Monday, February 01, 2010

The timing of the special session could be very important

...and not just for fiscal reasons.

A lot of tea leaf reading is going into the makeup of this post, so everything in it should be read with that in mind - this post is taking the bones of a few possibly related facts and putting them together.

And hoping it all doesn't come out looking like Frankenstein's monster. :)

It's looking more and more like the budget package had better pass this week, perhaps by Wednesday, or the Rs in the Senate may pull together enough votes to kill it next week, particularly the referral of a proposed temporary sales tax increase to the ballot.

The possibly related facts:

- The GOP PCs in LD6 were scheduled to meet on Monday evening to select three candidates for the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors to choose from when the supes select a replacement for the recently resigned State Sen. Pam Gorman.

- The supes have a special meeting scheduled for Wednesday at 9 a.m. No agenda posted as yet, but it will be easy to set up an item to consider the appointment of an LD6 state senator.

- The LD7 Republican PCs will be meeting on Thursday to select possible replacements for the recently resigned State Sen. Jim Waring.

- The supes have a regularly scheduled meeting on tap for Monday morning. No agenda posted as yet, but again, it would be easy to add a senator selection to that agenda. And if the supes don't do the LD6 selection on Wednesday, they could squeeze in both during next Monday's meeting.

In other words, the R caucus in the Senate could be back at full obstructionist strength by next Monday afternoon.

Should make for an interesting week at the lege...


Thane Eichenauer said...

Do the resignations reduce the number of votes needed to pass a bill?

cpmaz said...

That's a good question.

I don't think so, but I'll ask and post what I find out here.