Arizona Legislature: The coming week


By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings


As with the previous few weeks, there just isn't much on the schedule –

– Tuesday's House COW (Committee of the Whole) calendar is here.  Two bills on the agenda, and one of them is a neo-secessionist special: SCR1016, a proposed amendment to the Arizona Constitution declaring that Arizona can ignore any federal action that it doesn't like.

– On Wednesday, the Senate Commerce, Energy, and Military Committee is meeting to consider executive branch nominations.  9:30 a.m., SHR1.

– On the lege's Capitol Events calendar, there is only one scheduled event – a pro-Medicaid restoration rally and press conference, planned for 11 a.m. Wednesday.

That's it.  Even the governor isn't putting in much effort these days, as she has announced that she won't be signing any bills until progress is made on expanding Medicaid coverage and completing the state's budget.

One senator, Steve Gallardo (D-Phoenix), has suggested
that the lege hold impeachment hearings, looking into the actions of
Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne.  It won't happen, but only because
Horne is a Republican, not because they have anything better to do.

this is the week that we could start seeing things break on the
Medicaid and budget fronts – as Arizona Republic writer Mary Jo Pitzl
pointed out in her article linked in the paragraph referring to the
governor above, this is the week that legislators start seeing reduced
per diem payments (funds to help defray their daily living expenses).

Less money for being at the Capitol = Less interest for being at the Capitol.


Basically, it's "hurry up and wait time" redux; I'd say "quintdux", but I'm pretty sure that isn't a word. 🙂


  1. Given that Arizona voters have legalized medical marijuana in Arizona, thereby ignoring a federal law that “it doesn’t like” I don’t see how ignoring a few more (or a lot more) federal laws is likely to cause a neo-secessionist crisis. If the federal government stuck to regulating what it is charged with regulating the people of the various states wouldn’t be motivated to take steps to ignore federal laws.

    As for impeaching Tom Horne I think that would be a wonderful thing to see. I think the odds of Horne being removed from office as a result are very-very low and that such an action could possibly work to his benefit but it would give the TV stations something good to cover for a few hours each day so hey, why not? (Part 2)

    Thane Eichenauer