Baring the same determination she employed in pushing for a temporary sales tax hike, Gov. Jan Brewer called for a special session to be held on June 10 to extend aid to jobless Arizonans. But it's unclear whether the votes Brewer needs are there.Read More »
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Baring the same determination she employed in pushing for a temporary sales tax hike when she first took office more than two years ago, Gov. Jan Brewer called for a special session to be held June 10 to extend aid to unemployed Arizonans, despite the objections of many Republican lawmakers.Read More »
Several days ago, a special session to address the unemployment benefits extension seemed to be dead on arrival. But a source in the Senate told our reporter this morning that the winds might have shifted so there's now a "50-50" chance of it happening next week.Read More »
Republican legislators have spent the past 12 years railing against the Voter Protection Act, but the reviled ballot measure that tied lawmakers’ hands was a largely self-inflicted and ironically unnecessary wound.Read More »
Lawmakers enjoyed the relative shortness of their 100-day session, but they may pay for the handful of issues they left unaddressed with one or more special sessions.
Unemployment benefits, tax code changes and Gov. Jan Brewer’s personnel reform plan could bring legislators back to the Capitol.
Backers of an anti-union ballot measure were incensed last year when the unions successfully got it removed from the ballot, more than a year after lawmakers agreed to send it to voters and after the Legislature had adjourned for the year.Read More »
When Senate leaders boast that this is the most fruitful session in years, they have the hard evidence to back up their claim.
Despite being half the size of the House of Representatives, the Senate approved 117 more pieces of legislation than the House sent to them.
UpClose with Gov. Jan Brewer: Touts openness, says vetoes represent decision not to ‘blow a hole’ in budget
After two chaotic legislative sessions, things settled down a bit for Gov. Jan Brewer in 2011.
Having won an overwhelming voter mandate in November, Brewer no longer was the governor who simply inherited the job. And with her hard-fought battle for a sales tax increase won, she was no longer the Republican governor who spent most of her time feuding with her own party.
Every circus has its sideshows. And this year, the state Capitol was crawling with them.
For the first time in more than a decade, lawmakers wrapped up their work in 100 days. And they did so in spite of distractions that came in the form of a roadside fracas that cost a Republican leader his post, a college football scandal that ensnared more than a dozen elected officials and a tragic shooting days before the session began that cast a pall over the entire process.
With more than three tumultuous months under their belt, House and Senate greenhorns have been property initiated. And looking back, some of them seem a little shell-shocked, while others appear to be having the time of their life.Read More »