The Arizona Senate passed a so-called “skinny budget” that includes a $50 million aid package to assist victims of the coronavirus and others harmed by the pandemic, but the House ended its work for the week before voting on a handful of the bills, leaving a bipartisan Senate budget deal in limbo.
In response to the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Doug Ducey has mobilized the National Guard to assist grocery stores and food banks, and has ordered bars and restaurants to limit service to dine-out and delivery in counties where there are confirmed cases of the illness.
A second major coronavirus package cleared the U.S. Senate Wednesday and is now headed to President Donald Trump for his signature.
Republican Rep. Anthony Kern said he believes that cities should not be allowed to mandate when businesses are allowed to close and questions the validity of emergency measures taken by cities in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.
If lawmakers end their work without assuring the economic security of the millions of Arizonans who are already seeing their lives upended by the coronavirus, it will be a gross abdication of their responsibility.
Former Vice President Joe Biden has won the Democratic presidential primary in Arizona, sweeping all three states that voted on Tuesday, dealing a heavy blow to the campaign of rival Sen. Bernie Sanders.
For the first time in its history, the Arizona House of Representatives is allowing a limited number of lawmakers to vote on legislation even if they’re not at the Capitol.
U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema says Gov. Doug Ducey is putting Arizonans at risk of the coronavirus by failing to close down restaurants like has been done in other states and large cities.
The Arizona House of Representatives has cancelled its committee hearings for the week after federal public health officials said people shouldn’t gather in groups larger than 10 people to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
When lawmakers convene at the Capitol Monday to resume the legislative session, there won’t be anyone in the third-floor public gallery – and several lawmakers will be absent, as well, because of the coronavirus pandemic.