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Senate panel loosens up bill prohibiting movers from holding possessions hostage

State lawmakers voted Monday to trim — but not eliminate — the right of moving companies to hold a homeowner’s goods hostage over a payment dispute. The legislation specifically empowers a police officer to direct the move to unload the goods. Without dissent the Senate Committee on Commerce and Public Safety voted to outlaw the sometimes-used practice of telling customers they ... Read More »

Arizona Committee Passes Bill to Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying

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PHOENIX, Ariz. (March 16, 2017) – Yesterday, an Arizona House Committee unanimously passed a bill that would ban the use of “stingrays” to track the location of phones and sweep up electronic communications without a warrant in most situations. The proposed law would not only protect privacy in Arizona, but would also hinder one aspect of the federal surveillance state. Sen. ... Read More »

Arizona Senate defeats bill allowing guns in public buildings

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For the second year in a row, a bill that would have allowed some guns into public buildings was defeated in the state Senate. On a bipartisan vote, the state Senate rejected Senate Bill 1243 on Tuesday. The bill sought to allow people who have a concealed-carry weapon permit to bring their guns into public buildings and events, even if those places ban firearms. There ... Read More »

Senate panel approves some gunfire in cities

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Panel also OKs new exemptions to ‘Shannon’s Law’. PHOENIX — A state senate panel voted Wednesday to allow two new exemptions to Arizona laws which generally prohibit people from firing guns in populated areas. HB2022 approved by the Senate Government Committee spells out that people can use a special kind of small-caliber shot, one designed to kill snakes and small ... Read More »

Arizona Senate OKs DUI tests after fatal crashes

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The Arizona Senate has approved a revised version of legislation requiring drug or alcohol testing for drivers involved in major crashes. Thursday’s 26-3 vote came a day after an amendment removed a requirement that police test drivers who cause serious-injury accidents. The bill now requires police to test only drivers believed to have caused fatal accidents. The bill now goes ... Read More »

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