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Capitol Quotes 3/26/2010

"I wouldn't bet a whole lot of money on those lawsuits being successful. I think most of these arguments were settled as a result of the Civil War." - John Rivers, president of the Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association, on the lawsuit being filed by 13 state attorneys general against the federal health care bill.

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Capitol Quotes 3/12/2010 (access required)

"All they are really doing is securing traditional family values. These are the traditional values that were upheld for 6,000 years and when homosexual activists essentially decided they were going to use the courts to try to normalize their relationships in statute, then social conservatives began putting traditional family values in statute also." - Sen. Ron Gould, a Lake Havasu City Republican, explaining the political goals of faith-based groups.

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Capitol Quotes 3/5/10

"I get out-voted in the House and family reunions all the same." - Rep. Matt Heinz, a Tucson Democrat, speaking on the House floor March 2 and introducing some of his family members who are Republican.

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Capitol Quotes 2/26/10

"I support this bill because I'm pleased to see Rep. (Andy) Biggs finally regulating something." - House Speaker Kirk Adams, a Republican from Mesa, speaking on the House floor Feb. 23 in support of H2246, which would allow the regulation and sale of some fireworks to the general public in Arizona. Right now, selling fireworks is banned statewide. The bill was approved 40-17 and has been sent to the Senate.

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Long session led to many missed votes

The Arizona House of Representatives held 382 floor votes during the 2009 regular session, which stretched into July as lawmakers struggled with the budget deficit. Rep. Rich Crandall, a Mesa Republican, didn't participate in 254 of them, nearly two-thirds of the total.

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Part-time Arizona lawmakers working into the summer

Arizona's part-time legislators are on the job in midsummer after their inability to work out an on-time solution to the state's budget trouble led them to crack a barrier they hoped to avoid. The annual regular session starts in January and has adjourned in May or June in recent years. This year, it ran 71/2 hours into July 1 before lawmakers approved a new budget and finished action on other bills.

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