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Senate calendar overflows on rare Friday session

Arizona’s senators have convened a rare Friday session June 19 as they tackle as many measures as they can with a little less than two weeks to go before the fiscal year ends.

Lawmakers stayed late into the night June 18 to deliberate some 90 measures in their respective caucuses.

They now face an overflowing calendar, assuming the same number of measures is brought to the floor for debate.

Indeed, it will be the second week in a row that senators will be debating measures on a Friday.

The Senate usually wraps up work for the week on Thursdays, but senators are working in overdrive to try and catch up following a five-month moratorium on hearing non-budget bills.

Senate President Bob Burns encouraged committee chairmen to exercise discipline in hearing measures in the remaining few days of session, assuming the Legislature completes its work by June 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

“There is only so much we can do at the time remaining,” the Peoria Republican told colleagues.

“I would appreciate chairmen taking a very close look at their agendas and let us weed them out if we can. We need to get down to a workload that we can actually complete in the time remaining,” he added.

Burns said they are going to be back in session in a little less than seven months.

Some bills can probably wait, he said.

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