January 17, 2020

Arizona’s Republican legislative leaders on goals for new session

A discussion with House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Senate President Karen Fann.

Days before the legislative session began, Lorraine Rivera sat down with Republican majority leaders House Speaker Rusty Bowers and Senate President Karen Fann to discuss their approach to the new session and how they plan to overcome any stalls in budget negotiations.

“We try so hard to try and keep the politics out of it. One of the things we try to do is make some sort of a bipartisan effort here. That’s why we were elected to come down here,” Fann said.

Both leaders acknowledged that partisan politics can still lead to division amongst lawmakers.

“It’s partisan for a reason. We don’t all walk in lock step in our state. Everybody has different nuances of belief and they want those represented,” Bowers said. “It’s a citizen legislature.”

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