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Gov. Ducey limits opioids for Arizona employees

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Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey issued an executive order Monday limiting opioid prescriptions for employees insured through the State of Arizona and individuals insured through the state’s Medicaid program, Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (AHCCCS). The order limits the first fill of prescription opioids to seven days and limits all fills for children, except those suffering from cancer, chronic disease ... Read More »

Prop 205 would make marijuana DUIs harder to prosecute

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TUCSON – An initiative to legalize marijuana will make it more difficult to prosecute people for impaired driving. Arizona voters are deciding on Proposition 205 which states, “Driving while impaired by marijuana remains illegal.” But Pima County’s top prosecutor, Pima County Attorney Barbara LaWall, is concerned about another section of the measure. “It just provides enormous obstacles for police, for ... Read More »

Burning debate: How would legalizing marijuana affect Arizona?

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PHOENIX — There are two propositions on the 2016 ballot in Arizona, but one is generating a lot more debate than the other. Proposition 205 would essentially legalize marijuana in the state, in theory turning the drug into a financial resource for Arizona schools through taxation. But the initiative is divisive. Proponents of the measure say it will take selling ... Read More »

Lawsuit challenges AZ police right to seize property, cash in investigaitons

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A new lawsuit is challenging Arizona law enforcement’s broad authority to seize property and money in criminal investigations. On behalf of an out-of-state couple, Paul Avelar, attorney for the Institute for Justice, filed a lawsuit last week challenging the authority of several Navajo County law enforcement agencies. The lawsuit asks the court to declare their practices unconstitutional. “They can take ... Read More »

Mesa voters to decide on sales tax hike

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The core of downtown Mesa could change, soon, if Mesa voters approve an increase in the sales tax rate in the Nov. 8 general election. If the tax hike is approved, it will pay for the construction of four multi-story buildings in the block around the Mesa City Plaza which would house Arizona State University classrooms, students and instructors. It’s ... Read More »

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