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Predictive crime program funds get veto from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey


PHOENIX — Gov. Doug Ducey has vetoed a bill allotting more than $1 million to implement a pilot program to predict where and when crime will happen. The predictive policing software known as Predpol analyzes historical crime data. Several cities in Maricopa County already use similar crime analytics technology. Sen. Steve Smith’s bill allowed the pilot program to run in ... Read More »

Fast-paced finish to Legislature session


PHOENIX — The hours dragged on Thursday into the evening and then into the early morning Friday as lawmakers moved bill after bill to reach a historic — and chaotic — early finish to the legislative session. Sine die, Latin for “without day,” marks the end of the session for the Arizona Legislature, which is supposed to finish its work ... Read More »

60-day police secrecy bill axed


PHOENIX — Calling the measure unnecessary and possibly dangerous, Gov. Doug Ducey vetoed legislation Monday to require police departments to withhold for 60 days the names of officers involved in shootings. Sen. Steve Smith, R-Maricopa, argued the delay would provide time for police to determine the facts of the shooting. More important, Smith said, it would help protect the officer ... Read More »

Arizona bill limiting 911 system liability advances


An Arizona Senate committee moved a bill Thursday that would update state rules limiting liability for 911 systems should someone affected wish to sue for civil damages. CenturyLink lobbied for the change, which was introduced late in the session as a “strike everything” amendment to an unrelated bill. The committee moved the bill shortly before the deadline for it to ... Read More »

Arizona speed cameras survive 4th challenge this session


For the fourth time this legislative session, lawmakers tried and failed to ban the use of photo radar over the complaints of local police. Senate Bill 1192 began as a low-profile measure to change the name of provisional community college districts to community college tuition financing districts. Rep. Bob Thorpe, R-Flagstaff, amended it into the latest effort to do away ... Read More »

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