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House Passes Unemployment Drug Test Bill, Houston Decriminalizes, More..

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The House appoves a bill that could open the door to states drug testing people seeking unemployment benefits, harsh sentencing bills advance in Ohio and Kentucky, Houston decriminalizes pot possession (in most cases), and more. Marijuana Policy Arizona PAC Plans to File 2018 Legalization Initiative. A political action committee called Safer Arizona was set to file a marijuana legalization initiative with ... Read More »

Arizona police unions push bill saying video evidence not always true

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PHOENIX — Police unions in Arizona want officers involved in violent confrontations that are captured on body camera to be read a notice explaining that such footage doesn’t don’t always mirror reality. The Arizona Capitol Times reported that a proposal before the Arizona Legislature challenged the notion that video evidence in police shootings and fights was foolproof. The bill would ... Read More »

Arizona Bill Would Prohibit Warrantless Stingray Spying, Hinder Federal Surveillance Program

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A bill introduced in the Arizona Senate 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. Bob Worsley (R-Mesa) introduced Senate bill 1342 (SB1342) ... Read More »

Lawmaker backs off move to weaken Arizona city gunfire law

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PHOENIX — Opposition to a bill changing a landmark 2000 law that made random or celebratory gunfire a felony prompted its sponsor to pull the proposal from a House debate schedule Tuesday and promise to substantially weaken his proposal. Rep. Tony Rivero, R-Peoria, said he now plans to leave in place the current ban on shooting within 1 mile of ... Read More »

Proposed Bill Asks for Warranted Cell Phone Tracking

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Arizona lawmakers are deciding whether or not to enact rules on when police can use technology to track cell-phones. The legislation, which would be the first of its kind in Arizona, would make it so state and local police are required to get a search warrant before using cell phone tracking devices. For years the American Civil Liberties Union fought ... Read More »

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