PHOENIX - Gov. Jan Brewer has signed a bill authorizing creation of a state guard.
That's a militia force that could be mobilized if the National Guard is unavailable or "for any reason" considered necessary by the governor.
Spokesman Matt Benson did not immediately return a call for comment on whether Brewer plans to create the force.
The bill signed Thursday would authorize an Arizona governor to establish the state guard to protect lives and property. Under the bill, the governor could do that if the National Guard is mobilized for federal duty or "for any reason the governor considers to be necessary."
The Arizona Constitution authorizes a militia, and current state law specifies that the militia consists of the National Guard, the Arizona state guard "when organized" and the "unorganized militia."
RIGHT NOW on ABC15.com
Chances for rain and snow are dwindling overnight. Now, it's all about the cold!
Authorities say a man is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Scottsdale Wednesday night.
Arizona’s state mental hospital puts patients in danger, has a dangerous shortage of staffing and lacks oversight, according to a recent federal inspection.
Police say a three-year-old boy has died after his stroller was hit by a truck in Phoenix Wednesday night.
A mysterious man is going around leaving huge tips to waiters and waitresses and the most recent recipient was a Valley bar owner.
With cold temperatures quickly moving into the Valley, we have some tips and tricks to keep your plants happy and healthy.
Two lower-level managers for a metro Phoenix car-wash chain accused of immigration fraud in its hiring practices have each pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy.
A kitten that was thrown from a moving vehicle will go up for adoption Thursday.
If you would love to get out and enjoy the cooler weather, or if you’d rather stay warm and toasty with an indoor event, we’ve got you covered with fantastic events.
Fire department officials say a woman was killed Wednesday night after being hit by a truck in Peoria.