Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich issued a legal opinion in February declaring that Arizona has the constitutional authority to declare an invasion on its border with Mexico, but since Gov. Doug Ducey has not done so, Brnovich is now urging him to. In a letter sent to Ducey on July 6, Brnovich, who is now running for U.S. Senate, laid out the reasons why.
“This horrible situation is a ticking time bomb,” Brnovich said. “It’s just a question of when, and not if, the unspeakable will occur.” He went on, “[W]e have every indication that the border crisis will continue to escalate. If there is more that we as a state can and should do, it can be pursued with your declaration of an ‘invasion’ at our southern border.”
Arizona State Representative Jake Hoffman (R-Queen Creek) slammed House Bill (HB) 2156 which aims to entice filmmakers to come to Arizona by offering upwards of $125 million in tax credits, calling it anti-Republican.
“This might be the most outrageous, anti-Republican bill of the entire session. We’ve heard the whole woke narrative, but it’s exactly right. Hollywood is off the rails right now. They are sexualizing our children. They are degrading our culture. They are glorifying violence. Hollywood does not represent the people of Arizona. It is not the industry the people of Arizona want,” Hoffman said during a recent House Floor Session.
The theft of catalytic converters has become a big problem in Arizona, and State Rep. Diego Espinoza (D-Tolleson) is sponsoring legislation to expand the law against it. Current law only prohibits buying or selling a used catalytic converter outside of regular transactions; HB 2652 goes beyond that to make it illegal to possess, solicit, or advertise a used catalytic converter outside of regular transactions. It would also mandate reporting sales to DPS and tracking.
HB 2652 looks very likely to pass, as 49 members of the House voted for it and only 10 Republicans voted against it. It passed the Senate Committee on Transportation and Technology 9-0, and is now headed for the Senate Rules Committee.