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Arizona Senate adjourns without taking up coronavirus bills

The 16-14 vote officially ended a 2020 legislative session that had been halted in March.
Credit: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin
Sen. Lela Alston, right, D-Phoenix, talks with Senate Minority Leader David Bradley, left, D-Tucson, after the Arizona Senate voted to adjourn the legislative session Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Phoenix. The Arizona Senate's plan to pass a series of House bills and possibly consider two pieces of coronavirus-related legislation were upended Tuesday when a majority of members quickly voted to adjourn for the year in a 16-14 vote, with three Republicans joining the Democrats for the majority.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Senate’s plan to pass a series of House bills and possibly consider two pieces of coronavirus-related legislation have been upended. It happened Tuesday when a majority of members abruptly voted to adjourn. 

The 16-14 vote officially ended a 2020 legislative session that had been halted in March because of the pandemic. 

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Lawmakers are expected to be called back to work by Gov. Doug Ducey in special sessions for virus-related issues. 

The adjournment stalled plans for a bill that business interests are demanding to give them sweeping immunity from liability from people infected with the virus on the premises of the businesses.

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