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Arizona’s national forests and some local governments and land management agencies are implementing stricter campfire and smoking restrictions because of the heightened wildfire threat. Heightened restrictions ordered by the Apache-Sitgreaves, Coconino, Coronado, Kaibab, Prescott and Tonto national forests take effect either Wednesday or Thursday. Along with restricting campfires and smoking, the forests’ heightened restrictions prohibit or impose limits on various activities. Those include shooting, welding, using chain saws, running generators and driving motor vehicles off roads. An Apache-Sitgreaves statement said the restrictions “are necessary to reduce human-caused wildfires during periods of high fire danger and persistent severe fire conditions." .

It was illegal for the Republican-controlled Arizona legislature to approve a measure in 2017 that makes it a crime to pay circulators based in whole, or in part, on the number of signatures they gather, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Arizona Senate Republicans who wanted to pass a measure completely banning ballot drop boxes failed to get enough votes for the proposal. They had sought to change a bill that adds video monitoring requirements to drop boxes but fell short of the needed votes. They call the boxes widely used by voters to return the mail ballots vulnerable to voter fraud despite lack of evidence. Monday’s hour-long debate ended up being in vain because one Republican joined all Senate Democrats in rejecting the measure outright.

It was illegal for the Republican-controlled Arizona legislature to approve a measure in 2017 that makes it a crime to pay circulators based in whole, or in part, on the number of signatures they gather, the state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday.

Some Republican state senators claimed without evidence that ballot boxes are vulnerable to voter fraud and that they should be outlawed, not just restricted.

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