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Allen, O’Halleran compete to return to Legislature (access required)

Allen, O’Halleran compete to return to Legislature <span class="dmcss_key_icon"><img alt="(access required)" src="/files/2013/12/lock1.png" border=0/></span>

No matter who wins the Senate race in Arizona’s Legislative District 6, the victor will be making a homecoming to the Capitol. Republican Sylvia Allen, 67, whose name will be printed on ballots in place of the deceased Sen. Chester Crandell, last served in the Senate in 2012. Her lone challenger, independent Tom O’Halleran, 68, was also once a senator, most recently in 2008.

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Diminished debate: Limits on floor discussion put Senate in quandary (access required)

In the Arizona Legislature, debate usually refers to the Committee of the Whole, a crucial part of lawmaking that facilitates adjustments to legislation. More importantly for some, it is the last chance to thoroughly examine proposed legislation and to sway people's opinion for or against it. In most cases, emotions are checked and the tone is primarily civil. But in the last two years, senators have adopted temporary rules to limit debate during the Committee of the Whole so debate is now but a shadow of its dictionary meaning. In short, the limitation on debate happened when lawmakers discussed subjects that directly impacted the state during a crucial part of the budget process.

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