Legislature ends 2019 session

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

Arizona House of Representatives//Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy / Arizona Mirror

With the protracted budget fight over, the legislature called it quits for the year shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday morning, wrapping up its business after 134 days.

The House of Representatives ended the night after a brief hiccup that saw lawmakers vote down a companion bill to the budget, then move to adjourn sine die rather than take up a motion to reconsider the legislation.

Lawmakers made the rare move of coming in on Memorial Day after reaching a deal to end a contentious fight over a proposal to extend the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse victims to sue their abusers or the organizations that protected him. Sen. Paul Boyer, R-Glendale, who championed the plan, and Sen. Heather Carter, R-Cave Creek, pledged not to vote for a budget until the legislature approved the proposal.

When lawmakers passed the plan unanimously, it cleared the way for the Senate to pass the $11.8 billion budget, which the House had already done two nights earlier.

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