Sunday, June 02, 2013

Arizona Legislature: The coming week

...Still hung up on the state's budget and Medicaid restoration...

New high temp records in Phoenix may be matched by new thumb twiddling records at the Capitol this week...

Another week where all hell could break loose at a moment's notice (or with no notice), or where the entire week could be summed up thusly -


As of this writing, the only legislative activity that is currently posted is a House Committee of the Whole (COW) calendar for Tuesday.  That calendar includes consideration of SB1363, expanding Steve Yarbrough's revenue stream school vouchers (by another name).

Other than that, there's nothing on the schedule as of right now, no other floor calendars (though that will probably change), no committee hearings, no Capitol events.

There have been news "stories" that barely rise above the level of reading tea leaves in terms of journalistic professionalism talking about rumors that the House has enough votes to pass Medicaid restoration, that there aren't enough votes to pass Medicaid restoration, or that the House Republicans are looking to entirely kill off the Senate budget and write their own version.

At this point, anything could happen, but it seems likely that this legislative session is going to go down to the end of the fiscal year (June 30), much as happened in 2009.  The various sides (and there seem to be more than two) figure if they hold their breath long enough, the other sides will blink first.

Think we could get any support for a petition campaign for a ballot question to mandate turning off the air conditioning at the Capitol from May 15 until the end of the legislative session?

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