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House introduces basic budget, allows for remote vote (access required)

The House introduced a $11.8 billion spending package on Tuesday evening, the cornerstone in a Republican plan to pass a so-called “skinny budget” and potentially suspend the legislative session for a period of weeks -- if not longer -- to stave off the spread of COVID-19.

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Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers speaks on a video-chat with a handful of members who plan to vote remotely before the start of an unusual floor session devoid of members of the public in Phoenix, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. The Legislature could work long into the night to enact a basic state budget and fixes for schools and workers before adjourning to allow the coronavirus crisis to ebb. (AP Photo/Bob Christie)

Legislature passes $11.8B budget, $50M for COVID-19 aid (access required)

The Arizona Legislature will adjourn until April 13 after lawmakers in the House passed a $50 million deal Monday intended to mitigate the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.