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Tax hike issue going to Prescott voters

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PRESCOTT – The details are still to come, but a tax-related ballot measure definitely will be going to Prescott voters in the city’s August election. In a unanimous vote Tuesday, Jan. 31, the Prescott City Council called a special election for Aug. 29 – the same date as the regular City Council primary. While a majority of council members were ... Read More »

Arizona bill would allow for longer sentences for criminal immigrants

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PHOENIX — Saying the state can’t legally deport criminal immigrants, a Senate panel on Monday took what one lawmaker said is the next best step: Ensure they serve more time in Arizona prisons for the crimes they commit here. SB 1279 says judges sentencing someone convicted of a felony must impose at least the “presumptive sentence” required by law if ... Read More »

Bill honoring Phoenix Horizon teen killed in semi crash gains support

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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 »

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