Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday signed into law tight new restrictions on access to abortion in Arizona, imposing a 24-hour waiting period on women seeking the procedure and requiring that minors first receive written, notarized consent from a parent or guardian.
The Republican governor also expanded the rights of gun owners by allowing those with a concealed-carry permit to take their firearms into establishments that serve alcohol, but she cited wildfire concerns in rejecting a proposal that would have legalized the sale of small fireworks in the state.
The bills were some of the most controversial of a legislative session in which policy discussions took a backseat to state budget concerns. On Monday, Brewer's final day to act upon legislation before it became law automatically, she signed 79 bills and vetoed nine.
New state laws take effect Sept. 30.