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Sine die: Conservative agenda dominates session (access required)

Lawmakers wrapped up their work at 8:25 p.m. on May 3 after nearly four months in session, having stashed away money for anticipated rainy days ahead, approved a sweeping measure that allows state workers to be more easily fired and fought on the unending battlefronts of abortion, taxation and border security.

And like the year before, lawmakers with conservative leanings shaped the agenda at the Capitol.

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Senate OKs overhaul of state personnel system (access required)

The GOP-controlled Senate today approved Gov. Jan Brewer’s proposal to overhaul the rules that govern state workers. The measure seeks to remove workers from the state’s merit system, giving supervisors more flexibility in firing them. The measure split the Senate along party lines.

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Phoenix delays pension reform until state action

Reforming the pension system for Phoenix employees may have to wait until city officials see how an overhaul of the state employee system plays out. Some reforms the city is considering are similar to state proposals that would force workers to pay more into the system. But a judge recently ruled that unconstitutional in a case brought against a state pension plan.

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