority blocks efforts to repeal territorial abortion ban

Arizona Capitol Times: 


A Republican in the state House of Representatives attempted to put up a bill for a vote Wednesday that would repeal the 1864 state ban on abortion procedures, leading to chaos on the House floor after the chamber went into recess instead of voting on the measure.


Rep. Matt Gress, R-Phoenix, made the motion for the chamber to vote to suspend its rules and place HB 2677 up for a vote. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton, D-Tucson, never received a committee hearing during the session, requiring a motion to suspend House rules and have the bill skip committee hearings.

GOP majority blocks efforts to repeal territorial abortion ban

Apr 10, 2024

Republicanos frenan intento de demócratas de eliminar prohibición del aborto en Arizona

La Voz (AZCentral): 


La Cámara de Representantes de Arizona, que está controlada por el Partido Republicano, rápidamente suspendió su sesión del miércoles luego que legisladores demócratas intentaron derogar la prohibición casi total del aborto de 1864 que la Corte Suprema del estado dictaminó podía entrar en vigor.


La acción por parte de los demócratas, respaldados por un solo legislador republicano, fue frendada por la mayoría republicana de la Cámara.

Republicanos frenan intento de demócratas de eliminar prohibición del aborto en Arizona

Apr 5, 2024

A Navajo lawmaker said Arizona schools must treat eclipse like other religious holidays

KJZZ:


A Navajo state senator is calling on public schools in Arizona to give Indigenous students and staff time off to observe next week’s solar eclipse.


Sen. Theresa Hatathlie (D-Coal Mine Canyon) said many Indigenous cultures consider eclipses sacred.


“Throughout the years, when these events happened, I, myself, took the liberty and the privilege to keep my children home,” Hatathlie said. “And so it's very important that we observe that as Indigenous peoples.”

A Navajo lawmaker said Arizona schools must treat eclipse like other religious holidays

Apr 4, 2024

'There will be accountability': Fentanyl dealers to face tougher Arizona laws, more prison time

Arizona Central: 


Flanked by a group of law enforcement leaders, Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs held a ceremony Wednesday marking her signing of a bill that increases prison time for fentanyl dealers.


House Bill 2245, the Ashley Dunn Act, toughens penalties for dealers and traffickers of the synthetic opioid that has led to thousands of overdoses in recent years.

'There will be accountability': Fentanyl dealers to face tougher Arizona laws, more prison time

Apr 1, 2024

Arizona: Governor Hobbs Signs Legislation Making Pluto ‘Official State Planet’

One America News: 


The state of Arizona has now formally adopted Pluto, the celestial body that was previously demoted to the position of “dwarf planet.”


Pluto is now included in the Arizona Revised Statutes, among symbols like the bola tie and the cactus wren, thanks to legislation approved by Democrat Governor Katie Hobbs.

Arizona: Governor Hobbs Signs Legislation Making Pluto ‘Official State Planet’

Apr 1, 2024

Pluto becomes Arizona's official state planet

The Center Square: 

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs signed a bill on Friday of galactic proportions.


"Pluto is the official state planet," House Bill 2477 simply states.


Although it is now labeled a "dwarf planet" by the International Astronomical Union, it was considered a planet up until a "resolution" made by the Paris-based group came to fruition in 2006.

Pluto becomes Arizona's official state planet

Apr 1, 2024

Pluto declared ‘official state planet’ of Arizona even though it was reclassified as ‘dwarf planet’

Hindustan Times:


Arizona has reportedly declared Pluto its “official state planet," although it was relegated to “dwarf planet” status several years ago.


According to The Arizona Daily Star, Gov. Katie Hobbs signed legislation on Friday, Match 29. When questioned on whether or not Pluto is a full-fledged planet, she ignored it. “I am proud of Arizona’s pioneering work in space discovery,” Hobbs said.

Pluto declared ‘official state planet’ of Arizona even though it was reclassified as ‘dwarf planet’

Mar 31, 2024

Arizona declares Pluto as its ‘official state planet’ — even though it’s not a planet

New York Post: 


Arizona has declared Pluto its “official state planet” — despite it being relegated to “dwarf planet” status nearly two decades ago.


Gov. Katie Hobbs signed legislation on Friday and afterward dodged a question about whether or not Pluto is a full-fledged planet, The Arizona Daily Star reported.


“I am proud of Arizona’s pioneering work in space discovery,” Hobbs said.

Arizona declares Pluto as its ‘official state planet’ — even though it’s not a planet

Mar 30, 2024

Phoenix ‘history nerd’ wins legislative fight for Pluto

Daily Independent: 


Thanks to the work of Rep. Justin Wilmeth, R-Phoenix, Arizona has an official state “planet” – Pluto.


Gov. Katie Hobbs wouldn’t say whether she believes Pluto is a full-fledged planet or something less; nevertheless, she signed legislation Friday designating it as Arizona’s own.


It joins a list of other items that the state has declared to be "official,'' ranging from turquoise as the state gemstone and copper as the state metal to the Sonorasaurus as the state dinosaur.

Phoenix ‘history nerd’ wins legislative fight for Pluto

Mar 30, 2024

Pluto now state’s official planet

Arizona Capitol Times:


Gov. Katie Hobbs won’t say whether she believes Pluto is a full-fledged planet or something less.


But as far as she’s concerned, it now belongs to Arizona to the extent a state can “own” a planet.


Without comment, the governor signed legislation Friday designating Pluto as Arizona’s “official state planet.” It joins a list of other items that the state has declared to be “official,” ranging from turquoise as the state gemstone and copper as the state metal to the Sonorasaurus as the state dinosaur.

Pluto now state’s official planet

Mar 29, 2024

AZ GOP wants Legislature map based on 'citizen-only' census. Democrats call it gerrymandering

Arizona Central: 


Counting undocumented residents and noncitizens in Arizona in the U.S. Census helps set the boundaries of legislative districts, often concentrating Democratic power in areas with more immigrants.


But a proposed ballot measure by Republicans to have Arizona conduct its own census, tallying only citizens, could tip the balance of the Legislature toward the GOP.

AZ GOP wants Legislature map based on 'citizen-only' census. Democrats call it gerrymandering

Mar 29, 2024

Republicans continue to oppose extending operations for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind

White Mountain Independent:


Senate Republicans continue to thwart efforts to allow the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind to operate for more than just the next few years.


As senators discussed a bill reauthorizing the board that oversees charter schools in Arizona earlier this week, Democratic Sen. Priya Sundareshan proposed an amendment to secure an eight-year continuation for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind.

Republicans continue to oppose extending operations for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind

Mar 29, 2024

Republicans continue to oppose extending operations for the Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind

Tucson Sentinel: 


Senate Republicans continue to thwart efforts to allow the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind to operate for more than just the next few years.


As senators discussed a bill reauthorizing the board that oversees charter schools in Arizona earlier this week, Democratic Sen. Priya Sundareshan proposed an amendment to secure an eight-year continuation for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind.

Republicans continue to oppose extending operations for the Arizona School for the Deaf & Blind

Mar 29, 2024

Republicans continue to oppose extending operations for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind

Yahoo! News UK:


Senate Republicans continue to thwart efforts to allow the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind to operate for more than just the next few years.


As senators discussed a bill reauthorizing the board that oversees charter schools in Arizona earlier this week, Democratic Sen. Priya Sundareshan proposed an amendment to secure an eight-year continuation for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind.

Republicans continue to oppose extending operations for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind

Mar 28, 2024

Republicans continue to oppose extending operations for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind

Arizona Mirror: 


Senate Republicans continue to thwart efforts to allow the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind to operate for more than just the next few years.


As senators discussed a bill reauthorizing the board that oversees charter schools in Arizona earlier this week, Democratic Sen. Priya Sundareshen proposed an amendment to secure an eight-year continuation for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind.

Republicans continue to oppose extending operations for the Arizona School for the Deaf and Blind

Mar 28, 2024

My Abortion Story Went Viral. Here’s What Happened Next.

ELLE: 


Last week, Arizona state Sen. Eva Burch did the unthinkable: She announced her decision to get an abortion on the floor of the Arizona Senate. In her speech, which quickly went viral, Burch talked about the importance of access to abortion care in America and why she, as a politician, felt compelled to share her story in such a public manner. Now, in an exclusive essay for ELLE, Burch writes about that emotional moment on the Senate floor—and why she wants to “change the narrative about what abortion care looks like.”

My Abortion Story Went Viral. Here’s What Happened Next.

Mar 28, 2024

An Arizona lawmaker announced she was getting an abortion. Here's what happened next

NPR: 


For the first 25 minutes, the Arizona Senate's floor session on March 18th was unremarkable.


Then, state Sen. Eva Burch stood up and announced to her colleagues that she was pregnant, and planned to get an abortion.


Detailing a deeply personal medical history of past miscarriages, Burch told her fellow lawmakers that she made the decision to seek an abortion after discovering that her fetus is not viable.

An Arizona lawmaker announced she was getting an abortion. Here's what happened next

Mar 27, 2024

Weekly legislative update: Nancy Gutierrez (D) and Priya Sundareshan (D)

Arizona Horizon: 


It’s time for our weekly legislative update. This week, we’re joined by Arizona State Representative Nancy Gutierrez (D) and Arizona State Senator Priya Sundareshan (D).

Weekly legislative update: Nancy Gutierrez (D) and Priya Sundareshan (D)

Mar 26, 2024

Affordable Care Act celebrates 14th anniversary following jump in enrollment, continuing political discord

Cronkite News: 


On Tuesday morning, health care advocates and others gathered at the Valle del Sol Community Health Center in central Phoenix to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act.


The Affordable Care Act is a comprehensive health care reform law enacted in March 2010 and is sometimes known as ACA or “Obamacare.” During the 2024 open enrollment period, a record 21.3 million people across the country selected an ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plan. The number of Arizonans covered by the ACA rose more than 110,000 during the year, to 348,055, also a record.

Affordable Care Act celebrates 14th anniversary following jump in enrollment, continuing political discord

Mar 25, 2024

Buscan Senadores Estàndares màs estrictos en vehículos para reducir la contaminación

Telemundo AZ:


La semana pasada Ylenia Aguilar de Moms Clean Air Force se unió a Senador Juan Mendez, Senador Flavio Bravo y ANHE para instar a EPA que completen estándares de vehículos limpios más estrictos.

Buscan Senadores Estàndares màs estrictos en vehículos para reducir la contaminación

Mar 24, 2024

'Some serious stigma': Arizona lawmaker explains why she revealed abortion during Senate speech

12News Sunday Square Off: 


Eva Burch is a mom to two young boys, a registered nurse, and, for just more than a year, an Arizona state senator.


Then, this past week, she made a very personal decision public on the Senate floor: Burch planned to have an abortion.


"After numerous ultrasounds and blood draws, we had determined my pregnancy is not progressing and not viable," Burch said, surrounded by fellow Democrats during a time reserved for senators' statements.

'Some serious stigma': Arizona lawmaker explains why she revealed abortion during Senate speech

Mar 24, 2024

Arizona State Senator highlights GOP's "cruel" abortion laws

MSNBC AYMAN: 


“Crickets." State Senator Eva Burch says her GOP colleagues showed zero compassion for her after she took to the floor to share her experience trying to obtain an abortion under Republicans' restrictive laws.

Arizona State Senator highlights GOP's "cruel" abortion laws

Mar 23, 2024

Meet the Arizona Lawmaker Who Announced Her Abortion on the Statehouse Floor

Rolling Stone:


On Wednesday, Arizona State Senator Eva Burch had an abortion. 

Deciding to terminate a pregnancy is a highly personal decision, one that usually takes place quietly, with the involvement of the patient, their medical providers, a cadre of loved ones, and — to the bewilderment and frustration of those seeking the procedure — the government.

Meet the Arizona Lawmaker Who Announced Her Abortion on the Statehouse Floor

Mar 22, 2024

Child safety agency getting 4 more years, but…

Arizona Capitol Times:


The Department of Child Safety will likely be granted a four-year continuation, following significant concerns from lawmakers as to how it operates. However, its lifeline comes with a set of conditions.


A large part of the Legislature’s job includes keeping a close eye on the function of state agencies. However, there are hundreds of agencies that the chambers are responsible for overseeing, so the relationship reflects more of a distant oversight dynamic.

Child safety agency getting 4 more years, but…

Mar 22, 2024

AZ Lawmaker says she plans to get abortion in floor speech

CNN News Central


"I'm not expecting things to change within the chamber, I'm expecting things to change in Arizona."   


Senator Eva Burch joined Kate Bolduan on CNN News Central this morning to discuss her personal abortion story and the Arizona Legislature's failure surrounding abortion policy.

AZ Lawmaker says she plans to get abortion in floor speech

Mar 22, 2024

Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out on vote for controversial immigration bills

KJZZ:


Democratic lawmakers walked out of a vote at the state Capitol Wednesday to protest the latest immigration bills moving through the Arizona Senate.


House Bills 2748 and 2821 would make it a state crime to cross the southern border illegally and give local and state police the power to enforce immigration laws. The bills are nearly identical to a measure Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed earlier this month.

Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out on vote for controversial immigration bills

Mar 22, 2024

Arizona lawmaker explains why she publicly announced decision to end non-viable pregnancy

PBS NewsHour: 


The patchwork landscape of abortion restrictions in post-Roe America can be both confusing and dangerous. This is true even for some lawmakers, one of whom took to the floor of the Arizona state Senate to describe her experience with a non-viable pregnancy. Amna Nawaz discussed that with Eva Burch, the Democratic Whip of the Arizona Senate.

Arizona lawmaker explains why she publicly announced decision to end non-viable pregnancy

Mar 21, 2024

As Republicans approved strict immigration bills, opponents rallied against the ‘racist’ proposals

Arizona Mirror: 


As Republican lawmakers unanimously greenlit bills to jail and deport migrants in the state Senate on Thursday, Arizona immigrants and Latino voter advocates rallied outside, vowing to unseat them for pushing “racist” policies.


Inside, the four GOP members of the Senate Military Affairs and Public Safety committee cast their votes in favor of House Bill 2821 and House Bill 2748. The bills mirror a Senate version vetoed just two weeks ago by Gov. Katie Hobbs that would punish migrants who cross Arizona’s southern border anywhere but at a port of entry with up to 6 months in jail.

As Republicans approved strict immigration bills, opponents rallied against the ‘racist’ proposals

Mar 21, 2024

This Arizona lawmaker is trying to guarantee the right to contraception in the state

Fronteras: 


Since the fall of Roe v. Wade, Democratic lawmakers in states across the country have focused on protecting other reproductive rights like contraception, sometimes preemptively.


We saw this on display last week at the Arizona Legislature when Democratic lawmakers attempted to force a vote on a bill to guarantee the right to contraception in our state, only to be blocked unanimously by Republicans.

This Arizona lawmaker is trying to guarantee the right to contraception in the state

Mar 21, 2024

Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out on vote for controversial immigration bills

Fronteras Desk:


Democratic lawmakers walked out of a vote at the state Capitol Wednesday to protest the latest immigration bills moving through the Arizona Senate.


House Bills 2748 and 2821 would make it a state crime to cross the southern border illegally and give local and state police the power to enforce immigration laws. The bills are nearly identical to a measure Democratic Gov. Katie Hobbs vetoed earlier this month.

Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out on vote for controversial immigration bills

Mar 21, 2024

HB2748: Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out of hearing over controversial immigration bill

AOL: 


Should state and local police be able to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the country illegally? That’s the question at the heart of a proposed bill at the Arizona State Capitol.


The Republican-sponsored bill closely resembles a Texas law that is currently tied up in a national legal battle with whip-lash rulings. If passed, House Bill 2748 would authorize state and local police to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the border illegally.

HB2748: Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out of hearing over controversial immigration bill

Mar 21, 2024

HB2748: Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out of hearing over controversial immigration bill

Fox 10: 


Should state and local police be able to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the country illegally? That’s the question at the heart of a proposed bill at the Arizona State Capitol.


The Republican-sponsored bill closely resembles a Texas law that is currently tied up in a national legal battle with whip-lash rulings. If passed, House Bill 2748 would authorize state and local police to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the border illegally.

HB2748: Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out of hearing over controversial immigration bill

Mar 21, 2024

Arizona lawmakers walk out of Senate committee in protest of tough immigration bills

Arizona's Family: 


Some Arizona state lawmakers walked out the House floor Wednesday during a committee hearing for two immigration bills, HB 2748 and HB 2821,

The measures would authorize state and local police to arrest migrants suspected of living in the country illegally.


Both have drawn comparisons to the controversial SB 1070 immigration law that passed over a decade ago, requiring law enforcement to ask people for proof of immigration status.

Arizona lawmakers walk out of Senate committee in protest of tough immigration bills

Mar 20, 2024

HB2748: Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out of hearing over controversial immigration bill

Yahoo! News: 


Should state and local police be able to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the country illegally? That’s the question at the heart of a proposed bill at the Arizona State Capitol.


The Republican-sponsored bill closely resembles a Texas law that is currently tied up in a national legal battle with whip-lash rulings. If passed, House Bill 2748 would authorize state and local police to arrest migrants suspected of crossing the border illegally.

HB2748: Arizona Democratic lawmakers walk out of hearing over controversial immigration bill

Mar 20, 2024

El discurso de Eva Burch, la senadora de Arizona que anunció en una sesión legislativa su decisión de abortar

El Pais: 


Eva Burch, senadora del Estado de Arizona, declaró en una audiencia legislativa que planeaba abortar, en un discurso donde defendió los derechos reproductivos de las mujeres. Durante la sesión realizada este lunes en la legislatura estatal, Burch describió en detalle su trayectoria de fertilidad, en la que ha tenido que lidiar con abortos espontáneos y problemas para concebir. Durante su discurso, la senadora destacó que no considera que las mujeres deban justificar sus abortos, pero buscaba alentar una reflexión entre los legisladores sobre el impacto que tienen las decisiones que toman en la Cámara alta.

El discurso de Eva Burch, la senadora de Arizona que anunció en una sesión legislativa su decisión de abortar

Mar 20, 2024

Why an Arizona Senator Spoke About Her Planned Abortion

The Cut: 


Democratic lawmaker Eva Burch stood on the Arizona Senate floor on Monday and did something unprecedented: She announced to her colleagues that she’ll have an abortion this week for her nonviable pregnancy. Burch, a 43-year-old nurse practitioner who was elected to her seat in 2022, says she chose to share her experience on the record to remind her colleagues of the harm abortion restrictions cause to pregnant people and their families. “I am a typical person seeking abortion care,” she tells the Cut. “There’s nothing extraordinary about my situation.”

Why an Arizona Senator Spoke About Her Planned Abortion

Mar 20, 2024

Arizona lawmaker announces plan to have abortion for ‘not viable’ pregnancy on state Senate floor

The Independent: 


An Arizona lawmaker made headlines when she announced her plans to get an abortion on the state Senate floor - in an effort to shed light on the state’s restrictive abortion laws.

Arizona lawmaker announces plan to have abortion for ‘not viable’ pregnancy on state Senate floor

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona Lawmaker Says She Announced Plans to Get an Abortion to Underscore Out-Of-Touch Laws

US News & World Report: 


A pregnant Arizona lawmaker who revealed in a speech at the state Senate that she was planning to get an abortion says she wanted to share with her colleagues and the public the practical effects of abortion restrictions passed over the years.

Arizona Lawmaker Says She Announced Plans to Get an Abortion to Underscore Out-Of-Touch Laws

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker says she plans to have an abortion after learning her pregnancy isn’t viable

Washington Times: 


An Arizona lawmaker announced Monday on the state Senate floor that she plans to have an abortion after learning that her pregnancy is not viable.


State Sen. Eva Burch, a registered nurse known for her reproductive rights activism, was surrounded by fellow Democratic senators as she made the announcement, The Arizona Republic reported.

Arizona lawmaker says she plans to have an abortion after learning her pregnancy isn’t viable

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker who needs an abortion slams colleagues: 'This Legislature has failed the people'

Arizona Central: 


An Arizona lawmaker known for her activism on reproductive rights announced on the floor of the state Senate Monday she was preparing to have an abortion.

Arizona lawmaker who needs an abortion slams colleagues: 'This Legislature has failed the people'

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker shares plans to get an abortion during senate floor speech

Arizona's Family:


A survey from the Keiser Family Foundation found one in eight registered voters say abortion is one of the most important issues driving their vote.


Here in Arizona, we can expect abortion rights to be on our ballot this November, and a state lawmaker is throwing her support behind a ballot measure after giving a speech on the state senate floor sharing her personal experience with abortion.

Arizona lawmaker shares plans to get an abortion during senate floor speech

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker reveals plan to get abortion for nonviable fetus

ABC News:


An Arizona state lawmaker revealed she is pregnant with a nonviable fetus and said she plans to get an abortion, taking the floor in the state Senate to detail her experience seeking care in the state.

Arizona lawmaker reveals plan to get abortion for nonviable fetus

Mar 19, 2024

WATCH: Arizona lawmaker says she plans to have an abortion after learning her pregnancy isn’t viable

PBS NewsHour:


An Arizona lawmaker announced Monday on the state Senate floor that she plans to have an abortion after learning that her pregnancy is not viable.

WATCH: Arizona lawmaker says she plans to have an abortion after learning her pregnancy isn’t viable

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker says she announced plans to get abortion to underscore out-of-touch laws

Politico: 


A pregnant Arizona lawmaker who revealed in a speech at the state Senate that she was planning to get an abortion says she wanted to share with her colleagues and the public the practical effects of abortion restrictions passed over the years.

Arizona lawmaker says she announced plans to get abortion to underscore out-of-touch laws

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker announces plan to have abortion for ‘not viable’ pregnancy on state Senate floor

Yahoo! News Australia: 


An Arizona lawmaker made headlines when she announced her plans to get an abortion on the state Senate floor - in an effort to shed light on the state’s restrictive abortion laws.

Arizona lawmaker announces plan to have abortion for ‘not viable’ pregnancy on state Senate floor

Mar 19, 2024

Why Arizona state Sen. Eva Burch publicly revealed her planned abortion

Arizona Central: 


On Monday, Democratic state Sen. Eva Burch took to the Senate floor and told her colleagues something that no one should need to discuss in public.


And she did so for the very best reason.

Why Arizona state Sen. Eva Burch publicly revealed her planned abortion

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona Democrat delivers speech on obstacles to getting abortion for her unviable pregnancy

KTAR:


An Arizona Democratic lawmaker took to the Senate floor Monday to criticize the state’s abortion laws, sharing her own ongoing experience to demonstrate the real-world impact of the Legislature’s actions.

Arizona Democrat delivers speech on obstacles to getting abortion for her unviable pregnancy

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker says she announced plans to get an abortion to underscore out-of-touch laws

The Canadian Press:


A pregnant Arizona lawmaker who revealed in a speech at the state Senate that she was planning to get an abortion says she wanted to share with her colleagues and the public the practical effects of abortion restrictions passed over the years.

Arizona lawmaker says she announced plans to get an abortion to underscore out-of-touch laws

Mar 19, 2024

An Arizona senator told the Legislature she needs an abortion. That might not be possible.

12News:


As the Arizona Supreme Court weighs whether or not to uphold an abortion ban from 1864, state Sen. Eva Burch (D-District 9) shared to her colleagues that she plans to get an abortion.

An Arizona senator told the Legislature she needs an abortion. That might not be possible.

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker calls out 'cruel' laws, sharing her abortion story

Scripps News:


Arizona state Sen. Eva Burch announced on the Senate floor Monday her plan to have an abortion due to a nonviable pregnancy, highlighting what she sees as Arizona's "cruel" laws.

Arizona lawmaker calls out 'cruel' laws, sharing her abortion story

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker says she plans to get an abortion, calls state laws 'invasive'

USA Today:


An Arizona lawmaker shared plans to terminate her pregnancy during an emotional speech on the state Senate floor on Monday aimed at supporting a ballot measure that would enshrine the right to abortion.

Arizona lawmaker says she plans to get an abortion, calls state laws 'invasive'

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker announces she'll seek an abortion in Senate speech

Axios:


Democratic Arizona Sen. Eva Burch plans to get an abortion after learning her pregnancy "is not progressing and is not viable," she told her colleagues in the state Senate Monday.

Arizona lawmaker announces she'll seek an abortion in Senate speech

Mar 19, 2024

‘I’m choosing abortion’: Arizona Sen. Eva Burch shares story on Senate floor

ABC15: 


An Arizona state senator told her fellow lawmakers Monday afternoon that she needs an abortion, using her experience to criticize restrictions on the procedure passed by the Legislature.

‘I’m choosing abortion’: Arizona Sen. Eva Burch shares story on Senate floor

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker tells her abortion story to show ‘reality’ of restrictions

Washington Post:


When Eva Burch learned recently that she would lose another pregnancy, she felt exhausted.


The Arizona state senator had struggled with fertility for years, suffering a miscarriage more than a decade ago and getting an abortion after experiencing a nonviable pregnancy in 2022. She and her husband knew there was a chance her current pregnancy would not be viable. And after a medical provider told her that she would not be able to deliver a healthy baby, she knew she would seek another abortion.

Arizona lawmaker tells her abortion story to show ‘reality’ of restrictions

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker says she announced plans to get an abortion to underscore out-of-touch laws

Copper Courier: 


A pregnant Arizona lawmaker who revealed in a speech at the state Senate that she was planning to get an abortion says she wanted to share with her colleagues and the public the practical effects of abortion restrictions passed over the years.

Arizona lawmaker says she announced plans to get an abortion to underscore out-of-touch laws

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona state senator tells chamber she needs abortion because pregnancy is 'unviable' - as she slams laws that forced her to take invasive tests and questionnaires designed to dissuade women from terminations

The Daily Mail:


A Democratic Arizona state senator announced on the chamber floor she needs an abortion - then slammed her Republican colleagues for enacting laws that she said has made it difficult for her to obtain one.

Arizona state senator tells chamber she needs abortion because pregnancy is 'unviable' - as she slams laws that forced her to take invasive tests and questionnaires designed to dissuade women from terminations

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona lawmaker says she announced plans to get an abortion to underscore out-of-touch laws

AP News:


A pregnant Arizona lawmaker who revealed in a speech at the state Senate that she was planning to get an abortion says she wanted to share with her colleagues and the public the practical effects of abortion restrictions passed over the years.

Arizona lawmaker says she announced plans to get an abortion to underscore out-of-touch laws

Mar 19, 2024

Arizona Democrat to seek abortion after learning pregnancy is unviable

Fox News:


An Arizona lawmaker announced on the state Senate floor Monday that she plans to have an abortion after learning that her pregnancy is not viable.


State Sen. Eva Burch, a registered nurse known for her reproductive rights activism, was surrounded by fellow Democratic senators as she made the announcement, The Arizona Republic reported.

Arizona Democrat to seek abortion after learning pregnancy is unviable

Mar 18, 2024

Arizona lawmaker announces intention to get abortion during floor speech

CNN Politics: 


Arizona State Senator Eva Burch speaks with CNN's Abby Phillip about announcing her intention to terminate her pregnancy during a floor speech.

Arizona lawmaker announces intention to get abortion during floor speech

Mar 18, 2024

A Democratic senator needs an abortion. She told her colleagues about Arizona’s ‘cruel’ laws.

Arizona Mirror: 


Arizona’s anti-abortion laws impact women across the Grand Canyon State, and one Democratic state senator spoke out about how those laws have hurt her as she seeks to end an unviable pregnancy, urging GOP lawmakers to consider the harm caused by the restrictive laws they support.

A Democratic senator needs an abortion. She told her colleagues about Arizona’s ‘cruel’ laws.

Mar 18, 2024

Arizona Lawmaker Shares On State Senate Floor Why She Plans To Get An Abortion

Yahoo! News Singapore


An Arizona lawmaker shared that she plans to get an abortion during a powerful speech she gave on the state Senate floor Monday afternoon.

Arizona Lawmaker Shares On State Senate Floor Why She Plans To Get An Abortion

Mar 18, 2024

Arizona Lawmaker Shares On State Senate Floor Why She Plans To Get An Abortion

HuffPost:


An Arizona lawmaker shared that she plans to get an abortion during a powerful speech she gave on the state Senate floor Monday afternoon.


State Sen. Eva Burch (D) stood at the end of Monday’s session to make a point of personal privilege, a right afforded to Arizona lawmakers when they would like to make a personal remark. Burch, who for the last 12 years has worked as an emergency room nurse and nurse practitioner at a women’s health clinic, shared that a few weeks ago she and her husband found out she was pregnant. Burch described how she’s had “a rough journey with fertility,” miscarrying many times, and recalled how she got an abortion two weeks before Roe v. Wade fell in 2022 due to a nonviable diagnosis of a wanted pregnancy.

Arizona Lawmaker Shares On State Senate Floor Why She Plans To Get An Abortion

Mar 18, 2024

Arizona State Senator Shares Own Emotional Abortion Story in Floor Speech

The Daily Beast:


Part of Eva Burch’s job is to make policy decisions as an elected senator in the Arizona State Legislature. But earlier this month, she found herself on the receiving end of her colleagues’ strict laws on abortion.

Arizona State Senator Shares Own Emotional Abortion Story in Floor Speech

Mar 17, 2024


Reproductive Rights Front and Center in Arizona this Election Cycle

MSNBC: 


Senator Sundareshan joined Jonathan Capehart to discuss the Arizona Right to Contraception Act and the Republican majority’s move to block the bill.


Reproductive Rights Front and Center in Arizona this Election Cycle

Mar 14, 2024

Arizona Republicans Refuse To Even Consider Basic Birth Control Protections

HuffPost:


After refusing to have committees take up two bills that would enshrine access to contraceptives in state law, Arizona Republicans on Wednesday blocked a Hail Mary effort by Democrats to force a hearing on the legislation.

Arizona Republicans Refuse To Even Consider Basic Birth Control Protections

Mar 13, 2024

Democrats push for ‘strongest ever’ vehicle emissions standards, transition to EVs

Arizona Mirror: 


Arizona Democrats are calling on President Joe Biden to pass the “strongest-ever” federal clean air regulations as Republican proposals in the state legislature continue to threaten efforts to reduce pollution.

Democrats push for ‘strongest ever’ vehicle emissions standards, transition to EVs

Mar 13, 2024

Legislative updates: Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton and Sen. Brian Fernandez

Arizona Horizon:


It’s time for our weekly legislative update, this week focusing on the Democratic party, and we were joined by District 21 Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton (D) and District 23 Sen. Brian Fernandez (D).

Legislative updates: Rep. Stephanie Stahl Hamilton and Sen. Brian Fernandez

Mar 13, 2024

Democrats fail to get vote on right to contraceptives

Arizona Capitol Times: 


House and Senate Republicans used their rules Wednesday to block a vote – or even a debate – on a proposal to enshrine the right to contraceptives in Arizona law.

Democrats fail to get vote on right to contraceptives

Mar 13, 2024

Democrats tried to force a vote on contraception access, but Republicans shut it down

Arizona Mirror:


Arizona Republicans unanimously blocked an effort by Democratic lawmakers to force a vote on legislation guaranteeing the right to access contraception in the Grand Canyon State.

Democrats tried to force a vote on contraception access, but Republicans shut it down

Mar 7, 2024

Democratic lawmakers chastise Republicans for refusal to listen to contraceptives legislation

Daily Independent:


Two Democrat lawmakers are lashing out at Republicans for refusing to even consider their measure to enshrine the right to contraceptives in Arizona law. The twin measures would create a law saying individuals have the right to obtain “any drug, device or biological product intended for use in the prevention of pregnancy.” Senate Bill 1362 and House Bill 2678 then lists various items ranging from oral contraceptives to mechanical devices.

Democratic lawmakers chastise Republicans for refusal to listen to contraceptives legislation

Mar 7, 2024

Senate passes bill to allow casitas across Arizona, over objections of cities who say it goes too far

Arizona Mirror: 


Republicans and Democrats in the Arizona Senate came together on Wednesday in an effort to legalize construction of casitas, or accessory dwelling units, in cities and towns across the state as a way to combat housing shortages.


The state currently has a shortage of more than 270,000 housing units, according to the Arizona Department of Housing, and proponents said Senate Bill 1415 would make strides to address the increase in homelessness and skyrocketing rental prices.

Senate passes bill to allow casitas across Arizona, over objections of cities who say it goes too far

Mar 7, 2024

Hobbs, Democrats blast GOP for refusing to give Arizonans a right to contraception

Arizona Mirror:


A bid to make birth control a right in Arizona that was a top policy priority for Gov. Katie Hobbs has stagnated in the Republican-controlled legislature and is likely dead.

The Democrat lashed out at the GOP on Thursday, questioning its support for contraceptive access. Republicans hold a one-seat majority in each legislative chamber, and every legislative committee chair is a Republican. Those chairs choose which bills get heard and which don’t move forward.

Hobbs, Democrats blast GOP for refusing to give Arizonans a right to contraception

Mar 6, 2024

Affordable housing bills, including Arizona Starter Homes Act, win bipartisan support at Legislature

KJZZ:


A package of bills designed to improve housing affordability for Arizonans passed out of the state Senate today after similar housing proposals failed to gain traction last year.

Affordable housing bills, including Arizona Starter Homes Act, win bipartisan support at Legislature

Mar 6, 2024

Arizona Senate votes down animal abuser registry bill

KJZZ:


The Arizona Senate voted down a bill Tuesday that would have created a registry for people convicted of abusing animals.

The bill would have required people convicted of animal cruelty, animal fighting or bestiality to register with the Department of Public Safety. 


And it would have prohibited a person from knowingly giving an animal to a person on the list.

Arizona Senate votes down animal abuser registry bill

Mar 5, 2024

Arizona Senate committee approves bill to ban voting centers

Tucson Sentinel: 


The Arizona Senate will soon consider a bill that would turn the clock back more than 10 years on state election procedures. The state Senate Committee on Elections voted Monday to advance a bill that would ban countries from using widely available voting centers for all elections, instead returning to precinct-based voting.

Arizona Senate committee approves bill to ban voting centers

Mar 3, 2024

Arizona's veto-weary Republican lawmakers going directly to voters more often

Arizona Daily Star:


Republicans who control the Arizona House and Senate are advancing a slew of measures asking the state’s voters to directly enact laws on subjects ranging from elections to immigration to making it easier to sue over citizen initiatives.

Arizona's veto-weary Republican lawmakers going directly to voters more often

Mar 1, 2024

OPINION: Republicans lawmakers want to ‘Alabama’ our Arizona

Copper Courier:


There’s a chilling familiarity to this story coming out of Alabama. I remember all too well when, in June of 2022, abortion clinics closed down all across the state of Arizona. It was two weeks after my own procedure, following a failed pregnancy that my husband and I desperately wanted.

OPINION: Republicans lawmakers want to ‘Alabama’ our Arizona

Mar 1, 2024

AZ lawmakers want to change college club funding. Students say it limits freedom of speech

Arizona Central: 


A new bill looks to change how student clubs are funded on college campuses following heightened tensions on the war in Gaza.


House Bill 2178 would allow college students to pick one or more clubs that they do not want to receive money from their student activity fee. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Alexander Kolodin, was written largely in response to the Scottsdale Republican's concerns about Students for Justice in Palestine and similar advocacy groups.

AZ lawmakers want to change college club funding. Students say it limits freedom of speech

Feb 28, 2024

Legislative update: Democrats

Arizona Horizon: 


This week, we’re joined by Rep. Mariana Sandoval (D) of District 23, and Sen. Flavio Bravo (D) of District 26 to discuss various legislative updates.

Legislative update: Democrats

Feb 28, 2024

Corporate investors sucked up 1 of 3 Arizona homes on the market. That must end

Arizona Central:


There’s a good reason the population of our state grew at nearly double the national average over the last decade and was ranked among the top five fastest-growing states: Opportunity.

Corporate investors sucked up 1 of 3 Arizona homes on the market. That must end

Feb 27, 2024

Republicans want the Ten Commandments (which they ignore) in Arizona public schools

Arizona Central:


Republicans who control the Arizona Senate — on a party-line vote — pushed through a bill that would allow the Ten Commandments to be posted in Arizona’s public schools.

Republicans want the Ten Commandments (which they ignore) in Arizona public schools

Feb 26, 2024

Senate approves 2 bills related to gender identity in schools

Arizona Capitol Times: 


State senators voted Monday to force teachers to “out” students who want to be identified by a different gender to their parents.


Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said parents have a right to know so they can get their children mental health treatment for their “gender dysphoria.” He said many with that condition can suffer from depression and be suicidal.

Senate approves 2 bills related to gender identity in schools

Feb 26, 2024

Mr. QAnon Shaman goes to the Arizona Capitol

Arizona Mirror:


Jacob Chansley, more commonly known as the QAnon Shaman, was a guest of Glendale Republican Anthony Kern at the Arizona Capitol this week, allowing Chansley access to areas where the public is generally prohibited.

Mr. QAnon Shaman goes to the Arizona Capitol

Feb 26, 2024

Business owners challenge bill requiring E-Verify checks for jobs, benefits

Cronkite News:


House Speaker Ben Toma says his latest immigration bill could save Arizona billions in welfare benefits annually, but small-business owners rallied Monday to say it will cost the state instead, by driving out businesses and workers.

Business owners challenge bill requiring E-Verify checks for jobs, benefits

Feb 22, 2024

My View: Plan to sunset Commerce Authority would hamper Arizona economy

Phoenix Business Journal:


In this guest column, Sen. Bravo and Rep. Blattman criticize a proposal to sunset the Arizona Commerce Authority, which they argue would hamstring the state's rapidly growing economy.

My View: Plan to sunset Commerce Authority would hamper Arizona economy

Feb 21, 2024

Arizona Republican lawmakers push through veto-bound immigration bills

Arizona Daily Star:


Saying the federal government has failed Arizona, state lawmakers voted Wednesday to let police here start arresting people who have entered the country illegally.

Arizona Republican lawmakers push through veto-bound immigration bills

Feb 20, 2024

Arizona teachers call for raises for all school employees

12 News: 


Two dozen Arizona educators gathered Monday at a metaphorical “negotiating table” outside the state capitol, asking for Republican leaders to meet with them over school funding proposals.


The teachers said empty chairs placed at the table represented the absence of State Senate President Warren Petersen (R) and House Speaker Ben Toma (R).  Republicans are sponsoring bills to place a Prop 123 extension on the November ballot, a funding mechanism that expires next year. Those proposals call for raises for teachers and not other school employees.

Arizona teachers call for raises for all school employees

Feb 19, 2024

Arizona governor: Sober living scandal a humanitarian crisis and must be prosecuted as one

Arizona Central: 


Arizona's massive Medicaid fraud scandal involves multiple reports of "horrific" human trafficking and kidnapping, but so far, known criminal indictments connected to the case concern financial crimes only.

Arizona governor: Sober living scandal a humanitarian crisis and must be prosecuted as one

Feb 18, 2024

GOP wants Arizona teachers using sexually explicit material charged with felony. But not private schools

Arizona Central: 


Republican lawmakers hope to add teeth to a 2022 law that bans public school teachers from referring students to or using sexually explicit material, making violations of the law a felony.

GOP wants Arizona teachers using sexually explicit material charged with felony. But not private schools

Feb 18, 2024

GOP wants Arizona teachers using sexually explicit material charged with felony. But not private schools

Arizona Central: 


Republican lawmakers hope to add teeth to a 2022 law that bans public school teachers from referring students to or using sexually explicit material, making violations of the law a felony.


But, they don't want the law to apply to private schools, even though an increasing number of Arizona students receive state money to subsidize their tuition. Two Republican senators claim only public schools use sexually explicit materials.

GOP wants Arizona teachers using sexually explicit material charged with felony. But not private schools

Feb 14, 2024

Democratic legislative update

Arizona Horizon: 


Arizona Horizon provided an in-depth look into new Democratic legislative updates. We were joined by Sen. Priya Sundareshan (D) of District 18 and Rep. Jennifer Pawlik (D) of District 17.

Democratic legislative update

Feb 14, 2024

Arizona could force landlords to stop refusing to rent to people with certain types of dogs

Arizona Central:


Arizona lawmakers pushed forward a bill on Monday that would stop landlords from refusing to rent to tenants with certain dog breeds.

Arizona could force landlords to stop refusing to rent to people with certain types of dogs

Feb 14, 2024

Arizona could force landlords to stop refusing to rent to people with certain types of dogs

Yahoo! News: 


Arizona lawmakers pushed forward a bill on Monday that would stop landlords from refusing to rent to tenants with certain dog breeds.


The bipartisan Senate Bill 1439, sponsored by Sen. Brian Fernandez (D-Yuma) mainly targets restrictions placed most commonly on owners of pit bulls, German shepherds, and Rottweilers. It passed its first hearing in a 5-2 vote.

Arizona could force landlords to stop refusing to rent to people with certain types of dogs

Feb 14, 2024

Arizona’s public meetings are becoming increasingly toxic under Republican leadership

Copper Courier:


Republican legislators have expelled three members of the public from state committee meetings this week, and have cut off or silenced the testimony of several others in a draconian exercise of power.

Arizona’s public meetings are becoming increasingly toxic under Republican leadership

Feb 13, 2024

Trump ally's bill aims to keep him on Arizona ballot as Colorado attempts to bar him

Arizona Central:


The 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution says a candidate who has previously taken an oath of office can be disqualified from the ballot if they participated in insurrection or rebellion against the United States.

Trump ally's bill aims to keep him on Arizona ballot as Colorado attempts to bar him

Feb 13, 2024

'SB 1070 2.0': Arizona Republicans want to make illegal immigration a state crime

Arizona Central:


A joint legislative bill making its way through the Arizona Legislature aims to make illegal immigration a state crime, bypassing federal judicial processes and authorizing local and state police to enforce federal immigration law — a proposed legislation that has received strong opposition as critics say it mirrors what once was Senate Bill 1070, the controversial "show me your papers" law.

'SB 1070 2.0': Arizona Republicans want to make illegal immigration a state crime

Feb 12, 2024

Arizona Is Smart About Water. It Should Stay That Way.

Bloomberg:


You really have to hand it to Arizona: Even as its population has doubled and it has suffered through a decadeslong megadrought, the state uses less water today than it did 40 years ago.

Arizona Is Smart About Water. It Should Stay That Way.

Feb 9, 2024

Mondays mean Senate hears true stories of mental health crisis

Arizona Capitol Times: 


A Democrat Senator who has spearheaded efforts to reform mental health treatment in the state garnered bipartisan support for her legislation which aims to increase oversight of mental health services and broaden screening procedures – particularly those that are often overlooked.


Sen. Catherine Miranda, D-Phoenix, has championed efforts centered around expanding services for individuals with serious mental illness, or SMI.

Mondays mean Senate hears true stories of mental health crisis

Feb 9, 2024

SB1231: Regresaría a migrantes a su país de origen

Telemundo Arizona:


Los republicanos de Arizona están siguiendo los pasos de Texas al presentar un proyecto de ley inconstitucional, SB1231, que aumentará la discriminación racial al igual que SB1070. Los demócratas de Arizona prometen hacer todo lo posible para luchar contra la inequidad racial en nuestro estado.

SB1231: Regresaría a migrantes a su país de origen

Feb 8, 2024

Arizona lawmakers advance bill to set up regulation of rural groundwater

Arizona Daily Star:


On a party-line vote, an Arizona Senate Committee approved a bill Wednesday to establish a rural groundwater management setup that’s favored by many farming interest groups but opposed by many environmentalists and some rural community leaders.

Arizona lawmakers advance bill to set up regulation of rural groundwater

Feb 8, 2024

Work in progress: teacher pay raise plan gets initial OK

Arizona Capitol Times:


Republican lawmakers’ plan to increase teacher pay by extending Proposition 123, which uses state land trust funds, passed out of a Senate committee Wednesday.


The passage came with a caveat that the current resolutions are still working drafts given ongoing negotiations with Democrats, the teacher’s union and education stakeholders.

Work in progress: teacher pay raise plan gets initial OK

Feb 8, 2024

Proposals targeting trans students, revised versions of measures vetoed last year, advance in Legislature

Arizona Central:


A legislative committee advanced three proposals targeting transgender youth on Wednesday.


All were sponsored by John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, and passed the Senate Education Committee on a party-line vote, with Democrats opposed.

Proposals targeting trans students, revised versions of measures vetoed last year, advance in Legislature

Feb 7, 2024

Arizona GOP targets new bills on transgender children

Daily Independent: 


A Senate panel voted Wednesday to require teachers to contact parents if a student asks to be addressed by a pronoun that does not match his or her biological sex.


The measure, which now goes to the full Senate, also says that same parental notification would have to take place when a student asked to be addressed by something other than a first or middle name that is not listed on the official school record. The only exception would be a nickname “commonly associated with the student’s name of record.”

Arizona GOP targets new bills on transgender children

Feb 6, 2024

Op-ed: Arizona Republicans are failing to make life more affordable for families

Copper Courier:


Being poor in Arizona is expensive, and despite the single-party control Republicans have had at the legislature, they have been unable—or more realistically—unwilling to do anything about it.


Last year, we had a budget surplus and the opportunity to make reality significantly better in Arizona for all people. But rather than work on honest, common-sense solutions to Arizona’s ongoing affordable housing crisis, our lack of groundwater management protections, and public school funding, the Arizona Freedom Caucus raised federal taxes on working families instead of investing in initiatives to make life in Arizona more affordable.

Op-ed: Arizona Republicans are failing to make life more affordable for families

Feb 6, 2024

Arizona bills would ban felony murder law—used to charge bystanders for shootings by police

The Appeal: 


Arizona State Sen. Anna Hernandez introduced a bill last week to repeal the state’s felony murder law, which has repeatedly been used to imprison bystanders for killings committed by police officers. Hernandez also introduced a separate bill that would change the law so that people can only be charged with murder if they killed someone or helped kill someone.

Arizona bills would ban felony murder law—used to charge bystanders for shootings by police

Feb 6, 2024

Republicans, Hobbs on a collision course over how to fix the election recount law

Arizona Mirror:


Republican lawmakers are gearing up for a showdown with Gov. Katie Hobbs over creating a fix for an impending election timeline issue created by Republican changes to the state’s recount law which could lead to overseas and military voters becoming disenfranchised and the state’s choice for president not being counted.

Republicans, Hobbs on a collision course over how to fix the election recount law

Feb 6, 2024

Arizona lawmakers propose changing primary election date

KOLD:


On Tuesday, Feb. 6, Arizona lawmakers met in a joint session to talk about changing the primary election dates.


It could alter the dates for this year but will happen in 2026 at the latest. The lawmakers have said they will have a final decision by the end of the week.

Arizona lawmakers propose changing primary election date

Feb 5, 2024

Arizona Democratic Officeholders Strongly Condemn Republican Voter Suppression Bill to Address the Election Mess MAGA Legislators Created

Blog for Arizona:


In 2022 when it was becoming increasingly clear in the Cyber Ninjas fiasco that there was no fraud in the Presidential Elections in Arizona, Republican lawmakers and Governor Doug Ducey, largely at the behest of their Trumpets-MAGA masters passed a election law that would trigger more automatic voter recounts if the margin of victory is 0.5 or less.

Arizona Democratic Officeholders Strongly Condemn Republican Voter Suppression Bill to Address the Election Mess MAGA Legislators Created

Feb 1, 2024

DEI prohibitions get Senate approval

Arizona Capitol Times: 


Two bills introduced by the Arizona Freedom Caucus leader sparked a heated floor debate relating to the definition of discrimination and its implications for the functioning of state agencies and businesses.


Sen. Jake Hoffman, R-Queen Creek, saw his SB1005 and SB1014 clear the Senate floor on Wednesday following deliberation centered on whether the bills aim to address harmful initiatives or merely express concerns about specific acronyms.

DEI prohibitions get Senate approval

Feb 1, 2024

'Gilbert Goons' victim attacked with brass knuckles testifies at the Capitol. How legislators reacted

Arizona Central: 


The Arizona Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday unanimously advanced a bill that would ban brass knuckles after hearing passionate testimony from a teen who was attacked in the Gilbert In-N-Out Burger parking lot.

'Gilbert Goons' victim attacked with brass knuckles testifies at the Capitol. How legislators reacted

Feb 1, 2024

Democrats propose paid medical, family leave for Arizona workers

Phoenix New Times:


Democratic lawmakers in the Arizona Legislature filed bills on Tuesday that would guarantee better access to paid medical and family leave for workers.

Democrats propose paid medical, family leave for Arizona workers

Feb 1, 2024

Navajo Women-Led Nonprofit Brings Relief To Navajo Nation Homes

Navajo Hopi Solidarity:


Yee Ha’ólníi Doo received a historic $2 million grant from the Arizona Department of Housing State Housing Trust Funds (HTF). This marks the first-ever HTF allocation directly to a nonprofit and aims to address the critical need for safe and healthy housing on the Navajo Nation.

Navajo Women-Led Nonprofit Brings Relief To Navajo Nation Homes

Jan 31, 2024

Some lawmakers skeptical about proposal to legalize flying cars