Friday, 09 February 2018 00:00
Or, it did on February 14th, 1912. As state forty-eight, Arizona was the last of the continuous states to be admitted to the union. During that time copper was the primary industry and remained one of the most prominent industries of the state until the 1950s. To memorialize Arizona's copper history the star in the center of the flag was colored copper. The alternating red and yellow stripes that come off the star symbolize the rays of the sun.There are 13 rays that represent the 13 original colonies and red and yellow where chosen to symbolize Arizona's desert sunsets and Spanish history. Lastly, the blue was used to represent the Colorado River and is the same blue used in the U.S. flag. While Arizona's flag has not changed since its unveiling in 1917, Arizona has grown by leaps and bounds since becoming a state and is now the 17th most populous state in the union. Happy Statehood Day Arizona!  
Friday, 09 February 2018 00:00
The Olympics Winter Games in PyeongCheng, South Korea officially kick off today with the Opening Ceremony. The Olympic Games are a long held tradition where people come from all over the world to compete against each other in various sporting events. With people from 204 different countries coming together in one location a governing entity had to be developed and decided on long before the games ever got started. The governing entity, or supreme authority, for the Olympic Games is the International Olympic Committee commonly known as the IOC. This is an international not-for-profit volunteer organization comprised of 110 people from different countries who are responsible for making the main decisions of the organization. The IOC follows the Olympic Charter, a document similar to our Constitution, that is the codification of the Fundamental Principles, Rules and Bye-laws of the the Olympic Games. The Olympic Charter is the document that governs the organization and running of the Olympics and sets the conditions for the celebration of the Olympic Games. All individuals, teams and countries who agree to host, attend and compete, must agree to be bound by the rules and by-laws of the Olympic Charter as well as the rules that govern their individuals sports. All final decisions about how the Olympics is run and organized are made by the International Olympic Committee in accordance with the Olympic Charter.     
Wednesday, 24 January 2018 00:00
Unicorn hair and all the colors in-between have become a fun trend over the years so it is only natural that we want to share our expressive style with "man's best friend." However, this fun fad may come with some deadly risks. Hair dye seems so common that we forget that it is a chemical and if left on too long can cause injury and it can be even worse for an animal. One dog owner in Florida realized this when attempting to dye a Maltese mix purple and nearly caused the dogs death. The dog, now called Violet, suffered sever burns and injuries and had to be anesthetized from her painful wounds to allow her to heal. Luckily, she was able to pull through and is doing well with her new owner. Animal Services is using Violet's story to let others know that what seems like an awesome idea can quickly turn into a tragic situation. See Violet's full story here, beware some images are graphic in nature. Further, in Arizona you could also be committing a crime under Arizona's animal cruelty statue A.R.S. 13-2910, for recklessly inflicting unnecessary physical injury to an animal.  So, keep the dye for your do, and ask your vet before deciding to doing any style improvements to your pet.     
Friday, 12 January 2018 00:00
The Arizona We the People State Competition was held on Friday, January 12th at Mesa Community College. The We the People program simulates congressional hearings where students testify as constitutional experts in front of panels of esteemed judges; often legislatures, judges and lawyers. Nine high school teams competed in the competition from all across the state but ultimately, at the end of the day, Hamilton High School came away with first place. Hamilton will again have the ability to travel to Washington D.C. to compete in the We the People National finals. Corona del Sol returned as second place champions and third place this year went to Skyline High School. If you would like to get involved with the We the People Program talk to your teachers to see if you have a program at your school. Need more information about how to get a team started? Click here and fill out the contact us form.
Wednesday, 03 January 2018 00:00
As we rang in the New Year we also rang in a new change to our minimum wage law. As of January 1, 2018 Arizona's minimum wage increased from $10 to $10.50 per hour. This is part of a continual change that we will see every year up until the year 2020. Arizona is one of eighteen states that are currently providing their own adjustment to the minimum wage law instead of depending on the Federal minimum wage law that is still at $7.25 an hour. This has lead to some debate about whether states are increasing the minimum wage too quickly. What do you think? Let us know here. For more information about Arizona's minimum wage laws check out our Laws section here.
Friday, 29 December 2017 00:00
Fireworks are a fun way to celebrate the new year and if you are looking to get in on the action checkout our My Streets section to see what laws pertain to your particular area. But beware many city and town laws say that fireworks can only be used until January 3rd of the new year so get them in while you can. Happy New Year!
Friday, 15 December 2017 00:00
You may recall that we discussed net neutrality back in August of this year, well the topic is back in the news with more fervor than ever before lets look at why. First net neutrality, according to Merriam Webster, is the idea, principle or requirement that internet service providers should or must treat all internet data as the same regardless of its kind, source or destination. The United States Federal Communications Commission established the Open Internet Order to regulate how your internet service providers, companies like Cox and Century Link, must treat you. The 2015 law treats Internet service providers like a utility (water, or power) and says they must be transparent.  This means they can't block lawful content and they can't discriminate content by speeding up or slowing down connections to preferred websites. On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to repeal the current law on net neutrality. Those in favor of the repeal say that the 2015 regulations hampered broadband investments and innovations. They say that the new regulations, which would be housed under the Federal Trade Commission, could actually make the internet cheaper for users who would be able to pick and chose what they pay for similar to the way that cable television is currently bundled. However, people against the regulation worry that this new type of service will only favor those who are willing to pay for it, providing the fastest access to those who pay the most money. What do you think? Let us know here!      
Tuesday, 05 December 2017 00:00
"The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures..." - The Constitution of the United States, Amendment 4 The Fourth Amendment is most commonly known as the amendment that gives us our constitutional right to privacy. It's the amendment that makes us feel safe. It makes sure that the government cannot simply march into our homes uninvited without following the right procedures, but what about private companies? Well, the Fourth Amendment may not apply to them in the same way it does to the police or government but private companies can't just come in uninvited either; however, you may be giving them more access to you than you realized once you agree to use a company's services. For example, Facebook announced a new AI program that would monitor the social media site for various patterns to detect if a user was suicidal and if so alert mental health resources and first-responders. This new program has the potential to save lives and if you are a Facebook user in the U.S. it is already monitoring your posts, pictures and videos. This has many people questioning, are we giving up  to much of our right to privacy to private companies? What do you think? Let us know here.    
Friday, 01 December 2017 00:00
Lawyer dog, a trained canine versed in court proceedings and criminal law. Okay, not really; but "lawyer dog" was a big issue in a recent case decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court. Warren Demseme was being interrogated for a crime when he told police to "just give me a lawyer dog," police did not cease their interrogation, and did not provide him with an attorney but continued questioning Demseme who later made admissions to the crime. This brings up issues of Miranda rights, the ones that you constantly hear on TV (you have the right to remain silent, you have the right to an attorney etc.) and whether or not Demseme did enough to invoke his right to an attorney which would have stopped the interrogation before he made any incriminating statements. The Louisiana high court ruled,“if a suspect makes a reference to an attorney that is ambiguous or equivocal . . . the cessation of questioning is not required.” Whether or not you agree with the judges' interpretation it reiterates one firm point that isn't seen clearly on TV; you must invoke your Miranda rights. That means that if you are being interrogated by the police you need to clearly tell them that you want to speak to an attorney. More interestingly that also means that if you want to "remain silent" you need to tell police that you are using your right to remain silent. Simply not speaking will not stop an interrogation.
Friday, 22 December 2017 00:00
By now everyone has heard about the crazy fidget spinner trend; a three pronged device on ball bearings that spins on or between your fingertips. This device is marketed as a tool to help kids concentrate in class by allowing their body to move something physically with little or no thought process which helps them to focus their attention on other things, such as a teacher's lecture. However, a quick search on YouTube also shows that these tools can be used to perform all sorts of tricks that have become a fun new school yard competition between friends. This new competition has been causing some controversy on campus. While marketed as a tool teachers are now seeing this device as a disruptive toy. Instead of allowing kids to concentrate on the lessons teachers say that these devices are more distracting with their sound, lights and tricks and are now being banned from many classrooms. What do you think? Let us know here?    
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