There are many reasons that the Republican leadership of the Arizona Legislature might get the Governor to call a special session of the legislature.
They could do it to address the woefully inadequate funding of the state's K-12 education system. But they won't...
They could do it to address the state's crumbling and hazardous infrastructure. But they won't...
They could do it to address the lax oversight of privately-operated prisons in Arizona. But they won't...
They could do it to address the removal of an anti-union amendment to the AZ Constitution from November's ballot. But they...hold on! While failing schools, bursting dams, and escaped murderers roaming Arizona aren't worthy of their attention, the union-busting efforts of their corporate masters may just be the inspiration for them to gather in downtown Phoenix in early August.
From the article (linked to "gather" above):
Republican legislative leaders are planning a special session beginning Monday in a last-ditch bid to put an anti-union measure on the November ballot.Of course, even if they pull off the special session starting Monday, it will take three days to legally pass anything, and the deadline for final ballot language is Tuesday, so no worries, right?
House Majority Leader John McComish said Wednesday there appear to be enough GOP lawmakers both available and willing to support the measure for a three-day session beginning Monday. The goal would be to fix the wording of Proposition 108 to correct flaws that the Arizona Supreme Court ruled Tuesday make it illegal to put to voters.
Not so fast. They have a rather "flexible with the rules" kind of Secretary of State operating at their beck-and-call.
From later in the story -
Secretary of State Ken Bennett said the deadline for putting something on the ballot is actually Tuesday.Something tells me that if it was the Medical Marijuana question that was thrown off of the ballot, the Rs wouldn't be so enthusiastic about a special session...
The Arizona Constitution requires that all measures be read on three separate days, making Wednesday the earliest day for final action for a session set to begin Monday after lawmakers return from a conference in San Diego.
Those rules can be waived with a two-thirds vote of both the House and Senate. But with every Democrat opposed to the plan — and Republicans not controlling that many seats — they have to take the full three days.
Bennett said, though, he can reserve space if it’s clear on Tuesday that there are the votes for final approval next Wednesday.