Senator Burns: No More Moratorium


This just in from Senate President Burns. From a public relations standpoint, this could become a sore point for the focus-like-a-laserbeam-on the budget crowd, but it will also ensure that other bills get started and heard in a timely manner. I’m willing to bet there are a lot of legislators down at the Capitol who are not looking forward to going through the next session with the budget deficit still not resolved. By hearing non-budget related bills in addition to resolving the budget crisis, the next session’s workload may take the incentive out of being a “citizen legislator” at $24,000/year (plus per diem). Many of the Democrats are there as activists or because they see it as a “political hobby.” Yes, there are some conservative activists down there but I find little to disagree with them on public policy and the budget.

Here’s Senator Burns’ Memo:

ARIZONA STATE SENATE

Robert L. Burns
President of the Senate
District 9

M E M O

TO: All Senators
DATE: October 29, 2009
RE: 49th Legislature, 2nd Regular Session

As we prepare for the upcoming legislative session, I believe it is necessary to outline the Senate schedule with regards to committee consideration of bills. While I maintain that the State’s financial condition is the most pressing issue and should remain a key focus, all standing committees will meet and take legislative action when session begins. I urge all committee chairs to use their discretion in placing priority on which bills advance through the process and are vital to the citizens of Arizona. I intend to coordinate with the Speaker on the schedule for next year, but I wanted to quell the rumors about the Senate order of business.


Comments

  1. Still acting beyond stupid says:

    Pass more laws- we can ignore them just fine since there will be no state government without a budget.

    Morons are still in charge.

    Money!!!

    Time to raise taxes!!!!

    I can hardly wait when they have to beg the dems because they can’t get the Republicans to even meet without killing each other.

    Get the popcorn, this is going to be a long run until November, and watching the party blow up will provide all the entertainment.

    Thanks for this blog- it provides endless entertainment!!!

  2. Meanwhile, the Democrats are still irrelevant…

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