The tone for this year’s legislative session was set when Senate President Andy Biggs and House Speaker David Gowan stood with Gov. Doug Ducey as he introduced his budget in January, observed political consultant Stan Barnes.Read More »
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The Senate got tired of waiting for the House and unilaterally adjourned, sending the House into chaos, as the chamber scrambled to figure out what the Senate’s action meant for its remaining work.Read More »
A measure limiting who can collect early ballots quietly died in the House on Friday morning, even as lawmakers explained their votes.Read More »
Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs said he wants to end the 2015 legislative session by Thursday — a target that would make it the shortest session in nearly 50 years.Read More »
As the House and Senate sprint toward the finish line, possibly as early as this week, there are still a number of outstanding big issues to approve before they can adjourn sine die.Read More »
The Arizona Legislature's annual session is drawing to a close and leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives are aiming to adjourn before Easter.Read More »
Arizona lawmakers adjourned sine die in the wee hours of April 24, ending a sometimes tumultuous 101-day legislative session with plenty of work left to come back to in just a few weeks.Read More »
Lawmakers wrapped up their work at 8:25 p.m. on May 3 after nearly four months in session, having stashed away money for anticipated rainy days ahead, approved a sweeping measure that allows state workers to be more easily fired and fought on the unending battlefronts of abortion, taxation and border security.
And like the year before, lawmakers with conservative leanings shaped the agenda at the Capitol.
A last-minute push to create the legal framework to reimburse recalled politicians for their campaign expenses died on the last day of session, after allies of former Sen. Russell Pearce failed to consolidate support behind the legislation.
The proposal could have paved the way for Pearce to get a reimbursement of more than $260,000 — the amount his campaign spent defending him last year, when he was ousted from the Senate in a recall election.
Brewer seems to have avoided the ignominy of having a supermajority Legislature of the same party strike a deal with the Democrats to roll her on the budget, as word emerged late yesterday that her office and GOP leaders had arrived at the framework of a budget deal. Today, Republican lawmakers were briefed on the Ninth Floor’s latest proposal, and though details about the entire plan aren’t yet clear, one thing is known: The Legislature won the fight over FY14 and FY15 revenue estimates.Read More »