Arizona House To Resume Work Despite Senate Vote To Adjourn

May 18, 2020

The Arizona House plans to return to work this week after a two-month recess triggered by the coronavirus pandemic and despite the Senate’s decision to try to adjourn for the year.

Arizona House Speaker Rusty Bowers
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A top priority is enacting a measure that would shield businesses that reopen from lawsuits. Majority Republicans who control the Legislature and GOP Gov. Doug Ducey say such protections are needed to prevent frivolous litigation that could damage businesses. The House plans to take up dozens of other bills as well, testing the Senate's resolve to adjourn for the year. The Rules Committee meets Monday, and floor sessions could start Tuesday or Wednesday.