Phoenix, Arizona - Governor Doug Ducey signed SB 1444, further establishing Arizona as a national leader in promoting civics education by creating the American Civics Education Pilot Program for grades 9-12. Students in the program will take at least one semester of an American civics course and take an assessment at the end.

Phoenix, Arizona - Governor Doug Ducey, Monday signed SB 1098, providing funding for the Arizona Department of Agriculture’s (AZDA) agricultural pilot program allowing universities and those with a license from AZDA to begin cultivating industrial hemp - the fiber form of cannabis. Specifically, the hemp would be required to remain below 0.3 percent THC.

Phoenix, Arizona - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced Desert Valley Aire Inc. will pay $340,000 in civil fines for repeatedly calling Arizonans on the “Do Not Call” Registry. In a consent judgment reached with the Attorney General’s Office, Desert Valley Aire admitted to making at least 25,000 illegal telemarketing calls from 2011 to 2015. The company is also banned from making telemarketing calls for 5 years.

Phoenix, Arizona - Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced a State Grand Jury indicted 61-year-old Laura Tenison Smith, the former chief financial officer for Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD), for allegedly breaking the state’s conflict of interest laws. Smith is facing 11 felony charges, including 2 counts of Fraudulent Schemes and Practices and 8 counts of Conflict of Interest.

Phoenix, Arizona - Taking a road test to get a driver license can be filled with worry for some people. But one thing that won’t cause anxiety is scheduling the test because it’s among the many online service features available from Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division.