Here they are: The Farley Reports!

These are the archived issues of the Farley Report, an inside view on what's really going on at the Arizona Legislature, written by Steve Farley each Tuesday during session, and each month during off session. You can subscribe directly by signing up and entering your email address on this website.

The latest Report is at the top, and following are the editions back in time to the report for January 2011.

The Farley Report from Phoenix #270: 3-21-17

It’s the last week for committees to hear bills (with the exception of Appropriations Committees), so one would think that we are nearing the end and the risk of wayward bills would be receding. However, that’s not quite the way it works around here. 

In fact, this is the week when dead bills come back to life in record numbers. The form that a zombie bill takes is a “striker” or “strike-everything” amendment. Like a parasitic wasp feeding on a sickly host caterpillar, a dying but moving bill is taken over by an entirely unrelated bill in committee. This week, I will tell you the story of one of these walking dead bills that is aiming to legalize yet another type of predatory lending in Arizona.  

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #269: 3-14-17

I really, really, really wanted to write a Farley Report full of good news this week, but the Legislative Majority and Governor had other plans. But if you make it through the bad news stories, I did find a ray of hope to report at the end.

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #268: 3-7-17

Things are calming down considerably around here after the frenetic action of last week, but there’s still plenty going on.

But first, the Farley Report Pledge Break…

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #267: 2-28-17

What a whirlwind week! There’s been tons of floor action to pump Senate bills over to the House, we began hearing House bills in the Senate, and — among many other appearances — I went on national Fox News live at 5:20am on Saturday to kill a bill that would allow the government to seize the assets of protest organizers. I finally found a moment of calm to share some of the happenings with you. 

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #266: 2-21-17

It’s Crossover Week in the Arizona Legislature, a new experiment where we pause committees for one week as we work to process bills through caucus and floor in our own chamber before we transition next week into hearing bills from the opposite chamber. The Senate is pumping out Senate bills and the House is pumping out House bills all week long. Which means that a whole lot of questionable material is flowing out of that pump. More on that later. 

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #265: 2-14-17

Howdy, Friends O'Farley…

Happy Arizona Statehood Day! On our beloved state’s 105th birthday, let’s offer a gift of love to ourselves: A change in priorities in our state government. 

This is the last week for bills to be heard in their originating chamber (with the exception of Appropriations Committee), so in this Farley Report I’ll run down a few of my bills that will not be heard, at least in their original form — taken together, they are an alternative vision for our state that would move us all forward once we have the power to enact them.

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #264 - 2-7-17

It’s February already and the legislative days are heating up with bills flying fast and furious in committees, caucus, and floor. Tomorrow I’ll be supporting the fourth of my bills to be heard in a Senate committee this year and there will be plenty of drama, I’m sure.

Read on to hear more after the Farley Report Pledge Break…

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #263 - 1-31-17

It’s been a tough week in the USA on so many fronts. The scene in Phoenix is no exception. I’ll share with you the story of this year’s attempt to gut more than $211 million annually in desegregation funding from 18 of our state’s highest-poverty districts, and what you can do to stop it.

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #262: 1-24-17

Tomorrow (Wednesday, January 25) at the State Capitol, traffic safety advocates from around the state and country will gather for the Arizona Distracted Driving Summit. If you can make it here, by all means join the hundreds of others who will educate each other and meet with their legislators on this vital topic.

If you can’t come to Phoenix, you can still share in the excitement — I’m focusing this Report on currently active distracted driving legislation in the Capitol landscape now that the main opponent of these laws is no longer here. 

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The Farley Report from Phoenix #261: 1-17-17

It’s the second week of session, and that means this is the Farley Report that annually brings you a point-by-point breakdown of the Governor’s proposed state budget. This year, the numbers reveal that those big raises in teacher pay that Governor Ducey raved about in his State of the State are actually — wait for it — 4/10 of one percent per year for five years. 

That’s an average of $15 a month. And what’s worse? He swipes gas tax money from our transportation system in order to pay for it.

Much more after the Farley Report Pledge Break…

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