Arizona

Mar 24, 2014 10:43 PM by Associated Press

House could work all night on spending bill

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona House of Representatives has finally come into session to debate and vote on a $9.2 billion spending plan for the coming budget year.

The House returned Monday evening after a nearly six-hour delay needed for leaders to try to overcome opposition to the proposal. But it remained unclear if they had the votes needed to pass the plan.

Republican Rep. T.J. Shope said the House appeared evenly split on whether to support the budget.

Dozens of amendments have been proposed.

House Republican leaders were trying to allay their own members' concerns on several fronts, including rural highway funding, child welfare, tax cuts that will affect counties and a retroactive ban on school districts converting schools to charters.

The Senate passed President Andy Biggs' budget last week on 16-13 party-line votes.

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