Arizona Legislature ends 2015 session after Senate signs out

By BOB CHRISTIE and RYAN VAN VELZER
Associated Press

PHOENIX (AP) - The Arizona Legislature completed its 2015 session with a wild ending that came after the Senate adjourned while the House was still voting on bills.

The end of the shortest session in nearly 50 years came early Friday after senators tired of waiting for the House to act and simply adjourned. Republican leaders in the House were stunned, and a coveted "ballot harvesting" elections bill died even though it had enough votes to pass the House.

Lawmakers worked all day Thursday but the House simply did not move bills. Senate President Andy Biggs grew frustrated and just after 1 a.m. Friday he called for adjournment.

Lawmakers did send a final round of bills to Gov. Doug Ducey. They included a measure allowing state officials to issue driver's licenses that comply with federal REAL ID standards. But Ducey's inspector general proposal and a second election bill Republican wanted died.

The House finally adjourned at 3:30 a.m. Friday.

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