Special Legislative Session on School Funding Could Begin This Week

Oct 27, 2015

Republican members of the Arizona House mostly appear supportive of a proposed settlement to a long-running school funding lawsuit, but some are asking tough questions.

Republican Arizona Senate President Andy Biggs
Credit The Arizona Republic

Many members briefed Tuesday by GOP leaders and attorneys who represented the state say they'll be happy to see schools get increased funding and to get the five-year-old lawsuit behind them. Others say they need to see the actual language in legislation before they agree to vote yes.

A special legislative session could come this week. The Legislature will be asked to approve about $3.5 billion in new funding over 10 years to settle the suit brought by schools over lawmakers' failure to give annual inflation boosts.

House Democrats also had briefings and appeared concerned about triggers allowing no inflation adjustments if the economy tanks.