Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Lack of transparency, rushed budget results in mistakes

STATE CAPITOL, Phoenix – The Republican budget sent to the Governor April 1 contains an error that will require the Legislature to suspend the rules and recall the bill from the Governor.

SB 1621, the criminal justice budget reconciliation bill, contains an amendment that was never considered. The incorrect version of the bill was voted on by the full House and Senate on April 1.

“Mistakes happen when a budget is rushed through the Legislature and considered in the middle of the night without transparency,” said Senate Minority Leader David Schapira. “This is just another example of how the Republican Leadership hurries bills through the Legislature without accountability and an opportunity for adequate public input. This process is a disservice to the citizens of the state of Arizona.”

The Legislature will recall SB 1621 from the Governor and suspend the rules to allow the Senate and House of Representatives to vote on the intended version of the bill.

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