Senators told to be ready for special session work Wednesday

Senators told to be ready for special session work Wednesday

PHOENIX (AP) – Senate President Andy Biggs has told members to be prepared for a special legislative session to start in just a day.

Senate minority leader Katie Hobbs says Biggs notified her of the potential special session for Wednesday to deal with school funding.

The Legislature will be asked to vote on a tentative deal settling a lawsuit brought by schools over lawmakers’ failure to give annual inflation boosts. The deal will add about $3.5 billion in new funding over 10 years.

The timing will likely depend on whether there are enough majority Republican votes to pass the measures.

The session could last just one day if the Legislature votes to suspend normal rules. Hobbs says she doubts that will happen.

The session will last at least three legislative days otherwise.


Copyright 2015 The Associated Press.

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