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Legislature won’t yet reconvene, as some lawmakers call for immediate end to stay-at-home order

By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic 

Legislative leaders have scrapped plans to return to the state Capitol on Friday after Gov. Doug Ducey said his stay-at-home order will remain in effect through mid-May, but some Republicans suggested holding a vote to end the governor’s directive.

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The Legislature adjourned temporarily March 23 as the number of coronavirus cases around the state mounted. Top lawmakers announced a plan about a week ago to return only briefly on May 1. They planned to bring a formal close to the annual session and await better data on an expected budget shortfall they could then address, if needed, in a special session over the summer.

But many lawmakers and lobbyists rejected the plan, arguing it would amount to tossing much of their work out the window. Some have argued for resuming work on a variety of bills while others have argued for returning to take up legislation related to the coronavirus.

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