Legislative News

Week of March 30, 2020

Content from the "Copper Chronicle" Provided by Dorn Policy Group, Inc.  

State government has remained in the hands of the Governor's Office this week. Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent Kathy Hoffman announced on Monday that Arizona public schools will remain closed through the end of the school year. The complete news release can be found here.

Governor Ducey also issued a number of notable executive orders this week. Most notably, Executive Order 2020-18 "Stay Home, Stay Healthy, Stay Connected" was issued on Monday in an effort to combat the spread of COVID-19. Other executive orders can be found here

The Arizona Legislature is currently unsure as to whether they will return on April 13. Republican Leadership continues to meet to discuss options and how to proceed with the legislative session.


What's in the News?

Arizona Public Schools Closed
Gov. Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman extended the closure of public schools for a second and final time this year to protect students from the spread of COVID-19. To read more, click here.

Ducey Issues Order to Stay at Home
Gov. Doug Ducey issued a "stay-at-home" order today, effective at 5pm Tuesday until April 30, according to the Yellow Sheet Report. To read more, click here.

Education Board Adopts Rules for High School Graduation During Crisis
The state's estimated 86,000 high school seniors won't be prevented from graduating just because the governor shut down Arizona schools through the end of the academic year. To read more, click here.

AG Says Cops Can Enforce Emergency Orders
Police and sherrif deputies are legally entitled to enforce emergency proclamations and orders issued by state and local officials, according to Attorney General Mark Brnovich. To read more, click here

Initiative Backers Ask Court to Allow Online Signature Gathering
Four ballot initiatives today asked the Arizona Supreme Court for permission to gather signatures online, given the current challenge to collect during COVID-19. To read more, click here.

Supreme Court Upholds Sky Harbor's Uber, Lyft Fees
Arizona's high court on April 2 upheld a $4 pickup and drop-off fee that led Uber and Lyft to threaten to stop serving Sky Harbor International Airport, one of the busiest in the nation. To read more, click here.