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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.

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Ranchers want wall, worry about more patrol agents on their land

John Ladd stepped out of his rusted, red pickup truck to lead a herd of cattle through a gate on his 16,000-acre ranch which borders border, chain and padlock swinging from his hand.

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I-40 pavement sensors help identify, address ice

Technology helps keep drivers safe during winter

FLAGSTAFF – Sensors installed at three I-40 locations west of Flagstaff are helping the Arizona Department of Transportation forecast the likelihood of ice forming and respond accordingly.

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Legislators ask appeals court to void mechanism that helps Arizonans receive free, low-cost health care

PHOENIX – Current and former legislators asked the state Court of Appeals Tuesday to void the financing mechanism that enables more than 400,000 Arizonans to get free or low-cost health care.

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Arizona Board of Regents to remain intact – for now

PHOENIX – The Arizona Board of Regents will remain intact -- and with all its powers -- at least for the time being.

Senate panel approves alternate methods to raise money for road repair

PHOENIX – Unable to find the legislative votes for a statewide gas tax hike, a Senate panel on Tuesday approved a package of alternate methods to raise money for needed road construction and repair.

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Senate wants to put brakes on cell phone use by teen drivers

Measure would apply only to drivers with learner’s permits

Arizona lawmakers may finally be ready to impose some limits on driving and cell phone use -- even if just slightly.

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Law allowing production of industrial hemp moves forward in State Senate

State senators took the first steps Monday evening to allowing Arizona farmers to grow industrial hemp.

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Yavapai recognized for online education quality, affordability

Yavapai College was recently recognized by two different college rating organizations for its quality, affordability, and academic excellence.

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ASU professor predicts ‘Obamacare’ repeal could send state into health care recession

Repeal would cause health care sector to cut jobs, reduce salaries

Since 1995, one out of every five new payroll jobs came from the health care sector, according to the study. “It’s the only industry in Arizona to grow uninterrupted since 1965,” McPheters said.

Vehicle license tax report for 2016 available

With another tax season at hand, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is once again offering a free online way to learn how much vehicle license tax you paid in 2016.

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Your turn to write clever highway safety messages

The Arizona Department of Transportation wants you to show them your creativity.

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Survey looks to measure off-highway vehicle financial impact

The popularity of off-highway vehicles (OHV) has exploded throughout the state and, Arizona State Parks and Trails and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are turning to OHV enthusiasts to help shape the future of the activity statewide. 

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State discusses Shannon’s Law, citizens firing off guns near residences

The sponsor of legislation to weaken “Shannon’s Law’’ agreed Tuesday to stop trying to allow people to fire off guns in the city within a quarter-mile of any residence.

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Voters may be asked to decide 10-cent hike in gas tax

State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to asking voters to hike what they pay every time they fill up their cars and trucks.

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Longer terms proposed for state senators

PHOENIX -- Saying it will lead to greater continuity, more stability and less campaigning, the president of the Arizona Senate wants four-year terms for state lawmakers. But only for everyone. Just senators.

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Lawmakers seek financial penalties for charities who aid refugee relocation to Arizona

PHOENIX -- Unable to block the federal government from sending refugees to Arizona, six Republican lawmakers want to penalize the charities that help them resettle here.

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State looks to eliminate exemptions to sales tax

PHOENIX -- State lawmakers took the first steps Wednesday to potentially eliminating exemptions from sales taxes that now cost the state more than $12 billion a year.

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Hold up on doing your taxes; Arizona tax form 1099-G is flawed

But if one of those forms is about your state income tax refund, here's a piece of advice: Don't.