Thursday, June 04, 2009

Burns says they should have a special session? To do their only real job?

What have they been doing since the start of the session then?

Does this mean that they're going admit they've been defrauding the taxpayers since January and return the paychecks and per diems that they've been cashing for the last five months?

...OK, probably not.

From's Political Insider (emphasis mine) -

Senate President Bob Burns, fresh off a budget victory, says if he had his druthers, the Legislature should not send its no-tax-hike budget to Gov. Brewer until they can all sit down and talk.


Burns said if all parties were amenable to a budget talk, he would hold back on the
bills, avoiding a likely veto. And if agreement were reached, the bills could be reworked in a special session yet this month, he said.

And to keep everyone from getting rambunctious during the secret negotiations over the budget, Burns assigned over 230 Senate bills to committees.

That'll keep the Democrats, the public, and even his own rank-and-file members out of leadership's hair while they finish vivisecting state government, public services, and education.

I'll do a more complete post on the various committee agendas late Saturday or Sunday, but one gem has already bubbled up - Wednesday's meeting of Senate Public Safety and Human Services is scheduled to have consideration of a striker to SB1206 related to abortion. No text available online as yet, but it's a safe bet that the striker, and the next couple of weeks, will be ugly.


1 comment:

Thane Eichenauer said...


This appears to be a new play "Budget: June 2009, Act 1".

I am not sure if I should be riveted or yawn.

(I am breaking my polite and non-sarcastic pledge. Politics makes many a hypocrite. I might as well start early.)

I have to admit I am looking forward to Act 2.