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July 10, 2014

  • Government Spending   |   Video
    • In a two-day event at the State Capitol, Cox Communications and the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University will gather about 40 executive MBA students to learn about policy-making and budget decisions from some of the state’s top lawmakers, staff and advocates. The students, acting as lawmakers and advocates, will then pass their own budget in a mock legislative session. It’s an exercise to help students learn how business and the political process intersect. Gerry Keim, professor of management at the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, and Michelle Bolton, director of public affairs for Cox Communications, will discuss the event and concepts used by the students.

April 2, 2014

  • Charles Keating  |   Video
    • Charles Keating was a man who exemplified how money could influence politics. Keating has died in Phoenix at age 90. His association and political contributions to the so-called “Keating Five,” a group of lawmakers that included then Arizona Congressmen John McCain and Dennis DeConcini, helped him get favorable treatment from regulators. Keating’s Lincoln Savings and Loans collapsed, leaving many with worthless investments and costing taxpayers billions of dollars. Michael Manning was the lead counsel for the FDIC in prosecuting Keating, and will look back on his role.

March 31, 2014

  • Charter Schools/Budget Battle  |   Video
    • Charter schools are being created by traditional public schools and that results in more money per pupil for the schools. The practice is being contested by some lawmakers as they work on the state budget. Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials will discuss how the practice works.

October 22, 2013

  • CPS Oversight Committee  |   Video
    • A committee that is looking at ways to improve Child Protective Services met for the first time last week, more than a year after it was created. Lawmakers failed to appoint members to the committee in time to send a report to the Governor, but a bill this year resurrected the committee. Committee Co-chair Nancy Barto will discuss the group and talk about its goals.

September 16, 2013

  • Mexico City Trade Mission  |   Video
    • A half-dozen Arizona lawmakers went to Mexico City recently on mission to establish a permanent Arizona presence in that city and to seek out partnerships in the business and political worlds. House Speaker Andy Tobin led the mission, and will talk about trip.

July 29, 2013

  • Stand Your Ground Law  |   Video
    • Arizona’s law that allows you to defend yourself against a deadly threat was expanded a few years ago to let you “stand your ground” when outside your home instead of having to retreat. Recently, Arizona Senator John McCain called for state lawmakers to revise the law in light of the Trayvon Martin shooting. State Senator Steve Gallardo and State Representative John Kavanagh will debate Arizona’s Stand Your Ground law.

July 22, 2013

  • Campaign Contribution Limits  |   Video
    • State lawmakers passed a law that raises campaign contribution limits ten-fold. That law is now being challenged in court. The suit says the law violates the state’s Voter Protection Act, which prohibits lawmakers from making substantial changes to laws approved by voters. Louis Hoffman, a commissioner from the Citizens Clean Elections Commission will discuss the suit, along with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery.

June 20, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Now that state lawmakers have approved expanding Medicaid to add more than 300,000 people, it is up to the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System to implement the new plan. Tom Betlach, the director of AHCCCS, will discuss what’s next for the state’s health care plan for the poor.

May 9, 2013

  • Bipartisan Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Republican and Democratic state lawmakers will talk about the issues facing lawmakers as they attempt to wind up their session. Senate Majority Leader John McComish; Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor, House Speaker Pro Tempore Javan "J.D.” Mesnard; and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell will discuss issues such as Medicaid expansion.

April 29, 2013

  • Medicaid Expansion  |   Video
    • Governor Jan Brewer’s plan to expand Medicaid is being met with resistance from Republican lawmakers. Failure to do anything could result in the loss of some current federal funding for Medicaid in the state. The Arizona Republic reporter Mary K. Reinhart will provide the details.

April 2, 2013

  • Immigration Poll  |   Video
    • A new poll commissioned by the Arizona Chamber of Commerce shows that overwhelmingly majorities support the comprehensive immigration reform plan being worked on by the so-called “Gang of 8,” a bi-partisan group of lawmakers that includes Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake. Garrick Taylor of the chamber will discuss the findings of the Public Opinion Strategies poll.

March 21, 2013

  • New EPA Haze Regulations  |   Video
    • New Environmental Protection Agency regulations on haze have some Arizona leaders saying that the regulations could lead to higher energy costs and a loss of jobs. State lawmakers want to allow states to set air standard regulations. Sandy Bahr of the Grand Canyon Chapter of the Sierra Club and Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne will discuss the issue of haze regulation.

February 14, 2013

  • CPS Funding Increase  |   Video
    • Lawmakers voted to give Arizona’s Child Protective Services money to hire 50 new case workers. Arizona Department of Economic Security Director Clarence Carter, who oversees CPS, will discuss how the new money will be implemented.

October 8, 2012

  • Vote 2012: Prop 116 (Personal Property Tax)  |   Video
    • Farrell Quinlan, Arizona State Director for the National Federation of Independent Business, explains Prop 116, a constitutional amendment that was referred to the ballot by state lawmakers. Prop 116 raises the personal property tax exemption on newly-acquired business equipment and machinery. The measure has no organized opposition.

June 25, 2012

  • U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: SB 1070 - Legal  |   Video
    • ASU law professors Paul Bender and Carissa Hessick and immigration attorney Regina Jefferies provide legal analysis of the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070. Plus, State Representative John Kavanagh and former state lawmakers/political consultant John Loredo talk about the opinion and the politics of enforcing SB 1070 moving forward.
  • U.S. Supreme Court Ruling: SB 1070 - Political  |   Video
    • ASU law professors Paul Bender and Carissa Hessick and immigration attorney Regina Jefferies provide legal analysis of the Supreme Court ruling on SB 1070. Plus, State Representative John Kavanagh and former state lawmakers/political consultant John Loredo talk about the opinion and the politics of enforcing SB 1070 moving forward.

May 7, 2012

  • Economic Growth: Legislative Wrap-up: Business & Economic Growth  |   Video
    • Arizona Horizon takes a look at what State lawmakers did during the legislative session to help or hinder business and economic growth in Arizona. Guests include Greater Phoenix Economic Council President and CEO Barry Broome, ASU Economist Dennis Hoffman, and Glenn Hamer, president and CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

May 2, 2012

  • Mortgage Relief Fund Sweep  |   Video
    • Arizona Housing Alliance Executive Director Valerie Iverson explains why her organization is considering legal action after state lawmakers pass a budget that sweeps $50 million from a mortgage settlement fund.

May 1, 2012

  • Arizona Budget  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the Governor have agreed on a new budget and lawmakers are expected to pass it today. Bob Robb of the Arizona Republic will talk about the budget.

April 30, 2012

April 9, 2012

  • Revising Arizona’s Recall Law  |   Video
    • Fountain Hills resident Paul Ryan is asking state lawmakers to consider revising Arizona’s 100-year-old recall law that allows citizens to remove elected officials from office. He won support from Republicans and Democrats who are requesting that a committee be formed to revisit the law. Join Ryan, Senator Michele Reagan and Senator David Lujan as they explain why the recall law might need an update.

April 2, 2012

  • AZ House Conflict of Interest Rule  |   Video
    • Representative Ruben Gallego wants to strengthen a House rule that requires lawmakers to abstain from voting on bills in which they have a personal financial interest. Representatives Gallego and John Kavanagh discuss the proposal.

February 21, 2012

  • Legislative Budget Plan  |   Video
    • Dennis Welch of the Arizona Guardian reports on the legislative budget plan state lawmakers passed out of the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.

February 13, 2012

  • Public Sector Union Bills  |   Video
    • Arizona State Lawmakers are considering several bills that limit the power of labor unions for public sector employees, including police and firefighters. The sponsor of the bills, Republican Senator Rick Murphy, and Democratic Senator David Lujan debate the legislation.

January 30, 2012

  • Arizona Economy  |   Video
    • ASU economist Dennis Hoffman shares his views on President Obama’s ideas for growing jobs and how state lawmakers can stimulate Arizona’s economy.

January 2, 2012

  • 2012 Education Priorities  |   Video
    • Education advocates share their views on the state of public education in Arizona and what state lawmakers should focus on in 2012. Guests include Arizona Education Association President Andrew Morrill, Arizona School Administrators Executive Director Dr. Debra Duvall and Arizona Business and Education Coalition Executive Director Susan Carlson.

December 14, 2011

  • 2012 Legislative Priorities  |   Video
    • State lawmakers will be back in session early next year. Senate President Steve Pierce, Senate Minority Leader David Schapira and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell will talk about legislative priorities for the upcoming legislative session.

December 12, 2011

  • 2012 Education Priorities  |   Video
    • Education advocates share their views on the state of public education in Arizona and what state lawmakers should focus on in 2012. Guests include Arizona Education Association (AEA) President Andrew Morrill, Arizona School Administrators (ASA) Executive Director Dr. Debra Duvall, and Arizona Business and Education Coalition (ABEC) Executive Director Susan Carlson.

July 20, 2011

  • Excess State Revenue  |   Video
    • The State of Arizona is on track to collect more tax revenues than projected when lawmakers passed the 2012 budget. State Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-Phoenix) and State Representative Justin Olson (R-Mesa) debate what the State should do with any extra money it collects.

May 25, 2011

  • State Pension Changes  |   Video
    • During the recent legislative session, lawmakers made several changes to Arizona’s state employee pension systems. Labor groups have threatened to sue saying some of those changes are unconstitutional. Employment attorney John Balitis shares his legal analysis of whether or not the changes pass constitutional muster.

May 24, 2011

  • DUI Legislation Referendum   |   Video
    • Senate Bill 1200, passed by state lawmakers and signed by the Governor, makes numerous changes to Arizona’s impaired driving laws. Hear from the bill’s sponsor Senator Linda Gray and Cliff Girard, a Phoenix defense attorney who has filed a referendum to stop part of that bill from going into effect.

May 4, 2011

  • New Speaker of the House  |   Video
    • When Kirk Adams recently stepped down as Speaker of the House to make a run for Congress, lawmakers wasted little time in selecting a replacement. Meet the new Speaker, Andy Tobin a Republican from Paulden, Arizona.

April 6, 2011

  • Gifts to Legislators  |   Video
    • Amid reports that some state lawmakers accepted gifts from the Fiesta Bowl that were not reported on their financial disclosure statements, we learn about Arizona’s laws regarding gifts to lawmakers from Secretary of State Ken Bennett whose office maintains the financial reports of lawmakers and lobbyists.

April 4, 2011

  • AHCCCS Budget  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the governor are proposing big cuts to the state’s health insurance for the poor. Tom Betlach, director of the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, will talk about how those cuts will impact his agency and its clients. Kim VanPelt, associate director of Arizona Health Futures for St. Luke’s Health Initiatives, will explain what the proposed AHCCCS enrollment freeze will mean for Arizona’s Medicaid population and their health care providers.

February 28, 2011

February 22, 2011

  • States' Rights  |   Video
    • Fed-up with federal mandates, Arizona lawmakers are trying to assert states rights. What does that mean, and how much power do states really have? Hear what legal experts have to say about the issue.

February 15, 2011

  • Special Session  |   Video
    • State lawmakers are working in special session this week on a bill designed to grow jobs and improve Arizona's economy. Speaker of the House Kirk Adams and House Minority Leader Chad Campbell discuss the measure.

February 3, 2011

  • SB 1322  |   Video
    • State lawmakers help a press conference today on SB 1322. Supporters say the bill will save taxpayer money by requiring Arizona's largest cities to seek competitive bids for the delivery of certain city services. Senate Majority Leader Scott Bungaard and Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio explain.
  • Challenges of Local Government   |   Video
    • State lawmakers have introduced a number of bills that would impact cities and towns in a variety of ways. Here to discuss what Arizona's local governments are facing is Ken Strobeck, Executive Director of League of AZ Cities and Towns.

January 31, 2011

  • State Budget Deficit: Raise Taxes or Reduce Spending?  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have two primary options to erase the State’s massive budget deficit: 1) raise taxes or, 2) cut government spending. Both have a negative impact on Arizona’s economy, but according to a new analysis by the L. William Seidman Research Institute at ASU’s W. P. Carey School of Business, one option is less economically harmful than the other. Tom R. Rex, associate director of the Center for Competitiveness and Prosperity Research, explains.

January 27, 2011

  • Birthright Citizenship Legislation  |   Video
    • State lawmakers introduced legislation that they hope leads to the elimination of automatic birthright citizenship for the children of illegal immigrants. ASU law professor Andy Hessick discusses the legislation.

December 7, 2010

  • Medicaid Cuts  |   Video
    • Democratic state lawmakers held a press conference to urge Republican legislative leaders to restore cuts made to Arizona's Medicaid program. Representative David Schapira talks about the issue.

October 18, 2010

  • Legislating at the Ballot Box  |   Video
    • Of the ten propositions on November’s general election ballot, nine were referred by the state legislature (two of which seek to repeal past voter-approved measures). Join us as we examine how Arizona’s initiative and referendum processes are being used by voters and lawmakers, and whether or not they’re being used appropriately. Arizona Republic editorial columnist Bob Robb and ASU law professor Paul Bender share their insights and expertise.

August 11, 2010

  • Secret Ballots for Unionizing  |   Video
    • The pros and cons of a ballot measure, approved by state lawmakers in special session, that attempts to block proposed federal legislation regarding the formation of labor unions.

June 24, 2010

  • Ballot Measure Descriptions  |   Video
    • This week, state lawmakers adopt the official Legislative Council descriptions of ballot measures that will appear in November’s general election publicity pamphlet. Longtime state lawmaker Pete Rios explains the process and politics involved in coming up with impartial analyses of the ballot measures.

June 17, 2010

  • Clean Air Lawsuit  |   Video
    • State lawmakers raided funding that was intended for more mass transit to help clean the air. Sandy Bahr of the Sierra Club will discuss the lawsuit that has been filed to restore the funding.

May 6, 2010

  • Move on When Ready  |   Video
    • State lawmakers passed a bill that allows high school students to advance academically and move on to college or career and technical study when they prove they’re capable of doing so. Learn more about “Move on When Ready” with program advocate Sybil Francis, executive director of the Center for the Future of Arizona.

April 13, 2010

  • State Spending Limits/Voter Protection   |   Video
    • State lawmakers are working on a bill that would tie future state spending increases to population growth and inflation. They’re also considering sending measures to the ballot that would allow the state to spend money that’s currently off-limits and voter protected. Learn more about the legislation from Representative John Kavanagh, House Appropriations Chairman, and Representative David Schapira, Appropriations Committee member.

April 7, 2010

  • First Things First  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have referred a measure to the 2010 general election ballot asking Arizona voters to repeal First Things First, an early childhood development and education program, funded by a tax on cigarettes, that was passed by voters in 2006. If approved, the measure would redirect tax money collected for First Things First to the state general fund. Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of First Things First, discusses the referendum.

March 22, 2010

  • AHCCCS  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have voted to cut $310,000 from the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s health care plan for the poor. John Rivers of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association will address the ramifications of the cuts.

February 18, 2010

  • Educating Like Florida  |   Video
    • Improvements on test scores for Florida’s K-12 students are linked to education reforms enacted in that state more than a decade ago. But, can Florida’s success be exported to the Grand Canyon State? Some Arizona lawmakers think so. We’ll take a look at bills they’re considering that follow Florida’s lead.

February 16, 2010

  • Legislative Leadership  |   Video
    • State lawmakers continue their struggle with the state budget. Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams will discuss the budget and other legislative priorities in their monthly appearance on Horizon.

February 8, 2010

  • New Lawmakers  |   Video
    • Dennis Braswell was named to replace Pamela Gorman in the state senate. There will be other new lawmakers soon as other lawmakers have resigned recently, all to run for congress. Dennis Welch of the Arizona Guardian discusses the changes at the legislature.

January 25, 2010

  • Arizona State Parks  |   Video
    • State parks are in a life or death battle for their existence as state lawmakers look for ways to cut the budget. Renee Bahl, Executive Director of Arizona State Parks, will talk about the dire situation.

November 17, 2009

  • State Budget  |   Video
    • As lawmakers prepare to enter a special session for the budget, two lawmakers will discuss the budget and what can be done about it. Guests include House Appropriations Chairman, Rep. John Kavanagh (R) and House Assistant Minority Leader, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D).

November 4, 2009

  • Health Care Reform  |   Video
    • A discussion on the latest Congressional efforts to pass health care reform with House Assistant Minority Leader, State Representative Kyrsten Sinema, a Democrat and one of 32 state lawmakers nationwide to serve on the White House Health Reform Task Force. And Tom Patterson, Chairman of the Goldwater Institute, a former state senator and a retired emergency room doctor.

September 1, 2009

  • Kidscare Parents  |   Video
    • At the end of September, thousands of working Arizonans will lose their health insurance. That’s because lawmakers did not reauthorize funding for KidsCare Parents, a low-cost health insurance program for working parents whose income is below 200% of the federal poverty level. Dana Wolfe Naimark of Children’s Action Alliance and Brenda Cardenas of Healthcare Connect talk about the limited options available to these families.

August 26, 2009

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small provides an update on the state budget after lawmakers adjourned the special session, sine die. It’s a move that gives the Governor 10 days to consider signing the budget that’s nearly identical to one she previously vetoed.

July 14, 2009

  • Tax Policy  |   Video
    • Arizona Tax Research Association Director Kevin McCarthy offers his perspective on revenue options available to lawmakers as they look for ways to balance the current year state budget.

July 8, 2009

  • Special Session  |   Video
    • The budget passed by state lawmakers at the last minute has been shot down in part by Governor Jan Brewer. House Minority Leader Representative David Lujan and House Majority Leader John McComish talk about efforts to come up with a new budget plan.

July 7, 2009

  • Education Funding  |   Video
    • Chuck Essigs of the Arizona Association of School Business Officials talks about the budget challenges that continue for public education even after lawmakers restored K-12 funding.

June 30, 2009

  • Budgetary   |   Video
    • Former state legislators, Pete Rios and Stan Barnes discuss the politics and policy at stake as lawmakers rush to rush to pass a balanced budget before the end of the fiscal year.

June 23, 2009

June 16, 2009

  • Budget Crisis  |   Video
    • State lawmakers and the governor disagree on how to solve next year's budget and time is running out. Governor Jan Brewer is even talking about getting the Arizona Supreme Court to force lawmakers to give her a budget she plans to veto. Mary K. Reinhart of the Arizona Guardian will give us an update.

May 13, 2009

  • School District Cash Balances  |   Video
    • Arizona State lawmakers passed a plan to use $300 million in school district cash balances to help erase the state’s remaining $650 million dollar budget shortfall in FY 2009. Chuck Essigs, Director of Government Relations for the Arizona Association of School Business Officials explains why the move will result in a property tax increase for some Arizonans.

May 11, 2009

  • Budget Debate  |   Video
    • State lawmakers have delievered a budget. Hear the pros and cons in a discussion with Republican Representative John Kavanagh and Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema.

April 29, 2009

  • Solar Business Incentives  |   Video
    • Details of a bill, awaiting action by state lawmakers, that’s designed to encourage renewable energy manufacturers to move to Arizona.

March 24, 2009

  • Legislative Leaders  |   Video
    • State lawmakers are focusing mostly on the budget. Learn more from Senate President Bob Burns and House Speaker Kirk Adams.

February 26, 2009

  • Renewable Energy Tax Credit Bill  |   Video
    • The President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council talks about a bill recently introduced by state lawmakers that offers economic incentives to renewable energy companies that move their headquarters or manufacturing facilities to Arizona.

February 11, 2009

  • Renewable Energy Tax Credit Bill  |   Video
    • The President and CEO of the Greater Phoenix Economic Council talks about a bill recently introduced by state lawmakers that offers economic incentives to renewable energy companies that move their headquarters or manufacturing facilities to Arizona.

February 2, 2009

  • state Budget Update  |   Video
    • state lawmakers approved a budget for fiscal year 2009 over the weekend. We talk with House Majority Leader John McComish about the cuts made and what might be in store for the 2010 budget.

January 27, 2009

  • Legislature A to Z: Education  |   Video
    • With a $1.6 billion budget shortfall this year and a deficit as high as $3 billion in 2010, state lawmakers are considering cutting K-12 and higher education by as much as $1.5 billion over the next 18 months. Education Committee Chairman, Rep. Rich Crandall and Rep. David Schapira, a former teacher, talk about how the budget may affect education.

January 26, 2009

  • Legislature A to Z: Budget  |   Video
    • Arizona's budget is $1.6 billion in the red, and that's just for this fiscal year. In the first of our four-part series on important issues before lawmakers, two state lawmakers debate over the best way to solve the budget deficit.

January 22, 2009

  • KidsCare  |   Video
    • The state-run health insurance program that provides affordable coverage for children and adults who do not qualify for Medicaid celebrates its 10th birthday as lawmakers consider eliminating the program completely. Guest: Matt Jewett, Children's Action Alliance.

January 12, 2009

  • State of the State Address  |   Video
    • Governor Janet Napolitano gives her final State of the State address before leaving for Washington, D.C., to join the Obama administration as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security. HORIZON presents the address in its entirety with reaction from lawmakers. Former lawmakers Stan Barnes and Pete Rios discuss the speech with host Ted Simons.

October 14, 2008

  • Domestic Violence  |   Video
    • A Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team was created by state lawmakers in 2005. The mission of the team, made up of law enforcement, domestic violence officials, clergy and business representatives, just to name a few, is to take a deeper look into the problem of fatal domestic violence. Libby Bissa, chair of the Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team, talks about the team's goals.

July 23, 2008

  • Photo Radar  |   Video
    • Learn about the Arizona Department of Public Safety's plans to roll out its statewide photo radar system as part of the state budget approved by lawmakers and signed by the governor last month.

July 9, 2008

  • school Vouchers  |   Video
    • state lawmakers have eliminated funding for school vouchers that help disabled and foster children attend private schools. Meanwhile, Arizona's court system is testing the constitutionality of these voucher programs. Do the funding cuts affect the case? Well talk with the attorney fighting to preserve Arizona's school vouchers.

April 16, 2008

  • Governor Janet Napolitano  |   Video
    • Facing a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, state lawmakers approved a property tax cut and sent the bill to the governor. Meanwhile, the governor and a coalition of business groups want to ask voters to approve a sales tax increase to pay for highway projects. Hear what Governor Janet Napolitano has to say about those issues and more in her monthly appearance on HORIZON.

April 8, 2008

  • 9/11 Memorial  |   Video
    • state lawmakers narrowly passed a bill to remove 12 inscriptions from Arizona's controversial 9/11 memorial in Phoenix. Rep. John Kavanagh, who sponsored the legislation, and Rep. Steve Farley, who opposes it, join us for a discussion on the measure.

April 3, 2008

  • Voter-approved Initiatives  |   Video
    • state lawmakers are considering a measure that would allow voters to decide whether lawmakers can make changes to voter-approved initiatives. State Representative Russell Pearce, who is sponsoring the bill, will discuss it, along with Representative Chad Campbell, who is against the bill.

March 27, 2008

  • No Child Left Behind  |   Video
    • state lawmakers have a bill that would make Arizona the first state to opt out of No Child Left Behind. If the bill is successful, Arizona would lose $600 million dollars in federal education funds. State Representative David Schapira will be on to talk about his bill.
  • state Budget  |   Video
    • state Treasurer Dean Martin says the state will be out of money soon unless lawmakers and the governor act to end the current year budget shortfall. Martin will talk about the issue.

March 19, 2008

  • Governor Napolitano  |   Video
    • The state budget shortfall continues and state lawmakers are in the midst of working on big issues such as immigration reform. Hear what Governor Janet Napolitano has to say about those issues and more in her monthly appearance on HORIZON.

February 19, 2008

  • Legislative Update  |   Video
    • We hear from Arizona Capitol Times reporter Jim Small about some of the key issues state lawmakers are working on this week.
  • CPS Bills  |   Video
    • state lawmakers are working on legislation to make certain records on child-welfare cases and court proceedings more accessible and to improve communications in Arizona's Child Protective Services. The proposals are part of a number of bills dealing with CPS.

February 7, 2008

  • African American Lawmakers  |   Video
    • sen. Leah Landrum Taylor and Rep. Cloves Campbell will talk about issues important to African Americans in the State Legislature.

January 9, 2008

  • state Budget Hearings  |   Video
    • One week before the legislative session begins state lawmakers are working to close the gap of an estimated $1 billion budget shortfall.

September 13, 2007

  • Declining State Revenues
    • state revenues are declining. State Senator Jay Tibshraeny will explain why and what lawmakers may do about the situation.

August 29, 2007

  • The Cost of Teaching English Part 3
    • English Language Learners (Legislative Action) Find out what state lawmakers have done to provide English Learners with the educational resources they need to succeed in school.

July 10, 2007

  • Legislative Wrap-up: Republican Leaders
    • Legislative leaders talk about their accomplishments and disappointments from the recently wrapped up session. Lawmakers passed a state budget and measures dealing with taxes, immigration, education and other issues. House Speaker Jim Weiers and Senate Majority Leader Thayer Verschoor join us to wrap up the session.

June 14, 2007

  • DUI Interlock Devices
    • The state legislature passed and the Governor signed a bill to require interlock devices for people convicted of drunk driving. However, lawmakers have had a change of heart, and are working on a bill to make changes to the one just passed. Representative John Kavanagh and Senator Linda Gray will discuss the bill.

May 29, 2007

  • Environmental Legislative Update
    • Arizona state lawmakers recently passed two bills dealing with water, one deals with water adequacy and one that sets up a fund for infrastructure. Meantime it looks like Senate Bill 1552 the Air Quality Program--- will go to conference committee for additional amendments next week. The Sierra Club is asking legislators to make it as strong as possible. Joining Horizon is Sandy Bahr, Conservation Outreach Director for the Sierra Club Grand Canyon Chapter.

May 1, 2007

  • Healthcare Group
    • Healthcare Group, a state-run health care plan for small business, is running at a deficit and asking for funding from the state. State lawmakers Representative Kirk Adams and Representative Steve Farley join us to discuss it.

April 19, 2007

  • AZ Centennial Kickoff
    • state lawmakers plan a kickoff to the Arizona Centennial Plan Thursday. Former Phoenix Mayor John Driggs, who is a member of the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission, will talk about the plan.

April 17, 2007

  • New Anti-Gang Bill
    • A new anti-gang bill state lawmakers are working on would increase the sentence for criminals convicted of crimes that are gang related.

April 10, 2007

  • Arizona Veteran Home
    • state lawmakers have formed a joint select committee to investigate operations and conditions at the nursing home for veterans in Phoenix. Committee members Rep. John Nelson and Rep.Ben Miranda discuss the legislative hearings.

April 4, 2007

  • Arizona Veteran Home
    • state lawmakers begin investigating reports of patient neglect at the Arizona Veteran Home, a state-run nursing home for veterans. A local journalist talks about what went on during the first meeting of the Joint Select Committee to Investigate Operations and Conditions as the Arizona Veterans Home.

March 29, 2007

  • Health Insurance for the Poor
    • state lawmakers are working on getting some money to help promote state health care plans for the poor. Dana Naimark of Children's Action Alliance and Representative Kirk Adams will talk about the effort.

March 28, 2007

  • English Language Learner / Flores v. Arizona
    • Arizona State lawmakers respond to a federal judges most recent court order in the 15-year-old Flores v. Arizona lawsuit. The judge ruled that the State continues to violate federal law by not providing adequate educational programs for English Language Learners. Guests: Rep. Tom Boone, (R) House Majority Leader Rep. David Lujan, (D) Phoenix, District 15

February 20, 2007

  • Transporation Legislation
    • The way Arizona funds our highway construction projects continues to fall behind the state's needs. Lawmakers are working to seek funding options for highway expansion projects. Senator Jay Tibshraeny, (R) Chandler, joins us to talk about current legislation dealing with transportation.

January 18, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Immigration
    • Republican lawmakers promise that immigration will be a big issue again this session. Republican Representative Russell Pearce and Democratic Representative Kyrsten Sinema will discuss immigration bills being considered this session.

January 17, 2007

January 16, 2007

  • Legislature A to Z: Health Bills
    • Improving health care coverage for children is among the governors top issues in 2007. What do top lawmakers at the state legislature who deal with health measures say about those proposals? Find out what Senate Health Committee Chairman Sen. Carolyn Allen and House Health Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Stump have on their agendas in the new session.

March 23, 2006

  • Private Prisons
    • Arizona lawmakers are considering privatizing more Arizona prisons. Department of Corrections Director Dora Schriro will talk about a recently commissioned study that examined the cost of privatization versus state-run prisons.

January 26, 2006

  • Legislature 2006: English Learner Funding
    • A battle has been raging all week between the Governor and the Legislature over funding for English leaner programs in Arizona. The Governor has already vetoed two bills passed by lawmakers. Representatives Linda Lopez and Tom Boone will talk about the issue as we wrap up our series "Legislature 2006" on the top issues before the legislature.
  • Corrections Director Schriro
    • Retention of corrections officers is a problem for the Arizona Department of Corrections because of low pay. Corrections Director Dora Schriro will talk about what lawmakers and the Governor are proposing to solve the problem.

January 18, 2006

  • Governor Napolitano
    • The 2006 legislative session has already gotten off to a contentious start, with lawmakers quickly passing bills the governor vetoed last year. Hear what Governor Janet Napolitano has to say about those bills and other important issues of the session, including immigration, all-day kindergarten and funding for English language learners.

September 20, 2005

  • Arizona's Health Insurance Crisis: AHCCCS
    • Part two of four It's been more than 20 years since state lawmakers created the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, which insures more than one million people in Arizona. How much does the system cost, how does it work and who qualifies for coverage?

June 2, 2005

May 18, 2005

  • AIMS changes
    • Passing the AIMS Test just might have gotten a little easier because of a vote by the State Board of Education, as well as a bill passed by state lawmakers.

May 17, 2005

May 13, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • senator John McCain, along with Congressman Jeff Flake and Jim Kolbe, introduced a new proposal to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Valley Hispanics to flex some muscle on Tuesday by staging a boycott and protest against bills before the Arizona Legislature, and after 123 days, state lawmakers ended the current legislative session early this morning.

May 12, 2005

  • AZ Legislature: A to Z
    • A "Horizon" Special: The Arizona legislature, A to Z. We'll discuss the political dynamics that drive the legislature and how that impacts laws passed by lawmakers. Then you'll learn how term limits passed by voters over a decade ago has affected the process and how some lawmakers get around them. Lobbyists are not elected to make the laws but they certainly influence the process. We'll take a look at that aspect of the legislature. Finally we'll give you some tips about how you can become involved in the process as we tell you the story about one citizen's success in getting a bill passed.

May 5, 2005

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • Budget negotiations between the Governor and state lawmakers have finally borne some fruit. The two sides came to an agreement after a veto of the first budget and Governor Napolitano now holds the record for the most number of vetoes by a Governor. And the Governor met today with the nation's homeland security director who was visiting the border in Arizona, all issues we'll discuss with the Governor.

May 3, 2005

  • Legislative politics
    • The U.S. Senate may soon end the use of filibusters to block or delay Republican judicial nominations. We'll learn more about a tactic in use for some 218 years. Plus, lawmakers force a showdown with Governor Napolitano over vouchers and immigration issues. We'll take a closer look at the legislative session and why some call it one of the most contentious in recent memory.

April 28, 2005

  • Budget talks
    • state lawmakers continue to work on a budget. An update from the Senate president.

April 27, 2005

  • state budget
    • state lawmakers present a budget that contains what the Governor wants, funding for full day kindergarten. The problem is it also contains items the Governor doesn't want.

April 15, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • Governor Janet Napolitano surprised some lawmakers Thursday when she vetoed a forest health bill. The State senate made changes to a proposed liquor bill that would block any new drive-through lanes at liquor stores and would prohibit tasting samples from being given out at stores. And because of soaring gas prices, Governor Napolitano wants the EPA to give Arizona a waiver on the use of summertime fuel.

April 14, 2005

  • Kids in Pickups
    • No kids in the back of pickups. That's a bill lawmakers have been trying to pass for 10 years. We'll talk to the sponsor of the bill, Rep. Jerry Weiers.

April 8, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • some state lawmakers making the trek to Southern Arizona border to check up on the minuteman project. It appears progress is being made between Governor Janet Napolitano and Republican legislative leaders on a new budget agreement, with some suggesting the two sides are getting close to a deal. And just a week after announcing a plan for a ballot initiative on classroom spending that proposal has run into trouble.

April 7, 2005

  • First Thursday: The Governor on HORIZON
    • Budget negotiations between the Governor and state lawmakers continue. Lots of action in bills that deal with education, including the conversion of a previous opponent of all day kindergarten? And the minuteman project continues its patrols. All issues Horizon discusses with the Governor.

April 6, 2005

  • Legislative update
    • An update from a Capitol reporter about the State legislature, where lawmakers continue to look for a compromise on the State's budget.

March 29, 2005

  • state Archive Building
    • The condition of the state archive building led lawmakers to approve funding for a new one. "Horizon" looks at the need for a new facility and why it's been difficult to get one built.

March 25, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • The Clean Elections Commission voted unanimously Thursday to remove state representative David Burnell Smith from office for violating campaign spending limits. It took Governor Janet Napolitano a matter of minutes to veto the budget proposal approved by State lawmakers last week. And the State senate did a flip-flop this week on the future of the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality.

March 24, 2005

  • Budget Showdown
    • The Clean Elections Commission orders a lawmaker to quit for breaking the law on campaign spending. It's back to the drawing board as the governor vetoes most of the state budget handed to her by Republican lawmakers.

February 23, 2005

  • Medical malpractice
    • The debate over malpractice reform is one of the issues facing state lawmakers, a subject also considered by medical students entering the field. Horizon looks at a medical malpractice bill working its way through the state legislature.

February 18, 2005

  • Journalists Roundtable
    • The City of Phoenix released the results of its investigation into the month's water debacle. Groundbreaking was held for the start on the valley's new light rail system. State lawmakers are once again trying to make changes to the controversial AIMS test.

January 26, 2005

  • AZ Legislature: A to Z "Lobbyists"
    • It looks like a typical outdoor luncheon but is it really a power lunch to influence lawmakers? Continuing our series examining the state legislature, "Horizon" takes a look at lobbying.

January 25, 2005

  • AZ Legislature: A to Z "Term Limits"
    • Arizona voters imposed term limits on state lawmakers more than a dozen years ago. It's caused some to leave office after eight years, but other legislators have found a way around them.

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