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Bill honoring Phoenix Horizon teen killed in semi crash gains support


A bill in honor of Joe Smith, a recent Phoenix Horizon High School graduate who was killed in a horrific crash on Interstate 10 in June, is one step closer to becoming law. A state Senate committee unanimously voted Thursday in support of Senate Bill 1054, also known as “Joe’s Law,” which would make it mandatory for law enforcement to give drug and alcohol testing to anyone who caused a traffic ... Read More »

Arizona House committee approves proposal diluting Shannon’s Law

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PHOENIX — A proposal that would make it harder to prosecute people under a landmark 2000 law that made random or celebratory gunfire a felony was approved by an Arizona House committee on Wednesday. The House Judiciary Committee approved the changes on a 5-4 vote despite opposition from associations representing cities, prosecutors and chiefs of police. One Republican, Rep. Maria Syms ... Read More »

Arizona Senate panel wants US flag thieves to serve more jail time

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A Senate panel agreed Thursday to make it so you’ll spend more time behind bars for stealing the Stars and Stripes.  On a 4-3 margin the Judiciary Committee voted to make it a Class 6 felony to steal an American flag that is on display by a resident or business. That translates to a year in state prison and a ... Read More »

Arizona lawmaker introduces proposal to ban texting while driving


PHOENIX — A new proposal that would ban texting while driving has emerged in the Arizona Senate, and this time the yearly effort may have a chance with the departure of former Senate President Andy Biggs and a new Republican champion. For years, Biggs wielded his power as president to block texting bans and proposals to require the use of hands-free ... Read More »

Proposed state bill: Passersby could break into hot cars to save kids, pets


PHOENIX — Saying good Samaritans deserve legal protection, a veteran state lawmaker wants to provide immunity from lawsuits for people who break into hot vehicles to rescue a trapped animal. And kids, too. Sen. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, said he was approached by the founder of Don’t Leave Me, an organization that tries to protect pets whose owners have left ... Read More »

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