Bar owners seek legislative help to reopen, but lawmakers say there is little they can do, Rose Law Group Founder Jordan Rose comments

By Howard Fischer |Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

Bar owners from around the state came to the Capitol on Wednesday in hopes of receiving some help in their bids to reopen.

Senate President Karen Fann has helped secure a $10 million grant to help closed businesses receive up to $25,000 to help pay rent and mortgages. / Howard Fischer

But it remains unclear what, if anything even the top legislative leaders can do for them, at least in the short term, given that virtually all of the decisions about who can operate and under what conditions are being made by Gov. Doug Ducey and his advisers, and the Legislature doesn’t meet again until January.

House Speaker Rusty Bowers, R-Mesa, said he and Senate President Karen Fann have met with the governor “occasionally” since Ducey declared a state of emergency in March. He described those encounters as “very cordial.”

“HealthyVerify is working with bars and gyms right now to help them devise the best possible, medically based plans to allow the government to permit them to reopen” Jordan Rose, Co-founder HealthyVerify Certification

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