Special legislative session once foregone conclusion, now looks unlikely

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Information from Arizona Capitol Times

When the Legislature opted to adjourn sine die last month, lawmakers labored under the impression that the governor would call them back for at least one special session before the end of the fiscal year. But as the time until the end of the fiscal year ticks down, that scenario seems less and less likely, according to multiple sources within the Legislature.

Lawmakers had hoped, or at least assumed, that they’d address a budgetary shortfall wrought by COVID-19 and pass further aid to help the state’s physical and financial health. But the handful of weeks since have felt like an eternity, and between rosier than expected revenue numbers and nationwide conflict over police violence, a special session seems about as distant as ever.

A spokesman for Gov. Doug Ducey said his office will continue to work with lawmakers from both parties, but has yet to make a decision on when, or if, Ducey will call lawmakers back

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