Arizona will require identification for early voting
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed legislation requiring identification to cast a ballot in person at an early voting center.
PHOENIX (AP) — The presidents of Arizona's three universities asked Friday to raise freshman tuition by 3 percent or less next year, releasing their opening proposals as budget talks heat up in...
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Mexican ambassador highlights US ties in Phoenix stop
PHOENIX (AP) — Mexico's new ambassador to the U.S. emphasized close ties between the two countries during a stop in Phoenix Tuesday as she and Gov. Doug Ducey urged American lawmakers to approve...
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has chosen the head of the state's insurance department to also serve as interim director of Arizona's financial institutions agency while the two are...
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on Arizona Sen. Martha McSally (all times local):
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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Supreme Court announced Tuesday that Chief Justice Scott Bales, the high court's only Democrat, will retire on July 31.
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Governor says Arizona is ‘pro-vaccination’
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey suggested Wednesday he would veto legislation that critics say would lead to fewer immunizations.
"I'm pro vaccination. I'm anti-measles," Ducey told...
Arizona highway signs will honor Grand Canyon anniversary
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona will install 40 highway signs around the state commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Grand Canyon's designation as a national park.
Ducey joins White House advisory group on national security
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has been appointed to a group that advises the White House on homeland security and national defense issues.
Arizona proposal to repeal legislative immunity may be dead
PHOENIX (AP) — A legislative proposal backed by Gov. Doug Ducey to ask voters to repeal the state constitutional provision that shields lawmakers from arrest in some circumstances may be dead.
The Arizona Capitol Times reports that House Speaker Rusty Bowers hasn't assigned the resolution to repeal legislative immunity to a committee for consideration and that a Bowers spokesman says Bowers has no intention of allowing the measure to move through the House.
Legislation fixes problems with Arizona opioid measure
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill Thursday fixing problems with opioid legislation that he and lawmakers rushed to pass last year but resulted in some legitimate patients struggling to get pills they need.
Last year's legislation was passed with fanfare as the governor and lawmakers looked to crack down on excess opioid prescribing and add other regulations designed to cut down on addictions and overdose deaths.
Prosecutor asks for deeper probe of police stun-gun incident
PHOENIX (AP) — A prosecutor who declined to charge police officers after they repeatedly shot a handcuffed man with a stun gun said Wednesday that more investigation is warranted.
Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery changed course hours after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said the original investigation was "whitewashed" and should be reopened.
The Latest: Deeper probe sought for police force allegation
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a case of alleged excessive force by police in Phoenix (all times local):
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A prosecutor who declined to file charges against police officers in a case of alleged excessive force outside Phoenix now says "further investigation is warranted."
Commission to consider 11 applicants for Supreme Court seat
PHOENIX (AP) — All but two of the 13 applicants to fill an Arizona Supreme Court opening have cleared the first hurdle.
The Commission on Appellate Court Appointments said it plans to interview 11 of the applicants hoping to be appointed to fill the vacancy that will be created by Justice John Pelander.
The two applicants who won't move on to the commission's interview process were Institute for Justice attorney Paul Avelar and Court of Appeals Judge Randall Howe.
Arizona wants care unit where patient was raped to stay open
PHOENIX (AP) — The embattled operators of an Arizona long-term care facility agreed Friday to be regulated by the state, effectively nixing a plan to close down the unit where an incapacitated woman gave birth after being raped.
The state received written confirmation that Hacienda HealthCare would enter into a voluntary regulation agreement, said Patrick Ptak, spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey.
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The Latest: Care facility where rape occurred to stay open
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on whether a long-term care facility in Arizona where a patient was raped will close (all times local):
The state will oversee the operations of a long-term care facility in Phoenix where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth in an agreement to keep it from closing.
A spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey says Hacienda HealthCare officials agreed Friday afternoon to accept voluntary regulation from the Arizona Department of Health Services.
Arizona may require license for care facilities after rape
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona may boost state oversight of long-term care facilities like the one in Phoenix where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth, reversing a decision more than 20 years ago to drop state regulation.
Lawmakers are considering legislation that would require intermediate care facilities like Hacienda Healthcare to apply for a state license and conduct background checks of employees that care for clients.
Court: Arizona cities can require minimum employee benefits
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona appellate court says state lawmakers can't block towns, cities and counties from requiring employers to provide additional benefits to workers.
The Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a ruling by a Maricopa County judge who tossed a 2016 law passed by the Republican-controlled Legislature and signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.
Arizona governor vetoes GOP tax bill, calls it irresponsible
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona taxpayers face further uncertainty about how much they owe in 2018 taxes after Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday vetoed a measure backed by Republican lawmakers, intensifying a standoff over how to calculate tax bills even as more than 200,000 people have already filed.
Arizona joins Colorado River drought plan
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona delivered one of the final puzzle pieces for a Colorado River drought plan, agreeing Thursday to join six other states and Mexico in voluntarily taking less water from the constrained river.
The Latest: Arizona governor Colorado River drought plan
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on a drought plan for the Colorado River (all times local):
Gov. Doug Ducey has signed a measure letting Arizona join a multi-state plan to conserve Colorado River water in the face of prolonged drought.
Approval in Arizona Thursday resolves a critical sticking point to put the agreement into action following years of negotiations in the seven states that draw water from the Colorado River.
Gov. Doug Ducey signs measure allowing Arizona to meet federal deadline and join seven-state Colorado River drought plan
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey signs measure allowing Arizona to meet federal deadline and join seven-state Colorado River drought plan.
Arizona lawmakers vote to offset tax windfall with rate cut
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona lawmakers have voted to cut tax rates to offset a tax windfall from aligning the state and federal tax codes.
The measure passed the House and Senate Thursday with only Republican votes, setting up a confrontation with Gov. Doug Ducey. The Republican governor prefers the state put the windfall in the rainy day fund.
Wonky dispute complicates 2018 tax filings in Arizona
PHOENIX (AP) — State officials still don't know how they'll calculate 2018 tax bills.
That's because lawmakers delayed last year on a routine vote to make the state and federal tax codes work together. And they're no closer to resolving a fierce disagreement at the heart of the wonky debate — whether the state should be allowed to earn more money because Congress overhauled the federal tax code.
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Arizona lawmaker under fire after report of 1983 sex charges
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona lawmaker who received national attention last year for his remarks on race and immigration was under fire once again Friday after a newspaper reported that he was charged with sex offenses in 1983.
Maricopa County attorney applies to fill high court vacancy
PHOENIX (AP) — Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery is among 13 people applying to be on the Arizona Supreme Court.
Montgomery and the others are vying for the seat being vacated by Justice John Pelander. Pelander announced last month he was retiring on March 1 after 10 years on the bench.
Six of the applicants to replace Pelander are already judges with then state court of appeals, while two serve as judges in state court.
Arizona governor urges new leaders at facility after rape
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona is looking into whether it can remove the board of directors of a long-term care facility where a nurse is accused of raping an incapacitated woman who later gave birth, the governor said Friday.
In a flurry of tweets, Gov. Doug Ducey called for Hacienda HealthCare's board to be fired.
"My confidence level in that institution and its leadership is zero, and our job now is to ensure that the individuals in their facilities are safe," Ducey wrote on Twitter.
Arizona chief justice weighing whether to leave bench
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales is thinking about leaving the bench, a move that would give Republican Gov. Doug Ducey his fifth appointment to the seven-member high court.
Bales' five-year term as chief justice ends June 30 and most recent Arizona chief justices have left the court rather than remain as an associate justice.
Arizona governor proposes $11.4 billion budget
PHOENIX (AP) — With a sizeable surplus to divvy up for the first time in a decade, Gov. Doug Ducey on Friday proposed an $11.4 billion budget for Arizona that focuses much of the new spending on schools and universities while depositing more than a half-billion dollars in the state's rainy day fund.
Ducey names ex-legislator Ruiz to state Board of Education
PHOENIX (AP) — A charter school operator who formerly was an Arizona legislator has been appointed to the state Board of Education.
Gov. Doug Ducey's office said Thursday that Armando Ruiz will replace Jared Taylor as the public member on the board.
After serving in the Arizona House and Senate in 1981, Ruiz was a policy aide to Gov. Fife Symington and he founded a company that operates three charter schools.
Trump nominates Liburdi to fill US District Court vacancy
PHOENIX (AP) — President Donald Trump has nominated a lawyer who formerly was Gov. Doug Ducey's top staff attorney to become a U.S. District judge for Arizona.
Recently appointed U.S. Sen. Martha McSally praised Trump's selection of Michael Liburdi of Scottsdale to fill a vacancy and said he was recommended by former Sen. Jon Kyl and the late Sen. John McCain.
The appointment is subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
Ducey, top Arizona lawmakers call for bipartisan water deal
PHOENIX (AP) — Faced with reduced levels in Colorado River reservoirs, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Tuesday that securing the state's water future is its most pressing issue.
Ducey and top lawmakers from both parties appeared together in the governor's office to offer bipartisan support for reaching a deal and winning legislative approval by the end of the month.
Arizona governor says state must save for rainy day
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey on Monday celebrated Arizona's strong economy, new jobs and the state revenue that comes with it, but he said the state should focus on saving for the next economic downturn.
The Republican governor said his budget, set to be released later this week, won't include much new spending.
The Latest: Arizona governor seeks school safety plan again
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey's state of the state address (all times local):
Gov. Doug Ducey says he'll try once again to pass a school safety plan that failed in the Legislature last year.
The Republican governor said during his annual state of the state address Monday that the plan could make schools safer.
AP Interview: Arizona governor: Many ways to secure border
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says building a wall isn't the only way to provide security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
One of the four U.S. governors whose states share a boundary with Mexico, Ducey says solid walls, fences, law enforcement officers on the ground and advanced technology are all tools the United States can draw from to protect the country from illegal drugs and human trafficking entering from the south.
Arizona governor, lawmakers call water their top priority
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey and state legislative leaders said Friday that approving a drought contingency plan before the end of January is their No. 1 priority during the annual session starting next week.
The Republican governor and the lawmakers spoke Friday to about 1,300 people at the yearly legislative outlook held by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry at the Arizona Biltmore Resort.
The Latest: Arizona Gov. Ducey, bipartisan group sworn in
PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the inauguration of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and other state officials (all times local):
Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and five other newly elected officials from both sides of the political aisle have been sworn in for new four-year terms.
The bipartisan ceremony Monday recognized gains that Democratic candidates made in what has long been considered a solidly red state.
Republican Arizona Gov. Ducey sworn in with bipartisan group
PHOENIX (AP) — Republican Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey and five other newly elected officials from both sides of the political aisle took the oath of office Monday in a bipartisan ceremony that recognized Democratic gains in what has long been considered a solidly red state.
State awards funding for school bus purchases
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Twenty-one Arizona school districts and one charter school will receive state funding to buy diesel and alternative fuel school buses, in the latest distribution of money from a settlement with Volkswagen for modifying vehicles to cheat on emissions tests and deceiving customers.
Gov. Doug Ducey's office announced Friday the distribution of $8.4 million for 76 buses, including $3.5 million to Tucson Unified School District for 35 buses.
Kyl reflects on lesson learned from Kavanaugh hearings
PHOENIX (AP) — Retired U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl said Wednesday that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings should teach senators that they have to take special effort in the future to avoid making such hearings appear too political and too rowdy.
Arizona governor names director of state’s Medicaid agency
PHOENIX (AP) — Gov. Doug Ducey has appointed a new director for Arizona's Medicaid program.
The governor's office on Monday announced the appointment of Jami Snyder as head of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System.
The program known by the acronym AHCCCS (Access) provides health insurance to nearly 1.9 million low-income Arizonans. That's more than a quarter of the state's 7 million residents.
Plans for Arizona inauguration taking shape
PHOENIX (AP) — Plans for Arizona's 2019 inauguration ceremony are taking shape for the Jan. 7 event at the State Capitol.
The 10 a.m. inauguration centers on the swearings-in of Gov. Doug Ducey and five other state officials elected or re-elected in November.
Son of Arizona governor cited for use of fake ID
PHOENIX (AP) — A son of Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is scheduled to appear in court after being arrested on suspicion of using a fake ID to get into a bar.
Joseph Ducey was arrested earlier this month outside a Scottsdale bar. The 19-year-old was cited and released.
He's scheduled to appear in Scottsdale City Court on Jan. 15.
Douglas departing office after term marked by controversy
PHOENIX (AP) — Diane Douglas, now within weeks from leaving office as state superintendent of public instruction, says she'll miss the privilege of serving Arizona's children, but not the politics.
Her four-year tenure was frequently marred by political drama, starting with conflicts with Gov. Doug Ducey and members of the state Board of Education and more recently with squabbles over the Red for Ed teacher-pay movement and curriculum standards, the Arizona Capitol Times reported.
Arizona Governor: Grand Canyon National Park to remain open
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is offering assurances to people planning to visit Grand Canyon National Park, saying it will remain open regardless of whether there is a federal government partial shutdown.
The park is a major tourist attraction and Ducey announced Friday that he's implementing a state plan to keep park gates open and continue services such as shuttles and public restrooms.
Census shows Arizona 4th fastest growing state in US
PHOENIX (AP) — New census figures show Arizona is the fourth fastest growing state in the U.S.
The latest numbers released Thursday show that more than 122,000 people moved to Arizona between July 1, 2017, and July 1, 2018. That's a 1.7 percent growth rate for that period.
Arizona had an overall population of 7,171,646 by the middle of this year.