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GOP lawmakers turn to Dems; joint proposal in works

After budget negotiations with Republican Gov. Jan Brewer disintegrated last week when she vetoed a series of budget bills and line-item-vetoed other approved spending, Republican legislative leaders are inviting their Democratic colleagues to the table in the hopes of hammering out a deal.

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Quorum likely for special session

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.

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Arm-twisting fails in budget-balancing drama (access required)

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.

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