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Just like death and taxes, tax scammers are a sure thing, IRS warns

WASHINGTON – The tax filing deadline is just three weeks away, which means tax scams are in full swing, the Internal Revenue Service warns.

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APS pricetag to influence elections totals $10 million

PHOENIX -- Claiming a “commitment to transparency,’’ the state’s largest electric utility on detailed more than $10 million it spent in the last two years to directly and indirectly influence elections and gave to other organizations to lobby.

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Senate president puts brakes on plan for tougher limits on firing weapons within city limits

PHOENIX -- The president of the state Senate is quashing legislation that would have made it harder to prosecute people for firing off weapons within city limits.

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Appeals Court upholds expansion of state AHCCCS program

PHOENIX -- The expansion of the state's health care program to 400,000 Arizonans and the levy to fund it are legal, the Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Thursday.

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'Electronic firearm tracking technology' in bulls-eye of state lawmakers

PHOENIX -- Calling the technology a method of gun control, a Senate panel voted Wednesday to preclude any mandate that Arizonans have to purchase "smart'' guns.

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Appeals Court upholds state limits on marijuana for PTSD

PHOENIX -- The state Court of Appeals on Thursday upheld the limits enacted by the Department of Health Services on when doctors can recommend marijuana to patients with post-traumatic stress syndrome.

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Giffords urges lawmakers to enact reasonable gun restrictions

PHOENIX -- Former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and husband Mark Kelly have a message for Arizona lawmakers: Enact reasonable gun restrictions or we'll help elect people who will.

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Lawmakers want to outlaw paid initiative circulators

PHOENIX -- Arguing the process is considered by some to be "rife with fraud,'' Republican lawmakers advanced legislation imposing a new hurdle in the ability of citizen groups to propose their own laws.

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Ducey supports extending sales tax after 2020 to fund schools

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey is finally willing to talk about keeping public schools from falling off a financial cliff after 2020. And it involves a word at which he normally blanches: taxes.

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Drink up; state wants to up the ante on Series 7 liquor licenses

PHOENIX -- State lawmakers are moving to make sure that thirsty Arizonans can get a glass of wine or beer when they’re thirsty -- especially at a barbershop, beauty parlor or spa.

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State senator claims colleague crossed ethical boundary during floor debate

PHOENIX -- A veteran state lawmaker could face an ethics probe following comments he made last week in an unsuccessful bid to get colleagues to vote for a controversial bill.

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Utility regulator continues pursuit on APS campaign financing, but may lack funds for legal battle

PHOENIX -- The state’s largest electric utility may have outmaneuvered a utility regulator in the fight over its records about its campaign spending.

Business community asks Supreme Court to kill new minimum wage law

PHOENIX -- The state's business community brings its last-ditch effort to kill a voter-approved minimum wage hike to the Arizona Supreme Court today.

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Ron Paul urges Arizona tax break on gold coin capital gains

PHOENIX -- Invoking claims of illegally printed paper money, the use of gold in the Bible and even foreign entanglements, former Congressman Ron Paul urged Arizona lawmakers Wednesday to let coin collectors and investors escape the state's capital gains tax.

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Senate vote blocks cities from requiring background checks for gun show sales

PHOENIX -- State senators voted Tuesday to forever block cities from requiring background checks when people sell weapons at gun shows.

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AZ schools classroom spending at lowest level in 16 years

PHOENIX -- Arizona schools overall spent less of the money they received last year in the classroom than in any of the 16 years the state has been keeping track.

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Supreme Court taking hard look at legal rights of cities and towns

PHOENIX -- The question of whether cities can decide what to do with seized and forfeited guns -- and a lot of other issues -- could end up being decided based on how extensive the Arizona Supreme Court believes is the right of local governments to make their own laws.

Lawmakers Ok higher liability standards for motorists

Motorists would have to buy more liability insurance than now required to drive on Arizona roads under the terms of legislation approved Thursday by the state Senate. The current minimum coverage is $15,000 for injuries to any one person, $30,000 for all injuries in any incident, and $10,000 to cover property damage, usually to someone else's vehicle. SB 1111 would raise the figures to $25,000 and $50,000 for injuries and $25,000 for property damage. Sen. Kate Brophy McGee, R-Phoenix, pointed out the current limits have been in place since 1972.

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State passes buck to counties on gas-tax vote

Without debate the Senate on Wednesday agreed to allow counties to put a measure on the ballot for a gas tax hike of up to 10 cents a gallon for up to 20 years. The funds raised would have to be used for highways and streets.

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Lawmakers expand police powers to quell riots

PHOENIX -- Claiming people are being paid to riot, Republican state senators voted Wednesday to give police new power to arrest anyone who is involved in a peaceful demonstration that may turn bad -- even before anything actually happened.

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Agencies seek help fighting criminal threat at border

WASHINGTON – Despite efforts to secure U.S. points of entry, drug cartels have the networks, money and technology to continue smuggling drugs into the U.S., law enforcement officials told a House committee.

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State seeks more stringent rules for initiative process

PHOENIX -- Republican lawmakers are teeing up yet another measure designed to throw hurdles in the path of Arizonans who want to craft their own laws.

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Lawmakers seek enhanced auto liability insurance coverage

PHOENIX -- Arizona motorists are one step closer to having to buy more auto insurance than many of them already purchase.

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Report: School choice vouchers will cost millions

Proposed state bill could cost taxpayers $24.5 million by 2020

Making vouchers universally available to pay for all children to attend private and parochial schools will actually increase costs to the state according to legislative budget analysis and not result in a savings as its prime sponsor is claiming.

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Supreme Court to consider legality of increased minimum wage

The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to consider whether a voter-approved hike in the state minimum wage is legal.