Saturday, October 10, 2009

The coming week...

As usual, all info gathered from the websites of the relevent political bodies/agencies (except where noted) and subject to change without notice.

This week is relatively light on the political activity, perhaps because of Monday's quasi-holiday, Columbus Day. It's a "quasi" holiday because almost everyone outside of the government still has to work.

...As with last week, floor action in the U.S. House of Representatives will be dominated by budget issues.

Among the topics on the agenda for the week:

- H.R. 2442, Bay Area Regional Water Recycling Program Expansion Act of 2009. CRS summary here. Note: this one was on last week's agenda too.

- Conference report on H.R. 2892, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2010

- Possible consideration of the conference report on H.R. 2996, Department of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010.

Most of the bills scheduled to be heard under suspension of the rules (2/3 majority required for passage) look to be pretty non-controversial, post office namings and the like.

...Over in the U.S. Senate, the floor action will similarly be dominated by budget matters. Specifically, they will be considering H.R. 2847, Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act, 2010.

The country's attention will be focused on this week's committee schedule, especially Tuesday's Finance Committee vote on the health insurance industry's Max Baucus' idea of health care reform (LA Times report here).

...Back here in Arizona, the budget is still out of balance and the legislature and Governor still can't be bothered to address it. As with last week however, there is some intersession make-work and posturing taking place at the lege.

- On Tuesday, the Senate Government Institutions and House Appropriations Committee of Reference will conduct a sunset hearing on the Joint Legislative Budget Committee at 1:30 p.m. in HHR1.

- On Wednesday, Speaker Kirk Adams' Ad Hoc Committee on Private School Tuition Tax Credit Review will meet at 1 p.m. in HHR3. Expect hours of testimonials about the benefits of the tax credit. And that will just be from State Rep. Steve Yarbrough.

...The Arizona Corporation Commission doesn't have any Commission meetings scheduled for this week, but its hearing schedule is here.

...The Arizona Board of Regents is holding an executive session on Monday at 1:30 p.m. to discuss "transition of the Executive Director."

...the Board of Directors of the Central Arizona Project will hold "Customer Workshop" on Thursday to discuss the 2010/2011 budget.

...The Tempe City Council isn't scheduled to meet in formal session this week, but the Council's calendar of events for the week is here.

Edit on 10/12: Because I originally linked to the agenda for 10/20, not this week's meeting on 10/13. I've corrected the writeup without noting the changes because everything changed.

...The Scottsdale City Council will meet Tuesday night in a regular meeting. The highlight of the evening's agenda is a proposal to refer an increase in the city's bed tax to the ballot during a special election in March. There will also be a number of residents appointed to many of Scottsdale's boards, commissions, and task forces.

Scottsdale's community meeting schedule is here.

...Not scheduled to meet this week: Maricopa County Board of Supervisors, Governing Board of the Maricopa County Community College District, Board of Directors of the Maricopa Integrated Health System, Citizens Clean Elections Commission. But don't be shocked if the Board of Supes finds a reason to call an emergency executive session.

...And in the first event of the 2010 campaign season, on Thursday, the Maricopa County GOP will be holding the first candidate forum in the race for its nomination for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Of course, they're calling it an "education forum" but when two of the panelists have already formed committees for the race (John Huppenthal and Margaret Dugan) and a third is rumored to be strongly interested in running (Rich Crandall), it's going to be all about next year's race for the Rep nomination.


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