Arizona lawmakers have an extremely busy week ahead as they attempt to finish up the 2014 legislative session.
Members of the House and Senate expect to consider more than 150 bills that have been working their way through the chambers since the session began in early January. Debates are expected to last into the evening in the early part of the week. The House alone has scheduled votes on 44 bills Tuesday.
It’s possible lawmakers could adjourn the session by Wednesday or Thursday, but it may extend into next week.
The rush follows the completion of a $9.23 billion budget for the next fiscal year that was signed by Gov. Jan Brewer on Friday.
Lawmakers will have to return for an expected special session to create a new child welfare department.
Ahwatukee’s Sen. John McComish has said this will be his last term in the Legislature as he plans to run for Justice of the Peace. Rep. Jeff Dial has plans to run for McComish’s seat in the Arizona Senate against Ahwatukee Foothills resident Tom Morrissey. Democrat Janie Hydrick, who ran against McComish in the last election, has also filed needed signatures to run.
Two Ahwatukee Foothills residents have announced plans to run for the House: Jill Norgaard, a Republican, who has received endorsements from Phoenix Councilmen Sal DiCiccio and Jim Waring; and Scott Ryan, a local business man whose wife serves on the Ahwatukee Foothills Village Planning Committee, is running as an independent.