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Arizona Legislature sneaks more attacks on citizens' rights

April 14, 2017News Clip

Katie Hobbs, AZ I See It, 5:03 p.m. MT April 11, 2017

Lawmaker: If two strike-everything bills pass, almost every ballot initiative in Arizona could be thrown out on a technicality.

It’s striker season in the Arizona Legislature.

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Rape kits must be tested within 15 days under new AZ law

April 6, 2017News Clip

Rape kits must be tested within 15 days of being collected thanks to a new law just signed by Gov. Doug Ducey. The new measure ensures that Arizona's law enforcement agencies will have the money to test those kits. There is a massive backlog right now. Thousands of rape kits, evidence in countless cases, are sitting on shelves in evidence lockers.

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New Reagan Opponent Can't Get His Gripes Straight

March 31, 2017News Clip

Steve Montenegro announces his bid for secretary of state and becomes the first GOP challenger to Michele Reagan.

State Sen. Steve Montenegro is running for the Republican nomination for secretary of state, providing the first GOP challenge to incumbent Republican Michele Reagan.

Montenegro, a five-term state lawmaker from Goodyear, casts himself as a conservative alternative to Reagan, who he said came into office in 2015 "with a long and liberal voting record." She previously was a state lawmaker from Scottsdale.

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Our Turn: Arizona GOP needs to back up education talk

March 27, 2017News Clip

Lupe Contreras, Steve Farley, Katie Hobbs and Martin Quezada, AZ We See It March 26, 2017

Democrats: Teacher retention has reached crisis levels. We need this bipartisan legislation to help solve it.

We were encouraged when, in his State of the State address, Governor Ducey promised to help recruit and retain teachers and restore lost funds to our schools.

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State election chief wastes half a million of taxpayer funds

March 23, 2017News Clip

by  | Mar 22, 2017 | ElectionsPolitics

Arizona Secretary of State Michele Reagan campaigned on making it easier for people to see how money flows into political campaigns, and she has a plan for a website that will help.

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Senator Katie Hobbs Announces Run for Secretary of State

March 8, 2017Blog Post

PHOENIX – Today, on International Women’s Day, Senator Katie Hobbs announced her intentions to run for Secretary of State citing the need to bring integrity back to Arizona’s elections from the persistent debacles plaguing the office.

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Another step forward for survivors' rights

February 23, 2017Blog Post

My bill proposing a Sexual Assault Survivor Bill of Rights (SB1355) was passed unanimously by the entire Senate!

The bill protects the rights of sexual assault survivors by guaranteeing rape kit collection, examination, and long-term preservation. Survivors of sexual assault would also be notified of the release of their assaulter, a much needed step that allows them to protect themselves.

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A Win for Sexual Assault Survivors

February 12, 2017News Clip

By  on Feb 10, 2017

On Thursday, Senate Bill 1355 passed the Senate Committee on Judiciary, introduced by Sen. Katie Hobbs because it “tells survivors ‘Arizona has your back.'”

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Disability Advocates, Arizona Lawmakers Protest Bill On Fixing Violations

February 12, 2017News Clip

By Kathy Ritchie, Thursday, February 9, 2017

Last month, Arizona Sen. John Kavanagh introduced legislation that would give businesses time to fix violations stemming from the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

This so-called cure period concerns many people within the disability community. Disability advocates and some state lawmakers gathered at the state Capitol on Wednesday to oppose Senate Bill 1198.

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Senator Hobbs Introduces Bill to Prohibit Discrimination

February 6, 2017News Clip

Right now, Arizona’s Civil Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national original or disability. But it does not include protections for the LGBT community. A new bill is attempting to change that.

State Sen. Katie Hobbs of District 24 has introduced a bill that would ban discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and veteran status.

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