Phoenix, AZ – Under current law a judge can dissolve a marriage 60 days after a petition is filed. The legislation that gained preliminary Senate approval Monday would allow either spouse to extend that period out for up to six months. The other party would have to go along unless he or she could show -- quote -- good cause for proceeding without delay. Sen. David Braswell said the move makes sense. He said couples should be absolutely sure they want to end their marriage.
Phoenix, AZ – The way the measure is worded, people have to have coverage or, beginning in 2014, pay a penalty. Attorney General Terry Goddard said it might be beyond the power of the federal government to actually force anyone to purchase health insurance.
(But I don't believe what this statute does is mandate that we have a particular behavior. The taxing power says we have a choice. We can either sign up for the insurance or we can pay a higher tax. And I think they do have the power to do that.)
Phoenix, AZ – The initiative would allow doctors to essentially prescribe marijuana to patients who are suffering from any one of a specific set of conditions. But it also says an employer cannot discipline a worker who tests positive for drugs. Campaign manager Andrew Myers said that's designed to ensure that what happened to that Michigan worker, who said he suffers from sinus cancer and a brain tumor, could not happen here.
Phoenix, AZ – The proposal on the May 18 ballot would hike the state sales tax by a penny for three years, raising close to a billion dollars a year. But Goddard noted the House has already approved a package of future cuts in corporate and individual income taxes and property taxes. When fully implemented that plan would reduce state revenues by $940 million a year. Goddard said he is concerned about what he calls a shell game.
Phoenix, AZ – Sen. Jack Harper said the problem with keeping weapons off campus is it creates what he calls defense-free zones.
(Obviously, where criminals believe there's not somebody who can defend innocent life, they're not going to care there's a law against firearms. They're going to come on the campus or in the facility and try and harm people. I think it's important to have law-abiding citizens with the ability to defend themselves.)