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This week in the Senate: Review components of stimulus; DES hearing

Last week Arizona lawmakers received an overview of the $4 billion that Arizona is poised to receive from the federal government, and this week the Senate will review specific components of the economic recovery package and the impact on the state.

Committees also will continue hearings into departmental spending.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will delve into border crime and violence during a Feb. 23 hearing that includes the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Arizona Association of Chiefs of Police, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as well as the offices of the attorney general and county attorneys.

On Feb. 24, the Senate Appropriations Committee will look into the Attorney General's Office, Arizona Corporation Commission, Department of Commerce, Arizona Department of Administration, Department of Housing and the Radiation Regulatory Agency.

On Feb. 25, the Senate Veterans and Military Affairs Committee will review the federal stimulus package and discuss the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

That same day, the Senate Healthcare and Medical Liability Reform Committee will hold a presentation on graduate medical education.

Also, the Senate Education Accountability and Reform will review the stimulus plan and look into university growth funding. Committee members also will hear about tribal education and Teach for America.

On Feb. 26, the Senate Retirement and Rural Development Committee will examine the federal stimulus plan.

That same day, the Senate Government Institutions Committee will have a full plate. It will look into the Maricopa County Community Colleges, Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and University of Arizona.

Also, the House and the Senate Appropriations committees will review community colleges. In addition, lawmakers will discuss the School Facilities Board and the Department of Economic Security, one of the biggest agencies in the state.

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