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Democratic leader won’t rule out voting for GOP budget

In all probability, Republican legislative leadership and the governor will need Democratic votes in the Senate to pass a referral to increase the state sales tax. If bipartisan talks take place, the job of negotiating the terms will fall on Jorge Luis Garcia, the Democratic minority leader from Tucson.

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Media coverage at Capitol gets more difficult  (access required)

A room that for the past 30 years has hummed with the staccato typing on keyboards as reporters scurried to meet deadlines has been refurbished and hollowed out to accommodate rows of chairs and a large conference table. And the room is no longer a media headquarters; instead it be used by Senate Republicans to hold caucus meetings.

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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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Senate staffer to run for House

A Senate policy adviser is leaving his post to run for the House. Javan Mesnard, who has been working for the Senate for eight years, has opened a campaign committee to run for Legislative District 21.

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Burns dissolves Gould’s committee (access required)

Senate President Bob Burns terminated a committee chaired by Sen. Ron Gould, a Republican from Lake Havasu City, on Dec. 10. Gould later told the Arizona Capitol Times he has been stripped of his committee chairmanship. Gould has been chairman of the Senate Retirement and Rural Development Committee.

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Burns says strategy worked, but he won’t block non-budget bills in 2010 (access required)

Senate President Bob Burns has decided to avoid the failed budget-first strategy that locked up his chamber last session and led to an unhinged, last-minute push to pass hundreds of non-budget bills. What he has in mind for the 2010 session is, in some ways, back to the basics. Most committees, for instance, will be free to debate and vote on legislation unrelated to the budget.

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Preparation for special session No. 5 underway (access required)

Legislative leaders have started asking individual members when they would be available to meet again in December, the Arizona Capitol Times has learned. They are eyeing a special session that would begin Dec. 15 or 16. It would be the fifth special session of the year.

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