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New state law limits legal debates to English language version of insurance documents

Better make sure you understand the coverage documents you’re given in English. That’s because it soon won’t matter whether the copy or explanation you got in another language says something else.

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State extends education sales tax another two decades

With more than enough votes, the state House and Senate agreed Thursday to extend for another 20 years the 0.6-cent sales tax first approved by voters in 2000. Without that action, the levy would self-destruct on June 30, 2021, taking with it the more than $670 million a year it now raises.

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Property tax break being considered for Arizona seniors

The House Ways and Means Committee voted 6-2 Wednesday to grant Class 6 status to the homes of seniors who meet certain income requirements.

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Arizona House OK’s bill exempting online goods from state taxation

PHOENIX -- The state House voted Wednesday to forego ever collecting sales taxes on digital products and services even as more and more of what Arizonans buy moves online -- and untaxed.

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House Speaker wants voters to revisit Prop 206 to level field between employers, workers

Measure would change language, help businesses in court

PHOENIX — State lawmakers are moving to make it harder for workers to claim retaliation if they are fired in the wake of claiming they were denied wages or legally entitled time off.

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Ducey budget puts emphasis on K-12 education

PHOENIX -- Gov. Doug Ducey unveiled at $10.1 billion spending plan for next budget year built on projections of more consumer spending, Arizonans buying more lottery tickets and hiring back many of the auditors who ensure that people are paying the state what they owe, auditors the governor previously laid off.

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Judge rejects challenge to state's new initiative law

PHOENIX -- Saying the case isn't legally "ripe,'' a judge on Tuesday tossed out a challenge to a new statute that imposes additional restrictions on the ability of citizens to propose their own laws.

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Ducey seeks retention of hospital levy for expanded Medicaid program

PHOENIX -- Attorneys for the Ducey administration are asking the Arizona Supreme Court to preserve the levy that funds an expanded Medicaid program -- assuming that expansion isn’t undermined by the Trump administration and Congress killing the program.

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State Supreme Court upholds ruling on termination of child welfare workers

PHOENIX -- Five child welfare workers fired in the wake of a scandal about uninvestigated abuse complaints will not be getting their jobs back.

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Legislative Update: Governor signs law barring 'smart' gun purchase requirements

Arizonans who want firearms won't be required to purchase "smart'' weapons.

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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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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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State Supreme Court upholds Arizona's minimum wage law

PHOENIX -- The state's new higher minimum wage is here to stay.

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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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Proposed law makes it a felony to steal American flag

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 fine of up to $150,000.

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State requests judge dismiss lawsuit from ‘deferred action’ recipients denied driver’s license

PHOENIX -- An attorney for the state asked a federal judge Friday to throw out a lawsuit by some “deferred action’’ recipients who say they can’t get a license to drive.

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Study projects huge gains in medical marijuana sales

At the same time price is expected to go down

PHOENIX -- The amount of money spent on medical marijuana in the next four years will nearly double according to a new study -- assuming the Trump administration doesn't step in.

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Lawmakers wants immunity for people who break into hot cars to rescue pets, kids

PHOENIX -- Saying good Samaritans deserve legal protection, a veteran state lawmaker wants to provide immunity from lawsuits for people who break into hot vehicles to rescue a trapped animal.

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Scaled-back marijuana proposal already emerging for 2018

PHOENIX – Less than a month after voters rejected allowing marijuana for recreational use, there’s a new -- and scaled back -- proposal emerging for the 2018 ballot.

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Gov. Ducey fires Arizona Department of Economic Security director

Gov. Doug Ducey on Wednesday fired Tim Jeffries on the heels of reports that he had flown to Nogales on a state plane to take several staffers out drinking at a Nogales restaurant during business hours. Jeffries was celebrating the fact these workers had agreed to become "at will'' employees who could be fired for no reason at all.

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Ballot harvesting still a crime in Arizona

PHOENIX -- Ballot harvesting will remain a crime in Arizona, at least for this election.