Arizona governor breaks veto record sparring with Republican legislature 

The Republican-controlled Arizona legislature hasn’t agreed with Gov. Katie Hobbs (D-AZ) on much. As a result, Hobbs has used her veto power 185 times since January 2023, breaking a state record.

The last governor to veto this many bills, Democrat Janet Napolitano, did so over the entirety of her term.

Arizona Republicans hold slim majorities in both chambers of the legislature, and they have been unafraid to push conservative legislation, such as one bill that would have required teachers to teach the Ten Commandments in classrooms, to Hobbs’s desk, despite her being a Democrat.

Hobbs spokesman Christian Slater told Axios that “radical legislators” should stop sending the governor bills that threaten abortion access, undermine democracy, and “attack our basic rights.”

Hobbs recently struck down a bill that aimed to remove the word “gender” from state law,
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