While many lawmakers turned the president's release of a $3.9 trillion fiscal 2015 budget proposal into a "dumping on 'big-spending' Obama" moment, others combed through the massive spending plan for little line items that stress "what the budget does for their district."
Is Arizona, several years removed from narrowly approving medical marijuana, ready to follow the lead of Colorado and Washington by legalizing recreational use? Two groups think so, with one seeking to put the matter on the November ballot and another aiming for 2016.
Space tourism could soon be a reality in the next few years, say backers of Tucson-based space development company Paragon, but legal issues could keep such travel grounded. So HB 2163 would let space-travel firms limit their liability iwith a customer-signed waiver.
Senate President Andy Biggs, R-Gilbert, who authored the bill, told the House Committee for Reform and Human Services that Arizonans deserve to know why the agency didn't investigate thousands of reports of child abuse. The measure has faced no opposition.
A Phoenix man was one of dozens at the orderly event outside the office of House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, where they "cast ballots" in what was billed as a mock election for immigration reform. The Senate passed a reform bill last year, but it has stalled in the House.
An Arizona State University study of advertising placed during this year's Super Bowl in New Jersey suggests the volume of sex trafficking that will occur when the event comes to Arizona in 2015 will likely exceed the ability of any one law enforcement agency to address.
U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema says she's flattered that some have urged her to run for the safety Democratic district where U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor is retiring. She says she'll remain in the 9th Congressional District, where Republicans narrowly outnumber Democrats.
The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Scott Clabourne may be able to claim he was poorly represented because his lawyer failed to challenge the admissibility of a confession. The confession helped convict Clabourne for the Tucson murder of Laura Webster.
Experts offered state lawmakers some grim statistics on cancer in Arizona, including a forecast of 11,400 deaths this year and a 50 percent increase in cancer cases by 2050. But experts say lifestyle changes such as exercising more and not smoking can change that.