Senate Minority Leader David Schapira has selected Linda McNulty to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission, making the Pima County Democrat the fourth and final legislative appointment to the body charged with redrawing the state’s legislative and congressional districts.
Despite strong objections from Democrats and some Republicans, the Senate leadership Tuesday evening pushed ahead to debate the jobs bill, a maneuver that moves the business-tax-cutting legislation closer to passage.
Having cleared the debate, the bill now goes to the full Senate for a formal “aye” or “nay” vote, which is expected on Wednesday, Feb. 16.
Whether the measure has sufficient support to pass — it needs only 16 votes — is uncertain.
Calling it the most important legislation Arizona has taken up in generations, Gov. Jan Brewer on Monday unveiled the details of the long-awaited Arizona Competitiveness Package, a raft of tax cuts and incentives that she said will boost job growth and make Arizona a haven for businesses.
Senate President Russell Pearce has appointed Richard Stertz to serve on the Independent Redistricting Commission, leaving the fourth and final legislative appointment in the hands of Senate Minority Leader David Schapira.
In a press release, Pearce called his decision a "difficult choice between two outstanding men," although some outsiders predicted that White's pro-McCain advocacy in southern Arizona would harm his chances.