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 »
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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 »
Yellow Sheet Report editor Jim Small discusses the near 200 bills that the Legislature sent to Brewer during the last two days of the session.Read More »
One bill the Legislature sent to Gov. Jan Brewer early Wednesday morning would allow state government to increase its spending only for population growth and inflation.Read More »
Conservative lawmakers who rose to power following the last election set the tone for this session and left significant marks on major pieces of legislation that have come to define the achievements and failures of Arizona’s 50th Legislature, which wrapped up the annual legislative session just as the sun was rising this morning.Read More »
Brewer is expected to ask lawmakers to undertake major legislation on state personnel reform, a move that would set back any plans to adjourn sine die.Read More »
Arizona Senate President Russell Pearce says state lawmakers should be able to complete their 2010 regular session by the end of April.Read More »