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Arizona Legislature Opens Today

Posted: January 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm   /   by

The 51st Arizona Legislature opened for business in Phoenix this afternoon.  The House of Representatives came to order sometime shortly after noon and the State Senate followed shortly thereafter.

The legislature opens the session with approximately a $1 billion dollar surplus, but the temporary sales tax passed by voters in 2010 will expire this year and the legislature is expected to focus heavily on the budget this session.

Governor Jan Brewer addressed the legislature with her fourth State of the State address shortly after 2:30 p.m.

Among the highlights of Brewer’s speech, the Republican governor called for the hiring of additional CPS workers, the expansion of Medicaid, simplifying the state’s sales tax collection structure and more money for education.

Brewer also released a document to the media highlighting her 2013 policy agenda titled “The Four Cornerstones of Reform.”  Those points included:

  1. Building people and capital
  2. College and career readiness
  3. Modernization, transformation
  4. Border security, Arizona’s lands, right to work protection

Earlier in the day, retiring US Senator Jon Kyl addressed the House of Representatives.

To see a listing of all bills that have been introduced to date, follow the links below:

Arizona Legislature Opens Today