Arizona Legislature looking at ‘short and painful’ 2018 session

Jan 8, 2018, 12:44 PM
Facebook photo...
Facebook photo

PHOENIX — With the 2018 Arizona legislative session starting Monday, one analyst said this year’s session can best be summed up in two words: short and painful.

Stan Barnes, a former Arizona legislator and a political analyst, believed that the 2018 legislative session could “easily be less than 100 days.”

“It’s going to be short because it’s an election year and legislators and the governor want to get out to campaign full-time,” Barnes said.

He said that because every dollar is already accounted for, most legislators want to get on the campaign trail.

“There’s not much to talk about other than creating a budget and getting out to campaign,” he said.

Barnes also mentioned that the sexual harassment allegations that have been in the news recently will have an effect on the upcoming session.

“It’s going to be painful because the sexual harassment and ‘who’s sleeping with who’ cloud that is over the state capitol has yet to part,” Barnes said.

This year’s legislative session was scheduled to end April 17 and Barnes said everything is in place for the this year’s session to beat that.

“It doesn’t happen that often, actually, in Arizona to be less than 100 days. But all the ingredients are there this session for it to be on the much shorter side of the calendar.”

KTAR News’ Jim Cross contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(Facebook File Photo/Phoenix Police Department)...

Human skull found at South Mountain Park being investigated as a homicide

Phoenix police said Saturday the case of a human skull being found at South Mountain Park is now being investigated as a homicide. 
13 hours ago
(Flickr Photo/Adam Jones)...

Scottsdale police make arrest in recent Molotov cocktail incidents

Scottsdale police said Saturday an arrest has been made for the recent Molotov cocktail incidents after multiple cars were targeted this month.
13 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
Torrence Dunham

Arizona lawmaker sends letters to AG, Scottsdale officials about Rio Verde Foothills water issue

An Arizona lawmaker this week sent letters to Attorney General Kris Mayes and Scottsdale officials in an ongoing attempt to help find a solution to water being cut off from residents of Rio Verde Foothills.
13 hours ago
(Facebook Photo/Taste of the NFL)...
Alex Weiner

Taste of the NFL comes to Phoenix as Super Bowl’s largest culinary, philanthropic event

Taste of the NFL is an event ahead of the Super Bowl that will bring gourmet food, 30 chefs and live entertainment to the Valley on Feb. 11.
13 hours ago
John Mayer performs onstage during HFC's 10th Birthday Extravaganza hosted by Seth Rogen and Lauren...

John Mayer hits road on solo acoustic tour with spring stop in Phoenix

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter John Mayer is tuning up for his first solo acoustic tour, which will make a stop in Phoenix in the spring.
13 hours ago
(File Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)...
Kevin Stone

Phoenix construction industry hungry for workers, experience not required

Direct experience isn't necessary to build a career in the local construction industry, which is dealing with a worker shortage.
13 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Company looking for oldest air conditioner and wants to reward homeowner with new one

Does your air conditioner make weird noises or a burning smell when it starts? If so, you may be due for an AC unit replacement.
(Pexels Photo)...

Sports gambling can be fun for adults, but it’s a dangerous game for children

While adults may find that sports gambling is a way to enhance the experience with more than just fandom on the line, it can be a dangerous proposition if children get involved in the activity.
Fiesta Bowl Foundation

Celebrate 50 years of Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade magic!

Since its first production in the early 1970s, the Vrbo Fiesta Bowl Parade presented by Lerner & Rowe has been a staple of Valley traditions, bringing family fun and excitement to downtown Phoenix.
Arizona Legislature looking at ‘short and painful’ 2018 session