House passes parts of budget in late-night action, but Senate still appears stalled

The House recessed shortly after 2 a.m.Friday after four hours of work, which saw lawmakers pass three budget bills and several other pieces of legislation

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Republicans in the Arizona House of Representatives moved forward on the budget without their Senate colleagues, working into the early morning hours of Friday in the hope of spurring the legislature’s upper chamber into action.

The House recessed shortly after 2 a.m. after four hours of work, which saw lawmakers pass three budget bills and several other pieces of legislation. The House and Senate are both expected to reconvene at 10 a.m. Friday.

But while the House may forge ahead with the remaining seven bills for the proposed $11.9 billion budget agreement reached by GOP legislative leadership and Gov. Doug Ducey, the Senate seems unlikely to follow suit.

Three Senate Republicans were still withholding their votes on the budget as of Thursday evening, and nothing suggested that they’d changed positions.

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