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Clean Elections consolidation bill advances

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The Citizen's Clean Election Commission would be consolidated with the Arizona Secretary of State's office and take on added responsibilities for overseeing election law violations and lobbyist reporting under a bill approved by a Senate committee Tuesday.

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Q&A with Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor (access required)

Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor (Photo by Ryan Cook/RJ Cook Photography)

Long before Gov. Jan Brewer decided to fight for a full expansion of the state’s Medicaid program, then-incoming Senate Minority Leader Leah Landrum Taylor was furiously trying to find a way to salvage a plan — any plan — to pay for the coverage of a sizable segment of the state’s uninsured population.

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Senate approps chair up for grabs

It was widely understood that Biggs would step down as Appropriations chairman when he became Majority Leader. But since the session ended, Biggs and Pearce haven't had the chance to talk about his replacement.

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Day 2: Tracking the special session    (access required)

UPDATE: 4:35 p.m. Senate President Bob Burns acknowledged it took a significant effort by Republicans and Democrats to pass all six special session budget bills out of his chamber, even though he wouldn’t “put it in the fiscally responsible plan category.”

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Burns removes two from Senate Approps   (access required)

Senate President Bob Burns has reduced the size of the Senate Appropriations Committee to 9 from 11 members, removing Sen. John Huppenthal and Sen. Albert Hale. Huppenthal, a Chandler Republican, was appointed temporarily to the committee last year to replace Sen. Pamela Gorman. He requested to be removed for the 2010 session.

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