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As COVID-19 cases climb, legislature unlikely to return in 2 weeks

Posted by   /  March 31, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus, Real Estate  /  No Comments

By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror The legislature is unlikely to reconvene on April 13, the target date it set when it put the 2020 session on hiatus in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, a top Republican said Tuesday. Lawmakers passed an $11.8 billion “skinny budget” on March 23 that largely continued spending levels from […]

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Lawmakers put pet projects in perspective as virus rages

Posted by   /  March 27, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus  /  No Comments

By Julia Shumway and Arren Kimbel-Sannit | Arizona Capitol Times Lawmakers introduced a record 1,731 pieces of legislation this year, from small tweaks to sweeping changes to state statutes. They could end the session with fewer than 60 bills — including a last-minute budget and legislation to guide schools and unemployment administrators through the current […]

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Will Arizona lawmakers give ballot initiatives a fighting chance against COVID-19?

Posted by   /  March 26, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Cannabis and Hemp, Education  /  No Comments

By Abe Kwok | Arizona Republic  Opinion: There will be a push when the Legislature returns in April to allow online petition gathering for initiatives. Will lawmakers listen? (Editor’s note: Opinion pieces are published for discussion purposes only.) The initiatives include ones to legalize marijuana, boost education spending by taxing the rich, and rein in the […]

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Questions hang over the budget, major bills as Arizona Legislature makes quick exit

Posted by   /  March 25, 2020  /  2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic  With its scandals, culture war skirmishes and sunny economic outlook, this year’s legislative session started out like plenty of others at the Arizona Capitol. But the Legislature’s quick adjournment on Monday was unlike anything else. The Senate’s swift passage of a basic budget and $50 million in relief pointed […]

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Arizona Legislature approves $50 million for coronavirus funding

Posted by   /  March 24, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus  /  No Comments

The Arizona House of Representatives has approved an an emergency budget that includes $50 million to help combat the coronavirus. Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers is shown. /Photo by Gage Skidmore, cc-by-sa-2.0, https://bit.ly/2wwoECJ/ It includes money to prevent evictions and foreclosures. Author Jeff Sabato| 12 News Fears of evictions and foreclosures due to coronavirus financial […]

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Lawmakers grateful for rainy-day fund, some hold to principles against it

Posted by   /  March 21, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus  /  No Comments

The state tapped into the $1 billion savings account March 12 to wage the medical fight against COVID-19 By Andrew Nicla | Arizona Capitol Times As some grocery store shelves lay as bare as Cactus League stadiums and restaurant dining rooms, lawmakers in the Arizona Legislature are scurrying to wrap up their business, begin their […]

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Short legislative session threatens multitude of ballot proposals

Posted by   /  March 21, 2020  /  2020 Elections, 2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

By Dillon Rosenblatt  March 20, 2020 An early adjournment to the Legislature to avert the spread of COVID-19 would effectively kill a host of proposed ballot referrals. There are more than a dozen referendums that could make it onto the ballot come November if they pass votes in the House and Senate, but none of them […]

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Senate ‘skinny’ budget with coronavirus relief stalls in House

Posted by   /  March 20, 2020  /  2020 Legislature  /  No Comments

Arizona Capitol Building/Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror By Laura Gómez| Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror The Arizona Senate passed a so-called “skinny budget” that includes a $50 million aid package to assist victims of the coronavirus and others harmed by the pandemic, but the House ended its work for the week before voting […]

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If a deadly virus is spreading in Arizona, go out to dinner

Posted by   /  March 18, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus  /  No Comments

Some members of Legislature show less concern than others By Andrew Oxford | Arizona Republic  How seriously are Arizona legislators taking the new coronavirus? State Rep. Anthony Kern, R-Glendale, posted a photo of himself on social media Tuesday dining out with three other lawmakers after 8 p.m., the time when Phoenix bars were ordered to […]

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One-third of state legislators ‘high risk’ of coronavirus because of their ages

Posted by   /  March 17, 2020  /  2020 Legislature, Coronavirus  /  No Comments

By Laura Gómez | Arizona Mirror Public health authorities have warned against large gatherings and said that older Americans have a high risk falling seriously ill from the coronavirus, but the Arizona Legislature — where 30 of 90 lawmakers meet that age-based risk factor — will continue to meet through the end of the week. […]

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