Arizona House resumes legislative session, but Senate says it won’t cooperate

House Speaker Rusty Bowers votes Monday in the Rules Committee on what bills will be heard this week. /Capitol Media Services photo by Howard Fischer

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror

The Arizona House of Representatives is shrugging off the Senate’s attempt to end the 2020 legislative session, resuming its long-postponed business on Monday with a goal of passing dozens of bills before adjourning sine die later in the week.

House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, emailed a schedule to lawmakers on Monday that lays out a week of committee hearings and floor votes. The full House will hear 19 bills on Tuesday, which will be the first time the chamber has taken the floor since March 23, when it recessed in response to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

The House committees on commerce, education, elections, federal relations and natural resources all released agendas for meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Bowers’ schedule includes meetings later in the week for the committees on health and human services, judiciary, land and agriculture, public safety, technology and ways and means.

Between Tuesday’s floor calendars and the committee agendas that have been posted, the House has signalled that it will take up at least 42 pieces of legislation this week, not counting the bills that will be heard in committees that haven’t yet released agendas. All of those bills have already been approved by the Senate.

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