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News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

Senate Bill Seeks to Restrict Exchange of Ideas in Education

The Senate Government Committee heard testimony today on SB 1542, a bill that would impose penalties on faculty that discuss political and controversial subjects in higher education. Students representing the Arizona Students Association (ASA) and the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) from across the state came to the Capitol today in opposition to the bill, which they see as an effort to restrict what they are able to learn in college classrooms.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

Study Finds States Can Teach Congress About Ethics

The states are far ahead of Congress in establishing independent ethics enforcement for legislators according to a study released today by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG).  The report, Honest Enforcement: What Congress Can Learn From Independent State Ethics Commissions, found that twenty-three states have created commissions, boards or offices that operate largely free of partisan interference to oversee the ethics rules that apply to elected officials.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Higher Ed

New Report: Cutting Interest Rates in Half Would Save Working and Middle Class Arizona Students Thousands of Dollars in Debt

A Congressional proposal to cut student loan interest rates in half will save the average lower and middle income borrower $4,420 over the life of their loans, according to Cutting Interest Rates, Lowering Student Debt, a new report by the Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG).

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Democracy

U.S. House Overwhelmingly Approves First Ethics Changes

The Arizona Public Interest Research Group (Arizona PIRG) applauds the action taken by the U.S. House this evening on the first pieces of the U.S. House rules package.  Speaker Pelosi and the leadership deserve significant credit for bringing meaningful proposals to the floor.  The overwhelming support for new restrictions on lobbyist-funded trips and gifts send a powerful message that the new Congress is taking the need for reform seriously.

News Release | Arizona PIRG | Food

U.S. Senate Shuns Attempt to Weaken Food Safety Protections

In refusing to consider the National Uniformity for Food Act (S. 3128) before the end of the 109th Congress, the U.S. Senate rejected an attempt to weaken America’s food safety system. The bill, supported by powerful food manufacturers, would have implemented sweeping changes to America’s food safety system by preempting hundreds of state and local food safety protections.

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