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Arizona Senate leaders hope for short session, expect fights

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Posted at 10:00 AM, Jan 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-03 13:53:01-05

PHOENIX (AP) - The Republican and Democratic leaders of the Arizona Senate expect a short, ugly session when lawmakers return to the Capitol on Jan. 13.

The short is driven by lawmakers who want to hit the campaign trail in an election year.

The ugly is blamed on the toxic national political atmosphere that is expected to infect Arizona politics.

Atop Republican Senate President Karen Fann's list of budget priorities is keeping a promise made in 2018 by funding the final installment of a 20% pay raise promised after teachers went on strike. That's expected to cost nearly $340 million.