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House Kills 'Empowerment Scholarships' Bill

Lawmakers reject expansion of state's school voucher program; would have made eligible 120K low-income students.

AHCCCS Work-Rule, Time-Limit Proposal Heading to Brewer

Arizona House gives final approval to bill that would force able-bodied Medicaid recipients to get a job, limit some to a max of five years of insurance.

Initial OK for Easier Prosecution in Cases of Assisted Suicide

Arizona Senate gives initial approval of legislation that would facilitate attorneys to prosecute people for manslaughter for assisting in suicide.

New Bill Brings Changes to Rio Nuevo Board

Arizona House approves legislation that would require four board members to live within Tucson city limits, others in Pima County area.

Extra Licensing for Health Care Navigators Passes Senate

Arizona Senate OKs with 19-10 vote; proponents say the requirements protect consumers who share private from identity theft.

UPDATED: House OKs Ranchers Killing Wolves in Self-Defense

SB 1211 would allow livestock owners to kill Mexican gray wolves if attacking livestock or people; opponents say it violates Endangered Species Act.

Brewer Signs Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics Bill

Governor has consistently supported anti-abortion legislation; opponents say law is unnecessary.

Bill Aims to Keep New Teen Drivers Off Cell Phones

The Arizona House OKs legislation which bans teen drivers from talking or texting during their first six months of driving.

AZ Illustrated Politics: Friday, April 11, 2014

A look at the state and city budget; Sen. John McCain joins the fight to save A-10s; immigration activists want President Obama to stop deportations.

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Brewer Signs $9.2B Budget for Coming Year

Plan includes $59 million more for new child safety agency, more educational funding; gov. line-item vetoes $4M.

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AZ Week: District Charter Schools Struggle with Unstable Funds

Gov. Jan Brewer had asked for $33 million to fund public school district sponsored charter schools; state Legislature came up with about 75% of that.

Brewer Eliminates Sales Tax on Energy Sold to Manufactures

Gov. Jan Brewer signed SB 1413 Friday hoping to lure more businesses to Arizona; passing legislation was one of goals highlighted in her State of the State.

Weekly Business Report: Rio Nuevo Set to Renovate TCC

AZPM partners with the newspaper Inside Tucson Business for a weekly report on local business and economic news.

UPDATE: Surprise Inspections of Abortion Clinics Gets Senate OK

Without debate the Arizona Senate approves abortion measure; being sent to Gov. Jan Brewer's desk.

AZ Legislature OKs Tax Cuts for Major Manufacturers

One bill gives a multi-million tax credit to the world's biggest corporation to install and run a solar facility.

Legislature Budget Committee Comes to Agreement

Three AZ senators, 3 representatives approve deal struck between both chambers Monday; includes more money for state's 3 universities, new CPS.

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