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Arizona Legislature pushing to end 2017 session this week

PHOENIX — The Arizona Legislature was expected to push to adjourn its 2017 session this week after the recent passage of a $9.8 billion budget for the coming fiscal year.

Lawmakers were scheduled to return to the Capitol on Monday for what was expected to be two to three days of debate and votes on remaining legislation before ending the session.

The final days are often marked by fits and starts as individual lawmakers and Republican leaders try to revive legislation that has died but remained their priority.

Last week’s passage of the budget left a handful of priorities unmet for some in the Republican majority, including three tax-credit bills.

The last of three bills targeting initiatives also may come into play after stalling in the Senate.

House Speaker J.D. Mesnard said he expected adjournment Wednesday, although Tuesday was possible.

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