Most Arizona senators will be present for the opening of the special session on July 6, according to staff members in their Senate offices. A handful will probably be absent, including senators Meg Burton Cahill of Tempe and Richard Miranda of Tolleson.Read More »
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It seems the cordial bickering is over now that Senate President Bob Burns has castigated Gov. Jan Brewer for “abusing the public” through the use of budget vetoes and for calling a special session to hammer through a tax increase. Burns issued ...Read More »
As the clock neared midnight with no budget yet in place, Gov. Jan Brewer turned to the Democrats for support. For Democrats, however, it was too little, too late.Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer signed the general appropriations bill that was part of the budget package, but with several line-item vetoes. Otherwise, she threw down the gauntlet and vetoed several of the budget reconciliation bills and called for a special session on July 6.Read More »
The final days of the first regular session of the 49th Legislature were punctuated by fits and starts over the passage of a budget deal Republican leaders reached with Gov. Jan Brewer, as lawmakers aborted one attempt after another to approve the package, finally doing so hours after the new fiscal year began.Read More »
As the last day of the 2009 fiscal year was winding down without a budget in place, political onlookers who have spent a few years at the Capitol started to wonder: Will the Senate stop the clock before midnight of June 30 to hide the fact that the new fiscal year has started?Read More »
Lawmakers approved two measures on the final days of this year's session that aim to allow gun owners to carry firearms in restaurants and bars and to store firearms in vehicles parked on private lots.Read More »
The final day of this year’s legislative session fit right in with the 169 that preceded it: Everything seemed to move at a snail’s pace and nothing – including drawing the session to a close – was done with any ...Read More »
Gov. Jan Brewer's office said it would make an announcement on whether the governor would sign or veto the budget bills transmitted to her this morning. If Brewer vetoes the bills it will lead to at least a partial shutdown of state government. The Arizona Department of Administration posted a notice on its Web site at 9:42 a.m. that the governor is reviewing the budget bills, and that all state employees should report to work as scheduled.Read More »
The Senate transmitted to the governor the 10 budget bills the Legislature had passed in early June, but missed the fiscal deadline by six hours. The Senate sent the bills to the governor’s desk shortly before 6 a.m. July 1, ...Read More »