LD1 Legislative Action Update 05/23/21

Contributed by Ruth Lambert, LD1 Democrats Legislative Liaison

LD1 Update newsletters are sent each Sunday when the Legislature is in Session. Focus is on actions by LD1 Legislators.


A peek at the House Rules Committee agenda for Monday May 24 shows the first nod to introduction of a budget. While the budget has not "formally" been introduced, there have been numerous leaks relating to it's content. Permanent tax cuts appear to be looming as the answer for what to do with the temporary surplus money in state coffers. Few infrastructure, education or social service needs are seriously addressed in the initial offering.

An example of one incongruous item: $10 million in 2022 and $20 million 2023 for transportation voucher pilot program for parents to send their students to schools of "choice". Compare that with the $1 million offered for gifted education shared among all public schools and $5 million for the extraordinary special education needs fund.

A interesting tidbit. Rep. Nguyen has left town for his child's graduation on May 28. Remote voting is allowed but timing could get interesting.

What are Karen Fann, Judy Burges and Quang Nguyen up to?

Contact Info and Committee Assignments

Senator Karen Fann kfann@azleg.gov 602-926-5874 Senate Rules Committee

House Representative Judy Burges jburges@azleg.gov 602-926-3256 Committee Assignments Nat'l Resources, Energy & Water; Government and Elections; Military Affairs Affairs & Public Safety

House Representative Quang Nguyen

qnguyen@azleg.gov 602-926-3258

Committee Assignments

Appropriations; Education; Judiciary;

Military Affairs & Public Safety

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