AZ House committee passes student journalist press rights bill

AZ House committee passes student journalist press rights bill

By SoAzNewsX A House committee has approved a proposal pushed by Republican state Senate Majority Leader Kimberly Yee expanding high school and college level journalists’ protections from administrative censorship for work under their school-sponsored media. The House Committee on Education voted to advance Senate Bill 1384 on Monday. The legislation would increase First Amendment protections […]

Border Patrol nabs more than $167K in hard drugs seized at port

Border Patrol nabs more than $167K in hard drugs seized at port

By SoAzNewsx U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of San Luis arrested four people after finding nearly 90 pounds of methamphetamine and heroin in separate seizures in the last several days. Officers searching an Acura sedan Saturday morning, driven by 35-year-old U.S. citizen man, located several packages of heroin and meth in […]

Effort mounting to create federal appellate circuit

Effort mounting to create federal appellate circuit

By SoAzNewsX In Governor Doug Ducey’s State of the State address this year, he highlighted an ongoing challenge Arizonans face seeking a fair day in court: the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. The overburdened Ninth Circuit hears an average of 12,000 cases per year — 30% more than the next most active circuit. And their average turnaround […]

McSally’s Executive Branch Oversight Amendment passes House

McSally’s Executive Branch Oversight Amendment passes House

By SoAzNewsX The House of Representatives today passed an amendment sponsored by Rep. Martha McSally to enhance Congressional oversight of regulations that did not comply with federal law. McSally’s amendment was added to the Searching for and Cutting Regulations that are Unnecessarily Burdensome (SCRUB) Act, which passed the House today 240 to 185. “In 2016 […]

Arizona lawmakers give Trump’s first speech to Congress mixed reviews

Arizona lawmakers give Trump’s first speech to Congress mixed reviews

By Arren Kimbel-Sannit and Kendra Penningroth / Cronkite News WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump delivered an hourlong speech to Congress Tuesday that, while short on detail, was long on rhetoric that kept Republican lawmakers jumping to their feet and Democrats mostly sitting on their hands. The speech was Trump’s first to a joint session of Congress. He […]

Senate Finance Committee unanimously passes Rep. Vince Leach’s bill hastening amortization of ADA compliance costs

Senate Finance Committee unanimously passes Rep. Vince Leach’s bill hastening amortization of ADA compliance costs

By SoAzNewsX Representative Vince Leach (R-11) today applauded the Senate Finance Committee for unanimously passing legislation that he’s introduced (HB 2214) that lets businesses amortize costs associated with complying with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in the year they incur those costs. Presently, businesses must amortize ADA compliance costs over 39 years. “Momentum continues […]

Border Adjustment Tax could derail tax reform

Border Adjustment Tax could derail tax reform

By Tom Jenney One of the most enduring symbols of Arizona is the Grand Canyon.  In fact, many people have nicknamed us the Grand Canyon State.  This most famous of the national parks also illustrates the stakes for Arizonans in the debate that is currently being waged in Washington, D.C. over tax reform. Let there […]

Lukeville pot shipments and San Luis meth shipment nabbed by Border Patrol

Lukeville pot shipments and San Luis meth shipment nabbed by Border Patrol

By SoAzNewsX U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at Arizona’s Port of Lukeville arrested three people after finding $346,000 worth of marijuana from separate weekend seizures. On Feb. 24, CBP officers referred a 23-year-old Phoenix woman driving a Chevy truck towing a boat, for further inspection. During questioning, the truck’s passenger, a 32-year-old woman from […]

McSally wraps up tour of Rio Grande Valley border operations

McSally wraps up tour of Rio Grande Valley border operations

By SoAzNewsX Rep. Martha McSally today returned from touring border operations in the Rio Grande Valley along with a delegation of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials and lawmakers. Included in the delegation were U.S. Border Patrol Chief Ronald Vitiello, House Speaker Paul Ryan, and Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul. The delegation began the […]