Entries by Tom Joyce

Lawmaker That Skipped Months of Session After Wife Had Baby Hit With Ethics Investigation

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Arizona State Sen. T.J. Shope, R-Coolidge, is requesting his chamber’s ethics officers hold one of his colleagues accountable for his poor attendance. Shope filed an ethics inquiry into what should be deemed appropriate statute for when an office is declared vacant due to a politician’s absences. Shope filed the letter because of the attendance record […]

Federal Appeals Court Upholds Stop to Rosemont Mine in Arizona

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Editors’ Note: As the reader will note, the court held the mining claims were invalid because no valuable minerals were found.  It is certainly not common for mining companies to dig large holes costing millions just for the fun of it. Let’s suppose rich mineral deposits were found? Would environmental groups still oppose the mine? […]

Arizona to Widen Interstate 10

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In a long-fought win for local officials, Arizona will soon widen a portion of Interstate 10. The state is investing $400 million to widen the road due to the passage of Senate Bill 1239. Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed the bill into law on Wednesday. “In the State of the State, we promised that we […]

Arizona Senate Passes Education Transparency Bill

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The Arizona Senate passed a bill this week that would increase academic transparency. In a 16-13 vote along party lines with Republicans favoring the bill and Democrats opposing, SB 1211 passed. It’s a bill that establishes a right for parents to know what’s being taught in public schools. The bill would require schools to post […]

Arizona Launches Special Summer Camp to Combat Remote Learning Losses

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Arizona will have a state-run program that will allow students to learn over the summer, Governor Doug Ducey announced on Wednesday this week. The AZ OnTrack Summer Camp program will spend $100 million to combat learning loss caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Lisa Graham Keegan, who served as the state’s Superintendent of Public Instruction from […]

Arizona Bill Would Keep State Money From Businesses Refusing to Work With Firearms Companies

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Last week, the Arizona House voted on a bill that would penalize businesses in the state that refuse to do business with firearms companies. The bill (HB 2473), proposed by state Representative Frank Carroll, R-Sun City, would require companies that sign contracts worth more than $100,000 with the state or local governments to agree that […]

Arizona House Passes Bill Banning School Mask Mandates

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If the Arizona Republicans get their way, the government and schools in the state will no longer have the power to require children to wear a face-covering without the express consent of their parent or guardian. The Arizona House sent the state Senate legislation that would do just that: HB 2616. State Representative Joseph Chaplik, […]

Arizona Bill Would Allow Families to Sue Teachers Over Parental Rights Violations

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A bill in the Arizona legislature would create a sharper enforcement mechanism for the state’s parental bill of rights. While Arizona has a parents bill of rights, it doesn’t have any recourse for parents who think their rights have been violated. Senate Bill 1049, filed by Sen. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, would change that. The bill […]

Arizona Attorney General’s Office Calls U.S.-Mexico Border Situation an Invasion

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Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s office says that the crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border qualifies as an “invasion” under the U.S. Constitution and that the state has a right to defend itself. The ruling was made after state representative Jake Hoffman, R-Queens Creek, requested an opinion from the Attorney General’s office asking if the federal […]