Law and Policy


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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...

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Grijalva: Biden’s Immigration Bill Is Important Step to ‘Right the Cruelty’ of Trump Policies

Experts warned that the bill has little chance of passing the Senate without revisions President Joe Biden unveiled a sweeping immigration reform bill Wednesday that would create a pathway to citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants, preserve DACA, and end the ban on travel from Muslim-majority countries, among other changes. The proposal, released on the...

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Republicans Want to Gut Arizona Cities That Cut Police Budgets

Under HB2310, any city or county that cuts the budgets of their police agency by 10% or more would lose the same amount in state funding.

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Arizona’s Extreme Far-Right Has Been Brewing for Years and the Attempted Capitol Coup Shows It Can’t Be Ignored

The presence of a local QAnon figure is a sign of just how far the far-right’s rising aggression and conspiratorial rhetoric fueled by Trump has come in both Arizona and the nation. A familiar face was front and center as a swarm of right-wing extremists fueled by President Donald Trump’s rhetoric stormed the US Capitol...

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Arizona Hate Crimes Spiked in 2019; Experts Fear 2020 Could Be Worse

Hate crimes in Arizona bounced back in 2019 after a sharp drop the year before, and advocates say they fear the numbers are only going to continue to rise when the tumult of 2020 is reported.

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No Charges for Officer Who Allegedly Threatened to Shoot Phoenix Mayor

A Maricopa County Attorney’s Office spokesperson said it “cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the officer’s statements constituted a ‘true threat.’ The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that it won’t file criminal charges against a Phoenix police officer who allegedly threatened to shoot the city’s mayor. Mayor Kate Gallego was given additional law...

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Where A Juvenile Commits A Crime Can Determine Their Fate

For every child who enters the juvenile justice system, the outcome can vary widely, depending on where the case is heard and the offense is committed.