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Brewer has until May 2 to act on bills

Gov. Jan Brewer calls a special session for the state legislature Monday, in order to pass her "jobs bill" package. (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Gov. Jan Brewer (Photo by Evan Wyloge/Arizona Capitol Times)

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has until May 2 to act on the 168 bills now on her desk with the end of the Legislature’s 2011 regular session.

The Senate alone sent the governor more than 40 bills on the final day of the session.

Many of the bills concern routine housekeeping matters for state government, but others are on contentious issues.

Those include allowing guns in public buildings, requiring Phoenix and Tucson to consider contracting out certain services and changing public employees’ retirement systems.

Another controversial bill would allow health insurance companies licensed in other states to issue policies in Arizona without being subject to the state’s coverage mandates. That would trigger lifting of mandates for insurers licensed in Arizona.

Governors normally have five days to act on bills after getting them. Sundays aren’t counted.

The deadline extends to 10 days for all bills on her desk once a legislative session ends.

The Senate adjourned at 5:21 a.m. Wednesday and the House followed four minutes later.

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