The Arizona Supreme Court has approved a comprehensive set of changes to the Arizona Rules of Civil Procedure, which govern civil cases filed in superior courts in Arizona. Amendments made to the rules are the most comprehensive revision of Arizona’s civil rules in nearly fifty years, with changes aimed at clarifying and simplifying rules. Arizona Supreme Court Chief Justice Scott Bales will explain the new rules.
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.
The U.S. House passed a revision of the 1872 mining law last week, which has not been revised since it was passed in 1872. The revision will require mining and oil companies to pay royalties for minerals and oil they take from the land. We'll have a discussion of the bill being considered in Congress. (still working on guests, although one will be Alan Stephens of the group Western Progress)