Traditionally, a session of the Arizona legislature is suppose to be 100 days long.
It's not a requirement, in terms of the law or legislative rules, but it's definitely seen as something to strive for. During most years, the 100th day of a session falls in mid- to late- April.
This year, the 100th day falls on April 18th.
The one specific duty that the lege has is to formulate a budget for the state.
Of course, being the lege, their focus is on doing many things *to* the state before doing anything *for* the state...and they use that budget that is supposed to be for the state as a vehicle for doing things to the state, but I digress...
So naturally, they wait until they are well more than halfway to the hundred day goal before even considering a budget.
From Mary Jo Pitzl of the Arizona Republic -