Government & Politics

Business priorities progress as Legislature hits halfway mark for committee hearings

The state Legislature is nearing the halfway mark for committee hearings. The House committees have completed their consideration of bills that originated in the House, while the Senate committees have heard bills that originated in the Senate. Except for some agency continuation bills that will be heard in the Senate Health Committee, only the House […]

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Bill to improve transparency in litigation financing advances in House

The state House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill to require greater disclosure by plaintiffs whose lawsuits are underwritten by outside entities, including international hedge funds and private equity groups that have found the American tort system to be a lucrative market.  HB 2628, the Litigation Investment Safeguards and Transparency Act, sponsored by Rep.

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Gress bill would reform homelessness policies, attempt to break link to drug use and crime

New legislation by state Rep. Matt Gress (R-Phoenix) proposes several policy changes to address the challenge of homelessness facing the state, including attempting to break the link between homelessness and drug use. HB 2782 proposes: Implementing stricter penalties for drug traffickers operating within drug-free service zones. Holding facilities accountable for permitting on-campus drug activities by

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Bill to extend Arizona Commerce Authority four years clears House committee

The House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday passed legislation to extend the Arizona Commerce Authority, the state’s lead economic development agency, for an additional four years.  The bill, HB 2417, was sponsored by Rep. David Livingston (R-Peoria).  “It’s our job as the ACA to ensure that we are putting Arizona’s best foot forward,” ACA President and

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Arizona Chamber and national groups say Biden administration proposal undermines intellectual property, ignores law

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry is speaking out against a proposal from the Biden administration that would permit the federal government to determine the price of pharmaceuticals or other innovations whose research and development was partially funded with federal dollars.  The Chamber argues that such an expansion of so-called “march-in” rights is a

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State and national chambers back program to ensure continued internet service to low-income families.

The Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry is urging Senators Kyrsten Sinema (I) and Mark Kelly (D) to back the Affordable Connectivity Program Extension Act, a bill to ensure funding for a program that helps households afford essential broadband services for work, education, and healthcare.  Under ACP, eligible households can receive a discount of up

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State House speaker behind bill supported by county attorney and retailers to stiffen penalties for retail theft

Leaders in Arizona, including Speaker of the House Ben Toma and Maricopa County Attorney Rachel Mitchell, and across the country are pursuing policies to crack down on retail theft, which the National Retail Federation says contributed to more than $110 billion in losses in 2022. Toma (R-Peoria) and Mitchell at a press conference Tuesday called

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TSMC announces new apprenticeship program to grow semiconductor technician talent

Senior officials from the Biden administration were in Phoenix last week to announce a new apprenticeship program investment by TSMC for aspiring semiconductor technicians. The initiative is part of Phoenix’s designation as a Workforce Hub, regions of concentration under a White House plan to ensure the country can meet the labor demands of the Chips

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