Tempe legislators achieve early success
The Arizona Republic
In a Legislature dominated by Republicans, Tempe's two state representatives are already doing better than might have been expected in the 2010 session. Committees in the state House of Representatives have approved a handful of bills sponsored by Rep. David Schapira and Rep. Ed Ableser.
Meanwhile, action is under way on many measures sponsored by Southeast Valley Republicans. A bill by Rep. Steve Yarbrough of Chandler would ban governments from land-use actions that impose an unreasonable burden on churches. And Rep. John McComish of Phoenix, whose district includes portions of Chandler, has introduced a bill to encourage the use of renewable energy.