Arizona Legislature: The coming week


By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings


New high temp records in Phoenix may be matched by new thumb twiddling records at the Capitol this week…

Still hung up on the state's budget and Medicaid restoration… 

New high temp records in Phoenix may be matched by new thumb twiddling records at the Capitol this week…

Another week where all hell could break loose at a moment's notice (or with no notice), or where the entire week could be summed up thusly –




As of this writing, the only legislative activity that is currently posted is a House Committee of the Whole (COW) calendar for Tuesday.  That calendar includes consideration of SB1363, expanding Steve Yarbrough's revenue stream school vouchers (by another name).

Other than that, there's nothing on the schedule as of right now, no other floor calendars (though that will probably change), no committee hearings, no Capitol events. 

have been news "stories" that barely rise above the level of reading
tea leaves in terms of journalistic professionalism talking about rumors
that the House has enough votes to pass Medicaid restoration, that
there aren't enough votes to pass Medicaid restoration, or that the
House Republicans are looking to entirely kill off the Senate budget and
write their own version.

At this point, anything could
happen, but it seems likely that this legislative session is going to
go down to the end of the fiscal year (June 30), much as happened in
2009.  The various sides (and there seem to be more than two) figure if
they hold their breath long enough, the other sides will blink first.


we could get any support for a petition campaign for a ballot question
to mandate turning off the air conditioning at the Capitol from May 15
until the end of the legislative session?


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