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Falling behind schedule

So far, the Legislature has passed one bill, dealing with the fiscal 2009 budget, during the 2009 regular session. All non-budget bills are on hold in the Senate.
A cursory review of bills passed since 2000 showed that some have been signed by the governor as early as January, which meant the committee hearings took place quite early in session.
That was the case with H2661 in 2006, which was third-read by the House on Jan. 25, substituted for an identical bill in the Senate the next day, and then signed by the governor on Jan. 30.
• In 2008, the governor signed the first bill, H2705, which dealt with the Sudan divestment issue, on March 10.
• In 2007, the governor signed the first bill on April 4. That bill, S1157, was first referred to a Senate committee as early as Jan. 17. The House later amended the measure on the floor and the Senate concurred in the House amendment and passed it on April 3. The legislation dealt with the Internal Revenue Code conformity issue.
• In 2005, the executive signed the first bill on Feb. 14. The measure, S1065, was referred to a committee on Jan. 13. The Senate passed the measure, which dealt with the Historical Advisory Commission, on Jan. 31. The House substituted it for an identical bill on Feb. 8. 
• In 2004, the governor affixed her signature to the first bill on Feb. 2. The Senate passed S1023, which dealt with the continuation of the Arizona Historical Society, on Jan. 22. It was substituted for an identical House bill a few days later.
• In 2003, lawmakers extended the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System for 10 years. The governor signed H2039 into law on Feb. 5, the first bill that received her signature. A House committee heard it as early as Jan. 16.
• In 2002, the first bill signed into law extended the Arizona Automobile Theft Authority. The governor signed S1006 on Feb. 11. Lawmakers held several special sessions that year, including two on the budget.
• In 2001, the governor signed the first bill on Feb. 12. That legislation dealt with funding the hiring of 116 additional employees by the Department of Public Safety. A committee heard the bill, S1243, as early as Jan. 25.
• In 2000, the governor signed the first bill on Jan. 19. That measure, which dealt with establishing an Arizona state hospital construction fund, was assigned to a House committee on Jan. 10, and was heard two days later. The House passed it on Jan. 17. The Senate did the same the next day.

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