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Wed Jun 2, 2021, 02:58 AM

Ducey flexes veto power to bring uncooperative Republicans in line on budget

Gov. Doug Ducey is putting a moratorium on all bills for the remainder of the legislative session until lawmakers send a budget to his desk.

In a Friday afternoon announcement, Ducey vetoed all 22 pieces of legislation sitting on his desk, which range in topics from critical race theory to homelessness and said it wasn’t because they were bad policy.

“Some are good policy, but with one month left until the end of the fiscal year, we need to focus first on passing a budget. That should be priority one. The other stuff can wait,” the governor said in a written statement.

Lawmakers failed to pass a budget this week after introducing 11 budget bills in each chamber on May 24, and after not being able to negotiate to receive the minimum of 16 and 31 votes in the House and Senate, respectively, legislators opted to take two weeks off to come back on June 10 unless they have a reason to come back earlier.

Read more: https://azcapitoltimes.com/news/2021/05/28/ducey-flexes-veto-power-to-bring-uncooperative-republicans-in-line-on-budget/

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