Gavel to Gavel: The Arizona Legislature
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Between the gossip, scandals and posturing at the state Legislature are decisions that will impact the lives of every Arizonan. Each week, Arizona Public Media tunes out the noise and puts into context the issues that matter.
Arizona House speaker testifies on efforts to overturn the 2020 election
June 21, 2022

Arizona House speaker testifies on efforts to overturn the 2020 election

Axios Phoenix reporter Jeremy Duda discusses the hearing's impact on Arizona politics and the select committee's work.
Frank Lloyd Wright's vision for Arizona's capitol
June 7, 2022

Frank Lloyd Wright's vision for Arizona's capitol

When Arizona set about designing its current capitol, the star architect had some of his own ideas.
Arizona lawmakers consider changing regulations for school buses
May 31, 2022

Arizona lawmakers consider changing regulations for school buses

Backers argue it will allow more flexibility in student transportation. Opponents say the proposal cuts corners on student safety.
The future of the death penalty in Arizona
May 18, 2022

The future of the death penalty in Arizona

AZPM spoke with Jimmy Jenkins, criminal justice reporter for The Arizona Republic, as the state resumes executions.
Arizona after Roe
May 10, 2022

Arizona after Roe

Gavel to Gavel speaks with The 19th's Shefali Luthra about the impact of overturning Roe v. Wade on Arizona, where an old abortion ban remains in law.
Arizona's declining childhood vaccination rates
May 3, 2022

Arizona's declining childhood vaccination rates

"A half a percent doesn't sound like a lot but after 10 years, that's 5%, which is a lot," says Will Humble, executive director of the Arizona Public Health Association.
The Constitutional amendment that could disqualify some Arizona politicians from office
April 26, 2022

The Constitutional amendment that could disqualify some Arizona politicians from office

Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was written to keep Confederate leaders out of government after the Civil War but has a newfound relevance.
Arizona has a surplus. How will lawmakers spend it?
April 19, 2022

Arizona has a surplus. How will lawmakers spend it?

Gavel to Gavel speaks with economist Jim Rounds about the state's budget outlook and how long Arizona's surplus might last.
The man behind Arizona's sentencing laws
April 12, 2022

The man behind Arizona's sentencing laws

This week on Gavel to Gavel, ProPublica's Nicole Santa Cruz discusses the role of Steve Twist in shaping criminal justice in Arizona.
Arizona could create new rules for voting by mail
April 5, 2022

Arizona could create new rules for voting by mail

Opponents point to Texas, which adopted similar policies and saw thousands of ballots rejected during a primary election last month.
Lawmakers vote to ban abortions after 15 weeks
March 29, 2022

Lawmakers vote to ban abortions after 15 weeks

Shefali Luthra, a reporter for The 19th, explains the SB 1164's potential impact and how it connects to similar legislation around the country.
Changes coming to Arizona's Medicaid program
March 23, 2022

Changes coming to Arizona's Medicaid program

Hundreds of thousands of Arizonans who got health coverage through Medicaid during the COVID-19 pandemic may have to verify their eligibility in the coming months.
New interest in an obscure political office at the base of Arizona’s GOP
March 15, 2022

New interest in an obscure political office at the base of Arizona’s GOP

Arizona lawmakers face a backlash after scrapping elections this year for precinct committeemen. What is driving new interest in the post?
Can your legislator block you on Twitter?
March 8, 2022

Can your legislator block you on Twitter?

Public officials have used social media platforms to announce policies, share important information and shut out the constituents they do not like.
Why Arizona embraced the initiative process
March 2, 2022

Why Arizona embraced the initiative process

Legislators are proposing to make it harder for voters to pass laws at the ballot box. But John Matsusaka argues voters tend to turn to the initiative process when they feel legislators are out of touch.
Transgender Arizonans and the 2022 legislative session
February 22, 2022

Transgender Arizonans and the 2022 legislative session

The state Capitol this year has seen a flurry of legislation that would impact transgender Arizonans, particularly children.
Arizona House votes to raise school spending limit
February 15, 2022

Arizona House votes to raise school spending limit

Senate must pass similar resolution before March to prevent $1.1 billion in budget cuts.
Arizona legislators report receiving dozens of complimentary trips in 2021
February 8, 2022

Arizona legislators report receiving dozens of complimentary trips in 2021

Financial disclosures published earlier this month show Arizona legislators took at least 67 trips last year on someone else's dime.
How is Arizona using its border security fund?
February 1, 2022

How is Arizona using its border security fund?

Gov. Ducey wants to add $50 million to the fund. But most of the money already in the fund has not been spent.
Arizona has long embraced voting by mail but it could get harder
January 25, 2022

Arizona has long embraced voting by mail but it could get harder

A flurry of legislation could change where Arizonans vote and how those votes are counted.

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Between the gossip, scandals and posturing at the state Legislature are decisions that will impact the lives of every Arizonan. Each week, Arizona Public Media tunes out the noise and puts into context the issues that matter.
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