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Obama to announce committee to improve VA
March 13, 2015
President Barack Obama on Friday will release details about the creation of a new advisory committee in efforts to improve conditions in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as he visits a VA facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The committee will consist of business leaders, members of veteran organiza....... [more]

Supreme Court to rule in Florida death penalty case
March 9, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday granted certiorari in Hurst v. Florida to determine "whether Florida's death sentencing scheme violated the Sixth ... or Eighth Amendment." This court granted certiorari in light of its decision in Ring v. Arizona, in which it held that a sentencing judge, sitting wit....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on congressional redistricting
March 3, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday heard oral arguments in two cases. In Arizona State Legislature v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission the court heard arguments on whether the Elections Clause of the US Constitution permits the state of Arizona to adopt a commission to draw congressional dis....... [more]

Arizona reaches settlement in prisoner health care case
February 20, 2015
A federal court on Wednesday approved a settlement agreement between the Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in a class action lawsuit over the health care system within Arizona prisons. The agreement requires the ADC to meet more than 100 health car....... [more]

Reconsidering Vaccine Exemptions to Advance the Public's Health
February 19, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnists James G. Hodge Jr. and Kim Weidenaar of the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University, discuss the recent news on California and other states' lawmakers' efforts to propose strict vaccination legislation, and the current vaccine exemption issues in the US....... [more]

Arizona sheriff deputies to receive body cameras
February 7, 2015
Self-defense products company TASER International Inc. on Friday announced that Maricopa County Sheriff's Office will be receiving an order of cameras which will be worn by officers to record their actions in the field. Under the sales agreement, TASER will deliver 700 body cameras, costing an estim....... [more]

US lawmakers introduce bill to end Cuba travel restrictions
January 29, 2015
Eight Republican and Democratic Senators on Thursday introduced legislation that would end US travel restrictions on Cuba. The legislation, which was introduced by Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, would also end financial transaction restrictions on travel between the two countries. The Senat....... [more]

Federal judge blocks Arizona ban on driver's licenses for young immigrants
January 23, 2015
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Thursday made permanent an injunction that requires the state to issue driver's licenses to immigrants who were brought illegally to the US as children. The young people, known as Dreamers, were granted a deferral of deportation by Pr....... [more]

Arizona passes law requiring high school students to pass citizenship test
January 17, 2015
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey on Thursday signed legislation that will require all Arizona High School students to take and pass the US Citizenship test before they are able to graduate, beginning in the 2016-17 school year. Supporters from the Arizona State Legislature introduced the American Civics....... [more]

Michigan governor vetoes gun legislation
January 16, 2015
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder on Thursday vetoed gun legislation supported by the National Rifle Association (NRA) and approved by both chambers of the Republican-controlled state legislation. Governor Snyder, a Republican endorsed by the NRA in his bid for reelection last fall, felt pressure from....... [more]

Supreme Court hears arguments on religious rights, natural gas
January 13, 2015
The US Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases Monday. In Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Arizona the court heard arguments on whether the town of Gilbert's content-based ordinance regarding city signs is content-neutral and not discriminatory. The case was brought by the Good News Community Church....... [more]




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