Only floor action remains in both the Arizona House and Senate, and that means bills that haven’t received a committee hearing at this point are probably dead in legislative terms.
Rep. Matt Heinz, D-Tucson, says he is disappointed state lawmakers spent so much time on what he see as peripheral issues and not enough time dealing with matters such as restoring funding for hospitals or schools. Instead, he complains, majority Republicans became side-tracked with social issues such as abortion and contraception.
But Rep. Ted Vogt, R-Tucson, sees things differently. He says it has been a breath of fresh air at the Capitol because, for the first time since he was elected, lawmakers are not dealing with a budget deficit.
The Legislature still must write a budget for the upcoming fiscal year. That process is stuck in closed-door negotiations between Republican legislative leadership and the governor.