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Arizona Legislature To Pull Plug On Virus-Plagued Session

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Republican leaders of the Arizona Legislature are planning to adjourn on May 1 and come back at Governor Doug Ducey’s call when state finances are more certain in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Legislature has been on temporary recess since mid-March and hoped to return to finish business this month.

Republican Representative T.J. Shope said the agreement was hashed out between Senate President Karen Fann and House Speaker Rusty Bowers Tuesday morning.

The action effectively kills hundreds of bills. But it gives lawmakers time to campaign for the August primary and to see how badly the virus has hit state finances.

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