Lawmakers’ attendance, voting records vary

Despite going 166 days, the second regular session of Arizona’s 55th Legislature saw generally good attendance from lawmakers in both the House and Senate. Beyond the standouts, however, there were also some exceptions.  

Senate President Fann rides out highs, lows of Covid pandemic, protests, critical bills 

Senate President Karen Fann said it has been a huge honor serving as president in the Senate. She is only the second female Senate president in Arizona. Fann said some highlights of the past session for her include lawmakers passing a water bill, as well as a bipartisan budget and a K-12 base funding increase.

Activists, lawmakers divided on officers’ response to protests 

Arizona Department of Public Safety officers fired tear gas at pro-abortion protestors at the Capitol after some in the crowd attempted to enter the Senate, drawing praise from some legislators and criticism from protestors and civil rights advocates.