Dems want special legislative session to address coronavirus

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By Jerod MacDonald-Evoy  Arizona Mirror

Democratic lawmakers want Gov. Doug Ducey to order a special legislative session to address coronavirus in Arizona.

But that doesn’t appear likely to happen, at least not right now.

“If we don’t pay attention to this now, we will find ourselves behind the eight ball and find ourselves trying to catch up,” Rep. Randy Friese, D-Tucson, said to the Arizona Mirror. 

The virus, which causes the illness COVID-19, was declared a worldwide pandemic on Wednesday by the World Health Organization.

Friese, a surgeon, told Arizona Mirror that members of the Democratic caucus met on Tuesday with Ducey’s office and the Arizona Department of Health Service’s Director Dr. Cara Christ to discuss COVID-19 in the state. During that meeting, he said Democrats voiced their desire to have a special legislative session to address its spread.`

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