On Monday, July 6, the Arizona Legislature is scheduled to hold a special session to work up a budget after the governor vetoed most of the one that they sent to her at the very last minute.
Actually, it was after the very last minute, but due to a localized time dilation phenomenon (known as shutting off the clocks at the lege)... :)
It's already known that at least one Republican, Senate President Bob Burns, had already made vacation plans (trip to Europe) and probably won't be there, and that one Democrat, Representative Ed Ableser, will be out of town on personal business (wedding and a honeymoon - yup. That's "personal" business. :)) Congrats Ed!). Others are sure to have made other plans for July because most lege types know better than to make any plans to be out of town from the beginning of January through the end of June.
Since we *are* into July, others are certain to have made plans and won't be able to attend the session. And at least a few who are able to attend may not do so, in a protest of one thing or another.
Still, under the law, legislators are required to attend duly noticed special sessions.
So, with all that as background, we should start the AZ blogosphere quorum pool (no money changing hands, just bragging rights.)
My predictions are that 48 members of the House and 24 members of the Senate will answer the call, for an absentee rate of 20%.
Of course, no matter how many attend, they are a long way from the 31 and 16 votes needed to pass a budget that the Governor will find signable*.
Especially if they insist on still not involving the Democrats (other than demanding their votes without, you know, actually *dealing* with the Democrats).
*And what she considers "signable" is pretty damn bad, so that should tell you how bad the lege's budget had to be for her to veto it.