Law and Policy


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Gov. Ducey Signs Far-Reaching Anti-Abortion Bill in Huge Blow to Women

Lawmakers, healthcare providers, and community members have pushed back against the bill for weeks. Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed a controversial bill that will make it a felony to perform abortions based on genetic abnormalities—meaning potential jail time for providers who perform the abortions and fines for those who don’t report them. Senate Bill...

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Phoenix Attorney Explains Why VAWA Is Vital to Getting Domestic Violence Victims Access to Affordable Legal Services

“It’s like trying to drain a river with a plastic bucket. The need is so great and the help that’s available is so small.”  Daniel Riley was the managing attorney for a Phoenix legal clinic for domestic violence victims from 2010 to 2012.  In that time, he said he and his staff helped hundreds of...

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‘Driving While Brown’ Chronicles Sheriff Joe Arpaio and the Latino Resistance That Brought Him Down

Joe Arpaio called himself “America’s Toughest Sheriff.” And it was the title that stuck for the former Maricopa County Sheriff as he became one of the country’s most-feared immigration enforcers.  His diehard supporters embraced the title, too, during his nearly two-decade reign—even as a wave of Latino-led activists brought down one of Arizona’s most controversial...

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Controversial GOP-Backed Bill That Would Purge Thousands from Early Voting List Passes House

The bill will now return to the Senate for a final vote.  The Arizona House voted Tuesday to pass a controversial bill that would purge thousands of voters from the state’s permanent early voting list if they miss every election in two consecutive election cycles.  Senate Bill 1485 could purge more than 150,000 voters and...

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Ex-Officer Derek Chauvin Convicted of Murder and Manslaughter in George Floyd Death

Arizona officials and activists said now is the time to keep demanding accountability. Former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin has been convicted of murder and manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, the explosive case that triggered worldwide protests, violence, and a furious reexamination of racism and policing in the U.S. The jury reached its...

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None of Arizona’s Four Congressional Republicans Voted For the COVID-19 Relief Bill

The bill includes a $1,400 stimulus relief check for Americans financially struggling during the pandemic. All four of Arizona’s congressional Republicans voted against a COVID-19 relief bill Wednesday that includes $1,400 in immediate financial relief for millions of Arizonans. The $1.9 trillion bill also includes billions of dollars in funding for vaccines and testing, emergency...

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Advocates, Lawmakers Call Biden’s Pledge to Tribal Sovereignty a ‘Welcome Change’

The memo gives agencies 90 days to come up with a plan to work with tribes, calls on them to designate someone to work with tribal leaders, and requires yearly progress reports. Native American policy experts and Arizona lawmakers welcomed President Joe Biden’s order calling for stronger relations with tribal governments, with one saying it...