Bills trickle in – water, teacher pay among top issues

Ari/zona Capitol

Jakob Thorington 

Arizona Capitol Times

With just about a month until the start of Arizona’s next legislative session, lawmakers are already proposing bills to prepare for the 2024 session after their measures from the previous session just took effect at the end of October.

The 2023 session was the longest in state history since the Arizona Capitol Times began keeping records of legislative sessions. Both chambers adjourned on July 31, but Republican leaders in the House and Senate said they’re hopeful the 2024 session will be shorter.

“We’re going to get through our business relatively quickly,” House Speaker Ben Toma said during Arizona Tax Research Association conference on Nov. 17. “At worst, we’re just going to take breaks at various intervals until we have a budget agreement, but I hope that there’s a will for everybody to stop with the shenanigans and get on the same page and get real about what we have to do – which is a balanced budget.”

Senate President Warren Petersen, also present at the conference, said there is “no reason” why the session should be delayed and said it could be a “quick” session.


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