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Arizona speaker says Tucson shooting is a reminder

Arizona House Speaker Kirk Adams says he hopes the Tucson shooting helps motivate state lawmakers to be civil with each other, respecting the need to disagree respectfully when at odds on major issues.

Adams says it’s easy to get along when dealing with minor issues but that issues like budget priorities can put lawmakers at odds. That’s despite what he says are friendships that cross party lines in the Legislature.

He says he hopes lawmakers can respect and value opposing viewpoints without denigrating the people who hold those opposing viewpoints.

The Legislature began its 2011 session Monday, hearing Gov. Jan Brewer’s revised State of the State address that focused exclusively on the Tucson shooting. She said the state is grieving but united and strong.

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