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City offering Tucson police, fire employees hefty retirement bonus


Up to 35 Tucson police and fire employees could receive a $50,000 cash bonus if they decide to take the city up on an early retirement offer. The incentive package, which was discussed by Mayor Jonathan Rothschild and the Tucson City Council during a Wednesday study session, also includes sick-leave payout for 100 percent of the employee’s accrued hours and ... Read More »

Legislative briefs: Smart guns can’t be required by cities


Arizonans who want firearms won’t be required to purchase “smart” weapons. Gov. Doug Ducey on Tuesday signed legislation which blocks any state or local law that says the only guns that can be offered for sale have to meet certain standards. On the surface, the legislation is aimed at weapons which have GPS capability that enables police to track not ... Read More »

Would Arizona Body-Camera Bill Allow Police to Alter Their Stories?


In response, citizens have begun demanding that police officers wear body cameras. And law enforcement has pushed back, campaigning on behalf of legislation that would limit how that footage could be used. SB 1253, sponsored by Republican Sonny Borelli and backed by several police organizations, is the latest example. The bill would affect any officers who are being investigated for ... Read More »

Senate panel clears bill blocking government mandates on smart guns


Calling the technology a method of gun control, a Senate panel voted Wednesday to preclude any mandate that Arizonans have to purchase “smart” guns. HB 2216 says the state may not require any person to use “electronic firearm tracking technology.” It also bars disclosure of any disclosure of information gathered from such technology that would identify the gun owner or ... Read More »

Bill to narrow scope of Shannon’s Law moves forward


More than 17 years after the death of 14-year-old Shannon Smith from a stray bullet that fell from the sky, a proposed amendment lessening the spread of Shannon’s Law is moving through the Arizona Legislature. House Bill 2287, spearheaded by Rep. Tony Rivero, R-Peoria, would bar prosecutors from pursuing Class 6 felony charges against people charged with the unlawful firing of a gun ... Read More »

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