PHOENIX -- Dennis Welch from the Arizona Guardian gets us plugged in to happenings at the state Capitol.
Arizona Democrats called for one of their own to resign last week amid accusations of domestic violence. But state Rep. Daniel Patterson said he’s not stepping down. His former campaign manager and ex-girlfriend, Georgette Escobar, accused Patterson of abusing her outside their Tucson home. Patterson said the allegations are lies.
State university leaders warned last week it would cost tens of millions of dollars to keep concealed weapons out of college buildings if a proposed law passes this year. The Arizona Board of Regents said the price to outfit college buildings with gun lockers would run as high as $13 million. The National Rifle Association is pushing a bill mandating colleges provide storage space for firearms if they prohibit gun owners from carrying their weapons into college buildings.
Senate Republicans pushed through another bill aimed at damaging state employee unions last weeks after it appeared the measure was dead. The proposal bars state and local governments from paying its employees for union work. The measure now heads to the House where it joins another anti-union measure banning the automatic deduction of union dues from government paychecks.
Also, Frank Camacho, Dennis Welch, Bettina Nava, and Barry Dill talk about Sheriff Joe Arpaio's investigation into President Obama's birth certificate.